Examining Social Learning As A Key Process within Collaborative Adaptive Grazing Management

- About Hailey

Hailey is a PhD Student studying Rangeland Ecosystem Science in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University.

Hailey Wilmer

- Project Summary

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.

- Location

Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming