Resilience Research

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Resilience, panarchy and complex adaptive systems theories have increased our understanding of coupled human-natural systems and what defines resilient agroecosystems. The development of an agricultural resilience framework will empower producers, resource managers, policymakers and others to apply and adapt their knowledge in real-time. This provides multiple production pathways specific to the landscape that will help meet global demands without compromising resource availability.

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Network for Integrated Agricultural Resilience Research

There is a need for both basic and applied research relating to how agricultural practices and policies, in combination with drivers such as land-use change, impact resilience and increase the risk of undesirable shifts in agricultural systems.

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Collaborative Adaptive Management

In a collaborative setting, the Barta Brothers Ranch allows for high-risk management experiments, the monitoring of ecosystem services and disservices, and economic analysis of the various activities at the ranch level.

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photo of Craig Allen, Simanti Banerjee, and Dirac Twidwell in prairie

Resilience Informatics as Screening Tools

Billions of dollars are directed each year to reverse environmental degradation and to prevent ecosystem service collapses. Much of the science performed in service of managing these regional systems has historically been reactionary.

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North American Bat Monitoring Program

Monitoring bats across large landscapes increases our understanding of bat populations and habitat use—promoting the long-term viability of bats across Nebraska and North America.

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