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Nancy L. Shaw

Scientist Emeritus
322 E. Front Street, Suite 401
United States

Phone: 208-373-4360
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Research Interests

My research interests include native seed biology and technology, cultural practices for seed and seedling production, in situ and ex situ plant conservation, species interactions, invasive species biology, and ecological restoration.

Past Research

The cumulative impacts of livestock grazing, exotic invasives, altered fire regimes, increasing human population and climate change have adversely impacted the ecological health and functioning of native communities in the Interior West. This research will provide tools for assessing the recovery potential of disturbed ecosystems. Where active intervention is required, increased knowledge of the environmental requirements of native plants is needed to design restoration plans for repairing damaged ecosystems or moving them toward an altered, but more stable condition. With climate change greater emphasis on ex situ and in situ conservation must included in restoration efforts.

Why This Research is Important

Previous research included shrubland ecology, riparian restoration, and invasive species biology. Co-authored Restoring western ranges and wildlands, a three-volume book on plant materials and techniques for restoration of degraded rangelands in the Intermountain West. Co-editor of symposia proceedings: Sage-grouse habitat restoration and Seed and soil dynamics in shrubland ecosystems. Contributed chapters to the current version of the Woody Plant Seed Manual.


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Crop Science (Seed Science emphasis)
  • College of Idaho , B.S. Zoology
  • Idaho State University, M.S. Botany

Professional Organizations

  • Eastern Cascades Audubon Society (2019 - Current)
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2019 - Current)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2019 - Current)
  • Society for Ecological Restoration, Officer (2017 - Current)
    * Board of Directors (2015-present) * Chapter Relations Committee (2015-present) * Science and Policy Committee (2017-present) * Executive Committee (2017-present) * Program Committee and Conference Subcommittee (2020-present)
  • International Network for Seed-based Restoration, Chair-Elect (2015 - Current)
    * Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • Idaho Native Plant Society, Member (1983 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Restorationist Award, Society for Ecological Restoration Great Basin Chapter, 2016
  • US Forest Service Asa Gray Career Achievement Award , 2013
  • US Forest Service National Plant Materials Development Award, 2013
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service Conservation Project of the Year Award , 2012
    Awarded to the entire Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project
  • Quality Step Increase, 2011
    For sustained performance
  • Certificate from the USDI Bureau of Land Management Plant Conservation Program , 2010
    To the entire Great Basin Native Plant Selection and IncreaseProject for participation in the Seeds of Success Program
  • US Forest Service National Rangeland Management Award for Research, 2009
  • US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Certificate of Merit, 2008
    To RMRS 4253 (entire unit) for long term commitment in the support and implementation of a variety of civil rights efforts
  • US Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management National Service First Award , 2007
    Co-awarded with Durant McArthur
  • USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service National Grasslands Researh Award, 2007
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers: ASABE Blue Ribbon Award: Education Aids, 2006
    For the Revegetation Equipment Catalog Website. Co-awarded with colleagues participating in the project
  • US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Outstanding Technology Transfer Publication Award, 2005
    For completion of “Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands.” Co-awarded with colleagues
  • US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Certificate of Merit, 2004
    For publication of “Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands”
  • Intermountain Native Seed Summit II Award , 2003
  • US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Civil Rights Committee Certificate of Merit , 2000
  • Society for Range Management, Women in Range Traveling Award , 2000
    First recipient
  • Society for Range Management Outstanding Achievement Award, 2000
  • Society for Range Management Idaho Section Top Hand Award, 1999
  • Society for Range Management Idaho Section President's Award, 1992
  • Society for Range Management Idaho Section President's Award , 1988
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management Boise District Office Certificate of Appreciation , 1987

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Research Highlights


Scientists Conserve the Seeds of Today To Propagate the Best Adapted Plants of Tomorrow

Project is aimed at restoring damaged grasslands, shrublands, and deserts


Last updated on : 03/09/2021