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Steve Woods and George Ruyle receive grant to study the Influences of society, politics and local knowledge on ranch management
The practical importance of understanding land management as a combination of human and ecological systems is increasingly recognized. Rancher decision making likely relies on both science-based and locally acquired knowledge of the natural environment. Choices can be constrained by public perceptions and threats of legal action to control ranchers’ use of public lands, an essential component to ranching in Arizona. However, with the exception of economics and policy, the human dimension has rarely been integrated with U.S. ranch management and ecology.
Tyson Swetnam and Kit O'Connor shared the honor of top honor in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as well as the President's Award at the Homecoming Student Showcase. The winning poster's title was "Mapping Forests in 3-D: Applications of Vegetation Mapping from Aerial Lasers."
Area of Expertise:Fire ecology, dendroecology, remote sensing, geographic information systems
My research interests include carbon dynamics, fire ecology, restoration ecology, and remote sensing. I am currently employed by the US Forest Service under the Student Temporary Experience Program (STEP). My work for the USFS involves quantifying the amount of above ground carbon in the Coronado National Forest through remotely sensed data calibrated with ground-truth measurements.
Area of Expertise:Fire history, fire ecology, dendroecology, and restoration ecology