Mitch Stephenson received a master’s of science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in range science in 2010 where he evaluated the effect of rotational grazing methods and time of grazing on livestock performance and vegetation characteristics in the eastern Nebraska Sandhills.
Following his time at UNL, Mitch applied his experience working as a rangeland ecologist in Wyoming and Nevada assisting livestock producers in developing sustainable grazing management plans and range vegetation monitoring reports.
He completed his Ph.D. in range science in December 2014 from New Mexico State University. His doctoral research focused on targeting cattle grazing using low-stress herding and strategically located protein supplement. His research also evaluated factors that affect cattle grazing distribution including, behavior, grazing site selection, and social association patterns within cattle herds.
Following his Ph.D., Mitch worked with the University of Nevada, Reno as a post-doctoral researcher evaluating the use of livestock grazing as a tool to reduce annual invasive grass biomass on a landscape scale.
Mitch is currently working as a Range and Forage Extension Specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln based out of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE.