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portrait of Dr. Brandon BestelmeyerBrandon Bestelmeyer is research leader and ecologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Jornada Experimental Range and a co-PI of the Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research site at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His research focuses on tipping points, strategies to promote resilience, and restoration in rangeland ecosystems. This work emphasize collaborations with governmental and non-governmental organizations to use ecological science in rangeland decision-making, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Malpai Borderlands Group, the Mongolian government, and agricultural agencies in Argentina. He obtained an M.S. in Zoology and Ph.D in Ecology at Colorado State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Applied Ecology at University of California, Irvine.