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Natural Resource Ecology and Management

NREM Faculty - Laura Goodman

Range Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor

303F Agriculture Hall (physical)
008C Agriculture Hall (mail)
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

Educational Background
B.S.:2003, Abilene Christian University; Range and Agronomy
M.S.: 2011, New Mexico State University; Range Science
Ph.D.:2015, New Mexico State University; Range Science


Curriculum Vitae


  • NREM 5603/5030*: Range and Pasture Utilization
  • NREM 4613: Rangeland Resources Planning
  • NREM 4990/5030*: Herbaceous Plants of the Great Plains
  • NREM 4990: Range Plant Identification

Research Interests:
My research interests include identifying mechanisms that determine where and what domesticated ungulates graze.  I am specifically interested in individual behavioral differences that are consistent in multiple contexts and limit an animals’ ability to adapt in varying environments.  The effects of differences in personality on grazing distribution, dam reproductive efficiency, and offspring performance are also areas where I focus because of their ecological and economic importance.  I also research methods to manipulating which plant species are grazed (targeted grazing) through specific supplements, grazing systems, species selection (cattle, goat, sheep), and management techniques.  My goal is to help livestock producers select animals whose behaviors fit best with management objectives.

Recent Publications

Goodman, L.E., A.F. Cibils, R.L. Steiner, J. D. Graham, K.C. McDaniel.  2015. Control of silky crazyweed (Oxytropis sericea) with aminopyralid +2,4-D and picloram +2,4-D on native rangeland.  Invasive Plant Science and Management 8:401-408.

Goodman, L.E., A.F. Cibils, S.C. Lopez, R.L. Steiner, J.D. Graham, K.C. McDaniel, L.B. Abbott, B.L. Stegelmeier, and D.M. Hallford. 2014. Targeted grazing of white locoweed: Short term effects of herbivory regime on vegetation and sheep. Rangeland Ecology and Management 67:680-692.

Goodman, L.E., A.F. Cibils, L. Owensby. 2014. Classifying rangeland-raised Brangus cows into behavioral syndrome groups: A preliminary assessment. Proceedings of the 12th North American – International Society for Applied Ethology; East Lansing, MI, USA.

Goodman, L.E., A.F. Cibils, J.D. Graham, L. Owensby, W. Taylor, K.C. McDaniel. 2011. White locoweed suppression on rangelands: Targeted grazing with sheep vs. herbicides. Proceedings of the 9th International Rangeland Congress: Rosario, Argentina.