Rangelands comprise about 25% of the earth's surface and
support more than 20 million people and most of the world's charismatic
megafauna. People in these rangelands herd livestock and are dependent
on the environment. But environments are changing rapidly, with increased
populations, land tenure changes, and climate variability.
This project is about understanding uncertainty and change in this linked human-environment system. We use an integrated modeling approach. With an agent-based modeling linked to ecological models we will investigate the factors that enable people to make decisions so they can be resilient to uncertainty. With work we have done in Mongolia, the northern U.S. Great Plains and in East Africa we will investigate the human-ecological effects in the face of change.