Putting Monitoring into Practice: Strategies for Large-Scale Conservation with Dirac Twidwell, Jr.
November 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Large-scale rangeland conservation applies modern principles of resilience to sustain intact rangeland ecosystems that are vulnerable to collapse. New technologies have emerged to aid these large-scale planning efforts, allowing more continuous monitoring of rangeland vegetation over unprecedented scales of space and time, the spatial delineation of alternative vegetation states, and where boundaries between states are breaking down over time and compromising rangeland resources. I will discuss how modern rangeland technologies are being put into practice to usher in a new era of rangeland planning—one that operationalizes management at multiple scales, from individual sites to entire biomes, to better combat threats to rangelands in the 21st century.
Dirac Twidwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and Science Advisor for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. His program is known for its modern integration of the land grant mission and innovation across teaching, research, and extension. A consistent theme of his program is to better understand how relatively simple transitions in vegetation affect societal well-being. Dirac is well-published, with papers in prestigious journals like Science, Nature journals, and PNAS, and has been an investigator on nearly $23 million in funding since joining UNL in 2013.