UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences

Ken Tate and familyKenneth W. Tate

Professor and Rangeland Watershed Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences
Vice Chair for Outreach and Extension – Dept. of Plant Sciences



A.S. – N.E. Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College – Range Management – 1987
B.S./M.S. – Oklahoma State University – Rangeland Ecology – 1989/1991
Ph.D. – Oklahoma State University – USDA National Needs Fellow – Water Resources – 1995


California Certified Rangeland Manager #79, CA Dept. Forestry and Fire Protection
Certified Rangeland Professional #00-104, Society for Range Management


I am interested in research-based outreach to enhance natural resources and sustain productive agricultural enterprises on rangelands. I am particularly interested in conducting research at the complex spatial scales that management decisions and ecosystem responses occur. I attempt to integrate undergraduate and graduate education, research, and outreach in all of my projects. I am interested in almost all aspects of rangeland ecosystems. In collaboration with many partners, I have examined plant, water, soil, and animal response to range management activities such as grazing, roads, prescribed fire, oak thinning, and restoration.

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