USGS Western Ecological Research Center
WERC is one of 18 Centers of the Biological Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey. Unlike most of BRD's Centers whose personnel are geographically centralized, WERC's scientists and staff are based in offices located throughout the Pacific Southwest. This diversity in location gives the scientists an in-depth understanding of the bioregions in which they reside that enables them to quickly meet high-priority client needs.
Research interests include: conservation biology, desert community ecology, effects of anthropogenic disturbance, fire ecology, climate change, invasive species ecology, plant ecology, species interactions, physiological plant ecology, and threatened and endangered species.
GBNPP Research Project(s):
Evaluation of Local Adaptation in Achnatherum hymenoides and Artemisia spp.: Implications for Restoration in a Changing Regional Climate
Leslie DeFalco, Daniel Shyrock, and Todd Esque