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Rosemary L. Pendleton

R. Pendleton

Retired Scientist/Volunteer

333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3407
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Current Research

Biology and restoration of blackbrush. Potential use of fungal enfophytes to control cheatgrass. Effect of fire on biodiversity and floral resources for pollinators. Soil microtopography and biological soil crust function. Development of native plant materials for the Southwest.

Research Interests

My primary research interest concerns the reproductive biology of native plants, their use in restoration, and pollination needs.

Past Research

Reproductive biology of chenopod and rosaceous shrubs. Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and biological soil crusts on plant growth and establishment. The re-introduction of fire into semi-arid grasslands of the southwest.

Why This Research is Important

The more we know about the basic biology of plants, the better we can mitigate the effects of climate change and invasive species on vegetative communities.


  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, B.S., Botany, 1978
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, M.S., Range Science, 1981
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 1986
  • Publications

    Finch, Deborah M.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Reeves, Matt C.; Ott, Jeffrey E.; Kilkenny, Francis F.; Butler, Jack L.; Ott, Jacqueline P.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Ford, Paulette L.; Runyon, Justin B.; Rumble, Mark A.; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2016. Rangeland drought: Effects, restoration, and adaptation [Chap. 8]
    Newcombe, George; Campbell, Jason; Griffith, David; Baynes, Melissa; Launchbaugh, Karen; Pendleton, Rosemary L., 2016. Revisiting the life cycle of dung fungi, Including Sordaria fimicola
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Meyer, Susan E.; Richardson, Bryce A.; Esque, Todd; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2015. Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima Torr.): State of our knowledge and future challenges [Chapter 10]
    Richardson, Bryce A.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Germino, Matthew J.; Rehfeldt, Gerald E.; Meyer, Susan E., 2014. Adaptive responses reveal contemporary and future ecotypes in a desert shrub
    Krofcheck, Dan J.; Eitel, Jan U. H.; Vierling, Lee A.; Schulthess, Urs; Hilton, Timothy M.; Dettweiler-Robinson, Eva; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Litvak, Marcy E., 2014. Detecting mortality induced structural and functional changes in a pinon-juniper woodland using Landsat and RapidEye time series
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Cibils, Andres F., 2014. Humans in changing shrubland ecosystems
    Miller, Sue; Meyer, Susan E.; Richardson, Bryce A.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2013. Science You Can Use Bulletin: Upwardly mobile in the western U.S. desert: Blackbrush shrublands respond to a changing climate
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; McArthur, E. Durant; Sanderson, Stewart, 2012. Breeding system and interaccessional hybridization of Purshia tridentata plants grown in a common garden
    Richardson, Bryce A.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Pendleton, Rosemary L., 2012. Plant vulnerabilities and genetic adaptation (Chapter 4)
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Meyer, Susan E.; Carlson, Stephanie L.; Morrison, Elizabeth, 2012. Viability of Blackbrush seed (Coleogyne ramosissima Torr. [Rosaceae]) following long-term storage
    Sommers, William D.; Howery, Larry D.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Lee, Richard D.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2011. Applying the successional weed management model for revegetating a yellow starthistle-infested dryland pasture in the Chihuahuan Desert
    Pendleton, Burton K.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; White, Carleton S., 2008. Effects of prescribed fire on recruitment of Juniperus and Opuntia in a semiarid grassland watershed
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Mudge, Joann; McArthur, E. Durant, 2008. Origin of the flax cultivar 'Appar' and its position within the Linum perenne complex
    Kitchen, Stanley G.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Monaco, Thomas A.; Vernon, Jason comps., 2008. Proceedings-Shrublands under fire: disturbance and recovery in a changing world; 2006 June 6-8; Cedar City, UT
    Shaw, Nancy L.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Hurd, Emerenciana G., 2008. Zuckia brandegei (Gray) Welsh & Stutz ex Welsh: siltbush
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Warren, Steven D.; Johansen, Jeffrey R.; St. Clair, Larry L., 2007. Shrub establishment in the presence of cheatgrass: The effect of soil microorganisms
    White, Carleton S.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K., 2006. Response of two semiarid grasslands to a second fire application
    Ford, Paulette L.; Potter, Deborah U.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Robbie, Wayne A.; , 2004. Southwestern Grassland Ecology
    Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Howard, G. L.; Warren, S. D., 2003. Growth and nutrient content of herbaceous seedlings associated with biological soil crusts
    Stradling, Dorothy A.; Thygerson, Tonya; Smith, Bruce N.; Hansen, Lee D.; Criddle, Richard S.; Pendleton, Rosemary L., 2001. Calorimetric studies of cryptogamic crust metabolism in response to temperature, water vapor, and liquid water
    Leidolf, Andreas; Wolfe, Michael L.; Pendleton, Rosemary L., 2000. Bird communities of gambel oak: a descriptive analysis
    The distribution of plant species and populations will likely be reshaped as climate changes. Understanding these changes is complex and requires the integration of multiple research disciplines including genetics, climate modeling and biogeography. This research focuses on blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima), a widespread shrub that straddles the ecotone, transition area between two plant communities, from the Great Basin and Mojave Desert ecosystems.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems