Petersen, Steven

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Email: 5xyj{jsdujyjwxjsEg~z3jiz  (Email Form)

Website: http://ghal.byu.edu

5027  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4885

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Interests
I currently teach five courses in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences: Forest Management and Ecology (PWS 419), Rangeland Planning and GIS (PWS 417), Rangeland Landscape Ecology and GIS (PWS 512), Wildlife Law Enforcement (PWS 324), and Environmental Biology (PWS 150). I taught BIO 100 for 7 years (2008-2014)
 Research Interests
My research emphasizes the spatial and temporal dynamics of rangeland ecosystems, plant community dynamics and animal – habitat interactions. I utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology to answer ecological questions. I am currently working in seven areas of wildland spatial ecology, rangeland ecology and management, and forest ecology and management.
 Experience

Professional
  • Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, 2012-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2007-2012
  • Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, 2005-2006
  • Facutly Instructor, Oregon State University, 2004-2005
  • Ecologist / Scientist II, Science Application International Corporation, Las Vegas, NV, 1997-1999
  • Biological Technician, Peregrine Inc., 1995-1995

Government
  • Seasonal Technician, Bryce Canyon National Park, 1994-1996
  • Seasonal Technician, Dixie National Forest, 1993-1993

Academic - P-12
  • Research Technician, Brigham Young University, 1992-1992

 Memberships
  • Society for Conservation GIS, 2013-Present
  • The Wildlife Society, 2012-Present
  • Society for Range Management, 1997-Present
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology, 2002-2008
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2001-2005
  • Society for Ecological Restoration, 1998-2000
 Honors and Awards
  • College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University : Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Society for Range Management : Early Career Teaching Award
  • Brigham Young University : Young Scholar Award
  • Society for Range Management Annual Conference, SLC, Utah : 2nd place Ph.D. Oral Presenation competition.
  • Oregon State University : Department of Rangeland Resources Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year award
  • Oregon State University : First Place Ph.D. Award for the University Graduate Student Conference Science poster competition
  • Society for Range Management, Kona, Hawaii : 1st place Oral Presentation Competition
 Courses Taught

Winter 2017
  • PWS 150: Environmental Biology Section 002
  • PWS 417: Rangeland Planning & GIS Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 011, 028
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 002, 006, 008
  • PWS 697R: Research Section 006
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 009
Fall 2016
  • PWS 419: Forest Management & Ecology Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 010, 025
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 001, 006, 007, 008
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 009
Winter 2016
  • PWS 150: Environmental Biology Section 002
  • PWS 417: Rangeland Planning & GIS Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 011, 022
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 002
  • PWS 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 010
Fall 2015
  • PWS 419: Forest Management & Ecology Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 010, 025
  • PWS 512: Range Landscape Ecology & GIS Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 009
  • PWS 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 001

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Zvirzdin DL, Roundy BA, Barney NS, Petersen SL, Anderson VJ, Madsen MD. 2017. Postfire soil water repellency in piñon–juniper woodlands: Extent, severity, and thickness relative to ecological site characteristics and climate. Ecology and Evolution. 7:4630-4639.

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, Collins GH, Smith TS, McMillan BR, Eggett DL. 2017. The impacts of feral horses on the use of water by pronghorn in the Great Basin. Journal of Arid Environments. 138:38-43.

Boswell A, Petersen SL, Roundy BA, Jensen RR, Summers D, Hulet A. 2017. Rangeland monitoring using remote sensing: comparison of cover estimates from field measurements and image analysis. AIM Environmental Science.

Petersen SL, Nicholes BK, Frey N, Heaton K, Eggett DL. 2016. Response of greater sage-grouse to surface coal mining and habitat conservation in association with the mine. Human-Wildlife Interactions. 10:205-216.

Freese M, Petersen SL, Miller RF, Yost AC, Robinson WD. 2016. Spatial analysis of greater sage-grouse habitat use in relation to landscape level habitat structure. Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography. 6:1-10.

Westover MW, Larsen RT, Baxter RJ, Day CC, Jensen RR, Petersen SL. 2016. Assessing Greater Sage-Grouse selection of brood-rearing habitat using remotely-sensed imagery: Can readily available high-resolution imagery be used to identify brood-rearing habitat across a broad landscape?. Plos ONE. 11:19. <website> doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156290

Roundy DB, Hulet A, Roundy BA, Jensen RR, Hinkle JB, Crook L, Petersen SL. 2016. Estimating pinyon and juniper cover across Utah using NAIP imagery. AIM Environmental Science. 3:765-777.  doi:10.3934/environsci.2016.4.765

Roundy BA, Farmer M, Olson J, Petersen SL, Nelson DR, Davis J, Vernon J. 2016. Runoff and sediment response to tree control and seeding on a high erosion potential site in Utah: evidence for reversal of an abiotic threshold. Ecohydrology. :1-9. <website> doi:DOI 10.1002/ECO.1775

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Petersen SL, Hopkins BG, Roundy BA. 2015. Anchor chaining’s influence on soil hydrology and seeding success in burned pinon-juniper woodlands. 68(3):231-240.  doi:10.1016/j.rama.2015.03.010

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Jensen RR, Bunting S. 2014. Utilizing National Agricultural Image Program data to estimate tree cover and biomass of piñon and juniper woodlands. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 67:563-572. <website>

Collins GA, Petersen SL, Carr CA, Pielstick L. 2014. Testing GPS/VHF collar design and safety in the study of free-roaming horses. PloS One. 8(9(8):e103189).

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Jensen RR, Bunting SC. 2014. Cover estimations using object-based image analysis rule sets developed across multiple scales in pinyon and juniper woodlands. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 67:318-327.

Gillette G, Coates PS, Petersen SL, Romero JP. 2013. Can reliable sage-grouse lek counts be obtained using aerial infrared technology?. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 4(2):386-394.

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Jensen RR, Bunting S. 2013. Assessing the relationship between ground measurements and object-based image analysis of land cover classes in pinyon-juniper woodlands. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 79:799-808.

Madsen MD, Petersen SL, Fernelius KJ, Roundy BA, Taylor AG, Hopkins BG. 2012. Influence of soil water repellency on seedling emergence and plant survival in a burned semi-arid woodland. Arid Land Research and Management. 26:236-249.

Madsen MD, Petersen SL, Roundy BA, Taylor AG, Hopkins BG. 2012. Comparison of post-fire soil water repellency amelioration strategies on bluebunch wheatgrass and cheatgrass survival. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 65(2):182-188.

Boyd C, Petersen SL, Gilgert W, Rogers R, Fuhlendorf S, Larsen RT, Wolfe D, Jensen KC, Gonzales P, Dahlgren D, et al. 2011. Looking toward a brighter future for lekking grouse. Rangelands. 34:1-10.

Bruce JR, Robinson WD, Petersen SL, Miller RF. 2011. Greater sage-grouse movement and habitat use during winter in Central Oregon. Western North American Naturalist. 71:418-424.

Madsen MD, Zvirzden DL, Petersen SL, Roundy BA, Hopkins BG, Chandler DG. 2011. Soil water repellency within a burned piñon-juniper woodland: spatial distribution, severity, and ecohydrologic implications. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 75:1543-1553. <website>

Madsen MD, Zvirzden DL, Davis BD, Petersen SL, Roundy BA. 2011. Feature extraction techniques for measuring piñon and juniper tree cover and density, and comparison with field-based surveys. Environmental Management. 47:766-776.

Balzotti CS, Petersen SL, Terry RE, Golding C. 2010. Remote Sensing as a Tool for Tropical Ecology. Geography Compass. 4(8):993-1012. <website>

Presentations

Morris J, Petersen SL, Madsen MD. Effects of soil type and precipitation on seedling demography of the native grass, Elymus Elymoides. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Morris J, Madsen MD, Taylor J, Petersen SL, Lawrence C, Anderson VJ. Novel approach for improving rangeland seeding success with imazapic herbicide, cultivator sweeps, and a rangeland drill. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Petersen SL. Utilizing geospatial technology to improve our understanding of Great Basin landscapes. GIS Day. UVU Campus, Orem, Utah. 2016 .

Petersen SL, Gooch AJ, Eggett DL, Montague CA. The impact of feral horses on pronghorn water use in the Great Basin. Utah Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Richfield, Utah. 2016 .

Kitchen SG, Petersen SL, Taylor GW, Page DH, Balzotti CS, Coleman CE. Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) historic fire regimes and future fire risk: a multi-scale assessment. Restoring the West Conference. Logan, Utah. 2016 .

Howell R, Petersen SL. Remote sensing of western juniper: a comparison of image classification techniques. Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference. Monterey, California. 2016 .

Gomez T, Schill S, Knowles J, Nunez F, Petersen SL. Creating a conservation blueprint for Cuba. ESRI Users Conference. San Diego, California. 2016 .

Jackson MW, Petersen SL, Howell R. Spatial Bibliography for mapping research. ESRI Users Conference. San Diego, California. 2016 .

Petersen SL, Balzotti CS, Freese M. Assessing greater sage-grouse habitat use at multiple spatial scales using remote sensing and GIS. Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Morris J, Petersen SL, Louhaichi M. Modelling the impact of climate change on native shrub community dynamics in the southern part of the Mediterranean Basin. Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Landeen M, Petersen SL, Kitchen SG, Flinders LA. Post-fire seed production of mountain big sagebrush. Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Boswell A, Petersen SL, Roundy BA, Jensen RR, Vernon J, Summers D. Rangeland monitoring using remote sensing: comparing field-based sampling and image analysis techniques. Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Petersen SL. Principles of Range Management and Grazing. Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Riverside, Wyoming. 2014 .

Petersen SL. Restoration of arid rangelands in Western North America. Revegetation techniques for Arid Lands. Amman Jordan. 2013 .

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, McMillan BR, Smith TS. Feral horse impacts on pronghorn use of watering holes on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Society for Range Management. Oklahoma City, OK. 2013 .

Petersen SL, Kitchen SG, St Clair SB. The influence of fire severity on ecological succession patterns within an aspen-conifer post-fire community. Society for Range Management. Oklahoma City, OK. 2013 .

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL. Utilizing NAIP imagery to estimate tree cover and biomass in pinyon and juniper woodlands. Society for Range Management 66th Annual Meeting. Oklahoma City, OK. 2013 .

Petersen SL, Carr C, Collins G, Clark P, Johnson D, Boyd C, Davies K, Gooch A. Free-roaming horse distribution and habitat use patterns within riparian and upland areas in western North America. International Wild Equid Conference. Vienna, Austria. 2012 .

Nordquist MW, Petersen SL, Robinson TF, Collins G. Stable isotope diet reconstruction of feral horses (Equus caballus) on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, USA. International Wild Equid Conference. Vienna, Austria. 2012 .

Roundy BA, Hulet A, Petersen SL, Bunting S, Jensen RR. Assessing the relationship between remotely-sensed variables and field-based vegetation variables at multiple scales. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Carr C, Petersen SL, Bristow L, Johnson DE, Collins G, Clark P. Effect of GPS Collar Sampling Interval on Measures of Free-Roaming Horse Activity and Resource Use. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Landeen M, Petersen SL, Kitchen sG, Flinders LA. Estimating age of Mountain Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana) Using Morphological Characteristics. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, Collins G, Smith TS, McMillan BR. Feral Horse (Equus caballus) Impacts on Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Use of Watering Holes on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Nordquist MW, Petersen SL, Robinson TF. Feral Horse Diet Selection and Forage Availability. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Davies K, Boyd C, Collins G, Petersen SL. Impacts of Feral Horse Use on Rangelands and Riparian Areas. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Boswell A, Petersen SL, Jensen RR, Summers D, Vernon J. Rangeland Monitoring Using Remote Sensing and GIS: A Case Study of Scale and Resolution in Measuring Plant Community Structure. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Petersen SL, Carr C, Collins G, Boyd C, Davies K, Gooch A. Wild Horse Habitat Use Patterns within Riparian Areas of Northwest Nevada. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Bunting S, Jensen RR. Object-oriented segmentation and classification of high resolution imagery evaluating fire carrying fuel variables of pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2011 .

Hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Bunting S, Jensen RR. Characterizing pinyon-juniper woodlands using high resolution imagery. SageSTEP Land Manager Workshop. Boise, Idaho. 2011 .

Carr C, Petersen SL, Johnson DE, Clark PE, Collins G. Using GPS technology to characterize free-roaming horse distribution and movement patterns in southeast Oregon. The Wildlife Society Annual conference. Wakoloa, Hawaii. 2011 .

Cline N, Deboodt T, Fischer M, Petersen SL. Classification and expansion detection of western juniper using historical aerial imagery. Society for Range Management. Billings, Montana. 2011 .

Landeen ML, Petersen SL, Kitchen SG, Weisberg PJ, Reeves BA, Costa KA. Estimating seed production and plant age of mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana). Society for Range Management. Billings, Montana. 2011 .

Nordquist MW, Robinson TF, Petersen SL. Stable isotope diet reconstruction using tail hairs of feral horses on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Society for Range Management. Billings, Montana. 2011 .

hulet A, Roundy BA, Petersen SL, Bunting S, Jensen RR. Object-oriented segmentation and classification of high resolution imagery evaluating fire-carying variables of pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin. Society for Range Management 64th annual meeting. Billings, MT. 2011 .

Petersen SL. North American Wild Horse Habitat Use, Distribution, and Management Considerations. Wild Equid Conference. Alice Springs, Australia. 2010 .

Balzotti CS, Terry RE, Petersen SL, Jensen R. Modeling the maize agriculture potential of landforms in the Sierra del Lacondon and Tikal National Parks, Guatemala. Society for American Archaeology. St. Louis. 2010 .

Petersen SL, Miller RF, Gregg ME, Yost A. Landscape Heterogeneity for Greater Sage-grouse in Sagebrush Dominated Ecosystems. Western Shrublands Symposium. Logan, Utah. 2010 .

Petersen SL, Collins GE, Johnson DE, Clark PE, Wilson M. Use of GPS collars to monitor free-roaming horse behavior and movement patterns. Utah Section The Wildlife Society Meeting. Moab, Utah. 2010 .

Petersen SL, Collins GH, Carr CA, Johnson DE, Clark PE. Monitoring free-roaming horse distribution patterns and habitat use with GPS technology. Society for Range Management. Denver, Colorado. 2010 .

Research Report

Kaze J, Petersen SL, Larsen RT, Baxter RJ. 2014. Utah Sage-grouse habitat predictive modeling and Diamond population monitoring project.

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