Joe Trlica - Senior Ecologist
Principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 33 research projects investigating root morphology, plant tillering, growth, reproduction, carbohydrate reserves, photosynthesis, translocation, carbon sequestration, carbon allocation, and production of plants in rangeland ecosystems as influenced by abiotic and biotic stressors. A number of projects were related to plant establishment, growth, and production as affected by water stress, nutrient deficiencies, heavy metals, soil microbes, soil structure and texture, defoliation, and grazing frequency and intensity. Several projects were concerned with mine land reclamation and restoration of riparian ecosystems. Soil erosion and riparian filtration of sediments and nutrients were also studied. These projects have resulted in more than 100 peer- reviewed publications, 50 technical reports, 50 graduate student dissertations and theses, and 60 presentations at professional meetings. Managed over $ 2 million in research and consulting projects.
Developed and directed the Center for Riparian Ecology and Management (CREAM) at Colorado State University. This Center has provided support for more than 20 graduate student's research, theses and dissertations, and publications. The Center is well known for the ecosystem approach to the study and management of riparian systems. Most studies have emphasized interactions among water, soil, microbes, plants, and animals in ecosystem function and services.
Forty-five years research, teaching, and consulting experience in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Kenya. Projects have included ecophysiology of rangeland plants, plant growth and development, plant water relations, soil microbe-plant interactions, environmental stressor effects on plants, grazing impacts on soils and vegetation, soil erosion, soil-plant-water relations, riparian ecosystem structure and function, mine land restoration, and vegetation mapping, sampling, and monitoring. Thirty-five years of faculty experience at Colorado State University and the University of Nairobi. Taught courses in ecology, rangeland management, ecosystem function, and plant ecophysiology. Taught shortcourses and workshops on rangeland ecophysiology and ecosystem structure and function for the US Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture.
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