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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States

208-373-4344

Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.

USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station GSD

The GSD program consists of scientists, professionals, technicians and support staff with diverse expertise in the biological, social, and natural resource sciences. We work in collaboration with universities, municipal, state and federal natural resources agencies, non-government organizations, and other research and management institutions. Members of the GSD staff are located at 7 laboratories in 6 states in the intermountain West (Provo, UT, Reno, NV), Rocky Mountains (Boise and Moscow, ID), northern Great Plains (Bozeman, MT, Rapid City, SD), and American Southwest (Albuquerque, NM). GSD employees also manage the Great Basin Experimental Range and the Desert Experimental Range and serve as liaisons to research natural areas within the geographic region covered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Deborah Finch // Francis Kilkenny // Bryce Richardson // Scott Jensen // Jeff Ott // Matt Fisk // Alexis Malcomb


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Deborah Finch, Program Manager and Supervisory Biologist

USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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Phone: (505) 724-3671
dfinch@fs.fed.us

 

Research interests include evaluating the impacts of natural resources management practices and natural effects such as weather, climate, and fire on threatened and endangered species populations and is interested in developing conservation techniques and tools to recover TES.


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Francis Kilkenny, Research Biologist
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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322 E. Front St., Ste. 401
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 373-4376
ffkilkenny@fs.fed.us

Research interests include the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change on native and invasive plant species; the evolution of local adaptation in native and invasive plant species; pollination biology of herbaceous and long-lived clonal plants; evolutionary consequences of density and intraspecific competition; fundamental niche modeling and the projection of species range shifts due to climate change.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Testing the Efficacy of Seed Zones for Re-establishment and Adaptation of Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata)
Holly Prendeville, Francis Kilkenny, and Brad St. Clair

Genetic Diversity and Genecology of Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha) and Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides)
Francis Kilkenny and Brad St. Clair

 

Associated Publications:

Kilkenny, Francis F. 2015. Genecological approaches to predicting the effects of climate change on plant populations. Natural Areas Journal. 35(1):152-164.

Kilkenny, F.; St. Clair, B.; Horning, M. 2013. Climate change and the future of seed zones. In: Haase, D. L.; Pinto, J. R.; Wilkinson, K. M., technical coordinators. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations—2012. Proceedings RMRS-P-69. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 87-89. [Available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p069.html]

Kilkenny, F. F.; St. Clair, J. B.; Darris, D.; Horning, M.; Erickson. V. [In preparation]. Genecology of prairie junegrass (Koeleria macrantha). Evolutionary Applications.

St.Clair, J. B.; Kilkenny, F. F.; Johnson, R. C.; Shaw, N. L.; Weaver, G. 2013. Genetic variation in adaptive traits and seed transfer guidelines for Pseudoroegneria spicata (bluebunch wheatgrass) in the northwestern United States. Evolutionary Applications 6(6): 933-948.

St.Clair, J. B.; Kilkenny, F. F. [In press]. Genecology of prairie junegrass (Koeleria macrantha): Interim Report. Technical report for NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center.


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Bryce Richardson, Research Geneticist
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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735 North 500 East
Provo, UT 84606

Phone: (801) 356-5112
brichardson02@fs.fed.us

 

My research interests include population genomics, genecology, and phylogenetics of plants. I am particularly interested in using genetic approaches to address ecological interactions between plants and the environment.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Ecological Genetics of Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata): Genetic Structure and Climate-based Seed Zone Mapping
Bryce Richardson, Nancy Shaw, and Matthew Germino

Factors Affecting Initial Establishment of Big Sagebrush Outplants: Land Treatments, Seed Sources, and Climate Effects
Matthew J. Germino, Martha Brabec, and Bryce Richardson

 

Associated Publications:

Huynh, M.D., Page, J.T., Richardson, B.A., Udall, J.A. 2015. Insights into three transcriptomes of big and low sagebrush. PLoS One 10(5): e0127593. doi: 10.137/journal.pone.0127593

Brabec, M.; Germino, M. J.; Richardson, B. [Submitted February 2015]. Intraspecific variation in big sagebrush seedling responses to post-fire weather indicate importance of minimum temperatures to establishment. Journal of Applied Ecology. (Paper submitted to the journal, but not yet accepted).

Brabec, M.; Germino, M. J. [Submitted February 2015]. Experimental warming supports importance of minimum temperature to post-fire establishment. Ecosphere. (Paper submitted to the journal, but not yet accepted).


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Scott Jensen, Botanist
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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735 North 500 East
Provo, UT 84606

Phone: (435) 283-5616
sjensen@fs.fed.us

 

Current research is focused on plant material development. Our objective is to increase the availability of native forbs and grasses for restoration efforts.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Plant Material Work at the Provo Shrub Sciences Lab
Scott Jensen


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Jeff Ott, Postdoctoral Researcher
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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322 E. Front St., Ste. 401
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 373-4353
jeott@fs.fed.us

 

Research interests include the effects of fire and other disturbances on plant communities of the Intermountain West, and the effectiveness of post-fire seeding for establishing perennial plants and reducing proliferation of annual weeds.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Seeding Native Species following Wildfire in Wyoming Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis)
Jeff Ott and Nancy Shaw

Seeding Native Species Following Wildfire in Wyoming Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis): Effects of a New Fire Incident
Jeff Ott and Nancy Shaw

 

Associated Publications:

Ott, J.E.; Sanderson, S.C.; McArthur, E.D. 2015. Plant species coalition groups of Zion National Park: an individualistic, floristic alternative to vegetation classification. Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist. 8: 26-97.


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Matt Fisk, Biological Technician, M.S. Student
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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322 E. Front St., Ste. 401
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 373-4358
mfisk@fs.fed.us

 

My research interests include native plant material development and establishment, fire ecology, entomology, climate change, plant physiology, and cave ecology and conservation.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Dynamics of Cold Hardiness Accumulation and Loss in Sulphur-flower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Anthony S. Davis, Matthew R. Fisk, and Kent G. Apostol

Dynamics of Germination and Cold Hardiness for Great Basin Native Plants
Anthony S. Davis, Matthew R. Fisk, Kent G. Apostol, and Kenneth W. Pete


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Alexis Malcomb, Biological Technician
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station- Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems
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322 E. Front St., Ste. 401
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 373-4344
amalcomb@fs.fed.us

 

Interests include native plant ecology, community outreach, horticulture practices, native plant propagation and seeding, conservation practices, and policy/program development.

Associated Publications:

Kilkenny, Francis; Halford, Anne; Malcomb, Alexis. 2015. Great Basin Native Plant Project: 2014 Progress Report. Boise, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 226 p.