Lesley Morris

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Lesley Morris

Associate Professor of Rangeland Ecology & Management


B.A. University of New Mexico, 1995
M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ph.D. Ecology, Utah State University, 2008


  • REM 408: Rangeland Ecosystems -Ecological characteristics, botanical composition, distribution, wildlife species, and land uses of the major rangeland plant communities in the western U.S.
  • REM 494: Range and Forest Administration and Policy - Public administration of resource management, history of agencies, laws and policies, administrative procedures, policy formation, decision-making, planning, and public participation as related to ethics, science, and politics.

Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award, Rangeland Science and Education Council, Society for Range Management (2018)

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Historical Fire and Ventenata dubia Invasion in a Temperate Grassland
Ventenata is an invasive annual grass that has rapidly expanded its range across temperate grassland and shrub-steppe ecosystems in western North America.
Luke W. Ridder, JoAnna M.Perrena, Lesley R.Morris, Bryan A.Endress, Robert V.Taylord, Bridgett J.Naylore 2021, Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol 75, March 2021, Pg. 35-40
Forb community response to prescribed fire, livestock grazing, and an invasive annual grass in the Pacific Northwest Bunchgrass Prairie. Watson, B. L., Lukas, S. B., Morris, L. R., DeBano, S. J., Schmalz, H. J., & Leffler, A. J. 2021, Applied Vegetation Science