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Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

04/10/2019

Fear of death or injury keeps humans well away from dangerous places or risky situations, so it seems reasonable to assume that wild prey species will do the same when it comes to avoiding their deadly predators.

USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

09/17/2018

Morgan Larsen, a Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU) student, received the Berryman Institute Scholarship that, in addition to the monetary award, provided Larsen the opportunity to spend the summer working for the United States Department of Agricul...

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

09/04/2018

What happens when you mix a biologist who studies beetle horns with scientists who spend their time exploring predator-prey dynamics? You get a better understanding of why elk shed their antlers much later than males of any other North American species

GearUp Goes Wet

GearUp Goes Wet

07/17/2019

Utah State University Professor Nancy Mesner, Water Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Watershed Sciences, coordinated the aquatic portion of USU’s GearUp program by getting high school teachers and students out on the water. The GearUp act...

What’s killing the world’s most massive living thing? New study of Utah’s Pando aspen grove blames cows, not deer.

What’s killing the world’s most massive living thing? New study of Utah’s Pando aspen grove blames cows, not deer.

07/05/2019

Each fall, about a thousand cattle pass through southern Utah’s Pando aspen grove, believed to be the world’s most massive living organism, pausing for a week or two on their way from summer to winter pastures.

National Trash: Reducing Waste Produced in U.S. National Parks

National Trash: Reducing Waste Produced in U.S. National Parks

06/21/2019

When you think of national parks, you might picture the vast plateaus of the Grand Canyon, the intricate wetlands of the Everglades or the inspiring viewscapes of the Grand Tetons. You probably don’t envision 100 million pounds of mashed water bottles, ba...

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

06/18/2019

Insecticides in at least one area are not only failing to control mosquitoes, new research suggests, they’re actually allowing the bloodsucking pests to thrive—by killing off their predators.

Building a Home for Endangered Razorback Suckers

Building a Home for Endangered Razorback Suckers

06/17/2019

The Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is partnering with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to protect and recover endangered and imperiled fish species in the Colorado River Basin. Population estimates of...

Can Utah's water supply keep up with its booming population?

Can Utah's water supply keep up with its booming population?

06/14/2019

It was one of the several questions posed at Utah State University’s Research Landscapes series focused on Utah's waterscapes. The event Tuesday at the O.C. Tanner headquarters in Salt Lake City attracted a mix of state and local government officials, bus...

Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

06/07/2019

Global concern about the availability and cost of petroleum has grown since prices spiked in the 1970s. It’s easy to hope that renewable sources, such as biofuels, will solve the world’s energy problems. But innovation in biofuels involves more than good ...

USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

05/30/2019

Jacqueline J. Peña,a recent Ecology master’s alumnus, from the Department of Wildland Resources in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, was awarded the 2018 Ecological Society of America (ESA) E. Lucy Braun award for her poster, “P...

Politics, Power and Rivers - Historic Mining in the Rural West

Politics, Power and Rivers - Historic Mining in the Rural West

05/07/2019

When one considers the historic harm done by mining operations to rivers in the West, it is tempting to speculate—if people then could only understand what is known about how river systems work … could one have avoided decades of ecological upheaval and d...

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

05/07/2019

Each summer, millions of people in the Intermountain West make a sandwich or two, throw fishing gear in the car and head to nearby rivers and lakes to enjoy time on the water. But for anglers seeking cold-water species like trout, recent climate trends ar...

Mama LongLegs

Mama LongLegs

05/03/2019
Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

04/29/2019

Utah State University Honors students and Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer were named 2019 Goldwater Scholars in a prestigious national competition that recognizes outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

04/10/2019

Fear of death or injury keeps humans well away from dangerous places or risky situations, so it seems reasonable to assume that wild prey species will do the same when it comes to avoiding their deadly predators.

River symposium: 'Let's figure out how to do a good job'

River symposium: 'Let's figure out how to do a good job'

10/29/2018

Imagine the future of the Colorado River and the numerous communities it supports. Can we balance water supply, hydropower demands and environmental health? On Saturday, Oct. 13, experts from across the West gathered in Moab to discuss that question. R

A year after southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire, the aspens are bouncing back in a surprising way that could strengthen the forest

A year after southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire, the aspens are bouncing back in a surprising way that could strengthen the forest

10/26/2018

This past summer, a year after 72,000 acres of high-elevation woodlands burned around southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau, residents of the nearby resort town of Brian Head noticed something strange: Tiny white cottony puffs drifted through the air and ...

Blanding Student Awarded Scholarship

Blanding Student Awarded Scholarship

09/25/2018

Joel Charles, a student at Utah State University Blanding, has been awarded the Berryman Institute scholarship and will participate in the institute’s summer internship program this summer.

USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

09/17/2018

Morgan Larsen, a Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU) student, received the Berryman Institute Scholarship that, in addition to the monetary award, provided Larsen the opportunity to spend the summer working for the United States Department of Agricul...

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

09/04/2018

What happens when you mix a biologist who studies beetle horns with scientists who spend their time exploring predator-prey dynamics? You get a better understanding of why elk shed their antlers much later than males of any other North American species

Paul Rogers Aspen Study Gets Wide Exposure

Paul Rogers Aspen Study Gets Wide Exposure

08/31/2018

Dr. Paul Rogers, faculty member in the Wildland Resources Department and Director of the Western Aspen Alliance, has received much coverage of his research paper on the decline of the aspen clone “Pando” due to grazing effects and climate change.

Bonneville cutthroat flourish in the Right Hand Fork of the Logan River

Bonneville cutthroat flourish in the Right Hand Fork of the Logan River

08/16/2018

In 2012 there were no Bonneville cutthroat trout in the Right Hand Fork of the Logan River. A recent survey of the tributary has revealed the native fish is flourishing. - Harold Journal

Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

07/06/2018

Opposition is mounting rapidly to a Colorado man’s proposal to pipe Green River water from Utah to the Denver area — and the objections aren’t coming only from the usual suspects.

USU-Uintah Basin Holds First Earth Observation and GIS Event

USU-Uintah Basin Holds First Earth Observation and GIS Event

07/05/2018

Utah State University-Uintah Basin hosted an Earth Observation and GIS (geographic information system) day for local high school students.

When Hot Is Too Hot

When Hot Is Too Hot

06/01/2018

Visitors to national parks in Utah, as well as many other tourism destinations, make decisions based on weather conditions. But will climate change affect the way tourists experience Utah’s national parks?

The Science Behind the Story

The Science Behind the Story

05/11/2018

How did the urban forest come into being and succeed? Utah State University researcher Joanna Endter-Wada worked with researchers from the University of Utah with funding from iUTAH to answer this question.

Great Salt Lake: A lake no more?

Great Salt Lake: A lake no more?

05/10/2018

There are two things the waters of the Great Salt Lake and agricultural lands have in common: they are both in steady, rapid decline.

'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology
South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

04/13/2018

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

Upcoming iUtah Workshops Highlight Communication As Key to Collaboration
Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

03/06/2018

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The number of Utah snowmobilers is declining despite an increase in the state's population, a report by Utah State University has found.

Between the lines: Tree rings hold clues about a river's past

Between the lines: Tree rings hold clues about a river's past

03/05/2018

LOGAN, UTAH - Hydrologists are looking centuries into the past to better understand an increasingly uncertain water future.

A Close Look at the Big Picture

A Close Look at the Big Picture

03/03/2018

Utah State University environment and society professor Chris Monz, his former student Ashley D’antonio and Kevin Gutzwiller demonstrate the impacts of recreationists on wildlife populations.

The Life and Death of Pando

The Life and Death of Pando

02/28/2018

Researchers have partially hidden earth's largest life-form behind a small protective fence.

Thad Box Reminisces

Thad Box Reminisces

02/28/2018

Early ’70s were heady times on Utah State University campus

Local Yamaha dealer provides ATVs for USU sage grouse research

Local Yamaha dealer provides ATVs for USU sage grouse research

01/30/2018

A local Yamaha dealer is providing two ATVs to Utah State University researchers to help study the interactions between sage grouse and motorized recreation.

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

01/08/2018

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is roughly the same area as 75 Manhattans. It feeds and houses millions of birds of hundreds of species, provides the namesake of Utah’s capital city and some credit it for the state’s trademarked claim to “the greatest snow on...