Welcome to the website of the project ‘Succession and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Sagebrush Steppe’. We are investigating the responses of sagebrush steppe communities in the Columbia Basin to natural and anthropogenic environmental change. In particular, we’re interested in the impacts of wildfires, grazing, and climate on vegetation dynamics in this rapidly changing ecosystem.
We’re based out of the University of Washington’s Terrestrial Restoration Ecology Lab and the The Ohio State University’s Applied Disturbance Fire and Ecosystem Restoration Lab, and also collaborate with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, and Bureau of Land Management, and are supported by the Joint Fire Science Program and the DoD Legacy Program. This project is partially a continuation of the Fires@ALE project, which previously explored the responses of sagebrush steppe to wildfire at the Arid Lands Ecology reserve.