USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station


  Shrubland Biology
Terrestrial Systems

Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

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Research Teams


Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem

Research Program


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The Rocky Mountain Research Station was recently restructured into eight science program areas.  The Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program addresses the biology, use, management, and restoration of public lands dominated by grasses and shrubs.  Scientists of the research program are located in laboratories in Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, and Utah. RMRS scientists, cooperating scientists, and land managers are working on solving ecological problems, identifying and developing native plants for restoration, controlling and managing invasive weeds, and improving wildlife habitats and rangelands.


Boise Research Team


The cycle of wildfires and annual weed invasion has altered millions of acres of western shrublands and grasslands, disrupted ecosystem functioning, increased wildfire size and frequency, reduced plant and animal diversity, and set the stage for invasion by secondary perennial weeds that are even more difficult to control.  Active restoration in the Great Basin requires the availability of adequate and genetically appropriate native seed supplies and effective means of reestablishing native communities on disturbed wildlands.


Our research focuses on the development of native Great Basin species for use in restoration including plant selection, seed technology, agricultural seed production practices, seed increase, and improved knowledge of invasive species biology and ecology.  New studies are focusing on effective strategies and technologies to improve establishment of native species and communities.


Boise Personnel


        Francis Kilkenny, Research Biologist

        Nancy Shaw, Research Botanist (retired) 

        Jeff Ott, Postdoctoral Researcher 

        Matt Fisk, Biological Science Technician (Plants)

        Alexis Malcomb, Biological Science Technician (Plants)


See our Research Work Unit

RMRS - Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program

Boise Shrubland Research

Balsamhorriza sagitattasagebrush habitat firerangeland drill seedingNevada Basin Range

Melissa harvesting seedMatt cleaning EriogonumCrepis acuminata seedflax and yarrow fields at Geertson's


USDA Forest Service - RMRS - Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
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