Leslie M. Roche

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Position Title
Associate Professor of Cooperative Extension

  • Faculty
  • Plant Sciences Executive Committee - At-Large Representative
1232 PES
UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis; Ecology, 2011
  • M.S., University of California, Davis; Horticulture and Agronomy, 2016
  • B.S., University of California, Davis; Agricultural Management and Rangeland Resources; 2003

Research interests and expertise: 

My research and extension program is at the intersection of agricultural, environmental, and social aspects of ranching and livestock production on California's rangelands and pasturelands. I work with a diversity of stakeholders to integrate management expertise and applied research to address key challenges on grazing lands, including managing for multiple agricultural and ecological outcomes, as well as coping with and adapting to drought.

External activities that contribute to scholarship:

Prizes, Awards, Honors

  • Plenary Speaker, Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, 2020
  • Outstanding Young Range Professional, Society for Range Management, 2015

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  • Rangeland management
  • Pasture management
  • Ecology of grazing lands
  • Grazing systems
  • Drought and climate change adaptation
  • Adaptive management
  • Sustainability
  • Working lands
  • Ecosystem services
  • Participatory research