-Northeast Colorado and Southeast, WY 82007United States
About Hailey Wilmer
Hailey Wilmer, PhD Student, Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, Colorado
“Examining Social Learning As A Key Process within Collaborative Adaptive Grazing Management”
Northeastern Colorado and Southeastern Wyoming
Hailey will explore social learning as a component of adaptive grazing management in two ongoing research studies, the Adaptive Grazing Management Experiment (AGM) in NE Colorado, and the AGM Observational Study (NE Colorado and SE Wyoming). These ongoing research projects aim to study the processes and outcomes of adaptive decision-making in complex rangeland systems, and involve collaboration between researchers, ranchers, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Now in their third year, these projects have provided valuable insight into adaptive management processes and their corresponding ecological outcomes, but the role that social learning plays in these processes and outcomes has gone unexplored. At the same time, the AGM project has so far followed conventional patterns of researcher-subject relationships. This has created potentially problematic and unequal claims to knowledge and ownership in research findings among collaborators. There is therefore a need to increase participation in the research process and ownership in research products for ranchers and agency/non-profit collaborators. Collaborators: 17 family cattle ranches, CSU researchers, and the USDA-Agriculture Research Service.