Dr. Ricardo Mata-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor

Ricardo Mata-GonzalezOregon State University
Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management
120 Withycombe Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2218

Phone: 541-737-7355
Fax: 541-737-0504
E-mail: ricardo.matagonzalez@oregonstate.edu


Dr. Mata-Gonzalez teaches environmental plant physiology, rangeland ecological theory, and wildland plant identification. His current research projects include

  • Groundwater and vegetation relationships in arid environments
  • Soil microbial inoculation as a tool to support re-vegetation in degraded ecosystems
  • Determination of cattle diets by DNA analysis in environmentally sensitive rangelands

Prior to his appointment at OSU in 2007 Dr. Mata-Gonzalez was an environmental science consultant in Fort Collins, CO. There, he specialized in designing projects on re-vegetation of degraded semiarid rangelands, modeling plant growth dynamics in areas dominated by invasive plants, formulating conceptual eco-physiological sub-models for a comprehensive ecosystem simulation model, and determining survivability, water use, and water use efficiency of phreatophytic plants under fluctuating groundwater tables.

Academic Training

  • Ph.D Range Science/Plant Physiological Ecology. Texas Tech University. 1999
  • M.S. Range Science/Plant Ecology.New Mexico State University. 1995
  • B.S. Agronomy/Arid Land Studies. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo (Mexico). 1989

Refereed Publications

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.G. Hunter, C.L. Coldren, T. McLendon, and M. Paschke. 2008. A comparison of modeled and measured impacts of resource manipulations for control of Bromus tectorum in sagebrush steppe. Journal of Arid Environments. 72:836-846

Brenton, C., E. Fish, and R. Mata-Gonzalez. 2007. Macronutrient and trace element leaching following biosolids application on semiarid rangeland soils. Arid Land Research and Management. 21:143-156.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., B. Figueroa-Sandoval, F. Clemente, and M. Manzano. 2007. Vegetation changes after livestock grazing exclusion and shrub control in the southern Chihuahuan Desert. Western North America Naturalist. 67:63-70.

Mata-Gonzalez, R. R.G. Hunter, C.L. Coldren, T. McLendon, and M. Paschke. 2007. Modelling plant growth dynamics in sagebrush steppe communities affected by fire. Journal of Arid Environments. 69:144-157.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.E. Sosebee, and C. Wan. 2006.
Effect of types of biosolids and cattle manure on desert grass growth. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 59:664-667.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., T. McLendon, and D.W. Martin. 2006.
Response to Comment to the inappropriate use of crop transpiration coefficients (Kc) to estimate evapotranspiration in arid ecosystems: a review, by Or et al. Arid Land Research and Management. 20:179-181.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., T. McLendon, and D.W. Martin. 2005.
The inappropriate use of crop transpiration coefficients (Kc) to estimate evapotranspiration in arid ecosystems: a review. Arid Land Research and Management. 19:285-295.

Naumburg, E., R. Mata-Gonzalez, R. G. Hunter, T. McLendon, and D.W. Martin. 2005.
Phreatophytic vegetation and groundwater fluctuations: a review of current research and application of ecosystem response modeling with an emphasis on Great Basin vegetation. Environmental Management. 35:726-740.

Mata-Gonzalez, R. and R. Melendez-Gonzalez. 2005. Growth characteristics of Mexican oregano (Lippia berlandieri) under salt stress. The Southwestern Naturalist. 50:1-6.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.E. Sosebee, and C. Wan. 2004.
Nitrogen in desert grasses as affected by biosolids, their time of application, and soil water content. Arid Land Research and Management. 18:385-395.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.E. Sosebee, and C. Wan. 2002. Physiological impacts of biosolids application in desert grasses. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 48(2):139-148.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.D. Pieper, and M. Cardenas. 2002. Vegetation patterns as affected by aspect and elevation in small desert mountains. The Southwestern Naturalist. 47(3):440-448.

Mata-Gonzalez, R., R.E. Sosebee, and C. Wan. 2002. Shoot and root biomass of desert grasses as affected by biosolids application. Journal of Arid Environments. 50(3):477-488.