About the Project

Land Management Treatments

Vegetation and Fuels

Soils and Biogeochemistry

Water Runoff and Erosion

Birds and Insects


Human Perspectives

Climate Change Connection

Weather Stations

SageSTEP Team Members

SageSTEP Partners

Zach Aanderud
Soils Ecologist

steve buntingAssociate Professor
Plant & Wildlife Sciences
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4220

Microbial and Ecosystem Ecology—Much of my research links temporal fluctuations in resources to microorganism responses and ecosystem services. This overarching theme has inspired questions relating to the: 1) impacts of human-induced disturbances on aquatic and terrestrial bacterial dormancy, dominance, and species interactions; 2) consequences of rainfall, snowfall, and resource changes on bacterial communities and trace gas production in extreme environments; and, 3) more recently, the use of hyperthermophilic bacteria to digest waste streams prior to methane production.

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