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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States


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

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.

Leslie DeFalco, Research Plant Ecologist
USGS Western Ecological Center
Las Vegas Field Station

160 N. Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89704

Phone: (702) 564-4507

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