Team Members

Sam St.Clair

Sam St. Clair
Plant and Wildlife Sciences, BYU

Project coordinator and analysis of plant communities


AanderudZach Aanderud
Plant and Wildlife Sciences, BYU

Microbial and soil ecology


McMillanBrock McMillan
Plant & Wildlife Sciences, BYU

Small mammal manipulations, and analysis of animal communities


GillRichard Gill
Biology, BYU

Environ. sensing, climate manip. & analysis of plant communities


BrunsonMark Brunson
Environment and Society, USU

Human Ecology, Environment-behavior Interactions



Student Researchers

LybbertAndrew Lybbert
MS Candidate, BYU

The aim of my research is to understand how fire affects the reproductive success of native perennial plants and the pollinating insect communities they depend on. Research is conducted near the Lytle Ranch Preserve, situated in the Northeast corner of the Mojave Desert along the Utah-Nevada border.



Kevin Horn
Ph.D Candidate, BYU

I’m examining the potential for ecosystem recovery by investigating post-fire plant physiology, seed dispersal through small mammals, and landscape scale relationships of vegetation and soil moisture with changing climatic events via remote sensing.



Jason Bahr
Ph.D Candidate, BYU

My research focuses on biological soil crusts and the services, including soil stabilization and nitrogen fixation, they provide to desert ecosystems. I hope to discover how soon after a fire these services recover.



Rory O’Connor
MS Candidate, BYU

My interests are in understanding post-fire desert plant community structure in respect to invasive species, and plant-soil nutrient interactions.


sharpTiffanny Sharp
MS Candidate, BYU

My research is focused on the short-term impacts of fire on the small mammal community and the subsequent impacts of these mammals on the survival of the seed and seedling stages of the plant community after fire.


WhitcombHilary Whitcomb
Utah State University

My research examines how wildfires affect manager restoration decisions. I’m also interested in how the public and stakeholders perceive post-wildfire restoration. Knowing this will help managers identify situations with the public that may create barriers to effective restoration.

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