Joe Craine

Joe Craine is part of the faculty of the Kansas State University. Over his career, he has researched grasslands from New Zealand to Africa to North America. Across the grasslands of the world, Craine has worked to understand how different grasslands function in order to better understand how they are likely to be affected by global changes such as elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and warming. To answer these questions, collecting bison poop is relatively glamorous compared to washing roots and counting leaves. He has only been charged by a bison once while conducting research and found that running and screaming was an effective way not to get hurt in that case. Craine grew up in the non-ranching part of Cleveland, Ohio and received degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley.


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Climate Change and the Future of Bison

When the world gets warmer, what happens to bison and other grassland grazers such as cattle? A new paper, based on research conducted at Nature Conservancy preserves, is helping answer that question.

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