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Danielle Bilyeu Johnston
Danielle Bilyeu Johnston

​​ Wildlife Habitat Researcher

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Contact Info

711 Independent Ave.

Grand Junction, CO 81505

(970) 255- 6117


Ph.D., Ecology— Colorado State University, June 2006

B.A., Biology — Rice University, January 1999

Current or Recent Positions

Wildlife Habitat Researcher— Colorado Parks and Wildlife, June 2007-Present

Researcher— Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO, June 2006- May 2007

Current or Recent Research Projects

  • Researching improved techniques for restoring wildlife habitat following oil and gas
  • Understanding how weed seed dispersal is influenced by landscape features
  • Developing tools for creating microtopography to enhance seed establishment and limit weed seed dispersal
  • Quantifying understory responses to mastication (tree removal) treatments
  • Improving shrub measurement techniques
  • Understanding how drought, cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and a water-conserving soil amendment impact restoration in Colorado

Areas of Interest, Expertise

Invasive plant ecology; arid lands restoration techniques; plant-herbivore interactions; seed
dispersal; shrub measurement techniques; plant water relations

Selected Publications

Johnston D. B. Forthcoming. Rough soil surface lessens annual grass invasion in disturbed
rangeland. Rangeland Ecology & Management.

Decker, K., A. Pocewicz, S. Harju, M. Holloran, M. Fink, T. Toombs, and D. B. Johnston.  2017.
Landscape disturbance models consistently explain variation in ecological integrity across large
landscapes. Ecosphere.

Stephens G. J., Johnston D.B., Jonas, J.L., and M.W. Paschke. 2016. Understory responses to
mechanical treatment of pinyon-juniper in northwest Colorado. Rangeland Ecology and
Management 69:351-359.

Johnston D.B. 2015. Downy brome (Bromus tectorum) control for pipeline restoration. Invasive
Plant Science and Management 8:181-192.

Johnston D.B. and P.L.Chapman. 2014. Rough surface and high-forb seed mix promote ecological
restoration of simulated well pads. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 7:408-424.

Monty, A., Brown, C.S., and D.B. Johnston. 2012. Fire promotes downy brome
(Bromus tectorum L.) seed dispersal. Biological Invasions 15:1113-1123.

Johnston D.B., Cooper DJ and Hobbs NT 2011. Relationships between groundwater use, water
table, and recovery of willow on Yellowstone's northern range. Ecosphere 2(2):art20:

Johnston D.B. 2011. Movement of weed seeds in reclamation areas. Restoration Ecology 19:446-

Bilyeu D.M., D.J. Cooper, and N.T. Hobbs NT. 2008. Water tables constrain height recovery of
willow on Yellowstone's Northern Range. Ecological Applications 18:80-92.

Bilyeu D.M., D.J. Cooper, and N.T. Hobbs NT. 2007. Assessing impacts of large herbivores on
shrubs: tests of scaling factors for utilization rates from shoot-level measurements.  Journal of
Applied Ecology 44:168-175

Johnston D.B., D.J. Cooper, and N.T. Hobbs NT. 2007. Elk browsing increases aboveground growth
of water-stressed willows by modifying plant architecture. Oecologia 154: 467-478