UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences

Kristin Oles

Graduate Student Researcher, M.S.
Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group
Department of Plant Sciences
koles@ucdavis.edu

Education

M.S. University of California, Davis, Horticulture and Agronomy (specialization in Rangeland Ecology)

B.S. - Colorado State University, Rangeland Ecology and Fishery Biology

Interests

Restoration Ecology, terrestrial-aquatic system interactions, plant-soil-climate interactions, management of rangeland systems

I am interested in restoration ecology in working landscapes and ways to balance agricultural and ecological goals within a landscape.  I am particularly interested in the interaction of terrestrial systems with adjacent riparian and aquatic systems and the ways land management can be used to benefit those systems. My research focuses on public lands grazing, specifically in National Forest mountain meadows in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This project, which is in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, will pair long-term meadow plant community monitoring data, historical grazing records, and historical climate records with site-specific livestock utilization monitoring data to determine whether climate, site effects, or livestock grazing best predict trends in meadow plant communities over time.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Range Management

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