Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses. Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of these annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants reseeded because of depleted seed banks. The successful applicant would conduct research that involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sage grouse and other sagebrush fauna.
The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral. Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey Idaho (https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/rock-creek/research).