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Eddie Alford


Eddie Alford began teaching at Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus in 2006. He is a lecturer in math and sciences in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Previously he worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 30 years. Alford's experience is in the areas of ecology and natural resource management. In the Forest Service, he coordinated the rangeland, forestry, soils, watershed, minerals, wildlife, fisheries, endangered species and land management programs.

Alford's interests include restoration and management of wildlands to sustain healthy functioning of natural ecosystems. His research interests include studying the effects of wildland fire on natural ecosystems. Fire is an important component in of many wildland ecosystems. Vegetation types are often characterized by the fire regimes that have been part of their long term evolutionary history. In many cases anthropogenic activities, including the introduction of non-native vegetation, have changed fire regimes and the characteristic native vegetation of some regions.

Other interests include rangeland management and Sonoran Desert Ecology. He teaches courses in: General Biology, Restoration Ecology, Vegetation Dynamics, Plant Adaptations to Environmental Stressors and Rangeland Ecosystem Management.

He is a member of the Society for Rangeland Management and the Ecological Society of America.

  • Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2001. Dissertation: Effects of Fire on Sonoran Desert Plant Communities
  • M.S. Colorado State University 1975
  • B.S. New Mexico State University 1974
Research Interests: 

Eddie Alford's research interests include a continuation of research done on the "Effects of fire on Sonoran desert plant communities." Other research interests include the study of livestock grazing management in arid ecosystems in order to find methods for sustaining the grazing resources as well as the functioning of the natural ecosystem.

Areas of Expertise: Ecological Restoration, Rangeland Management, Terrestrial Ecology, General Biology, Wildland Fire Ecology

Research Activity: 
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 270Sustainable Biological Systems
ABS 384Natural Resources Meas
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 270Sustainable Biological Systems
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 270Sustainable Biological Systems
ABS 484Internship
ABS 592Research
ABS 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
ABS 270Sustainable Biological Systems
ABS 394Special Topics
ABS 479Ecosystem Mgmt and Planning
ABS 494Special Topics
ABS 542Mgt Fire Adapted Ecosys