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RS 452 - Rangeland Herbivore Ecology and Management

  • 3 credits
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Ecology and management of large ungulate herbivores including consumer functions at organismal and ecosystem levels.


RS 300 (Rangeland Conservation and Stewardship); LAND 220/LIFE 220 (Fundamentals of Ecology)


Casey Matney

Casey Matney began his career in the natural resources field as a college intern for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management at Oregon State University (OSU) studying sage grouse at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and working seasonal positions for the USDA Forest Service. For his master’s degree, he studied stream temperature, redband trout, and willow herbivory on Steens Mountain. He received a Ph.D. for his research studying winterfat and grazing ecology in the Catlow Valley of Oregon. Casey is now an Assistant Professor and Agriculture/Horticulture Extension Agent within the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

In Alaska, Casey’s program responsibilities span the spectrum from livestock and range to soils and horticulture. He is the Alaska State Coordinator for Western SARE and president of the National Association for County Agricultural Agents in Alaska. He provides agriculture expertise and training to rural Alaska villages as well as the more metropolitan areas of the state. He is a primary investigator and collaborator on a number of research and outreach projects focusing on: forage production, soil health, integrated pest management, and produce safety. Casey has been instructing college courses in rangeland management since 2006.