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Barger, Nichole Professor


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research overview

  • I am an ecologist focused on sustainable land management and restoration of a broad variety of ecosystems throughout the world. My research centers on land degradation and restoration issues including the ecological risks of fire mitigation treatments, drivers and biogeochemical responses to woody plant encroachment, forest decline and regeneration, and restoration of degraded dryland ecosystems. My current research includes projects on restoration of degraded rangelands and military lands across the Western U.S. and studies of vegetation dynamics of the Namib Desert of Namibia. In addition to my research, I am actively involved on a wide range of international science policy activities. I recently served as a coordinating lead author on the IPBES Global Land Degradation and Restoration assessment and currently serving a four-year position with the UNCCD Science Policy Interface group.


  • ecology, dryland ecology, land degradation, restoration,


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courses taught

  • EBIO 1020 - Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces students to EBIO. Provides an overview of the major and how it differs from other biology programs; how to get involved in clubs, research, and/or internship opportunities; strategies for succeeding in EBIO courses; and career options. This is a first-year colloquium course specifically designed for freshman and other students exploring their educational and career opportunities.
  • EBIO 4140 - Plant Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Examines the relationships between plants and their physical and biological environments, encompassing physiology, competition, plant-soil and plant-animal interactions, population dynamics, diversity, and influence on ecosystem function. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 4990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of the final phase of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared EBIO major and approval by departmental Honors program.
  • EBIO 5460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 4460.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • MCDB 5650 - Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Science Courses
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Discusses recent research on how students learn and applications to the teaching of undergraduate science courses. Conducted as an interactive workshop, in which active-engagement in learning approaches are modeled and experienced by participants. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to fulfill the pedagogical training requirement for undergraduate Learning Assistants in upper division science courses. Post-doctoral and faculty auditors are welcome to participate as regular auditors.


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