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Institute for Managing Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems

Our Team


Brian Mealor

IMAGINE Director and UW Plant Sciences

Brian is the director of the Institute for Managing Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems and is an associated professor at the University of Wyoming. He has been working with various stakeholders and land managers to help reduce the spread of invasive annual grasses throughout the greater west. 

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Jaycie Arndt 

IMAGINE Coordinator and UW Extension

Jaycie is the UW Extension Invasive Grasses Specialist and coordinator for IMAGINE and NEWIGWG (Northeast Wyoming Invasive Grasses Working Group). Jaycie conducts rangeland and weed science research, develops educational materials, organizes the IMAGINE Monitoring Network, facilitates annual grass workshops throughout Wyoming. 

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Beth Fowers

Assistant Research Scientist

Beth manages the ShREC greenhouse to ensure research, educational, and infrastructure objectives are met. Provide research support to other principal investigators undertaking research at ShREC, including assisting with data collection, experimental installation, etc. Communicate updates on status of projects during their management, such as presenting at conferences or written publications, and facilitate educational programs with other partners. 

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Chloe Mattilio

IMAGINE Postdoctoral Research Associate

Chloe is developing maps of predicted invasive annual grass presence at landscape scales with partners across Wyoming. Using IMAGINE monitoring network observations to train frequently collected satellite imagery, she aims to capture the spectral signature of invasive annual grasses for accurate detection. 


Claire Visconti

IMAGINE Outreach Program Coordinator and Assistant Research Scientist

Claire has extensive invasive plant management experience from Florida to Alaska from her time with National Park Service. She is now serving as the outreach program coordinator for the invasive grasses technology transfer partnership and is an assistant research scientist at UW. 

Government and Industry Partners

Slade Franklin 

Wyoming Department of Agriculture


Lindy Garner 

US Fish and Wildlife Service


Ian Tator 

Wyoming Game and Fish Department


Craig Russow

 UW Foundation


Rex Lockman 

Laramie County Conservation District

Craig Alford 

Corteva Agriscience


Rachel Mealor

Wyoming Weed and Pest Council

Affiliated University of Wyoming Faculty

Andrew Kniss

Plant Sciences - Weed Science


Kelsey Brock

Plant Sciences and Extension - Weed Specialist


Kristina Hufford 

Ecosystems Science and Management and WRRC - Restoration Ecology, Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Botany


Jeffrey Beck 

Ecosystem Science and Management - Wildlife Habitat Restoration Ecology


Derek Scasta

Ecosystem Science and Management and Extension - Rangeland Management, Plant-Herbivore Interaction Ecology, Fire Science


Linda van Diepen

Ecosystem Science and Management - Soil Microbial Ecology


Whit Stewart

Animal Science and Extension - Sheep Specialist


Brent Ewers 

Botany and Biodiversity Institute - Plant Physiological Ecology


Drew Bennett  

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources - Private Lands Stewardship

Kelly Crane

Extension Associate Dean

John Ritten

CSU Agriculture Economist and Extension Specialist

Contact Us

Sheridan Research and Extension Center
1090 Dome Loop 
Sheridan, WY 82801


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