- Noblet Building 160
Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
- PhD, Weed Science and Range Ecology, Oregon State University
- BS, Natural Resource Sciences, Thompson Rivers University
Invasion biology and ecology
My research focuses on improving our knowledge of how the management of weedy species affects ecosystem function and human health. Historically, weedy species have been an agricultural issue. However, with the advent of global transportation we have seen the emergence of invasive species. Despite our best efforts, invasive species continue to spread at an accelerated rate having not only biological consequences, but economic and social ramifications as well. Therefore, it is going to take an interdisciplinary approach to develop creative and innovative solutions to the seemingly impossible issue of invasive species management. Fundamentally, my research interests revolve around practical applications of invasive plant ecology.
In particular, generating cross discipline collaboration to generate innovative solutions to persistent invasive plant issues. My current research interests incorporate the fields of weed science, plant physiology, agronomy, engineering, sociology and education. The ultimate goals of my research are to improve our knowledge of how invasive species affect terrestrial ecosystem function and how we can utilize integrated pest management to minimize the economic, environmental, social and human health impacts of pesticides.
- Ball D.A., S.M. Frost, L. Fandrich, C. Tarasoff, and C. Mallory-Smith. 2008. Biological attributes of rattail fescue (Vulpia myuros). Weed Science 56: 26-31
- Tarasoff, C.S., D.A. Ball, and C. Mallory-Smith. 2007. Extreme ionic and temperature effects on germination of weeping alkaligrass, Nuttall’s alkaligrass and Kentucky bluegrass. Weed Science 55: 305-310
- Tarasoff, C.S., D.A. Ball, and C. Mallory-Smith. 2007. Comparative plant responses of Puccinellia nuttalliana and Puccinellia distans to sodic versus normal soil types. Journal of Arid Environments 70:403-417
- Tarasoff, C.S., D.A. Ball, and C. Mallory-Smith. 2007. Afterripening requirements and optimal germination temperatures for Puccinellia nuttalliana and Puccinellia distans. Weed Science: 55:36-40.
- Tarasoff, C.S., M. Louhaichi, C. Mallory-Smith, and D.A. Ball. 2005. Using Geographic Information Systems to present non geographical data – an example using a two-way thermogradient plate. Rangeland Ecology and Management 58: 315-318.
- D.A. Ball., Frost, S.M., Tarasoff, C., and C. Mallory-Smith. 2005. Biology of rattail fescue and its management in direct-seeded winter wheat and chemical fallow. In: 2005 Dryland Agricultural Research Annual Report. OSU Ag. Exp. Stn. Spec Rpt. 1061, June 2005. P. 92.