Basin Riparian Ecosystems
Forestry Sciences Laboratory is part of the
USDA Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station and
is located on the University of
Nevada, Reno campus. It houses the Ecology, Paleoecology and
Restoration of Great Basin Watersheds Research Work Unit, and the Great
Basin Ecosystem Management Project. The research conducted at the
laboratory uses a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to increase
understanding of Great Basin ecosystems and to develop approaches for
maintaining and restoring their integrity. The primary focus is on the
riparian corridors and sagebrush and pinyon-juniper uplands that dominate Great
Basin watersheds. Multiple temporal (early Holocene to Present) and
spatial scales (Watershed to Stream Reach) are used to address research
questions. Areas of emphasis include the following:
Effects of climate
and anthropogenic disturbance on riparian
ecosystems and the implications for their management and restoration.
Expansion of pinyon-juniper
woodlands and the consequences for fire
regimes and fire management.
sagebrush ecosystems to exotic plant
invasions and management options for control of plant invasions.
Effects of ongoing
climate change on Great Basin
Joint Fire Sciences Project Research-Focus
on the effects of fuels management (perscribed fire and alternate
Ecosystem Management Project Research-Focus
on restoration of riparian ecosystems.