range ecologist

This is the home page of Paul T. Tueller at the University of Nevada Reno. My resume is found below. My interest include flying, traveling, horses, reading, photography, the ecology of our natural resoruces, being a grandpa, and telling people not to worry so much about the environment. Over the years I have found out that mother nature is much more resilient than most of us give her credit for and while we must remain vigilant there is little need to completely curtail our activites and wise use of the resources found on our wild landscapes.


Professor of Range Ecology, Department of Envrionmental and Resource Sciences, University of Nevada Reno. My tenure at the University of Nevada Reno has been a long one as I am just completing my 35th year. My research interests are in range ecology with a particular focus on plant synecology, landscape ecology, vegetation/soil relationships and plant succession. These interests have led me over the last 25 years to become heavily involved in remotes sensing research. Research in plant synecology deals with the relationships of plant communities to environments. Rangeland, forest and widllife habitat management is based on an understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors influencing plant communities. Vegetation science occupies much of my time. Recently my graduate students have begun work in the area of fire ecology where we will be studying secondary succession after prescribed fire in several Nevada ecosystems. In addition we are sampling vegetation in western Nevada and adjacent California to describe and map the distribution of fire fuel models as a means of assisitng with the reduction of fire threat in the region. This work is being done in cooperation with the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators. After mapping the fire fuel models we will be using a fire simulation model to describe wildfire behavior given certain parameters.

Students in my laboratory become proficient with our image processing/GIS software. We are working with Landsat Thematic Mapper data to map and study vegetation, soil and habitat resources on aridlands, forested lands and the riparian zones within the land mosaic. Emphasis is being placed on trying to understand the spectral properties of mixed pixels. We are also mapping vegetation resources using a multispectral airborne video system using classifications based on pixel radiance and color infrared simulations. We are anxiously looking forward to some of the newly proposed satellite systems that will provide remote sensing data with higher spectral and spatial resolution.

EDUCATION: B.S., Idaho State University in Wildlife Conservation M.S. University of Nevada Reno in Range Management. Ph.D. Oregon State university in Range Ecology .

TEACHING: Although I have taught a number of classes over several years, I now teach the following courses: 1) ERS 451-651 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources, 2) ERS 341 Principles of Range Management, 3 ERS 493-693 Range and Forest Ecology and 4) ERS 495-695 Fire Ecology and Management

A few representative publications: (Coming Later):


University of Nevada Reno
Society for Range Management
The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
The Nature Conservancy
People for The West
Jianguo Wu
Space Imaging

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