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Research by Focal Area

Research conducted by scientists in the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Program is divided into focal areas. Click on an image to view research projects, a list of scientists conducting research in these areas, and selected publications.

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Scooby fire
The burnt landscape of the 2008 Scooby fire located in the Wildcat Hills of Northwestern Utah. The site was seeded by Joint Fire Science Program in the fall of 2008.
Seed predator
Robert Johnson, BYU
Invasive Species
A Pentatomid feeding on Balsamorhiza sagittata (arrowleaf balsamroot) seed.
Royal penstemon & bee
Penstemon speciosus (royal penstemon) flower with Bombus bee pollinating.
Shortgrass steppe
Ecosystem Sustainability & Management
Experimental fire research site, northeastern New Mexico, southern Great Plains, shortgrass steppe.
Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Jim Rorabaugh, US Fish and Wildlife
Climate Change
An assessment of vulnerability to climate change conducted by GSD biologists for 30 vertebrate species on the Coronado National Forest, AZ, predicted that Chiricahua leopard frog is likely to be one of the most vulnerable species of the 30.