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Robin Tausch

 

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Project Leader

Supervisory Range Scienist

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station - Reno

 

Projects:

The Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project for Restoring and Maintaining Watersheds and Riparian Ecosystems

 

Determining the Environmental and Ecological Factors that Make Great Basin Watersheds Susceptible to Invasive Plant Species

 

Integrated Restoration Strategies Towards Weed Control on Western Rangeland

 

A Regional Experiment to Evaluate Effects of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in Sagebrush Biome

 

Effects of Fire and Rehabilitation Seeding on Sage Grouse Habitat in the Pinyon-Juniper Zone

 

Changing Fire Regimes, Increased Fuel Loads, and Invasive Species:  Effects on Sagebrush Steppe and Pinyon-Juniper Ecosystems

 

A Demonstration Area on Ecosystem Response to Prescribed Burns in the Great Basin Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands

 

 

Relevant Publications:

 

Castelli, R. M.,  J. Chambers, and R. Tausch.  Soil-plant relations along a soil water gradient in Great Basin riparian meadows.  Wetlands, 20: 251-266.

 

Terry, R.G., R.S. Nowak, and R.J. Tausch.  2000.  Genetic variability in nuclear ribosomal and chloroplast DNA in Utah (Juniperus osteosperma) and western (J. Occidentalis) juniper (Cupressaceae): Evidence for interspecific gene flow.  Amer. J. Bot. 87:250-258.

 

Miller, R., R.J. Tausch, and W. Waichler.  1999.  Ancient juniper woodlands. In: Monsen, S.B., R. Stevens, R.J. Tausch, R. Miller, S. Goodrich. 1999. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the interior west. 1997 Sept. 15-18, Provo, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-9, Ogden, Ut: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 375-384.

 

Moore, D.J., R.S. Nowak, and R.J. Tausch.  1999.  Gas exchange and carbon isotope discrimination of Juniperus osteosperma and Juniperus occidentalis across environmental gradients in the Great Basin of western North America.  Tree Physiology 19:421-433.

 

Nowak, R.S. Moore, D.J., and R.J. Tausch.  1999.  Ecophysiological patterns of pinyon and juniper. In: Monsen, S.B., R. Stevens, R.J. Tausch, R. Miller, S. Goodrich. 1999. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the interior west. 1997 Sept. 15-18, Provo, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-9, Ogden, Ut: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 35-46.

 

Tausch, Robin J.  1999.  Historic Woodland Development.  In: Monsen, S.B., R. Stevens, R.J. Tausch, R. Miller, S. Goodrich. 1999. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the interior west. 1997 Sept. 15-18, Provo, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-9, Ogden, Ut: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 12-19.

 

Tausch, R.J.  1999.  Transitions and thresholds: influences and implications for management in pinyon and Utah juniper woodlands.  In: Monsen, S.B., R. Stevens, R.J. Tausch, R. Miller, S. Goodrich. 1999. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the interior west. 1997 Sept. 15-18, Provo, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-9, Ogden, Ut: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 361-365.

 

Tausch, Robin J. and R. S. Nowak. 1999.  Fifty years of ecotone change between shrub and tree dominance in the Jack Springs pinyon research natural area.  In: McArthur, E. D., Ostler, W.K., Wamboldt, C.L. Comps. 1999. Proceedings: Shrubland Ecotones.  1998 August 12-14,  Ephraim, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-11 pp. 71-77.

 

West, N.E., R.J. Tausch, and P.T. Tueller.  1998.  A management-oriented classification of pinyon- juniper woodlands in the Great Basin.  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ogden, UT, Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-12 42p. 

 

DeRocher, T.R., R.F. Walker, and R.J. Tausch.  1995.  Estimating whole-tree transpiration of Pinus monophylla using a steady-state porometer. J. Sustainable Forestry 3:85-99.

 

Tausch, R.J., and N.E. West.  1995.  Plant species composition patterns with differences in tree dominance on a southwestern Utah pinyon-juniper site.  In: Shaw, D.W, E.F. Aldon, C. LoSapio, Coords. Desired future conditions for pinyon-juniper ecosystems; 1994 August 8-12; Flagstaff, AZ. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-258. Fort Collins, CO; USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 16-23.

 

Tausch, R.J., J.C. Chambers, R.R. Blank, and R.S. Nowak.  1995.  Differential establishment of perennial grass and cheatgrass following fire on an ungrazed sagebrush-juniper site.  In: Roundy, B.A., E.D. McArthur, J.S. Haley, and D.K. Mann, Comps. Procedings, wildland shrub and arid land restoration symposium, 1993 October 19-21, Las Vegas, NV. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-315. USDA Forest Service Intermountain Research Station: 252-257.

 

Derocher, T.R., and R.J. Tausch.  1994.  Predicting potential transpiration of singleleaf pinyon: an adaption of the potometer method. Forest Ecology and Management 63:169-180. 

 

Derocher, T.R. and R.J. Tausch.  1994.  Needle biomass equations for singleleaf pinyon on the Virginia Range, Nevada.  Great Basin Naturalist 54:177-181. 

 

Tausch, R.J., and P.T. Tueller.  1990.  Foliage biomass and cover relationships between tree- and shrub-dominated communities in pinyon-juniper woodlands. Great Basin Naturalist 50:121-134. 

 

Tausch, R.J. and N.E. West.  1988.  Differential establishement of pinyon and juniper following fire. Amer. Mid. Natur. 119:174-184. 

 

 

Education:

 

Ph.D.  Range Ecology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1980. 

 

M.S.   Range Management, University of Nevada, Reno, 1973.

 

B.S.   Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1970.

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

1989 to present - Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Reno Nevada. 

 

1989 to present Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental and Resource Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno.

 

1984 to 1989: Assistant Professor of Range Science, Department of Range, Wildlife, and Forestry, University of Nevada, Reno.

 

Awards and Grants:

 

1994-1997 - Robert S. Nowak and Robin J. Tausch. Environmental, Genetic and Ecophysiological Variation of Western and Utah Juniper and Their Hybrids: A Model System for Vegetation Response to Climate Change.

 

1996-1997 Robin J. Tausch.  Population and Community Dynamics of a New Pinyon research Natural Area.

 

1996-1998 Robert S. Nowak and Robin J. Tausch.  Conceptual and Predictive Models of Paleo-Vegetation Dynamics in the Great Basin. 

 

 

Society Memberships:

 

Society for Range Management, Society for Conservation Biology,  Association for Vegetation Science, Resource Modeling Association

 

 
Address :

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
920 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512

 

775.784.5329

EMail : rtausch@fs.fed.us

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