Trade-offs of 20 years of management on sequestration, stabilization, and stratification of soil organic matter

Soil carbon sequestration and nitrogen are hot topics in cropland management. The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility conducts decadal soil sampling across cropping systems that are part of the Century Experiment to investigate soil physicochemical dynamics over time, and results of our 20-year sampling were recently presented in a poster at the international tri-society ASA-SSSA-CSSA meeting. Check…

Wildlife responses to restoration article submitted to Journal of Applied Ecology

Restorationists often hope and expect that wildlife will increase in abundance and diversity when “native” habitats are restored, but this assumption has not been well-investigated for most wildlife species, particularly in grasslands, and even more so in the Central Valley of California. From 2014 to 2015 I conducted a rather ambitious spatiotemporally replicated natural experiment investigating wildlife…

Rodents, Snakes, and Raptors, oh my!

Wildlife responses to grassland restoration are perhaps more complex and less predictable than previously thought. I gave the most complete presentation of the results of my wildlife-grassland restoration research in an invited talk to the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Invited Talk Flyer) at end of August, and the presentation can be found here. While more analyses…

Persistent asymmetrical priority effects in a California grassland restoration experiment article officially out!

Our paper entitled “Persistent asymmetrical priority effects in a California grassland restoration experiment” is now published online with Ecological Applications! You can find the full text here, Persistent asymmetrical priority effects in a California grassland restoration experiment, or download PDF here, and the archived dataset here, Dataset. Citation: Werner CM, Vaughn KJ, Stuble KL, Wolf K, Young TP. 2016. Persistent asymmetrical priority effects in a California grassland restoration…

“Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover” published!

Our manuscript entitled “Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover”, co-authored with Dr. Truman P. Young, has been published in the journal Ecosphere (see link here, or download here with supplemental material here). In this manuscript we detail our experiment to test summer watering to ‘flush’ the…

Accepted for publication: Compatibility of livestock grazing and recreational use on coastal California public lands: Importance, interactions, and management solutions

This paper was accepted by Rangeland Ecology & Management on 8/18/2016 and should be published and available online shortly. Once available, I will post the manuscript here! As livestock grazing increasingly moves onto public lands and into public view, potential for conflicts between livestock and recreationists in particular have also increased, and in some cases,…

In 2nd Review: Rotational & Continuous Grazing Meta-Analysis

Debates over the effectiveness and benefits of a variety of grazing systems abound, and have been ongoing for well over a century. In 2008, Briske et al. (see Rotational Grazing on Rangelands: Reconciliation of Perception and Experimental Evidence) published a paper addressing this issue, concluding that there is no significant difference between “rotational” or “continuous” grazing systems…

Job posting: Agroecology and integrated livestock-cropping systems

Amélie Gaudin, professor of Agroecology at U.C. Davis, is seeking a post-doc or junior specialist for a large-scale research project investigating carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services (lots of room for creativity and investigation!!) in integrated livestock-cropping systems. This will be at least a one-year position with likely extension for an additional year. The job posting…

Summer Watering to Flush Seedbanks manuscript is out!

PDF Download can be found here: Wolf and Young 2016 Online access can be otained here: Ecosphere Title: Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover Authors: K.M. Wolf and T.P. Young Citation: Wolf, K. M., and T. P. Young. 2016. Summer water in a restored…

PhD conferred!

I have been excited to make a post saying that my degree was conferred, and as of 5/26/2016, I can! You can find the full dissertation here: K.Wolf Dissertation ABSTRACT Rangeland ecosystems, and grasslands in particular, are one of the most threatened ecosystems worldwide (Hamilton et al., 2002; Heady et al., 1992; Samson and Knopf, 1994). Grasslands are…

Jefferson Center Field Day and Festivities for Holistic Management

Join the Smith’s in learning more about Holistic Management and the difference it is making for their family, their cattle, their rangelands, and their bottom line at the Jefferson Center Field Day on June 18 starting at 1 pm at the family’s Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. Spence and Abbey are incredible people – humble, fun,…