Dustin Johnson, Professor & State Rangeland Outreach Coordinator

Dustin Johnson is a Professor in the Animal and Rangeland Sciences department and is the State Rangeland Outreach Coordinator. His extension and applied research program centers on improving the efficiency and sustainability of the ranching industry in eastern Oregon. Dustin has worked for OSU since 2007and holds a masters in Rangeland Ecology and Management from OSU. Ongoing efforts include 1) training and assisting ranchers and public land management agency partners in the development and maintenance of cooperative rangeland and grazing monitoring programs, 2) developing various electronic tools that aid ranchers in collecting, organizing, and evaluating cattle and grazing records, 3) engaging with diverse stakeholders to develop collaborative approaches to addressing complex natural resource and wildlife management issues, and 4) developing science-based tools and strategies for functional restoration of rangelands and wetlands that have been degraded by invasive plants.

Contact: Dustin.Johnson@oregonstate.edu

Jonathan Dinkins, Assistant Professor

Jonathan Dinkins is an Assistant Professor in the Animal and Rangeland Sciences department. Jon holds a PhD in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, and has been with OSU since 2016. In his current position he focuses on shrub-steppe wildlife ecology, which includes research and outreach through Extension. Focal areas of interest include topics related to animal behavior, population dynamics, predator-prey dynamics, wildlife habitat use, and human-wildlife interactions.

Contact: Jonathan.Dinkins@oregonstate.edu

Vanessa Schroeder, Faculty Research Assistant

Vanessa Schroeder works as a faculty research assistant for Oregon State University’s extension service, specializing in rangeland ecology to support wildlife habitat. She holds a masters degree in Wildlife Science from OSU. Her applied research and extension projects fall under three themes 1. Evaluating the effects of land management practices on sagebrush-obligate avian species and habitat, 2. Sagebrush steppe management and education, 3. Developing management solutions for degraded or threatened sage-steppe habitat.

Contact: Vanessa.Schroeder@oregonstate.edu

Terrah Owens, PhD Student

Terrah Owens is a PhD student in Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on 1) how disturbance effects the distribution of avian predators in the sagebrush ecosystem, 2) how disturbance and avian predator densities interact and effect sage-grouse, 3) the ecology of isolated populations of sensitive species

Alan Harrington, MSc Student

Alan Harrington is a Graduate Research Assistant. Alan’s graduate research assesses different aspects of how or under what circumstances sage-grouse conservation
investments benefit other sagebrush wildlife. He is specifically interested in whether songbirds that
rely on sagebrush country during the breeding season receive these conservation benefits, and
seeks to assist managers in the identification of overlapping conservation goals.

Claire Revekant, MSc Student

Claire Revekant is Master’s student in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. She is currently in the final stages of completing a thesis project investigating sage-grouse predator abundance within and outside the sage-grouse conservation policy areas of Wyoming, and relating predator locations to human features across the landscape. She has also collected sagebrush-obligate songbird abundance data to evaluate the umbrella species concept. This study will determine (1) what habitat or structural factors are associated with higher predator and songbird abundance (2) if avian and mammalian predator abundance differs between Core and Non-Core Areas and (3) if conservation policy implemented for an umbrella species affects sagebrush-obligate songbird abundance.

Kayla Ruth, PhD student

Kayla Ruth is a PhD student in Rangeland Ecology at OSU. Her research focuses on direct and indirect effects of livestock grazing and predators on greater sage-grouse in Wyoming. Kayla has also worked on sagebrush-steppe songbirds prior to starting her PhD.

Cara Christensen, MSc Student

Cara Christensen is a Master’s student in Rangeland Ecology at Oregon State University. She is working on the North Steens Wildlife Habitat Improvement study. As part of this team, she will be collecting data on the short-term effects of juniper removal on songbird diversity.

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