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Susan E. Meyer

Research Ecologist
Maintaining Resilient Dryland Ecosystems
735 North 500 East
Provo, UT 84606
United States
Current Research

My current research projects include the following: Population ecology of Lepidium papilliferum; Evolutionary and community ecology of the seed bank pathogen Pyrenophora semeniperda on cheatgrass-dominted rangelands; Annual brome biocontrol after wildfire using a native fungal seed pathogen; Ecological genetics of the cheatgrass-head smut pathosystem; Regeneration biology of blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima: Rosaceae).

Research Interest
My research interests have been expressed in work focused primarily on the regeneration biology of native Intermountain shrubs, forbs, and grasses, in the context of the ecological restoration of shrublands, including the study of within-species genetic variation in germination regulation and seedling establishment ecology.
  • University of Utah, B.S., Environmental Science, 1969
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.S., Biological Science, 1976
  • Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D., Botany, 1980
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Scientists Use Drone Imagery to Census a Rare Desert Plant

Year: 2019
Census and monitoring are fundamental to rare plant conservation but can be expensive, labor-intensive, and damaging to fragile habitats. USDA Forest Service scientists at the agency's Rocky Mountain Research Station and collaborators developed a method using drone imagery to census populations of t...

Black Fingers of Death - the Bane of Cheatgrass

Year: 2011
Scientists have identified a promising biocontrol organism that can kill dormant cheatgrass seeds and sometimes a high proportion of germinable seeds. This pathogen (Pyrenophora semeniperda) has been dubbed Black Fingers of Death because of the fingerlike, black fruiting bodies that protrude from ki...

Cheatgrass Biocontrol with "Black Fingers of Death"

Year: 2014
Understanding the effects of slow-growing versus fast-growing pathogen strains may be the key to successfully slow down or stop cheatgrass seed germination.