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…

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…

Rancher-to-Rancher at Sierra Foothills Conservancy

I was lucky enough to spend last Saturday with the Rancher-to-Rancher program and my good friend and Cowboy Conservationist Kent Reeves at the stunningly beautiful Sierra Foothills Conservancy. Peter Donovan, founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition, wrote up a great summary of how livestock are being used as a beneficial tool to manage vegetation and soils…

Restoration is Best for Wildlife, Right?

Double whammy in the Winter 2016 issue of California Native Grassland Association’s publication, Grasslands! This issue contains an article I wrote about the overall results of my study comparing wildlife in restored and unrestored grasslands in the Central Valley of California (see A Comparative Study for a recap), as well as a one-page biographical piece on yours truly. Download the…

Restoration is best for wildlife, right?

Today I gave a talk at the 69th Annual Society for Range Management meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas about my wildlife-restoration project in the Central Valley of California. Take a look at the abstract and click on the link below to see the PDF version of my presentation. I’m having a lot of fun catching up…

Restoration Practicum with Truman Young

I started TA’ing my first class at UC Davis this quarter for Truman Young’s Restoration Practicum (PLS 164), and I am having a great time learning about restoration in a variety of contexts outside of grasslands! I did have to come up with the field trips on my own, so I suppose it is up…

Scouting out the hedgerows on DH Long Ranch

Recently I gave a talk at a hedgerows workshop at Long Ranch, which is one of the locations I have been monitoring wildlife activity at in restored and unrestored grasslands. Here’s the worksheet I put together for that! Scouting out the hedgerows on DH Long Farm, K.Wolf Also, here is the flyer for the workshop, if you…