Dr. David Dahlgren
I am the head of USU's Rangeland-Wildlife Habitat Lab, and I am interested in providing scientific information on how management can affect wildlife habitat and ecosystems, especially on working rangelands in North America. My primary role is within Utah State University Extension where I am able to interact with our many stakeholders across multiple communities; i.e., local, statewide, regional, and national. Much of my work has used local information to address national conservation issues. I have spent the majority of my Extension and research time on our native grouse and other Gallinaceous species in North America. I strive to ensure the information we provide, including our research findings, helps support better conservation and management of these species, their habitat, and our social communities that depend on these landscapes. After working for a state wildlife agency, I am deeply appreciative of the need for applied research where managers and policy makers can use results to make more informed decisions. I am particularly interested in the interaction of working lands, including livestock grazing (the predominant landuse of rangelands), and wildlife and finding management approaches that are compatible. I work within Utah’s Community-Based Conservation Program and currently help facilitate 2 local working groups in Utah. I particularly enjoy working with local communities including producers, private landowners, and state/federal agency personnel. I believe the cooperation of local people working on the ground and the integration of their work with state and national conservation efforts are key to the future of grouse and other wildlife on both public and private rangelands in the West.