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Tamera Minnick

Professor of Environmental Science & Technology

Contact Information

Wubben Hall & Science Center 223F



PhD, Colorado State University

BS, University of Nebraska


Tamera Minnick, PhD, graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in biology and minors in math, physics and anthropology. She went on to earn her PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University. She returned to the University of Nebraska for a post-doctoral research position. She was also an Assistant Professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University before joining Colorado Mesa University where she now is a Professor in Environmental Science and Technology.

Minnick teaches a wide variety of courses in the environmental science program including Global Sustainability, Ecology of Management of Grasslands and Shrublands, Soil Science and Sustainability, Restoration Ecology, and Experimental Design and Analysis for Environmental Science. In her teaching, Minnick emphasizes development of good research and analysis skills and the role of science in making decisions about public lands' management. Her research focuses on plant and soil interactions in restoration of disturbed lands. She is also on the Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management's Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:

Minnick, T.J., and R.D. Alward. In Press. Plant-soil feedbacks and the partial recovery of soil spatial patterns on abandoned well pads in a sagebrush shrubland. Ecological Applications.

Minnick, T.J., and R.D. Alward. 2012. Soil moisture enhancement techniques aid shrub transplant success in an arid shrubland restoration. Rangeland Ecology and Management 65:232-240.

Minnick, T.J., and D.P. Coffin. 1999. Geographic patterns of simulated establishment of two Bouteloua species: implications for distributions of dominants and ecotones. Journal of Vegetation Science 10:343-356.

Musselman, R.C., and T.J. Minnick. 2000. Nocturnal stomatal conductance and ambient air quality standards for ozone. Atmospheric Environment 34:719-733.