Travel Exchange to Link Ecology and Production of Analogous Rangelands of the North and South Hemispheres

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Travel Exchange to Link Ecology and Production of Analogous Rangelands of the North and South Hemispheres

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Research Question

Do analogous rangelands exist between Wyoming, USA and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil? Do ecological and production similarities have potential for hemispherically paired research experiments? Can such experiments contribute to global understanding of appropriate management and conservation strategies of rangelands.

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CGS Research Excellence Award

Significance

Globally, rangelands are critical for pastoral agriculture, the conservation of biodiversity, and for ecosystem services. Moreover, threats to both pastoralism and conservation including climate change, invasive species, policy, and fire span hemispheres and cultures. However, the sharing of applied research and results between North and South America have been lacking in the peer-reviewed literature. This lack of knowledge exchange and transfer across hemispherical boundaries inhibits the development of novel management strategies that integrate livestock production with conservation.

Methods Used

Scientific expedition to rangelands and grasslands in the two hemispheres that are under different climatic conditions, social policies, and management practices.

1. Identification of parallels and similarities of general ecological attributes, management schemes, and net primary productivity (NPP) gradients.

2. Discussion of relevant recent literature that span hemispheric boundaries.

Publication Date

2016

Travel Exchange to Link Ecology and Production of Analogous Rangelands of the North and South Hemispheres

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