Mitch McClaran
Mitch McClaran
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Director for Research, Santa Rita Experimental Range
Associate Director, Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station
(520) 621-1673

Mitchel McClaran (PhD ’86, UC Berkeley) has been teaching and researching rangeland ecology and policy at the University of Arizona since 1986, and is a Fellow in the Society for Range Management.

Selected Citations: 

Anderson, J., M.P. McClaran, and P.B. Adler. 2012. Cover and density of semi-desert grassland plants in permanent quadrats mapped from 1915 to 1947. Ecology 93:1492.

Bagchi, A., D.D. Briske, X.B. Wu, M.P. McClaran, B.T. Bestelmeyer, and M.E. Fernandez-Gimenez. 2012. Empirical assessment of state-and-transition models with a long-term vegetation record from the Sonoran Desert. Ecological Applications 22:400-411.

McClaran, M.P., D.M. Browning, and C. Huang. 2010 Temporal dynamics and spatial variability in desert grassland vegetation. In R.H. Webb, D.E. Boyer, and R.M. Turner (eds.). Repeat Photography: Methods and Applications in the Natural Sciences. Island Press. Pages 145-166.

McClaran, M.P., C. McMurtry, and S.R. Archer. 2013. A tool for estimating impacts of woody encroachment in arid grasslands: allometric equations for biomass, carbon and nitrogen content in Prosopis velutina. Journal of Arid Environments 88:39-42.

McClaran, M.P., J. Moore-Kucera, D.A. Martens, J. van Haren, S.E. Marsh. 2008. Soil carbon and nitrogen in relation to shrub size and death in a semi-arid grassland. Geoderma 145:60-68.

McClaran, M.P. and H.Wei. 2014. Recent drought phase in a 73-year record at two spatial scales: Implications for livestock production on rangelands in the Southwestern United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 197:40-51.

Moore, P.E., J.W. van Wagtendonk, J.L.Yee, M.P. McClaran, D.N. Cole, N.K. McDougald, and M.L. Brooks. 2013. Net primary productivity of subalpine meadows in Yosemite National Park in relation to climate variability. Western North American Naturalist 73:409-418.

Moran, M.S., B. Hutchinson, S.E. Marsh, M.P. McClaran, and A. Olsson. 2009. Archiving and distributing three long-term interconnected geospatial data sets. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 47:59-71.

Moran, M.S., G.E. Ponce Campos, A. Huete, M.P. McClaran, Y. Zhang, E.P. Hamerlynck, D.J. Augustine, S.A. Gunter, S.G. Kitchen, D.P.C. Peters, P.J.Starks, and M. Hernandez. . Functional response of U.S. grasslands to the early 21st century drought. Ecology 95: 2121-2133.

Olsson, A.D., J. Betancourt, M.P. McClaran, and S.E. Marsh. 2012. Sonoran desert ecosystem transformation by a C4 grass without the grass/fire cycle. Diversity and Distributions 18:10-21.

Perlinski, A,T., G. Paige, and M.P. McClaran. 2014. Evaluating a state-and-transition model using a long-term dataset. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 67:173-182.

Polyakov, V.O., M.A. Nearing, M.H. Nichols, R.L. Scott, J.J. Stone, M. P. McClaran. 2010. Long-term runoff and sediment yields from small semi-arid watersheds in southern Arizona. Water Resources Research Vol. 46, doi:10.1029/2009WR009001.

Polyakov, V.O., M.H. Nichols, M.P. McClaran, and M.A. Nearing, 2014. Effect of check dams on runoff, sediment yield and retention on small semi-arid watersheds. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 69:414-421.

Ponce Compos, G.E., M.S. Moran, A. Huete, Y. Zhang, C. Bresloff, T.E. Huxman, D. Eamus, D.D. Bosh, A.R. Buda, S.A. Gunter, T. H. Scalley, S.G. Kitchen, M.P. McClaran, W.H. McNab, D.S. Montoya, J.A. Morgan, D.P.C Peters, E.J. Sadler. M.S. Seyfried, and P.J. Starks. 2013. Ecosystem resilience despite large-scale altered hydroclimatic condition. Nature 494:349-352.

Research Themes: 
Natural resource management
Climate and Adaptation
Ecosystem management
Human dimensions
Land use
Range management
Risk management
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Ecosystem ecology
Grasslands and savannas
Invasive species
Plant ecology
Arid lands

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