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Vanessa Schroeder

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As a faculty research assistant specializing in rangeland ecology to support sage-grouse conservation, my 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.

Vanessa Schroeder works as a faculty research assistant for Oregon State University’s extension service, specializing in rangeland ecology to support wildlife habitat. While working full time for the animal and rangeland sciences department, she is simultaneously pursuing a master’s of science degree in wildlife science through OSU’s fisheries and wildlife department. Prior to joining OSU in 2016 she worked in sagebrush restoration with The Nature Conservancy and wildlife resources with Utah’s department of natural resources.

Content by Vanessa Schroeder

Bunchgrass Phenology: Using Growth Stages of Grasses as Adaptive Grazing Management Tools

Livestock grazing in the high desert involves a careful balance of sustainable vegetation management in a shifting environment. Knowing which plant stages are most sensitive to grazing can help managers optimize their grazing strategy. Learn how with this photo guide to bunchgrass phenology.

Vanessa Schroeder, Dustin Johnson | Nov 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Threat-Based Land Management in the Northern Great Basin: A Field Guide

Sagebrush ecosystems in the northern Great Basin are threatened by encroaching juniper and invasive annual grasses. This guide presents a simplified framework to help land managers assess and monitor these threats at large scales. ...

Vanessa Schroeder, Dustin Johnson | Sep 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

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