Wildland Resources News and Events
1st Michel Kohl – A statewide tool for assisting management actions in sage-grouse country
2nd David Dahlgren- Utah Specific Sage-grouse Habitat Guidelines
3rd Patricia Cramer- Updates on the science of wildlife and roads in Utah
1st Sam Robertson- The impacts of winter ticks on Utah Moose
2nd Skyler Farnsworth- Forest grouse ecology and management in the Bear River Range, Utah
3rd Margaret A. Hallerud- Three years of cougar monitoring using non-invasive methods in the Bear River Mountains
07/13- Michel Kohl recently received the Murray F. Buell awarded by ESA. Michel recently defended his dissertation. He is a PhD student, working with Dan MacNulty.
05/22 - FS team shares Wings Across the Americas award
05/03 - Megan Dettenmaeier, Darren McAvoy and Mike Kuhns recently won the Gold Award, in the Outstanding Educational Materials Award category for their Learn at Lunch Webinar Series titled: Utah State University Forestry Extension: Producing Purposeful and Impactful Webinars. This is an ongoing webinar that takes place each month. The award was presented at the Association of Natural Resourc Extension Professionals Conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi.
02/07 - Maggie Hallerud selected as 2018 WILD Outstanding Senior
01/26 - PBS Premiere "Arctic Wolf Pack," featuring Dan MacNulty
01/17 - Nicki Frey talks about South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah - UPR
11/17 - Peter Adler named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate
11/09 - The Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands presented Mike Kuhns with the 2017 Forest Stewardship Achievement Award on November 1st, in St. George, Utah
11/09 - Dillon Maggard, a Natural Resources senior at Utah State, will be competing in the NCAA Mountain Regionals for cross country, held Nov. 10th in Logan, UT. The native of Kirkland, Wash., was last years top male finisher from the Mountain West, crossing the line eighth in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:02.20
10/23 - David Stoner was recently interviewed by Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah. Title: Where the Animals Go. You can listen to the show here.
08/13- Adler, P.B., D. Smull, K.H. Beard, R.T. Choi, T. Furniss, A. Kulmatiski, J.M. Meiners, A.T. Tredennick, and K.E. Veblen. 2018. Competition and coexistence in plant communities: intraspecific competition is stronger than interspecific competition. Ecology Letters 21:1319–1329.
08/13- Kleinhesselink, A.R., and P. B. Adler. 2018. The response of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) to interannual climate variation changes across its range. Ecology 99:1139–1149.
07/13- Kohl, M.T., D.R. Stahler, M.C. Metz, J.D. Forester, M.J. Kauffman, N. Varley, P.J. White, D.W. Smith, and D.R. MacNulty. 2018. Diel predator activity drives a dynamic landscape of fear. Ecological Monographs 0(0):1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1313
01/02- Renwick, K.M., C. Curtis, A.R. Kleinhesselink, D. Schlaepfer, B.A. Bradley, C.L. Aldridge, B. Poulter, and P. B. Adler. 2018. Multi-model comparison highlights consistency in predicted effect of warming on a semi-arid shrub. Global Change Biology 24:424–438.
12/22- Smith J.T., J.D. Tack, K.E. Doherty, et al. 2017. Phenology largely explains taller grass at successful nests in greater sage-grouse. Ecol Evol. 00:1–9. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3679
12/22- Kulmatiski, A., K.H. Beard, J.M. Norton, J.E. Heavilin, L.E. Forero, and J. Grenzer. 2017. Live long and prosper: plant–soil feedback, lifespan, and landscape abundance covary. Ecology 98: 3063–3073. doi:10.1002/ecy.2011
12/22- Kulmatiski, A., S.R.C. Sprouse, and K.H. Beard. 2017. Soil type more than precipitation determines fine-root abundance in savannas of Kruger National Park, South Africa. Plant and Soil 417: 523-533. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-017-3277-y
12/22- Berry, R.S., and A. Kulmatiski. 2017. A savanna response to precipitation intensity. PLOS ONE. 12. e0175402.
11/08- Dowle, E.J., Bracewell, R.R., Pfrender, M.E., Mock. K.E., Bentz, B.J., and G.J. Ragland. 2017. Reproductive isolation and environmental adaptation shape the phylogeography of Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Molecular Ecology 00:1-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14342
10/23- Kohl, M.T., S.J. Hoagland, A.R. Gramza, and J.A. Homyack. Professional diversity: the key to conserving wildlife diversity. In On becoming a wildlife professional. Eds. S.E. Henke and P.R. Krausman. John Hopkins University Press.
09/15- Puritty, C., Strickland, L.R., Alia E., Blonder. B., Klein, E., Kohl, M.T., McGee, E., Quintana, M., Ridley, R.E., Tellman, B. and L.R. Gerber. 2017. Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough Science. 6356 (357):1101-1102
09/15- Rodgers, T.W., Xu, C.C.Y., Giacalone, J., et al. 2017. Carrion fly-derived DNA metabarcoding is an effective tool for mammal surveys: Evidence from a known tropical mammal community. Mol Ecol Resour. 2017;00:1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12701
09/15- Kulmatiski, A., Beard, K.H., Norton, J., Heavilin, J., Forero, L. and Grenzer, J. 2017. Live long and prosper: plant-soil feedback, lifespan and landscape abundance covary. Ecology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/ecy.2011
07/27- Eidson, E.L., Mock, K.E. and B.J. Bentz. 2017. Mountain pine beetle host selection behavior confirms high resistance in Great Basin bristlecone pine. Forest Ecology and Management 402: 12-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.034
07/27- Gompert, Z. and K.E. Mock. 2017. Detection of individual ploidy levels with genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) analysis. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12657
07/27- Tredennick, A.T., Adler, P.B., and F.R. Adler. 2017. The relationship between species richness and ecosystem variability is shaped by the mechanism of coexistence. Ecology Letters 20:958–968.
06/01- Levine, J.M., J. Bascompte, P.B. Adler, and S. Allesina. 2017. Beyond pairwise mechanisms of species coexistence in complex communities. Nature 546: 56–64.
05/16 - Tredennick, A.T., M.B. Hooten, and P.B. Adler. 2017. Do we need demographic data to forecast plant population dynamics? Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:541–551.
05/16- Yenni, G., P.B. Adler, and S.K.M. Ernest. 2017. Do persistent rare species experience stronger negative frequency dependence than common species? Global Ecology and Biogeography 26:513–523.
04/28- Ironside, K.E., D.J. Mattson, D.M. Choate, D.C. Stoner, T.C. Edwards, et al. 2017. Variable terrestrial GPS telemetry detection rates: addressing the probability of successful acquisitions. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 13 pp. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.758
04/28- Tredennick, A.T., C. de Mazancourt, M. Loreau and P.B. Adler. 2017. Environmental responses, not species interactions, determine Synchrony of dominant species in semiarid grasslands. Ecology 98(4):971–981.
04/28- Byrne, K.M., W.K. Lauenroth, and P.B. Adler. 2017. Contrasting effects of precipitation manipulations on plant community responses at two sites within the Great Plains, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 238-249.
04/28- Kulmatiski, A., P.B. Adler, J.M. Stark, and A.T. Tredennick. 2017. Water and nitrogen uptake are better associated with resource availability than root biomass. Ecosphere 8(3):e01738. 10.1002/ecs2.1738
04/28- Berry R.S. and A. Kulmatiski. 2017. A savanna response to precipitation intensity. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175402. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175402
04/28- Authier, M., L.M. Aubry, and E. Cam. 2017. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Model Misspecification Undermines Tests of The Neutral Theory for Life Histories. Ecology and Evolution 00:1-14. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2874
04/28- Raithel J.D., M. Reynolds-Hogland, P. Carr, and L.M. Aubry. 2017. Why Does the Regulated Harvest of Black Bears Affect the Rate of Human-Bear Conflicts in New Jersey? Case Studies in the Environment DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/cse.2017.sc.415535
04/28- Marsh, D.M., B.J. Cosentino, K.S. Jones, J.J. Apodaca, K.H. Beard, et al. 2017. Effects of road and land use on frog distributions across spatial scales and regions in the Eastern and Central United States. Diversity and Distribution 23(2):158-170. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12516
04/28- Smith, R.L., K.H. Beard, and A.B. Shiels. 2017. Different prey resources suggest little competition between non-native frogs and insectivorous birds despite isotopic niche overlap. Biological Invasions 19(3):1001-1013. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1333-9
04/28- Kelsey, K.C., J.A. Leffler, K.H. Beard, R.T. Choi, J.A. Schmutz, and J. M. Welker. 2016. Interactions among climate, topography and herbivory control greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4 and N2O) fluxes in a subarctic coastal wetland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 121(12): 2960–2975. DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003546.
04/28- Ferreira, R.B., R. Lourenço-de-Moraes, R. L. Teixeira, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Frogs associations with bromeliads in an abandoned cacao plantation in northeastern Brazil. Northwestern Journal of Zoology 12(2): 392+ e162501.
04/28- Tonini, J.F.R., K.H. Beard, R.B. Ferreira, and R.A. Pyron. 2016. Fully-sampled phylogenies for squamates reveal evolutionary patterns in extinction risk. Biological Conservation.204:23-31. Invited Special Issue on Reptile Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.03.039
04/28- Wallis, A.C., R. L. Smith, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Temporal foraging patterns of non-native Coqui frogs (Eleutherodactylus coqui) in Hawaii. Journal of Herpetology 50(4):582-588.
04/28- Tingley, R., P.J. Mahoney, A.M. Durso, A.G. Taillan, A. Morán-Ordóñez, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Threatened and invasive reptiles are not two sides of the same coin. Global Ecology and Biogeography.25(9):1050-1060. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12462
04/28- Costello, M.J., K.H. Beard, R.T. Corlett, G. Cumming, R. Loyola, B. Mea, A.J. Miller-Rushing, R. Pakeman, R.B. Primack. 2016. Field work ethics in biological research: Viewpoint of Biological Conservation editors. Biological Conservation 203:268-271.
03/14- O’Donnell, R.P., C.A. Drost, and K.E. Mock. 2017. Cryptic invasion of northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) across phylogeographic boundaries and a dilemma for conservation of a declining amphibian. Biological Invasions 19:1039-1052. doi 10.1007/s10530-016-1320-1 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-016-1320-1
03/14- Lopes-Lima, M., E. Froufe, V.T. Do, M. Ghamizi, K.E. Mock, U. Kebapçi, O. Klishko, S. Kovitvadhi, U. Kovitvadhi, O.S. Paulo, J.M. Pfeiffer, M. Raley, N. Riccardi, H. Şereflişan, R. Sousa, A. Teixeira, S. Varandas, X. Wu, D. Zanatta, A. Zieritz, and A.E. Bogan. 2017. Phylogeny of the most species-rich freshwater bivalve family (Bivalvia: Unionida: Unionidae): Defining modern subfamilies and tribes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 106: 174-191. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.08.021 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790316302202
03/14- Bentz, B.J., S. A. Hood, M. Hansen, J.C. Vandygriff, and K.E. Mock. 2016. Defense traits in the long-lived Great Basin bristlecone pine and resistance to the native herbivore mountain pine beetle. New Phytologist 213:611-624. doi:10.1111/nph.14191 Issue cover photo. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.14191/full
03/14- Kettenring, K.M., K.E. Mock, B. Zaman, and M. McKee. 2016. Life on the edge: reproductive mode and rate of invasive Phragmites australis patch expansion. Biological Invasions 18: 2475-2495. doi 10.1007/s10530-016-1125-2. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-016-1125-2
03/14- Britton, J., J. DeRose, K.E. Mock, and J.N. Long. 2016. Herbivory and advance reproduction influence quaking aspen regeneration response to management in southern Utah, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46: 674-682. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/cjfr-2016-0010#.WMgPrVXyuUk
02/24- Cassidy, K.A., L.D. Mech, D.R. MacNulty, D.R. Stahler, and D.W. Smith. 2017. Sexually dimorphic aggression indicates male gray wolves specialize in pack defense against conspecific groups. Behavioural Processes 136: 64-72 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2017.01.011
02/24- Rogers, P.C., and J.A. Gale. 2016. Restoration of the iconic Pando aspen clone: emerging evidence of recovery. Ecosphere 8(1): e01661. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1661/full
02/24- Smith, A.M.S., A.F. Talhelm, D.M. Johnson, A.M. Sparks, C.A. Kolden, K.M. Yedinak, K.G. Apostol, W.T. Tinkham, J.T. Abatzoglou, J.A. Lutz, K.S. Pregitzer, H.D. Adams, and R.L. Kremens. 2017. Impacts of fire radiative energy density doses on Pinus contorta and Larix occidentalis seedling physiology and mortality. International Journal of Wildland Fire 26(1): 82-94.
02/24- Tallian A. et al. 2017 Competition between apex predators? Brown bears decrease wolf kill rate on two continents. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20162368. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2368
12/15- Raithel J.D., M. Reynolds-Hogland, D.N. Koons, P. Carr, and L.M. Aubry. 2016. Recreational harvest and incident-response protocols reduce human-carnivore conflicts in an anthropogenic landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12830. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12830/epdf
12/15- Cam E., L.M. Aubry, and M. Authier (equal contributors). 2016. The conundrum of heterogeneity in life histories. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(11): 872–886. http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/pdf/S0169-5347(16)30129-X.pdf
11/08- Blackwell, B. F., T. L. DeVault, E. Fernández-Juricic, E. M. Gese, L. Gilbert-Norton, and S. W. Breck. 2016. No single solution: application of behavioural principles in mitigating human–wildlife conflict. Animal Behaviour 120: 245-254.
11/08- Conner, M. M., J. J. Keane, C. V. Gallager, T. E. Munton, P. A. Shaklee, and L Bailey. 2016. Comparing estimates of population change from Pradel and occupancy models for a territorial species. Ecosphere 7(10): e01538.10.1002/ecs2.1538.
11/08- Stavros, N.E., Z. Tane, V. R. Kane, S. Veraverbeke, R. J. McGaughey, J. A. Lutz, C. Ramirez, and D. Schimel. 2016. Unprecedented remote sensing data over King and Rim Megafires in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Ecology 97(11): 3244
10/26- Rogers, P.C. and S.B. St. Clair. 2016. Quaking aspen in Utah: integrating recent science with management. Rangelands 38(5):266-272. doi: 10.1016/j.rala.2016.08.009
10/25- Tredennick, A.T., M.B. Hooten, C.L. Aldridge, C.G. Homer, A.R. Kleinhesselink, and P.B. Adler. 2016. Forecasting climate change impacts on plant populations over large spatial extents. Ecosphere 7:e01525.
10/25- DeRose, R.J., J.D. Shaw, and J.N. Long. 2016. Building the forest inventory and analysis tree-ring data set. Journal of Forestry 114:000-000. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/jof.15-097
10/25- Britton, J.M., R.J. DeRose, K.E. Mock, and J.N. Long. 2016. Herbivory and advance reproduction influence quaking aspen regeneration response to management in southern Utah, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:674-682.
10/25- Windmuller-Campoione, M.A. and J.N, Long. 2016. Limber pine (Pinus flexilis James), a flexible generalist of forest communities in the Intermountain West. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160324.
10/13- Ellner, S.P., R.E. Snyder, and P.B. Adler. 2016. How to quantify the temporal storage effect using simulations instead of math. Ecology Letters 19:1333–1342. Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12672/abstract
10/13- Cam E., L.M. Aubry, and M. Authier. (accepted, online early). The conundrum of heterogeneity in life history studies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2016.08.002. Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016953471630129X
10/10- Lopes-Lima, M., E. Froufe, V.T. Do, M. Ghamizi, K.E. Mock, Ü. Kebapçı, O. Klishko, S. Kovitvadhi, U. Kovitvadhi, O.S. Paulo, J.M. Pfeiffer III, M. Raley, N. Riccardi, H. Sereflisan, R. Sousa, A. Teixeira, S. Varandas, X. Wu, D.T. Zanatta, A. Zieritz, and A.E. Bogan. 2017. Phylogeny of the most species-rich freshwater bivalve family (Bivalvia: Unionida: Unionidae): Defining modern subfamilies and tribes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 106:174-191.
08/29- Meddens, A. J. H., C. A. Kolden, and J. A. Lutz. 2016. Detecting unburned islands within fire perimeters using Landsat and ancillary data across the northwestern United States. Remote Sensing of Environment 186: 275-285. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.08.023
08/05- A book authored by Juan Villalba has just been released. Title: Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems. Find a description of the book here: http://www.5mbooks.com/animal-welfare-in-extensive-production-systems.html
08/03- Ferreira, R.B., K.H. Beard, and M. Crump. 2016. Breeding guilds determine frog response to edge effects in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. PLOS ONE. 10(12): e0142893.
08/03- Kulmatiski, A., K.H. Beard, J. Grezer, L. Forero, and J. Heavilin. 2016. Using plant-soil feedbacks to predict plant biomass in diverse communities. Ecology. 97(8):2064-2073.10.1890/15-2037.1
08/03- Mageski, M.M., R.B. Ferreira, K.H. Beard, L.C. Costa, P.R. Jesus, C.C. Medeiros, and P.D. Ferreira. 2016. Bromeliad selection of Phyllodytes luteolus (Anura, Hylidae): the influence of plant structure and water quality factors. Journal of Herpetology. 50(1): 108-112. DOI: 10.1670/14-166.
WILD News Archives
01/26- Dr. Kuhns Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
01/26- Orphaned Cub Rehabilitation on Wild About Utah - UPR
01/21- Concerned Loganites distribute idling brochures
01/19- QCNR Undergrad Researchers among Aggies Headed to Utah's Capitol Hill
01/13- Governor's Medals for Science and Technology Honor Three at USU
01/13- Pando: The World’s Largest Discovered Organism on Wild About Utah - UPR
01/06- USU Extension's Terry Messmer Honored with Governor's Medal
02/17- Wolfing it down: Brown bears reduce wolf kill rates says USU ecologist
02/08- Carcass-stealing by grizzlies doesn't mean wolves kill more
02/01- Efforts to Restore Imperiled Pando Show Promise Says USU Ecologist
03/31- Lacy Smith (PhD-Ecology; working with Dan MacNulty) Awarded Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
03/30- Maggie Hallerud will present "Lessons in Field Research" as part of USU's Ignite speaking event
03/30- Dan MacNulty Receives 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
03/30- Maggie Hallerud Receives 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award
03/21- Minorities Underrepresented in Natural Resource Science - UPR
03/17- All Aggies Invited to Celebrate 2017 Natural Resources Week at USU
03/30- The Passion Of Penstemaniacs on Wild About Utah - UPR
03/16- USU Extension Protects Sage-Grouse by Clearing Conifers
04/28- Winter ticks latch onto Utah's moose
04/18- Maggie Hallerud awarded 2017 Robins Award for Best Undergraduate Researcher at USU
04/12- Wolves may not risk 'prey switching' ecologists say
04/03- Dan MacNulty is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped, hosted by USU's College of Science
05/25- Sage Lessons from Sage-Grouse Conservation
05/22- Juan Villalba's Research Highlighted in an Article in The New York Times Magazine
05/12- Andrew Kulmatiski Receives 2017 QCNR Teacher of the Year Award
05/01- The Beaver: Helping Keep Water On Drying Lands on Wild About Utah
06/30- Negative density dependence explains tropical diversity
06/25- Sage Lessons from Sage-Grouse Conservation
06/21- WILD student - Gabriela Judd, wins award at Society of Wetland Scientists Conference for poster on undergraduate research
09/15 - Darren McAvoy has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. The Fellow Award is a prestigious award that recognizes an SAF member for long standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national level. The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry.
09/15- Research from a recent publication, authored by Torrey Rodgers, was featured in Smithsonian Magazine on August 7, 2017. Article: How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest. He was also featured in Sierra Club Magazine on September 5, 2017, for the same research. Article: Carrion Fly Guts Could Hold the Key to Tracking Wildlife. Torrey is a research associate working with Karen Mock.
09/07- USU's Science Unwrapped Announces Fall 2017 'Ecology!' Series
10/04 - 'Why World Needs Big Trees' Friday, Oct. 6 at USU's Science Unwrapped
10/03 - Coyote closeup: Predator research facility hosts annual open house
10/02 - Daniel Kinka recently accepted a STEM Media Fellowship with Jackson Hole WILD. Daniel is a Ph.D. candidate, working with Julie Young
01/29- USU forestry camp cabins could be demolisted in March
01/22- Finally Over the Hump? USU Researcher says Ecological Riddle Solved
01/22- Preserving undeveloped areas in valley will help deer
01/19- Grazing and Sagebrush Treatments: A 25-year Case Study in Utah
01/07- Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Climate Change
01/07- Data Gap On Ecosystem Health Puts Ranchers, Feds At Odds
02/26- Interior Official, Gov. Herbert Address USU-led Sagebrush Conference
02/26- USU Ecologist, Utah High Schoolers Star in TV's 'SciTech Now' Feb. 29
02/11- NASA Satellites Aid USU Ecologist in Mapping Seasons, Deer Reproduction
03/31- Twelve Aggies Recognized in NSF Grad Research Fellow Search
03/31- David Stoner and Tom Edwards receive news coverage in NASA's online magazine, Earth Observatory
03/31- The Wildland Resources TWS Student Chapter took 1st place in the quiz bowl at the State Chapter Meeting in St. George, UT. The team consisted of Bret Mossman, Heather Shipp, Dakota Reed, and Maggie Hallerud. Bret Mossman also was awarded 2nd place in the student poster competition.
03/31- Channing Howard received a 3rd place award at the Utah TWS meeting for her presentation on the efficacy of mule deer translocation. Channing is an MS Willdife Biology Student, working with Dr. Dave Koons.
03/31- A book "Human Diseases from Wildlife" coauthored by Dr. Mike Conover has been nominated for a TWS Publication Award.
03/31- Dr. Terry Messmer was recently notified that The Willdife Society has selected the Utah Comunity-Based Conservation Program as the 2016 recipient of the Group Achievement Award. The Award will be presented during the Willdife's 23rd Annual Conference.
03/31- Michel Kohl (PhD-Willdife Biology; working with Dr. Dan MacNulty), Robert Lewis (PhD-Wildlife Biology; working with Dr. Mike Conover), and Brett Panting (MS-Wildlife Biology; working with Dr. Eric Gese), have each recently received a scholarship from the African Safari Club of Florida.
03/31- Antra Boca (PhD-Ecology; working with Dr. Helga Van Miegroet), and Michel Kohl (PhD-Willdife Biology; working with Dr. Dan MacNulty) have been awarded the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies Dissertation Enhancement Grant. Antra's proposal is titled: "Foliage and root specific biomarker degradation patterns in soil.” Michel’s proposal is titled: "Population declines and trophic cascades in a wolf-elk system: does calf recruitment explain the controversy?"
03/31- Sara Germain, a current WILD undergraduate, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In addition to working as a technician for Dr. Jim Lutz, she worked on an independent research project in northern Utah with graduate student Rebecca Mann and Dr. Kari Veblen, and then spent last summer as an NSF-REU student with Dr. Veblen in Kenya. Sara will be starting as a PhD student with Jim Lutz in the fall.
03/31- Justin Small (MS- Wildlife Biology) and Wayne Smith (MS- Wildlife Biology) each received a student grant from the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society. These were presented at the 2016 annual meeting. Justin and Wayne are working with Dr. Terry Messmer.
03/24- Quinney College of Natural Resources Honors Top Scholars
03/07- How did lands become public? It's worth knowing the history
03/04- New flexible sidewalk could save trees
03/04- Finally Over the Hump? USU Researcher says Ecological Riddle Solved
03/04- Plastic Sidewalks Save Real Trees in Logan
03/03- QCNR Newsletter
(Articles on Drs. Rich Etchberger, Fee Busby, Jim Long)
03/03- Leslie Forero, Presidential Fellow in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, is wild about mushrooms
03/03- NASA Satellites Aid USU Ecologist in Mapping Seasons, Deer Reproduction
03/03- Living with Wildfire: USU Ecologist says Collaboration is Key
03/03- Undergraduate Researchers Share Their Work with Utah Legislators
03/03- Residents invited to plant native trees by Logan River
03/03- USU Ecologist, Utah High Schoolers Star in TV's "SciTech Now" Feb. 29
03/03- Call for help to determine the future of the Logan River
03/03- Using plastic to save trees
04/29- Michel Kohl has received a USUSA Graduate Enhancement Award for $4,000. Michel is a PhD Ecology student, working with Dan MacNulty.
04/29- Brandon Flack has been selected to participate in the Third Biennial Student Congress on Public Lands. The Student Congress will be held in Las Cruces, NM from September 8-11, 2016. Brandon is a MS Wildlife Biology student, working with Terry Messmer.
04/29- IDEA WILD, a non-profit organization that donates equipment to individuals conducting biodiversity conservation research and education, has recently donated equipment to Jose Camilo Fagua. Jose is a PhD ecology student working with Doug Ramsey.
04/29- Utah Farm Bureau Magazine Countryside has a new Ag Innovators series that features the work the biomass group has been doing along with Darren McAvoy and other USU Extension personnel. Article: Out of the Ashes: Researchers Looking to Turn ‘Trash’ into ‘Treasure. You can read it here: https://issuu.com/utahfarmbureau/docs/countryside_spring2016_web
04/29- David Iles received a USUSA Graduate Enhancement Award for $4,000. David is a PhD Ecology student, working with David Koons.
04/29- Antra Boca received a $5,000 School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-17 Academic Year. Antra is a PhD Ecology student, working with Helga van Miegroet.
04/29- Aimee Tallian received a $5,000 School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-17 Academic Year. Aimee is a PhD Ecology student, working with Dan MacNulty.
04/29- Eric Thacker has been selected by Vice President Ken White and Dean Luecke as this year’s representative to the RGS Washington DC Fellows program from Extension.
04/29- On March 19, Jim Long was named as the first recipient of the Daniel Professorship in Forestry at QCNR’s Annual Awards Banquet. Jim joined the USU faculty in 1980 as an assistant professor in silviculture with a specialty in the production of coniferous forests and quantitative silviculture. He has been major advisor to 10 MS students, 10 PhDs and 4 post-doctoral fellows. Jim was recognized as a SAF Fellow in 1981. Read more at: https://qcnr.usu.edu/college/news_archives/newsletter/pdf/spring_newsletter_2016.pdf
04/19- Jarod Raithel received the Graduate Student Teacher of the Year at the Robins Awards this year. “This award goes to the graduate instructor at Utah State University who has demonstrated superior teaching capability and academic excellence.” Jarod is a PhD Ecology student working with Lise Aubry.
04/19- Effective July 1, 2016 Peter Adler will be promoted to Professor, Julie Young to Associate Professor (FR), and Nicki Frey to Extension Associate Professor with tenure.
04/19- Leandro do Nascimento received an award from Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow to attend a workshop about hunting awareness and conservation. Leandro is a PhD Ecology student working with Karen Beard.
04/19- Michel Kohl received a 2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship administered by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. $25,000. “The programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.” Michel is a PhD Ecology student working with Dan MacNulty.
04/19- Mike King has been asked to serve on the USU Presidential Search Committee to replace Stan Albrecht.
04/19- A JFSP proposal for which Jim Lutz is the PI was funded. Title of proposal: "Using multi-scale spatial data to improve predictions of immediate and delayed post-fire mortality." Jim also had a second JFSP proposal funded for which he is the co-PI. Title of proposal: "Landscape evaluations and prescriptions for post-fire landscapes"
04/29- Frank, M., J. Marty, C. Rohal, R. Downard, J. Endter-Wada, K. Kettenring, and M. Larese-Casanova. 2016. Water rights for wetlands in the Bear River delta. Utah Master Naturalist, Utah State University Extension. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/
04/29- Thacker, E. T., Hamm, R. L., Hagen, J., Davis, C. A. and Guthery, F. (2016), Evaluation of the Surrogator® system to increase pheasant and quail abundance. Wildl. Soc. Bull.. doi:10.1002/wsb.648
04/19- Giunta, A.D., M.J. Jenkins, E.G. Hebertson, and A.S. Munson. 2016. Disturbance agents and their associated effects on the health of interior Douglas-fir forests in the central Rocky Mountains. Forests 7(4):80. (publication)
04/04- Dr. James N. Long Theodore W. Daniel Professorship
05/25- USU ROTC Sends 9 New Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Out to Fly-Fight-Win.
05/23- Edith Bowen students plant aspen on Blacksmith Fork River
05/20- Chris Garrard recently completed the writing (and editing) of her book titled "Geoprocessing with Python" published by Manning (ISBN 9781617292149) http://amzn.to/1ZYL3LN.
05/20- Ben Crabb won first place at the Utah Geographic Information Council 2016 Annual Conference at Bryce Canyon, Utah in the Professional Poster category for his work with Dr. Chris Lant titled "The Effect of Climate Change on Rural Land Cover Patterns in the Central United States". This work is presently submitted and under review to the journal Climate Change.
05/20- Tommy Thompson was invited to deliver a short discussion regarding his thesis work monitoring sage grouse using thermal imagery and remotely piloted vehicles at the Utah Geographic Information Council 2016 Annual Conference at Bryce Canyon, Utah. Tommy is a MS Ecology student working with Doug Ramsey.
05/20- Ellie Leydsman McGinty completed a three watershed sub-basin analysis of impervious surface for the EPA. This work represents some of the highest spatial resolution impervious surface modeling completed and will be the cornerstone of her thesis. The work was supported by the Utah Geological Survey and Utah Division of Water Quality. The EPA, UGS, and UDWQ invited her to submit a proposal to complete the Utah and Cache County regions of Utah under the 2016/17 EPA Wetland Program Development Program. A proposal has been submitted.
05/16- Friends of the Great Salt Lake presented Maureen Frank and other members of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project with their 2016 Friend of the Lake Award. The announcement was made at their annual conference held on May 11-13, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
05/16- Great news for USU graduate students -- Maureen Frank accepted an extension faculty positon at Texas A&M, Jon Dinkins accepted a tenure-track position at Oregon State University, and David Dahlgren accepted a tenure-track position at USU.
05/13- Former graduate student Molly Parks (MS Wildlife Biology), was recently hired as the new Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Wolf Technician for region 1 in Montana.
05/20- Memiaghe, H. M., J. A. Lutz, L. Korte, A. Alonson, and D. Kenfack. 2016. Ecological importance of small-diameter trees to the structure, diversity, and biomass of a tropical evergreen forest at Rabi, Gabon. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0154988. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154988
05/02- Mageski, M.M., R.B. Ferreira, K.H. Beard, L.C. Costa, P.R. Jesus, C.C. Medeiros, and P.D. Ferreira. 2016. Bromeliad selection of Phyllodytes luteolus (Anura, Hylidae): the influence of plant structure and water quality factors. Journal of Herpetology. 50(1): 108-112. DOI: 10.1670/14-166
05/13- Daniel MacNulty was recently mentioned in a New York Times article on another researcher's study that claims that legal killing of wolves increases the incidence of poaching. Article: Study Casts Doubt on Theory That Legal Hunting Reduces Poaching. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/science/legal-hunting-poaching-wolves.html?_r=0
05/02- Juan Villalba: 2016 Researcher of the Year- College of Natural Resource
06/29- Is Your Home Fire Wise? Experts provide tips on how to protect your home from a wild fire
06/17- Chu, C., A. R. Kleinhesselink, K. M. Havstad, M. P. McClaran, D. P. Peters, L. T. Vermeire, H. Wei, and P. B. Adler. 2016. Direct effects dominate responses to climate perturbations in grassland plant communities. Nature Communications 7:11766. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11766 (publication)
06/09- Chu, C., A. R. Kleinhesselink, K. M. Havstad, M. P. McClaran, D. P. Peters, L. T. Vermeire, H. Wei, and P. B. Adler. 2016. Direct effects dominate responses to climate perturbations in grassland plant communities. Nature Communications 7:11766. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11766 |www.nature.com/naturecommunications (publication)
06/06- Giunta, A.D., J.B. Runyon, M.J. Jenkins, and M. Teich. 2016. Volatile and Within-Needle Terpene Changes to Douglas-fir Trees Associated With Douglas-fir Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Attack. Environmental Entomology doi: 10.1093/ee/nvw0. (publication)
06/01- Second Graders Learn Outside the Classroom by Planting Aspens
06/03- The Berryman Institute Journal Human-Wildlife Interactions (HWI), edited by Dr. Michael R. Conover, has been assigned an impact factor by SCIMAGO Institutions (SJR). The SJR is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. We have a SJR indicator of 0.47 and a citations/papers of 0.56. Our scores put us in the second-highest quartile for all ecology journals and second-highest quartile for all nature and landscape journals! They do not have a group for wildlife journals. The SJR indicator measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is. Cites per Doc. (2y) measures the scientific impact of an average article published in the journal, it is computed using the same formula that journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters). See http://scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?=21100201995&tip=sid&clearn=0. Congratulations to Dr. Michael R. Conover, HWI Editor-in-Chief.
06/24- Aimee Tallian won Best Student Oral Presentation at the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management for her talk Competition between apex predators: brown bears decrease wolf kill rate on two continents. The award included a $250 cash prize. Aimee is a PhD Ecology student working with Dan MacNulty.
06/28- Photos: Wildlife experts try to get to know Utah's bats
06/29- Is Your Home Fire Wise? Experts provide tips on how to protect your home from a wild fire
07/22- Ruprecht, J.S., K.R. Hersey, K. Hafen, K.L. Monteith, N.J. DeCesare, M.J. Kauffman, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Reproduction in moose at their southern range limit. Journal of Mammalogy xx(x):1-11 DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyw099 (publication)
07/22- Stahler, D.R., D.W. Smith, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Motherhood of the wolf. Yellowstone Science 24(1):12-17 (publication)
07/22- MacNulty, D.R., D.R. Stahler, C.T. Wyman, J. Ruprecht, and D.W. Smith. 2016. The challenge of understanding Northern Yellowstone elk dynamics after wolf reintroduction. Yellowstone Science 24(1):25-33 (publication)
07/22- MacNulty, D.R., D.R. Stahler, and D.W. Smith. 2016. Understanding the limits to wolf hunting ability. Yellowstone Science 24(1):34-36 (publication)
07/22- Cassidy, K.A., D.W. Smith, L.D. Mech, D.R. MacNulty, D.R. Stahler, and M.C. Metz. 2016. Territoriality and inter-pack aggression in gray wolves: Shaping a social carnivore’s life history. Yellowstone Science 24(1):37-42 (publication)
07/22- Smith, D.W., R.O. Peterson, D.R. MacNulty, and M. Kohl. 2016. The big scientific debate: Trophic cascades. Yellowstone Science 24(1):70-71
07/22- Smith, D.W., T. Wyman, D.R. Stahler, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Pelican Valley & Mollie’s pack. Yellowstone Science 24(1):85-86 (publication)
07/21- USU Ecologists Propose New Method to Probe Population Growth Questions
07/21- USU Ecologist an Author, Editor of "Yellowstone Science" Wolf Issue"
07/07- Utah's Henry Mountains Bison Herd Key to National Mammal's Restoration
07/07- Schell, C. J., J. K. Young, E. V. Lonsdorf, J. M. Mateo, and R. M. Santymire. 2016. Olfactory attractants and parity affect prenatal androgens and territoriality of coyote breeding pairs. Physiology & Behavior 165:43-54 (publication).
07/06- Larson, A. J., C. A. Cansler, S. G. Cowdery, S. Hiebert, T. J. Furniss, M. E. Swanson, and J. A. Lutz. 2016. Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management 377: 16-25. (publication)
07/06- Utah 'pure' bison herd may be key to conserving species
January - December 2015
12/17- Mourning Doves, not Turtle Doves, for Christmas in Utah
12/17- The Wild, Wild West Lives on in Utah Bison
12/11- Efforts to Prevent "Coywolf" Hybrids is Working, Study Finds
12/08- Plastic Sidewalks Save Real Trees in Logan
09/03- Wide Reach: USU Wildland Resources Scientists Shine in National VIdeos
06/04- Wolves on the Hunt: USU Ecologist Among Authors of Pioneering Book