Kenneth W. Tate

Kenneth Tate

Position Title
Professor of Cooperative Extension - Russell L. Rustici Endowed Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Rangeland Watershed Science

  • Faculty
1230 PES
UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; Water Resources, 1995
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University; Rangeland Ecology and Management, 1991
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; Rangeland Ecology and Management, 1989

Research interests and expertise: 

I am interested in research-based outreach to enhance natural resources and sustain productive agricultural enterprises on rangelands. I am particularly interested in conducting research at the complex spatial scales that management decisions and ecosystem responses occur. I attempt to integrate undergraduate and graduate education, research, and outreach in all of my projects. I am interested in almost all aspects of rangeland ecosystems. In collaboration with many partners, I have examined plant, water, soil, and animal response to range management activities such as grazing, roads, prescribed fire, oak thinning, and restoration.

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Current teaching: 

  • Rangeland Ecology and Management; PLS 130 (winter quarter)

External activities that contribute to scholarship:

  • California Certified Rangeland Manager #79; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 1999+
  • Certified Rangeland Professional #00-104; Society for Range Management. 1999+

Prizes, Awards, Honors:

  • Rangeland Conservation Impact Award, California Rangeland Trust; 2016
  • James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, UC Davis Academic Federation; 2015
  • UC Cooperative Extension Outstanding Team Distinguished Service Award; 2014
  • Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award; 2012
  • Western Extension Directors' Award of Excellence, UCCE Rangeland Watershed Program; 2012
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Research. Society for Range Management; 2011
  • Outstanding Young Range Professional. Society for Range Management; 2000

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  • Rangelands
  • Water quality
  • Grazing
  • Range management
  • Livestock
  • Pasture