Nicholas Van Lanen

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PhD Student, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Land management efforts throughout the western United States are increasingly geared to help recover greater sage-grouse populations, and removing conifer trees (e.g. pinyon-juniper) in sagebrush habitats is one widely-implemented management technique. Although research shows this work aids sage-grouse, scientists don’t know how this will affect several declining bird species that rely on these trees. For my PhD, I am evaluating habitat needs of both sagebrush and pinyon-juniper associated birds. I will then use these habitat relationships to develop a landscape plan to help managers target areas for conifer removal which will benefit sagebrush birds without negatively impacting pinyon-juniper associated birds.

Fellowship Details: 
Fellowship Year: 
2018-2019
Other Affiliations: 
Warner College of Natural Resources
Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)