Dr. David Dahlgren

Wildland Resources

Associate Professor

Dr. David Dahlgren

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 226
Phone: (435) 881-1910
Email: dave.dahlgren@usu.edu
Additional Information:


My professional pursuits focus on providing science-based information concerning wildlife habitat and ecosystem management within working landscapes, especially on western North American rangelands. My role is primarily within Utah State University Extension where I am able to interact with our many stakeholders, from local to statewide and national communities. Much of my work has used local and statewide information to address national conservation issues. As part of my Extension work, I conduct applied research in cooperation with my graduate students, with the majority of our projects focused on native grouse and other gallinaceous species in North America.  My research findings help support better conservation and management of these species. I have experience conducting research on greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus), dusky grouse (Dendragopus obscurus), ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus), greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido), lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus), northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), and ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), among other species. After working for a state wildlife agency (i.e., Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism), I am deeply appreciative of the need for information gained from applied research where managers and policy makers can use results to make more informed decisions. I am particularly interested in the interaction of livestock grazing and wildlife and finding management approaches that help sustain both wildlife and the working lands upon which local communities and ecosystems depend. I believe our society has an increasing need to better understand its dependence on healthy ecosystems. I work within Utah’s Community-Based Conservation Program and help facilitate local working groups across the state of Utah. I particularly enjoy working with local producers, private landowners, and local state and federal agency managers. I strongly feel that cooperation with local people working on the ground and the integration of their work with state and national conservation efforts is key to the future conservation of grouse and other wildlife on both public and private rangelands in the West.

Current Projects

Grouse Ecology and Management – Bear River Range, Northern Utah
Greater Sage-Grouse Transplant – Sheeprock Mountains, West-Central Utah
Greater Sage-Grouse Response to Conifer Management, Northwest Utah
Livestock and Sage-Grouse Interactions in Sagebrush Habitats, Northeast Utah
Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Assessment in Utah, Statewide
Cheatgrass Control in High Elevation Sagebrush Habitat, Southcentral Utah
Response of Sage-Grouse and Livestock to Sagebrush Management, Southcentral Utah

Graduate Students

Chuck Carpenter - MS
Stephanie Landry - PhD
Logan Clark - MS

Google Scholar
Jack H. Berryman Institute
Utah’s Community-Based Conservation Program