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A researcher at Utah State University and her team discovered that old seeds from a coastal marsh plant can be brought back to life. The resurrected plants can offer clues about how quickly coastal wetlands are adapting to environmental changes.
Resurrected plant research reveals how coastal wetlands adapt to environmental change

Resurrected plant research reveals how coastal wetlands adapt to environmental change

A researcher at Utah State University and her team discovered that old seeds from a coastal marsh plant can be brought back to life. The resurrected plants can offer clues about how quickly coastal wetlands are adapting to environmental changes.

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Lakes and rivers in North America are subject to various types of pollution, from toxic metal runoff to microplastics. But in the age of human-caused climate change, a certain type of contaminant is now raising concern among scientists who study natural b
Blowing Smoke: New Metric Quantifies Wildfire Smoke Threat to Lakes

Blowing Smoke: New Metric Quantifies Wildfire Smoke Threat to Lakes

Lakes and rivers in North America are subject to various types of pollution, from toxic metal runoff to microplastics. But in the age of human-caused climate change, a certain type of contaminant is now raising concern among scientists who study natural b...

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Science Moab speaks with Kari Veblen, Utah State University professor of rangeland ecology. The Veblen lab at USU includes a diverse group of field-based ecologists who work on both public and private lands that are managed for both wildlife conservation
Restoration on the Range – Science Moab speaks to Kari Veblen, professor of rangeland ecology

Restoration on the Range – Science Moab speaks to Kari Veblen, professor of rangeland ecology

Science Moab speaks with Kari Veblen, Utah State University professor of rangeland ecology. The Veblen lab at USU includes a diverse group of field-based ecologists who work on both public and private lands that are managed for both wildlife conservation ...

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MISSOULA, Mont. — A study by Utah State University research professor Julie Young, Ph.D., in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear biologist Wesley Sarmento found livestock guardian dogs could be effective at deterring grizzly bears.
Study finds guard dogs significantly reduce grizzly encounters on farms

Study finds guard dogs significantly reduce grizzly encounters on farms

MISSOULA, Mont. — A study by Utah State University research professor Julie Young, Ph.D., in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear biologist Wesley Sarmento found livestock guardian dogs could be effective at deterring grizzly bears.

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Megan Vahsen is this year’s winner of the George Mercer award from the Ecological Society of America, a notable recognition for “outstanding contributions to ecology by an early-career author.” Vahsen led the team that published research on how rapid plan
USU's Megan Vahsen Wins Prestigious George Mercer Award From Ecological Society of America

USU's Megan Vahsen Wins Prestigious George Mercer Award From Ecological Society of America

Megan Vahsen is this year’s winner of the George Mercer award from the Ecological Society of America, a notable recognition for “outstanding contributions to ecology by an early-career author.” Vahsen led the team that published research on how rapid plan...

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake Commissioner's Office will gather scientists and state officials this week to discuss the problem of potentially toxic dust that blows off an exposed lake bed and into communities.
Utah to convene meeting about how to handle Great Salt Lake toxic dust

Utah to convene meeting about how to handle Great Salt Lake toxic dust

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake Commissioner's Office will gather scientists and state officials this week to discuss the problem of potentially toxic dust that blows off an exposed lake bed and into communities.

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Journalists, researchers, and Colorado River experts gathered at the Utah State University Moab campus in late April to launch the Colorado River Collaborative, a statewide media group to help train, inform, and support news organizations in telling solut
Colorado River Collaborative Established to Expand Media Coverage of Challenges Faced in the Basin

Colorado River Collaborative Established to Expand Media Coverage of Challenges Faced in the Basin

Journalists, researchers, and Colorado River experts gathered at the Utah State University Moab campus in late April to launch the Colorado River Collaborative, a statewide media group to help train, inform, and support news organizations in telling solut...

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Utah is a place of outdoor wonders with iconic arches mountains framing picturesque communities, otherworldly salt flats, birding hotspots, and some of the greatest snow on earth. And yet, the state has another, less appreciated outdoor treasure of world-
Utah Home To Greatest Concentration Of Recognized Dark Sky Places

Utah Home To Greatest Concentration Of Recognized Dark Sky Places

Utah is a place of outdoor wonders with iconic arches mountains framing picturesque communities, otherworldly salt flats, birding hotspots, and some of the greatest snow on earth. And yet, the state has another, less appreciated outdoor treasure of world-...

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Standing knee-deep in the glinting current of the Weber River with fly rod in hand, this year’s valedictorian from the Quinney College of Natural Resources felt a sudden tug on the line. Austin Garner wrestled a good-sized fish into his net and took what
Testing the Waters: QCNR Valedictorian Austin Garner on Landing Academic Success

Testing the Waters: QCNR Valedictorian Austin Garner on Landing Academic Success

Standing knee-deep in the glinting current of the Weber River with fly rod in hand, this year’s valedictorian from the Quinney College of Natural Resources felt a sudden tug on the line. Austin Garner wrestled a good-sized fish into his net and took what ...

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It was a moment of definite triumph, but it didn’t look like one. Somewhere on the periphery of a Montana wilderness splayed near the parking lot of a rural gas station lay an exhausted Anaís Barrientos, alongside her equally-spent colleagues. Empty candy
Off The Beaten Path: Quinney Scholar Anaís Barrientos on Finding Her Natural Capacity

Off The Beaten Path: Quinney Scholar Anaís Barrientos on Finding Her Natural Capacity

It was a moment of definite triumph, but it didn’t look like one. Somewhere on the periphery of a Montana wilderness splayed near the parking lot of a rural gas station lay an exhausted Anaís Barrientos, alongside her equally-spent colleagues. Empty candy...

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Showing up to campus packing four-and-a-half years’ experience from the U.S. Coast Guard, Jacob Lancaster didn’t necessarily anticipate a “typical” undergraduate experience in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. But now, set to graduate with a degre
Land and Sea: Jacob Lancaster on Building a Career in Wildland Firefighting

Land and Sea: Jacob Lancaster on Building a Career in Wildland Firefighting

Showing up to campus packing four-and-a-half years’ experience from the U.S. Coast Guard, Jacob Lancaster didn’t necessarily anticipate a “typical” undergraduate experience in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. But now, set to graduate with a degre...

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You can typically find Jenna Mills scribbling away in a notebook, filling nearly every inch of page with schematics, depiction of stream flow, geological cross section, and doodles of critters and scenery. Understanding of the earth’s processes pushes her
Second Nature: Quinney College Student Jenna Mills on Finding Intersection of Natural Science, Art

Second Nature: Quinney College Student Jenna Mills on Finding Intersection of Natural Science, Art

You can typically find Jenna Mills scribbling away in a notebook, filling nearly every inch of page with schematics, depiction of stream flow, geological cross section, and doodles of critters and scenery. Understanding of the earth’s processes pushes her...

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In a warming world, new research has found something unexpected at iconic Yellowstone Lake, North America’s largest high-elevation lake. The time the lake is covered by ice each winter is holding steady — the same as it has been for the last century —
Running Cold: New Research Shows Ice Endures at Yellowstone Lake Despite Warming Trends

Running Cold: New Research Shows Ice Endures at Yellowstone Lake Despite Warming Trends

In a warming world, new research has found something unexpected at iconic Yellowstone Lake, North America’s largest high-elevation lake. The time the lake is covered by ice each winter is holding steady — the same as it has been for the last century —

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Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources hosted a special seminar this month featuring Dr. Mamie Parker, a professional fish and wildlife biologist, success coach, and consultant. Dr. Parker described the ‘secret sauce’ that she uses w
Breaking Concrete Blocks and Secret Sauces to a Fulfilling Career in Conservation

Breaking Concrete Blocks and Secret Sauces to a Fulfilling Career in Conservation

Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources hosted a special seminar this month featuring Dr. Mamie Parker, a professional fish and wildlife biologist, success coach, and consultant. Dr. Parker described the ‘secret sauce’ that she uses w...

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On the prairies of north central Montana, farmers must sometimes contend with a worrisome visitor: the grizzly bear. Hungry bears, attracted by grain that has spilled from storage bins, will wander close to worksites and homes, leading to potentially dang
Grizzly bears were pillaging farms. Could a canine keep them away?

Grizzly bears were pillaging farms. Could a canine keep them away?

On the prairies of north central Montana, farmers must sometimes contend with a worrisome visitor: the grizzly bear. Hungry bears, attracted by grain that has spilled from storage bins, will wander close to worksites and homes, leading to potentially dang...

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Whether you’re solving sudoku, crushing candy or flinging furious fowl, interactive games have become a default part of many people’s lives. Where some see a chance to zone out, Department of Watershed Sciences faculty Janice Brahney sees an opportunity t
Academic Avatar: USU Professor Levels Up USU Course With Homework Gamification

Academic Avatar: USU Professor Levels Up USU Course With Homework Gamification

Whether you’re solving sudoku, crushing candy or flinging furious fowl, interactive games have become a default part of many people’s lives. Where some see a chance to zone out, Department of Watershed Sciences faculty Janice Brahney sees an opportunity t...

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People depend on natural ecosystems of trees, grasses and shrubs to capture carbon from the atmosphere and pull it underground to slow the decline toward climate-change disaster. Ironically, these same protected spaces also tend to be highly photogenic ho
Out of the Park: New Research Tallies Total Carbon Impact of Tourism at Yellowstone

Out of the Park: New Research Tallies Total Carbon Impact of Tourism at Yellowstone

People depend on natural ecosystems of trees, grasses and shrubs to capture carbon from the atmosphere and pull it underground to slow the decline toward climate-change disaster. Ironically, these same protected spaces also tend to be highly photogenic ho...

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The USU Logan campus celebrated the Quinney College of Natural Resources this week with events, awards, contests and plenty of good food. See photos of the events at the link! Students joined us for daily events: Yoga, Tamales & Trivia, The "You Belong i
Natural Resources Week 2024

Natural Resources Week 2024

The USU Logan campus celebrated the Quinney College of Natural Resources this week with events, awards, contests and plenty of good food. See photos of the events at the link! Students joined us for daily events: Yoga, Tamales & Trivia, The "You Belong i...

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As temperatures continue to stay low, a cozy solution is on the horizon for staff and faculty at Utah State University. The "Make a Blanket Statement" campaign is led by USU Facilities and two students — Abby Baggs and Keeley Livingstone — in ENVS 4700: C
USU Staff, Faculty Encouraged to Ditch Space Heaters, Embrace Heated Blankets

USU Staff, Faculty Encouraged to Ditch Space Heaters, Embrace Heated Blankets

As temperatures continue to stay low, a cozy solution is on the horizon for staff and faculty at Utah State University. The "Make a Blanket Statement" campaign is led by USU Facilities and two students — Abby Baggs and Keeley Livingstone — in ENVS 4700: C...

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We are proud to announce that Dr. Karen Beard is the recipient of this year's USU Faculty Award for Researcher of the Year! Dr. Karen Beard is a Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center. She has been at USU for 22 years, wh
Karen Beard Receives USU Faculty Researcher of the Year Award

Karen Beard Receives USU Faculty Researcher of the Year Award

We are proud to announce that Dr. Karen Beard is the recipient of this year's USU Faculty Award for Researcher of the Year! Dr. Karen Beard is a Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center. She has been at USU for 22 years, wh...

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Modern dust contains fertilizers, pesticides and tiny plastics, said Janice Brahney, an associate professor with Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences.
Polluted dust linked to troubling changes in mountain lakes, Utah researchers find

Polluted dust linked to troubling changes in mountain lakes, Utah researchers find

Modern dust contains fertilizers, pesticides and tiny plastics, said Janice Brahney, an associate professor with Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences.

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For a city or suburban coyote, having a dash more boldness than that of its rural counterparts might be an important personality trait if the animal wants to make it among humans, says Julie Young, an animal behaviorist in QCNR in this article on sharing
Animals Are Our Neighbors in Cities and Suburbs, Not Pests

Animals Are Our Neighbors in Cities and Suburbs, Not Pests

For a city or suburban coyote, having a dash more boldness than that of its rural counterparts might be an important personality trait if the animal wants to make it among humans, says Julie Young, an animal behaviorist in QCNR in this article on sharing ...

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Linda Nagel came to USU in 2022 to lead the Quinney College of Natural Resources after seven years as professor and head in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Nagel has 24 years of experience as a university p
Aggie Women Lead: Dean Linda Nagel of the Quinney College of Natural Resources

Aggie Women Lead: Dean Linda Nagel of the Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel came to USU in 2022 to lead the Quinney College of Natural Resources after seven years as professor and head in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Nagel has 24 years of experience as a university p...

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The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) selected six papers published in 2023 to receive the prestigious Cozzarelli Prize, and among them is T. J. Clark-Wolf, assistant professor in the department of Wildland Reso
Dr. Clark-Wolf receives Cozzarelli Honor from National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Clark-Wolf receives Cozzarelli Honor from National Academy of Sciences

The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) selected six papers published in 2023 to receive the prestigious Cozzarelli Prize, and among them is T. J. Clark-Wolf, assistant professor in the department of Wildland Reso...

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For the first time, Wasatch County cities are joining in the Utah Wellbeing Project, a survey conducted by Utah State University. Dr. Courtney Flint is a professor in the Department of Environment and Society at USU. She said she’s been administering the
Wasatch County cities join in statewide wellbeing project

Wasatch County cities join in statewide wellbeing project

For the first time, Wasatch County cities are joining in the Utah Wellbeing Project, a survey conducted by Utah State University. Dr. Courtney Flint is a professor in the Department of Environment and Society at USU. She said she’s been administering the ...

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The world’s freshwater systems are in a sort of a climate-change cocktail — rising temperatures, fluctuating levels of environmental acidity and shifting concentrations of dissolved nutrients that settle into the lakes, ponds and wetlands of the world are
New Research Finds That Dust in Atmosphere is Feeding Algae in Mountain Lakes

New Research Finds That Dust in Atmosphere is Feeding Algae in Mountain Lakes

The world’s freshwater systems are in a sort of a climate-change cocktail — rising temperatures, fluctuating levels of environmental acidity and shifting concentrations of dissolved nutrients that settle into the lakes, ponds and wetlands of the world are...

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Sightings of mountain lions in cities are not frequent, but they do happen, said David Stoner. As deer and elk migrate from the mountains to browse on leftovers from lawns and gardens in late winter, predators sometimes follow, he said. But humans likely
QCNR Expert Shares Mountain Lion Advice After Cougar Spotted Near Campus

QCNR Expert Shares Mountain Lion Advice After Cougar Spotted Near Campus

Sightings of mountain lions in cities are not frequent, but they do happen, said David Stoner. As deer and elk migrate from the mountains to browse on leftovers from lawns and gardens in late winter, predators sometimes follow, he said. But humans likely ...

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A U.S. manufacturing and mining boom launched under President Biden is just getting started, and most of it is heading to Republican-leaning communities, according to metrics developed by Peter Howe in the department of Environment and Society.
QCNR in Wall Street Journal: Green Money Benefits Republican States

QCNR in Wall Street Journal: Green Money Benefits Republican States

A U.S. manufacturing and mining boom launched under President Biden is just getting started, and most of it is heading to Republican-leaning communities, according to metrics developed by Peter Howe in the department of Environment and Society.

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The impact of climate change on arid land is the focus of cutting-edge research at the Nature Conservancy’s Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) at the Dugout Ranch. The center hosted an open house on a beautiful September day to discuss the research. Preli
Research at Dugout shows “new” heritage cattle breed may be a beef game changer

Research at Dugout shows “new” heritage cattle breed may be a beef game changer

The impact of climate change on arid land is the focus of cutting-edge research at the Nature Conservancy’s Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) at the Dugout Ranch. The center hosted an open house on a beautiful September day to discuss the research. Preli...

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Why, exactly, aren’t universities better at moving the needle on climate change, even on their own campuses? Carrying a mandate to serve the public good and designed for innovation, one would think that institutions of higher education would be leaders in
Campus Climate: New Publication Proposes Framework for Higher-Ed Greenhouse Gas Accountability

Campus Climate: New Publication Proposes Framework for Higher-Ed Greenhouse Gas Accountability

Why, exactly, aren’t universities better at moving the needle on climate change, even on their own campuses? Carrying a mandate to serve the public good and designed for innovation, one would think that institutions of higher education would be leaders in...

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Utah’s first ever Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan was released Friday at the Utah State Capitol, offering state leaders, land managers and outdoor enthusiasts an insider’s look at how recreation access and infrastructure will evolve over the next 20 yea
Blazing Trails: New Outdoor Recreation Plan Built With USU Support

Blazing Trails: New Outdoor Recreation Plan Built With USU Support

Utah’s first ever Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan was released Friday at the Utah State Capitol, offering state leaders, land managers and outdoor enthusiasts an insider’s look at how recreation access and infrastructure will evolve over the next 20 yea...

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There may, as they say, be plenty of fish in the sea — but angling opportunities on Utah’s streams, rivers and lakes are getting more crowded. The number of anglers trying their luck on Utah waters has consistently increased over the years, meanwhile i
Speed Baiting: New Report Offers Strategy for Increasingly Crowded Utah Fishing

Speed Baiting: New Report Offers Strategy for Increasingly Crowded Utah Fishing

There may, as they say, be plenty of fish in the sea — but angling opportunities on Utah’s streams, rivers and lakes are getting more crowded. The number of anglers trying their luck on Utah waters has consistently increased over the years, meanwhile i

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Winners of the 2024 Utah High School Clean Air Marketing Contest will be announced at Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Community Art Day on Saturday, Feb. 10. Clean air public service announcements created by this year’s 57 final
Utah High School Clean Air Marketing Contest Winners to Be Announced at Community Art Day

Utah High School Clean Air Marketing Contest Winners to Be Announced at Community Art Day

Winners of the 2024 Utah High School Clean Air Marketing Contest will be announced at Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Community Art Day on Saturday, Feb. 10. Clean air public service announcements created by this year’s 57 final...

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IF YOU WERE WANDERING THE wilds of the Wasatch National Forest in Utah in September 2023, you might have encountered a strange sight: a line of slowly marching horses, with beavers saddled on their backs. Unfortunately, the rodents were not wearing tiny c
Why NASA Is Watching Where Idaho’s Parachuting Beavers Landed

Why NASA Is Watching Where Idaho’s Parachuting Beavers Landed

IF YOU WERE WANDERING THE wilds of the Wasatch National Forest in Utah in September 2023, you might have encountered a strange sight: a line of slowly marching horses, with beavers saddled on their backs. Unfortunately, the rodents were not wearing tiny c...

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A new event on the USU campus, Dialogues on Economic Growth and Sustainability, is set to explore these issues and other tensions at the interface of economic growth and sustainability. The symposium, organized through a partnership between the Department
Going for Broke: New Symposium to Explore the Future of Economics and Sustainability

Going for Broke: New Symposium to Explore the Future of Economics and Sustainability

A new event on the USU campus, Dialogues on Economic Growth and Sustainability, is set to explore these issues and other tensions at the interface of economic growth and sustainability. The symposium, organized through a partnership between the Department...

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There is a kind of magic that happens when students apply their knowledge in a tangible, research-driven setting On Jan. 18, Utah’s two Carnegie-classified R1 public research universities showed off the best work of their undergraduate researchers duri
Op-Ed: The Magic Behind the High-Impact Discoveries From Utah's Universities

Op-Ed: The Magic Behind the High-Impact Discoveries From Utah's Universities

There is a kind of magic that happens when students apply their knowledge in a tangible, research-driven setting On Jan. 18, Utah’s two Carnegie-classified R1 public research universities showed off the best work of their undergraduate researchers duri

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Utah has a unique mix of scrub brush, desert and forest landscapes that makes it different from most other western states. That means wildfires don’t act the same way here as they do elsewhere, said Utah State University wildland resources professor Ji
What 4 decades of data tell us about Utah’s unique wildfire landscape

What 4 decades of data tell us about Utah’s unique wildfire landscape

Utah has a unique mix of scrub brush, desert and forest landscapes that makes it different from most other western states. That means wildfires don’t act the same way here as they do elsewhere, said Utah State University wildland resources professor Ji

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Can the simple beauty of an organism be enough to want to restore and preserve it? If so, Aspen would be at the top of that list. So much more than a beautiful tree, a stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life fo
Beautiful and Resilient

Beautiful and Resilient

Can the simple beauty of an organism be enough to want to restore and preserve it? If so, Aspen would be at the top of that list. So much more than a beautiful tree, a stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life fo

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PRICE, Utah — What does the fox say? Or to use research from students at Utah State University Eastern, where do they stay? Three USU Eastern students in the Wildland Resource Techniques course presented research to the local Bureau of Land Management (BL
USU Eastern Students Study Kit Foxes in Emery County

USU Eastern Students Study Kit Foxes in Emery County

PRICE, Utah — What does the fox say? Or to use research from students at Utah State University Eastern, where do they stay? Three USU Eastern students in the Wildland Resource Techniques course presented research to the local Bureau of Land Management (BL...

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A major study led by Trisha Atwood fhas found that bottom trawling — dragging heavy fishing nets across the ocean floor — can trigger significant atmospheric carbon pollution. The new research shows that bottom trawling is responsible for releasing up to
New Research Documents Bottom Trawling as Major Source of Carbon Added to Atmosphere

New Research Documents Bottom Trawling as Major Source of Carbon Added to Atmosphere

A major study led by Trisha Atwood fhas found that bottom trawling — dragging heavy fishing nets across the ocean floor — can trigger significant atmospheric carbon pollution. The new research shows that bottom trawling is responsible for releasing up to ...

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake Strike Team, which brings together the technical expertise of Utah state government agencies and research universities, shared data and insights to help decision-makers during the 2024 General Legislative Session on We
Strike Team: No Single Solution Will Cure Great Salt Lake

Strike Team: No Single Solution Will Cure Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake Strike Team, which brings together the technical expertise of Utah state government agencies and research universities, shared data and insights to help decision-makers during the 2024 General Legislative Session on We...

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You can lead a horse to water, but across Utah’s deserts, they’ll probably find it without your help. Wild horses in Utah share resources with cattle and wildlife, including temporary water sources (like canals) during the driest times of year. Creating a
You Can Lead a Horse to Water: Mapping Seasonal Water Resources to Predict Wild Horse Movements on Utah Rangelands

You Can Lead a Horse to Water: Mapping Seasonal Water Resources to Predict Wild Horse Movements on Utah Rangelands

You can lead a horse to water, but across Utah’s deserts, they’ll probably find it without your help. Wild horses in Utah share resources with cattle and wildlife, including temporary water sources (like canals) during the driest times of year. Creating a...

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It’s well before dawn and I’ve found myself trudging up a snowy canyon north of Logan, Utah. With my headlamp turned off, I can barely see my icy fingers inches from my face. This isn’t a hiking trip gone awry—I’m out with a couple of friends listening fo
Cache Valley Christmas Bird Count provides valuable data on avian populations

Cache Valley Christmas Bird Count provides valuable data on avian populations

It’s well before dawn and I’ve found myself trudging up a snowy canyon north of Logan, Utah. With my headlamp turned off, I can barely see my icy fingers inches from my face. This isn’t a hiking trip gone awry—I’m out with a couple of friends listening fo...

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Logan — Utah Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program based in Utah State University’s Center for Community Engagement, will receive a 2024 Project of the Year Award from The Corps Network in recognition of the Bia Ogwa project that is being completed wi
Utah Conservation Corps to Receive National Award from The Corps Network for the Bia Ogwa Project

Utah Conservation Corps to Receive National Award from The Corps Network for the Bia Ogwa Project

Logan — Utah Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program based in Utah State University’s Center for Community Engagement, will receive a 2024 Project of the Year Award from The Corps Network in recognition of the Bia Ogwa project that is being completed wi...

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In the frigid seas halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, two types of animals browse the palatable vegetation of a high-tundra archipelago, munching on thick moss, cropped grasses and low-lying shrubs. New research from a group led by Matteo
Move Over Blitzen: Geese Outpace Reindeer Impacts on Arctic Ecosystems

Move Over Blitzen: Geese Outpace Reindeer Impacts on Arctic Ecosystems

In the frigid seas halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, two types of animals browse the palatable vegetation of a high-tundra archipelago, munching on thick moss, cropped grasses and low-lying shrubs. New research from a group led by Matteo...

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For many years, Joe and Jessie Quinney demonstrated their support for the natural environment through their actions and resources. In their memory, the members of the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation have provided a grant to ensure the Quinney's life
Apply Now to be a Quinney Scholar!

Apply Now to be a Quinney Scholar!

For many years, Joe and Jessie Quinney demonstrated their support for the natural environment through their actions and resources. In their memory, the members of the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation have provided a grant to ensure the Quinney's life...

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These moss balls move in unison, and researchers are okay with not knowing why. IN 1950, ICELANDIC RESEARCHER JÓN Eyþórsson came across a gathering of fuzzy green puff balls, the size of small gerbils, scattered across Hrútárjökull Glacier in the southeas
Herds of Mysterious ‘Glacier Mice’ Baffle Scientists

Herds of Mysterious ‘Glacier Mice’ Baffle Scientists

These moss balls move in unison, and researchers are okay with not knowing why. IN 1950, ICELANDIC RESEARCHER JÓN Eyþórsson came across a gathering of fuzzy green puff balls, the size of small gerbils, scattered across Hrútárjökull Glacier in the southeas...

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VERNAL, Utah — After nearly 30 years as a wildlife science professor, cutting-edge researcher, and later as a university administrator and leader, Rich Etchberger has announced his retirement at the end of December. After serving for 21 years as a profess
Rich Etchberger: Award Winning Professor and Selfless Statewide Leader

Rich Etchberger: Award Winning Professor and Selfless Statewide Leader

VERNAL, Utah — After nearly 30 years as a wildlife science professor, cutting-edge researcher, and later as a university administrator and leader, Rich Etchberger has announced his retirement at the end of December. After serving for 21 years as a profess...

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Mountain lions are becoming more aggressive. Or maybe they aren’t? But their populations are certainly increasing. Or not? After cougars killed multiple people in the Pacific Northwest over in a few months in 2018, Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright
The Curious Rise (and Fall) in Cougar Attacks

The Curious Rise (and Fall) in Cougar Attacks

Mountain lions are becoming more aggressive. Or maybe they aren’t? But their populations are certainly increasing. Or not? After cougars killed multiple people in the Pacific Northwest over in a few months in 2018, Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright ...

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When Cristina Chirvasa found herself roving the halls of the U.S. Capitol this fall, striking up conversations with congressional staffers with research portfolio in hand, she didn’t consider the experience intimidating — just good practice. After all, Ch
Research Ready: Cristina Chirvasa Builds Experience With USU Undergraduate Research Program

Research Ready: Cristina Chirvasa Builds Experience With USU Undergraduate Research Program

When Cristina Chirvasa found herself roving the halls of the U.S. Capitol this fall, striking up conversations with congressional staffers with research portfolio in hand, she didn’t consider the experience intimidating — just good practice. After all, Ch...

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For a century fire ecologists have worked to decipher a complex question — what does a “normal'' wildfire year look like in the West? That’s a hard question to answer for many reasons, but new research from a team in the Quinney College of Natural Resourc
Strange Burn: New Research Identifies Unique Patterns in Utah Wildfires

Strange Burn: New Research Identifies Unique Patterns in Utah Wildfires

For a century fire ecologists have worked to decipher a complex question — what does a “normal'' wildfire year look like in the West? That’s a hard question to answer for many reasons, but new research from a team in the Quinney College of Natural Resourc...

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Early Sunday morning, four Utah State University Fire Club students, two Alpine Forestry employees, one Utah State professor and retired-now-volunteer wildland firefighter and one Park Record reporter met at Pinebrook Park. Fog blanketed the hills and a m
Pinebrook sees community support for wildfire mitigation, pile burning

Pinebrook sees community support for wildfire mitigation, pile burning

Early Sunday morning, four Utah State University Fire Club students, two Alpine Forestry employees, one Utah State professor and retired-now-volunteer wildland firefighter and one Park Record reporter met at Pinebrook Park. Fog blanketed the hills and a m...

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From the powder-covered slopes of the northern Wasatch to the red rock wonderland of the state’s southern regions, Utah is known worldwide for its outstanding outdoor recreation destinations and unique experiences. With 2.5 million Utahns participating in
Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

From the powder-covered slopes of the northern Wasatch to the red rock wonderland of the state’s southern regions, Utah is known worldwide for its outstanding outdoor recreation destinations and unique experiences. With 2.5 million Utahns participating in...

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The gate to Empire Pass reopened for an afternoon as Deer Valley Resort and Park City Municipal staff put on a biochar demonstration on the slopes of the mountain. Tire tracks carved through snow down a one-lane road, which stopped under one of Deer Valle
Bonfire or biochar demo? Park City and Deer Valley talk of future uses around ‘Ring of Fire’

Bonfire or biochar demo? Park City and Deer Valley talk of future uses around ‘Ring of Fire’

The gate to Empire Pass reopened for an afternoon as Deer Valley Resort and Park City Municipal staff put on a biochar demonstration on the slopes of the mountain. Tire tracks carved through snow down a one-lane road, which stopped under one of Deer Valle...

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The Biden-Harris Administration released the Fifth National Climate Assessment this week, a federal effort to comprehensively document the impacts of climate change and assess the state of climate science across the United States. The report, the first
Latest National Climate Report Taps Expertise of Two QCNR Faculty

Latest National Climate Report Taps Expertise of Two QCNR Faculty

The Biden-Harris Administration released the Fifth National Climate Assessment this week, a federal effort to comprehensively document the impacts of climate change and assess the state of climate science across the United States. The report, the first

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LOGAN, Utah — The Utah State University Center for Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost selected Laura Gelfand and Sunshine Brosi to serve as the inaugural Faculty Fellows in Community Engagement on Nov. 3. The Faculty Fellows program will f
USU Center for Community Engagement Selects Faculty for Inaugural Fellowship in Community Engagement

USU Center for Community Engagement Selects Faculty for Inaugural Fellowship in Community Engagement

LOGAN, Utah — The Utah State University Center for Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost selected Laura Gelfand and Sunshine Brosi to serve as the inaugural Faculty Fellows in Community Engagement on Nov. 3. The Faculty Fellows program will f...

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Just north of the Utah-Idaho border, the site called Wuda Ogwa is sacred to members of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation — their ancestors gathered at the site every winter season for hundreds of years to rest, socialize and share their resources.
Reclaiming Sacred Space: QCNR Students Assist in Restoration at Wuda Ogwa Site

Reclaiming Sacred Space: QCNR Students Assist in Restoration at Wuda Ogwa Site

Just north of the Utah-Idaho border, the site called Wuda Ogwa is sacred to members of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation — their ancestors gathered at the site every winter season for hundreds of years to rest, socialize and share their resources. ...

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Peter Howe tracks a looming threat unfolding across the United States, one that causes more human casualties than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined — and one that you’ve perhaps never even thought much about. Extreme-heat emergencies pose a ser
USU Professor Investigates How People Perceive and React to Extreme Heat

USU Professor Investigates How People Perceive and React to Extreme Heat

Peter Howe tracks a looming threat unfolding across the United States, one that causes more human casualties than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined — and one that you’ve perhaps never even thought much about. Extreme-heat emergencies pose a ser

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Perched on the northeastern coast of Africa, the tiny country of Djibouti is a place of extremes. Rugged mountains soar to the north, while near the coastline a saline lake sinks more than 500 feet below sea level. Desert claims 90 percent of the country’
Spotted: USU Professor Leads Effort to Capture Image of Long-Missing African Cheetah

Spotted: USU Professor Leads Effort to Capture Image of Long-Missing African Cheetah

Perched on the northeastern coast of Africa, the tiny country of Djibouti is a place of extremes. Rugged mountains soar to the north, while near the coastline a saline lake sinks more than 500 feet below sea level. Desert claims 90 percent of the country’...

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On Tuesday October 10, The Utah Community Forest Council and ISA Utah Chapter organized an honorary tree planting for Dr. Mike Kuhns at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. Dr. Kuhn’s was joined by his wife Jennifer and his sons, Ben and Noah. On Dr. Kuhn
Honoring a Giant: Mike Kuhns recognized for career & legacy at tree planting ceremony

Honoring a Giant: Mike Kuhns recognized for career & legacy at tree planting ceremony

On Tuesday October 10, The Utah Community Forest Council and ISA Utah Chapter organized an honorary tree planting for Dr. Mike Kuhns at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. Dr. Kuhn’s was joined by his wife Jennifer and his sons, Ben and Noah. On Dr. Kuhn

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The T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest (formerly known as the School Forest), is 4 square miles of Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and quaking aspen in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on the high peaks above Bear Lake. It is managed by USU in cooper
USU's T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest Is a Place for Hands-On Learning, Long-Term Research

USU's T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest Is a Place for Hands-On Learning, Long-Term Research

The T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest (formerly known as the School Forest), is 4 square miles of Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and quaking aspen in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on the high peaks above Bear Lake. It is managed by USU in cooper...

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September marked the end of Water Year 2023, and it was certainly one for the books. Snowpack, runoff and increases in reservoir storage all were all unusually large. Current estimates for the year’s total runoff in the Colorado River Basin and increases
Putting Water Year 2023 in Context: Caution, Conservation Still Best for the West

Putting Water Year 2023 in Context: Caution, Conservation Still Best for the West

September marked the end of Water Year 2023, and it was certainly one for the books. Snowpack, runoff and increases in reservoir storage all were all unusually large. Current estimates for the year’s total runoff in the Colorado River Basin and increases ...

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Through hands-on and administrative programs, the Ecology Center helps researchers and students bridge academic boundaries, facilitating collaboration among ecologists and ecology-related faculty across departments and colleges. Now leadership at the Ecol
Ecological Evolution: Transition Pending for Leadership at USU Ecology Center

Ecological Evolution: Transition Pending for Leadership at USU Ecology Center

Through hands-on and administrative programs, the Ecology Center helps researchers and students bridge academic boundaries, facilitating collaboration among ecologists and ecology-related faculty across departments and colleges. Now leadership at the Ecol...

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Since the HMS Beagle arrived in the Galapagos with Charles Darwin to meet a fateful family of finches, ecologists have struggled to understand a particularly perplexing question: Why is there a ridiculous abundance of species some places on earth and a sc
Raining Cats and Dogs: Research Finds Global Precipitation Patterns a Driver for Animal Diversity

Raining Cats and Dogs: Research Finds Global Precipitation Patterns a Driver for Animal Diversity

Since the HMS Beagle arrived in the Galapagos with Charles Darwin to meet a fateful family of finches, ecologists have struggled to understand a particularly perplexing question: Why is there a ridiculous abundance of species some places on earth and a sc...

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ST. GEORGE — As the days grow colder, Southern Utah’s tarantulas are completing their annual moonlit quests for romance. And soon, sightings will be scarce again until next year.
Seen any of these hairy dudes yet? Don’t miss this thrilling Southern Utah ‘phenomenon’

Seen any of these hairy dudes yet? Don’t miss this thrilling Southern Utah ‘phenomenon’

ST. GEORGE — As the days grow colder, Southern Utah’s tarantulas are completing their annual moonlit quests for romance. And soon, sightings will be scarce again until next year.

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The Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air released the 2023 Report to the Governor and Legislature on Utah’s Land, Water and Air at an event in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday morning.
2023 Report to the Governor, Legislature on Utah's Land, Water & Air Released

2023 Report to the Governor, Legislature on Utah's Land, Water & Air Released

The Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air released the 2023 Report to the Governor and Legislature on Utah’s Land, Water and Air at an event in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday morning.

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It was a prodigious task. One that required deep expertise, thousands of hours of effort and a skilled team that included, among others, 12 rangeland and wildlife professionals affiliated with the Quinney College of Natural Resources. The new book, Rangel
Standing on Shared Ground: New Book Explores Foundations of Rangeland, Wildlife Management

Standing on Shared Ground: New Book Explores Foundations of Rangeland, Wildlife Management

It was a prodigious task. One that required deep expertise, thousands of hours of effort and a skilled team that included, among others, 12 rangeland and wildlife professionals affiliated with the Quinney College of Natural Resources. The new book, Rangel...

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MOAB, Utah — Braving monsoon rains, a group of 12 Utah State University students, along with USU Moab professional practice assistant professor Terry Dial, took a four-night, five-day camping and canoe trip on the Colorado River a week prior to the beginn
USU Students Venture on Colorado River for Hands-On Look at River Ecosystem

USU Students Venture on Colorado River for Hands-On Look at River Ecosystem

MOAB, Utah — Braving monsoon rains, a group of 12 Utah State University students, along with USU Moab professional practice assistant professor Terry Dial, took a four-night, five-day camping and canoe trip on the Colorado River a week prior to the beginn...

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Perhaps you were in a movie theater in the late 1970s, as a sunburnt boy used his pocket knife to cut through a tangle of rope binding a jet-black stallion on an abandoned beach. You might have witnessed the kid bonding with the animal over sun-drenche
Unbridled Impact: The Wicked Predicament of Wild Horses on Public Lands

Unbridled Impact: The Wicked Predicament of Wild Horses on Public Lands

Perhaps you were in a movie theater in the late 1970s, as a sunburnt boy used his pocket knife to cut through a tangle of rope binding a jet-black stallion on an abandoned beach. You might have witnessed the kid bonding with the animal over sun-drenche

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What happens in Vegas may, perhaps, stay in Vegas — but for families trying to live in Utah’s popular recreation communities like Springdale, Moab, and Park City, trouble has a way of following them home.
Trouble in Paradise: Tackling the Challenges of Living in Utah’s Outdoor Recreation Communities

Trouble in Paradise: Tackling the Challenges of Living in Utah’s Outdoor Recreation Communities

What happens in Vegas may, perhaps, stay in Vegas — but for families trying to live in Utah’s popular recreation communities like Springdale, Moab, and Park City, trouble has a way of following them home.

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ENVS invites applications for a broadly trained scholar in recreation resource management and nature-based tourism in the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in candidates who will broaden existing department streng
Seeking Assistant Professor of Recreation Resources Management and Nature-Based Tourism

Seeking Assistant Professor of Recreation Resources Management and Nature-Based Tourism

ENVS invites applications for a broadly trained scholar in recreation resource management and nature-based tourism in the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in candidates who will broaden existing department streng...

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Dr. Brenda McComb and Dr. Dianna Fisher discussed advancing representation in natural resources and visibility in academics during a recent seminar in the Quinney College of Natural Resources on incorporating diversity and inclusion in natural resources.
Breaking the Binary: Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion in Natural Resources

Breaking the Binary: Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion in Natural Resources

Dr. Brenda McComb and Dr. Dianna Fisher discussed advancing representation in natural resources and visibility in academics during a recent seminar in the Quinney College of Natural Resources on incorporating diversity and inclusion in natural resources....

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Recent research from a team from the Quinney College of Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Bayer Corporation, has begun to tease out strategies for better sagebrush rehabilitation — but it has required out-of-the-box thinking.
New Research Tracks Successes for Transplanting Full-Sized Mountain Big Sagebrush

New Research Tracks Successes for Transplanting Full-Sized Mountain Big Sagebrush

Recent research from a team from the Quinney College of Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Bayer Corporation, has begun to tease out strategies for better sagebrush rehabilitation — but it has required out-of-the-box thinking.

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Charlie Crisafulli was a 22-year-old undergraduate student at USU when he began conducting research at Mount St. Helens just months after the May 1980 eruption
Mountain Man: A Career and Life at Mount St. Helens

Mountain Man: A Career and Life at Mount St. Helens

Charlie Crisafulli was a 22-year-old undergraduate student at USU when he began conducting research at Mount St. Helens just months after the May 1980 eruption

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There have been a few studies showing that dogs in general — not specifically dogs with commercial walkers — are disruptive to wildlife. “The most severe impact is that they can kill wildlife,” explained Julie Young, an associate professor in Utah State U
Forest Service tells Utah professional dog walkers to take a hike — somewhere else

Forest Service tells Utah professional dog walkers to take a hike — somewhere else

There have been a few studies showing that dogs in general — not specifically dogs with commercial walkers — are disruptive to wildlife. “The most severe impact is that they can kill wildlife,” explained Julie Young, an associate professor in Utah State U...

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New research from a team led by Young Zhou, from the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Ecology Center, shows that, in addition to trees, humble grasses also play an essential role in capturing carbon — more important than previously thought.
Capturing Carbon in Savannas: New Research Examines Role of Grasses for Controlling Climate Change

Capturing Carbon in Savannas: New Research Examines Role of Grasses for Controlling Climate Change

New research from a team led by Young Zhou, from the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Ecology Center, shows that, in addition to trees, humble grasses also play an essential role in capturing carbon — more important than previously thought.

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From watching wildfire to keeping tabs the deep blue sea, QCNR is gaining broad expertise with the addition of four new faculty members this fall semester. Learn a little more about their experience and focus and get ready to welcome them to the team!
Welcoming New Faculty in Fall 2023

Welcoming New Faculty in Fall 2023

From watching wildfire to keeping tabs the deep blue sea, QCNR is gaining broad expertise with the addition of four new faculty members this fall semester. Learn a little more about their experience and focus and get ready to welcome them to the team!

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The NATURE Program – Native American Tribes Upholding Restoration and Education – aims to support the next generation of Indigenous leaders by building their skills in the fields of environmental conservation and natural resource management. The leadershi
USU Cohosts Indigenous Student Natural Resource Leadership Program

USU Cohosts Indigenous Student Natural Resource Leadership Program

The NATURE Program – Native American Tribes Upholding Restoration and Education – aims to support the next generation of Indigenous leaders by building their skills in the fields of environmental conservation and natural resource management. The leadershi...

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In a study published in June, researchers led by professor Jack Schmidt of Utah State University said one option would be to drill tunnels around Glen Canyon Dam and equip them with emergency valves, which could be closed “in the unlikely event that large
LA Times: California farmers urge ‘one-dam solution’ on Colorado

LA Times: California farmers urge ‘one-dam solution’ on Colorado

In a study published in June, researchers led by professor Jack Schmidt of Utah State University said one option would be to drill tunnels around Glen Canyon Dam and equip them with emergency valves, which could be closed “in the unlikely event that large...

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The world’s most massive living organism has been regenerating itself over thousands of years in Fishlake National Forest. How it will fair longterm amid a warming climate and threats from disease is less clear, according to Karen Mock.
What is Pando? A guide to one of Utah’s most unassuming natural wonders

What is Pando? A guide to one of Utah’s most unassuming natural wonders

The world’s most massive living organism has been regenerating itself over thousands of years in Fishlake National Forest. How it will fair longterm amid a warming climate and threats from disease is less clear, according to Karen Mock.

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It’s time for a serious reckoning with the way we use water from the Colorado River, and the way forward will be tough, according to a new publication by Jack Schmidt, chair of the Center for Colorado River Studies in the Quinney College of Natural Resour
Crisis on the Colorado: New Analysis Charts Hard Choices for a Drying River

Crisis on the Colorado: New Analysis Charts Hard Choices for a Drying River

It’s time for a serious reckoning with the way we use water from the Colorado River, and the way forward will be tough, according to a new publication by Jack Schmidt, chair of the Center for Colorado River Studies in the Quinney College of Natural Resour...

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Led by faculty Trisha Atwood and Edd Hammill, students took part in a 13-day immersive Introduction to Coral Reefs study abroad course on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
USU Students Head Down Under to make a Splash at the Great Barrier Reef

USU Students Head Down Under to make a Splash at the Great Barrier Reef

Led by faculty Trisha Atwood and Edd Hammill, students took part in a 13-day immersive Introduction to Coral Reefs study abroad course on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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Just off the I-15 highway near Perry, Utah, QCNR faculty, staff, and students, in partnership with UDOT and consultants, have been hard at work establishing a rest stop pollinator garden — sanctuary habitat for bees, birds and butterflies.
USU Researchers, Students, Consultants Partner With UDOT to Build Pilot Pollinator Garden

USU Researchers, Students, Consultants Partner With UDOT to Build Pilot Pollinator Garden

Just off the I-15 highway near Perry, Utah, QCNR faculty, staff, and students, in partnership with UDOT and consultants, have been hard at work establishing a rest stop pollinator garden — sanctuary habitat for bees, birds and butterflies.

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Salt Lake City officials announced a new tool on Monday to help homeowners reduce their outdoor water use. Using software created by Utah State University, the city's Department of Public Utilities will provide WaterMAPS reports that calculate how much wa
Salt Lake City announces new QCNR-developed water conservation tool

Salt Lake City announces new QCNR-developed water conservation tool

Salt Lake City officials announced a new tool on Monday to help homeowners reduce their outdoor water use. Using software created by Utah State University, the city's Department of Public Utilities will provide WaterMAPS reports that calculate how much wa...

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New research from Sarah Null and Ratha Sor reveals an alarming decline in the number of fish species in the critical Mekong River system, a change connected to dam development on the world’s most productive river system.
Dams at Fault for Fish Disappearing from Mekong River, Research Shows

Dams at Fault for Fish Disappearing from Mekong River, Research Shows

New research from Sarah Null and Ratha Sor reveals an alarming decline in the number of fish species in the critical Mekong River system, a change connected to dam development on the world’s most productive river system.

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Algae on snow that hasten melting and reduce the reflectivity of the sun are becoming more common in Western mountains. Scott Hotaling and a team of researchers are taking a closer look at how much more quickly we are losing snowpack as a result.
What is ‘watermelon snow’? The phenomenon turning Utah’s mountains pink and red

What is ‘watermelon snow’? The phenomenon turning Utah’s mountains pink and red

Algae on snow that hasten melting and reduce the reflectivity of the sun are becoming more common in Western mountains. Scott Hotaling and a team of researchers are taking a closer look at how much more quickly we are losing snowpack as a result.

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A warming climate means less frequent but more intense rainstorms in some places, so which plants will be able to best adapt? A team of QCNR researchers has answers.
Thirsty Roots: Identifying Plant Winners, Losers Under Changing Climate

Thirsty Roots: Identifying Plant Winners, Losers Under Changing Climate

A warming climate means less frequent but more intense rainstorms in some places, so which plants will be able to best adapt? A team of QCNR researchers has answers.

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When human movement plummeted during the shutdown, unusual reports of animal activity began to trickle in from around the world — things like cougars roaming the streets of Santiago, Chile, and metro California. In Utah, on the other hand, things played o
Shutdown Shift: Pandemic Lockdowns Changed Movements of Wild Animals Around the World

Shutdown Shift: Pandemic Lockdowns Changed Movements of Wild Animals Around the World

When human movement plummeted during the shutdown, unusual reports of animal activity began to trickle in from around the world — things like cougars roaming the streets of Santiago, Chile, and metro California. In Utah, on the other hand, things played o...

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Did you know that land and ocean ecosystems absorb about half of the carbon dioxide we emit each year? But what if the earth had the capacity to absorb even more? With the help of some furry, scaly, and leathery critters, maybe it can.
Could Restoring Animal Populations Store More Carbon?

Could Restoring Animal Populations Store More Carbon?

Did you know that land and ocean ecosystems absorb about half of the carbon dioxide we emit each year? But what if the earth had the capacity to absorb even more? With the help of some furry, scaly, and leathery critters, maybe it can.

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The plan represents a 14% reduction in consumptive water use in the three Lower Basin states, said Jack Schmidt, a professor and director of Utah State University’s Center for Colorado River Studies.
LA Times: Breakthrough Colorado River deal reached

LA Times: Breakthrough Colorado River deal reached

The plan represents a 14% reduction in consumptive water use in the three Lower Basin states, said Jack Schmidt, a professor and director of Utah State University’s Center for Colorado River Studies.

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The Utah Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program based out of Utah State University’s Center for Community Engagement, is partnering with USU Uintah Basin to re-launch a Youth Conservation Corps program out of the Vernal Campus. The program will offer 1
Utah Conservation Corps Partners With USU Uintah Basin on Youth Conservation Corps

Utah Conservation Corps Partners With USU Uintah Basin on Youth Conservation Corps

The Utah Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program based out of Utah State University’s Center for Community Engagement, is partnering with USU Uintah Basin to re-launch a Youth Conservation Corps program out of the Vernal Campus. The program will offer 1...

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Utah forests have had an especially tough couple of decades, and foresters are grappling to manage the standing dead trees. An emerging tool — biochar — shows potential to benefit both forest and the greater ecosystem, according to USU forestry resources
Black Is The New Green: Exploring Biochar's Potential to Moderate Wildfire, Store Carbon

Black Is The New Green: Exploring Biochar's Potential to Moderate Wildfire, Store Carbon

Utah forests have had an especially tough couple of decades, and foresters are grappling to manage the standing dead trees. An emerging tool — biochar — shows potential to benefit both forest and the greater ecosystem, according to USU forestry resources ...

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For years, Utah State University ecologist Karen Beard has spent her summers camping and working on the mosquito-ridden tundra of Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, doggedly documenting the persistent pace of climate change. The shifts she rec
Salt on Frost: Researchers Recording Impact of Once-in-a-Lifetime Storm on Alaska Coast

Salt on Frost: Researchers Recording Impact of Once-in-a-Lifetime Storm on Alaska Coast

For years, Utah State University ecologist Karen Beard has spent her summers camping and working on the mosquito-ridden tundra of Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, doggedly documenting the persistent pace of climate change. The shifts she rec...

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The Great Salt Lake has risen significantly thanks to a record snowpack, but what does that mean for scientists' predictions that the lake could dry up "in the next five years"? Simon Wang explains the factors that will impact the future of the lake.
Opinion: Don’t let the snowfall fool you — the danger isn’t over for the Great Salt Lake

Opinion: Don’t let the snowfall fool you — the danger isn’t over for the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake has risen significantly thanks to a record snowpack, but what does that mean for scientists' predictions that the lake could dry up "in the next five years"? Simon Wang explains the factors that will impact the future of the lake.

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The 2022 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
2022 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

2022 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

The 2022 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.

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When graduate Mikenna DeBruin arrived as a freshman at Utah State University, she didn’t know how to properly layer, she sheepishly admits. She traversed ice-slicked sidewalks in shorts, tromping bare-legged through frigid temperatures and snow drifts. He
Beyond the Backcountry: Mikenna DeBruin on Creating Everyday Connections to the Natural World

Beyond the Backcountry: Mikenna DeBruin on Creating Everyday Connections to the Natural World

When graduate Mikenna DeBruin arrived as a freshman at Utah State University, she didn’t know how to properly layer, she sheepishly admits. She traversed ice-slicked sidewalks in shorts, tromping bare-legged through frigid temperatures and snow drifts. He...

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QCNR graduate Tyler Coleman learned early on not to focus just on academics. Looking for experiences in the field, volunteering and getting out to shake people's hands were priority experiences for him.
Reeling it In: Graduate Tyler Coleman on Making an Education Matter

Reeling it In: Graduate Tyler Coleman on Making an Education Matter

QCNR graduate Tyler Coleman learned early on not to focus just on academics. Looking for experiences in the field, volunteering and getting out to shake people's hands were priority experiences for him.

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Don’t try and hurry her — Grace Larson prefers to set her own pace. Six years after high school graduation, she is gearing up to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Recreation Resources Management from the Quinney College of Natural Resources, with s
Keeping Chill, Finding Challenge: Grace Larson on Learning Deep to Make a Difference

Keeping Chill, Finding Challenge: Grace Larson on Learning Deep to Make a Difference

Don’t try and hurry her — Grace Larson prefers to set her own pace. Six years after high school graduation, she is gearing up to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Recreation Resources Management from the Quinney College of Natural Resources, with s...

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USU forestry students have the chance to network and hear from Terry Baker, chief executive of the national Society of American Foresters organization in a keynote address on reforestation.
Branching Out: Forestry Club Hosts National Leadership

Branching Out: Forestry Club Hosts National Leadership

USU forestry students have the chance to network and hear from Terry Baker, chief executive of the national Society of American Foresters organization in a keynote address on reforestation.

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The Great Salt Lake Collaborative has created an interactive website to help Utahns understand the critical role Great Salt Lake and its wetlands play in the ecosystem that is crucial to 10 million birds.
Water for Wildlife: Dire consequences of a shrinking Great Salt Lake

Water for Wildlife: Dire consequences of a shrinking Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative has created an interactive website to help Utahns understand the critical role Great Salt Lake and its wetlands play in the ecosystem that is crucial to 10 million birds.

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Bees, butterflies and beetles pollinate plants, enrich soils and provide a critical protein source for species up the food chain. Unfortunately, according to many state statutes, insects are not considered wildlife.
Are Butterflies Wildlife? Depends Where You live.

Are Butterflies Wildlife? Depends Where You live.

Bees, butterflies and beetles pollinate plants, enrich soils and provide a critical protein source for species up the food chain. Unfortunately, according to many state statutes, insects are not considered wildlife.

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Paige Sargeant, a major in Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems, describes her Goldwater Scholarship application experience.
Paige Sargeant Nominated for Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Paige Sargeant Nominated for Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Paige Sargeant, a major in Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems, describes her Goldwater Scholarship application experience.

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When President Joe Biden considers the economic trajectory of the country, he weighs factors like the global pandemic, international trade agreements ... and expertise from Jack Schmidt and a team of researchers from Center for Colorado River Studies. Wor
Center for Colorado River Studies Cited in U.S. President's Report on Economy

Center for Colorado River Studies Cited in U.S. President's Report on Economy

When President Joe Biden considers the economic trajectory of the country, he weighs factors like the global pandemic, international trade agreements ... and expertise from Jack Schmidt and a team of researchers from Center for Colorado River Studies. Wor...

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While some students headed to sunny beaches for the recent spring break, a few students from chose a different kind of experience — they traveled to the short-leaf pine forests of the Missouri Ozarks to set things on fire.
QCNR Fire Club Volunteers on Ozark Prescribed Fire Project

QCNR Fire Club Volunteers on Ozark Prescribed Fire Project

While some students headed to sunny beaches for the recent spring break, a few students from chose a different kind of experience — they traveled to the short-leaf pine forests of the Missouri Ozarks to set things on fire.

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Stefani Crabtree and her colleagues model how ancient humans move. With a novel strategy that virtually simulates the decision-making of early wayfinders, the team mapped probable pedestrian “superhighways” across Sahul, the supercontinent that existed be
Dissected: Mapping Superhighways

Dissected: Mapping Superhighways

Stefani Crabtree and her colleagues model how ancient humans move. With a novel strategy that virtually simulates the decision-making of early wayfinders, the team mapped probable pedestrian “superhighways” across Sahul, the supercontinent that existed be...

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As water from Great Salt Lake disappears, it leaves behind a crust vulnerable to erosion by wind, and the particles once trapped underneath can be lofted into the atmosphere. Blakowski aims to understand the consequences when heavy metals and pollutants b
Toxic Dust: A Growing Problem

Toxic Dust: A Growing Problem

As water from Great Salt Lake disappears, it leaves behind a crust vulnerable to erosion by wind, and the particles once trapped underneath can be lofted into the atmosphere. Blakowski aims to understand the consequences when heavy metals and pollutants b...

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Salmon fisheries are complex systems. New research models the region's complex social and ecological structure to help managers understand how their policies will impact the big picture.
Uncharted Waters: Mapping Real Complexity on the Kenai River Fishery

Uncharted Waters: Mapping Real Complexity on the Kenai River Fishery

Salmon fisheries are complex systems. New research models the region's complex social and ecological structure to help managers understand how their policies will impact the big picture.

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The 2023 Spring Runoff Conference has a goal to support connections between on-the-ground management and research by highlighting the collaborative ways that professionals are responding to unprecedented challenges they face in water management.
Watershed Moment: Spring Runoff Conference to Address Utah's Accelerating Pace of Change

Watershed Moment: Spring Runoff Conference to Address Utah's Accelerating Pace of Change

The 2023 Spring Runoff Conference has a goal to support connections between on-the-ground management and research by highlighting the collaborative ways that professionals are responding to unprecedented challenges they face in water management.

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QCNR is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting contributions from activists, managers and scholars in natural spaces.
Black History Month: Celebrating Leadership in Natural Resources

Black History Month: Celebrating Leadership in Natural Resources

QCNR is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting contributions from activists, managers and scholars in natural spaces.

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A recent report from QCNR Alum Sara Goeking concludes that thinning Utah’s forests “is not guaranteed” to increase the water flowing to the Great Salt Lake, and has the potential to decrease it instead.
Thinning forests won’t help restore the Great Salt Lake, scientists say, and could even make things worse

Thinning forests won’t help restore the Great Salt Lake, scientists say, and could even make things worse

A recent report from QCNR Alum Sara Goeking concludes that thinning Utah’s forests “is not guaranteed” to increase the water flowing to the Great Salt Lake, and has the potential to decrease it instead.

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Humans don’t hold a monopoly on COVID-19 infections — we’ve passed the virus on to other animals: dogs, cats, lions, mink and deer, to name a few, and researchers don’t yet know much about how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) moves through anim
Buck Trends: USU Researcher Tracking COVID-19 Virus in Utah's Mule Deer Populations

Buck Trends: USU Researcher Tracking COVID-19 Virus in Utah's Mule Deer Populations

Humans don’t hold a monopoly on COVID-19 infections — we’ve passed the virus on to other animals: dogs, cats, lions, mink and deer, to name a few, and researchers don’t yet know much about how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) moves through anim...

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Intensely brilliant and starkly white, freshly fallen snow is the most reflective natural surface on earth — normally. A clean snowpack reflects back most of the sun’s energy and allows snowpack to persist longer into spring and summer seasons. But snowpa
Snow Algae: USU Assistant Professor Investigating How Algal Blooms Impact Mountain Snowpack

Snow Algae: USU Assistant Professor Investigating How Algal Blooms Impact Mountain Snowpack

Intensely brilliant and starkly white, freshly fallen snow is the most reflective natural surface on earth — normally. A clean snowpack reflects back most of the sun’s energy and allows snowpack to persist longer into spring and summer seasons. But snowpa...

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Mike Jacobs and Cathy Schloeder received their doctorates in rangeland ecology and wildlife ecology, respectively, at Utah State University in 1999. Beginning in the 1980s, they forged distinguished careers working in difficult places beset by poverty, vi
“Power of One” Doctoral Assistantships: Producing Leaders to Tackle Natural Resource Challenges in Developing Nations

“Power of One” Doctoral Assistantships: Producing Leaders to Tackle Natural Resource Challenges in Developing Nations

Mike Jacobs and Cathy Schloeder received their doctorates in rangeland ecology and wildlife ecology, respectively, at Utah State University in 1999. Beginning in the 1980s, they forged distinguished careers working in difficult places beset by poverty, vi...

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As communities in Utah work to conserve water, the surplus water they set aside may not actually make its way downstream into the banks of the struggling Great Salt Lake.
Water Shepherding: USU Experts Discuss How to Ensure Conserved Water Gets to the Great Salt Lake

Water Shepherding: USU Experts Discuss How to Ensure Conserved Water Gets to the Great Salt Lake

As communities in Utah work to conserve water, the surplus water they set aside may not actually make its way downstream into the banks of the struggling Great Salt Lake.

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Utah State University Professor Jack Schmidt has devoted nearly 40 years to research of river systems, centered on the Colorado River, its tributaries, and the Grand Canyon. During his academic career — as well as time spent as chief of the U.S. Geologica
American Nile: USU's Jack Schmidt an Expert on the Colorado River

American Nile: USU's Jack Schmidt an Expert on the Colorado River

Utah State University Professor Jack Schmidt has devoted nearly 40 years to research of river systems, centered on the Colorado River, its tributaries, and the Grand Canyon. During his academic career — as well as time spent as chief of the U.S. Geologica...

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Sitting on the sandy banks of the Colorado River, reporter Ian James from the LA Times took notes as USU students shared thoughts, experience and fears about the fate of the water in the river over the next few years. This led off a series of articles abo
Students from Future of the Colorado River Class Featured in LA Times

Students from Future of the Colorado River Class Featured in LA Times

Sitting on the sandy banks of the Colorado River, reporter Ian James from the LA Times took notes as USU students shared thoughts, experience and fears about the fate of the water in the river over the next few years. This led off a series of articles abo...

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As water levels at the lake continue to decline, the complex natural systems the lake supports are shifting, too. Ecohydrologist Erin Rivers from the Quinney College of Natural Resources is investigating how shifting water levels at the Great Salt Lake ar
How Does a Drying Great Salt Lake Affect Carbon Cycling?

How Does a Drying Great Salt Lake Affect Carbon Cycling?

As water levels at the lake continue to decline, the complex natural systems the lake supports are shifting, too. Ecohydrologist Erin Rivers from the Quinney College of Natural Resources is investigating how shifting water levels at the Great Salt Lake ar...

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Peter Howe, an associate professor of geography in the Department of Environment and Society, has been named associate dean for academics in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources. Howe is stepping into the new position recently creat
Peter Howe Named Quinney College of Natural Resources Associate Dean

Peter Howe Named Quinney College of Natural Resources Associate Dean

Peter Howe, an associate professor of geography in the Department of Environment and Society, has been named associate dean for academics in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources. Howe is stepping into the new position recently creat...

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Christian Stewart, a Watershed Sciences major and undergraduate researcher was among 26 Aggies selected to present research posters to state legislators and visitors to Utah’s Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 20.
QCNR Undergrad Christian Stewart Presents Research on Capitol Hill

QCNR Undergrad Christian Stewart Presents Research on Capitol Hill

Christian Stewart, a Watershed Sciences major and undergraduate researcher was among 26 Aggies selected to present research posters to state legislators and visitors to Utah’s Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 20.

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In honor of their time spent at USU, Jim and Jeri Spinner, pictured here at Star’s Perch Yurt, decided it was time to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. Working with the Advancement team, the Spinners were quickly able to see their vi
Enhancing the University Experience: Alumni Couple Support Spaces for Students

Enhancing the University Experience: Alumni Couple Support Spaces for Students

In honor of their time spent at USU, Jim and Jeri Spinner, pictured here at Star’s Perch Yurt, decided it was time to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. Working with the Advancement team, the Spinners were quickly able to see their vi...

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The conference takes place March 14 and 15. This year's theme is Utah’s Watershed Moment: Innovation in a Time of Accelerating Change.
USU Spring Runoff Conference Registration and Call for Abstracts

USU Spring Runoff Conference Registration and Call for Abstracts

The conference takes place March 14 and 15. This year's theme is Utah’s Watershed Moment: Innovation in a Time of Accelerating Change.

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Inside the mountaintop glaciers of the Pacific Northwest lives a mysterious creature---black, thread-like worms that wiggle through snow. These ice worms are studied by QCNR's Scott Hotaling (even though some researchers once thought they were fictional).
Scott Hotaling's Ice Worm Research Featured on NPR

Scott Hotaling's Ice Worm Research Featured on NPR

Inside the mountaintop glaciers of the Pacific Northwest lives a mysterious creature---black, thread-like worms that wiggle through snow. These ice worms are studied by QCNR's Scott Hotaling (even though some researchers once thought they were fictional)....

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A new report on the Great Salt Lake coauthored by Utah State University Department of Watershed Science’s Patrick Belmont and Janice Brahney do not mince words — without major intervention, they say, the Great Salt Lake could disappear within five years.
Utah With No Great Salt Lake? Report Warns of Lake's Ultimate Demise Without Action

Utah With No Great Salt Lake? Report Warns of Lake's Ultimate Demise Without Action

A new report on the Great Salt Lake coauthored by Utah State University Department of Watershed Science’s Patrick Belmont and Janice Brahney do not mince words — without major intervention, they say, the Great Salt Lake could disappear within five years. ...

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Previous dean of QCNR, Chris Luecke, announced his retirement from the college in December 2022. His research and service have shaped the QCNR community in significant and lasting ways over the course of his career.
Chris Luecke Announces Retirement

Chris Luecke Announces Retirement

Previous dean of QCNR, Chris Luecke, announced his retirement from the college in December 2022. His research and service have shaped the QCNR community in significant and lasting ways over the course of his career.

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Oil drilling is not light on a landscape. Unpaved roads and drilling pads can damage plant communities by habitat loss, creating barriers for seed dispersal, introducing exotic species, increasing dust and disturbing pollinators.
Mapping the Middle Ground: Balancing Mining Activities With Survival of Utah's Rare Plants

Mapping the Middle Ground: Balancing Mining Activities With Survival of Utah's Rare Plants

Oil drilling is not light on a landscape. Unpaved roads and drilling pads can damage plant communities by habitat loss, creating barriers for seed dispersal, introducing exotic species, increasing dust and disturbing pollinators.

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Snowpack, important to summer water supply, melts away in March. Mammoth swaths of lakebed surrounding the Great Salt Lake are now cracked and windblown. Perhaps it should be no surprise that at the top of Utahns’ list of concerns for 2022 is water supply
Utah Wellbeing Survey: Water Woes, Recreation & Land Access Top Utahns' Concerns in 2022

Utah Wellbeing Survey: Water Woes, Recreation & Land Access Top Utahns' Concerns in 2022

Snowpack, important to summer water supply, melts away in March. Mammoth swaths of lakebed surrounding the Great Salt Lake are now cracked and windblown. Perhaps it should be no surprise that at the top of Utahns’ list of concerns for 2022 is water supply...

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Dr. Peter Adler and Michael Stemkovski, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Biology, investigate how a changing climate is transforming vegetation across landscapes in the West.
Catching Up to Climate Change By Tracking Big-Picture Patterns

Catching Up to Climate Change By Tracking Big-Picture Patterns

Dr. Peter Adler and Michael Stemkovski, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Biology, investigate how a changing climate is transforming vegetation across landscapes in the West.

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As a terminal lake, one without an outlet, the same process that makes the Great Salt Lake so salty also makes it prone to collecting pollution since it acts as the end of the line for the rivers that empty into it.
USU Researchers Investigating Potentially Toxic Chemicals in Great Salt Lake Dust

USU Researchers Investigating Potentially Toxic Chemicals in Great Salt Lake Dust

As a terminal lake, one without an outlet, the same process that makes the Great Salt Lake so salty also makes it prone to collecting pollution since it acts as the end of the line for the rivers that empty into it.

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New research shows that wolf coat color may signal resistance to canine distemper virus, enabling the animals to identify partners that can offer a chance at disease-resistant offspring.
New Research Finds Color of Wolf Coat a Signal for Immunity to Distemper Virus

New Research Finds Color of Wolf Coat a Signal for Immunity to Distemper Virus

New research shows that wolf coat color may signal resistance to canine distemper virus, enabling the animals to identify partners that can offer a chance at disease-resistant offspring.

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Researchers from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism have been tasked with identifying potential sites for a new cultural center for the Bear Ears National Monument.
Finding Footing at Bear Ears: Selecting a Site for a National Monument Cultural Center

Finding Footing at Bear Ears: Selecting a Site for a National Monument Cultural Center

Researchers from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism have been tasked with identifying potential sites for a new cultural center for the Bear Ears National Monument.

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Graduate students from QCNR participated in the Delta Waterfowl University Hunting Program that included hunter education classes, shooting practice, and discussions about the role hunting plays in the management of natural resources.
Happy Hunting: Students, Faculty Experience First-Time Duck Hunt Through Ambassador Program

Happy Hunting: Students, Faculty Experience First-Time Duck Hunt Through Ambassador Program

Graduate students from QCNR participated in the Delta Waterfowl University Hunting Program that included hunter education classes, shooting practice, and discussions about the role hunting plays in the management of natural resources.

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At USU Uintah Basin, students have the opportunity to work in the laboratory of a faculty member for an eight-week, paid summer internship. Students get to choose a mentor within the College of Science or Quinney College of Natural Resources and work in t
Summer Research: USU Uintah Basin Students Have Hands-On Training to Be Scientists

Summer Research: USU Uintah Basin Students Have Hands-On Training to Be Scientists

At USU Uintah Basin, students have the opportunity to work in the laboratory of a faculty member for an eight-week, paid summer internship. Students get to choose a mentor within the College of Science or Quinney College of Natural Resources and work in t...

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Management of wild horses and burros on public lands is an complex and intensely scrutinized task. A summit organized by the Berryman Institute drew together a remarkably disparate set of stakeholders to create a foundation for addressing the hard realiti
Untamed Exchange: Stakeholders Seek Common Ground on Wild Horse, Burro Management

Untamed Exchange: Stakeholders Seek Common Ground on Wild Horse, Burro Management

Management of wild horses and burros on public lands is an complex and intensely scrutinized task. A summit organized by the Berryman Institute drew together a remarkably disparate set of stakeholders to create a foundation for addressing the hard realiti...

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IORT has been tasked with gathering local perspectives on outdoor recreation issues to present to the state’s Outdoor Recreation Commission, and this was one of seven listening sessions held across the state.
USU Researchers Use Local Perspective to Build Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

USU Researchers Use Local Perspective to Build Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

IORT has been tasked with gathering local perspectives on outdoor recreation issues to present to the state’s Outdoor Recreation Commission, and this was one of seven listening sessions held across the state.

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Communities in Utah have recovered, mostly, from pandemic disruptions, according to survey data from the Utah Wellbeing Project. But there are still a few places, and a few issues, that have room for improvement.
The Big Bounce Back: Survey Captures Post-Pandemic Rebound in Community Wellbeing

The Big Bounce Back: Survey Captures Post-Pandemic Rebound in Community Wellbeing

Communities in Utah have recovered, mostly, from pandemic disruptions, according to survey data from the Utah Wellbeing Project. But there are still a few places, and a few issues, that have room for improvement.

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The cost of innovation is rising, according to Joseph Tainter, whose research connects anthropology and environmental science to understand the trajectory of complex social systems. Today it takes more people, investment and energy to develop and implemen
The End of Invention? Research Examines Cost, Value of Innovation

The End of Invention? Research Examines Cost, Value of Innovation

The cost of innovation is rising, according to Joseph Tainter, whose research connects anthropology and environmental science to understand the trajectory of complex social systems. Today it takes more people, investment and energy to develop and implemen...

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A well-designed fence can help to prevent conflicts with carnivores, but with so many options for material, placement and logistics, researchers can struggle to identify what strategies have the best chance for success. They turned to ranchers for help.
On the Fence: New Research Taps Rancher Expertise on Living With Carnivores

On the Fence: New Research Taps Rancher Expertise on Living With Carnivores

A well-designed fence can help to prevent conflicts with carnivores, but with so many options for material, placement and logistics, researchers can struggle to identify what strategies have the best chance for success. They turned to ranchers for help.

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A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.
Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.

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A diverse group of managers, scientists, consultants, and wetland enthusiasts came together for a boots-in-the-field discussion about how to turn ground back to native wetland plants.
USU Scientists Share Successes in Great Salt Lake Wetlands Replacing Phragmites With Native Plants

USU Scientists Share Successes in Great Salt Lake Wetlands Replacing Phragmites With Native Plants

A diverse group of managers, scientists, consultants, and wetland enthusiasts came together for a boots-in-the-field discussion about how to turn ground back to native wetland plants.

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“I’ve never seen a surge in available forestry jobs like the one we are seeing right now,” said Karen Mock, department head in Wildland Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Wood Work: Surge in U.S. Forestry Positions Creates Career Opportunities

Wood Work: Surge in U.S. Forestry Positions Creates Career Opportunities

“I’ve never seen a surge in available forestry jobs like the one we are seeing right now,” said Karen Mock, department head in Wildland Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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A growing number of land managers and ranchers are noting the perks of having a beaver-in-residence, and are inviting the animals to find a home on their property — with the help of the team at the Beaver Ecology and Relocation Center.
USU Center Relocates Beaver as Land Managers See Benefits of Rodents' Residence

USU Center Relocates Beaver as Land Managers See Benefits of Rodents' Residence

A growing number of land managers and ranchers are noting the perks of having a beaver-in-residence, and are inviting the animals to find a home on their property — with the help of the team at the Beaver Ecology and Relocation Center.

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Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians in the region. The Prairie Dog Crew interns work to survey for active and inactive prairie dog burrows to estimate populations in a
USU Uintah Basin Students Help Gather Data for Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets

USU Uintah Basin Students Help Gather Data for Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets

Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians in the region. The Prairie Dog Crew interns work to survey for active and inactive prairie dog burrows to estimate populations in a...

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For more than two decades trends for above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall have ruled the West.
Facing Down Drought in the West

Facing Down Drought in the West

For more than two decades trends for above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall have ruled the West.

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This summer the team included undergraduate students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) who had the chance to get on-the-ground experience through a cooperative paid internship program with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Hands-On Summer: Student Crew Cruises Forests in the Heber-Kamas District

Hands-On Summer: Student Crew Cruises Forests in the Heber-Kamas District

This summer the team included undergraduate students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) who had the chance to get on-the-ground experience through a cooperative paid internship program with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

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Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.
Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.

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Research tracking the flight habits of American white pelicans could make it safer for aircraft to take to the skies.
Flying the Friendly Skies: Working to Reduce Bird-Airplane Collisions

Flying the Friendly Skies: Working to Reduce Bird-Airplane Collisions

Research tracking the flight habits of American white pelicans could make it safer for aircraft to take to the skies.

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Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians studying wildlife ecology in the region.
USU Uintah Basin Students Help Monitor Northern Goshawk Populations in the Ashley National Forest

USU Uintah Basin Students Help Monitor Northern Goshawk Populations in the Ashley National Forest

Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians studying wildlife ecology in the region.

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In a study published in 2020, Janice Brahney, Utah State University associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, made a startling discovery: microplastic particles are widespread in the Earth’s atmosphere.
USU Professor Studying How Plastic Moves Its Way Through Bear River System

USU Professor Studying How Plastic Moves Its Way Through Bear River System

In a study published in 2020, Janice Brahney, Utah State University associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, made a startling discovery: microplastic particles are widespread in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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A tree is sometimes more than just a tree. In 2018 Rogers and a colleague tracked dead and live trees, stem regrowth, shrub cover—and mule deer feces. The strongest indicator of forest health was regeneration, and the presence of deer corresponded with po
Paul Rogers shares Pando expertise in National Geographic

Paul Rogers shares Pando expertise in National Geographic

A tree is sometimes more than just a tree. In 2018 Rogers and a colleague tracked dead and live trees, stem regrowth, shrub cover—and mule deer feces. The strongest indicator of forest health was regeneration, and the presence of deer corresponded with po...

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The 2021 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
2021 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

2021 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.

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Linda Nagel will be joining Utah State University as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources in August.
USU Names Linda Nagel as Dean for Quinney College of Natural Resources

USU Names Linda Nagel as Dean for Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel will be joining Utah State University as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources in August.

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Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.
Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.

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A team of graduate students at USU are working to measure airborne dust as water levels recede at the Great Salt Lake, monitoring what could be the start of an ecological disaster.
Another One Bites the Dust: Measuring Dust Pollution From the Shrinking Great Salt Lake

Another One Bites the Dust: Measuring Dust Pollution From the Shrinking Great Salt Lake

A team of graduate students at USU are working to measure airborne dust as water levels recede at the Great Salt Lake, monitoring what could be the start of an ecological disaster.

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Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.
UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.

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A full-slate of events kept students and staff fully engaged during Natural Resources Week 2022. Come check out the photos of the fun!
Photos from NR Week 2022!

Photos from NR Week 2022!

A full-slate of events kept students and staff fully engaged during Natural Resources Week 2022. Come check out the photos of the fun!

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Emily Bonebrake (WILD) took home the award for the Best Undergraduate Presentation during the most recent college sponsored Rapid Fire Research. Check out the video about the event.
Rapid Fire Research: Emily Bonebrake Won Best Undergraduate Presentation

Rapid Fire Research: Emily Bonebrake Won Best Undergraduate Presentation

Emily Bonebrake (WILD) took home the award for the Best Undergraduate Presentation during the most recent college sponsored Rapid Fire Research. Check out the video about the event.

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Cristina Chirvasa is one of three USU Goldwater Scholars in 2022, one of the nation's top recognitions for undergraduate STEM scholars.
QCNR Undergrad Researcher Cristina Chirvasa Named Goldwater Scholar

QCNR Undergrad Researcher Cristina Chirvasa Named Goldwater Scholar

Cristina Chirvasa is one of three USU Goldwater Scholars in 2022, one of the nation's top recognitions for undergraduate STEM scholars.

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Although savannas already hold substantial belowground carbon, new research found that increasing tree cover through fire suppression captures much less carbon than projected.
Study: Adding Tree Cover on Savannas Has Only Limited Benefits Toward Fixing Climate Change

Study: Adding Tree Cover on Savannas Has Only Limited Benefits Toward Fixing Climate Change

Although savannas already hold substantial belowground carbon, new research found that increasing tree cover through fire suppression captures much less carbon than projected.

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This year's Spring Runoff Conference will be held March 29 on USU’s Logan campus and will combine the science of forecasting drought and its implications for federal, state and local perspectives.
Adapting to Drought: Spring Runoff Conference Explores Ways to Navigate a Dry Future

Adapting to Drought: Spring Runoff Conference Explores Ways to Navigate a Dry Future

This year's Spring Runoff Conference will be held March 29 on USU’s Logan campus and will combine the science of forecasting drought and its implications for federal, state and local perspectives.

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Trees have a complex relationship with snow and energy as the season warms up, but new research shows that big trees can protect melting snowpacks in water-stressed environments.
Snowbound: Big Trees Boost Water in Forests by Protecting Snowpack

Snowbound: Big Trees Boost Water in Forests by Protecting Snowpack

Trees have a complex relationship with snow and energy as the season warms up, but new research shows that big trees can protect melting snowpacks in water-stressed environments.

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In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re
USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re...

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New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.
Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.

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Dr. Jim Lutz (WILD) studies Big Trees — not necessarily the heavyweight species like coast redwood or giant sequoia — but the biggest trees in any given forest.
Utah State Magazine: A Giant 1%

Utah State Magazine: A Giant 1%

Dr. Jim Lutz (WILD) studies Big Trees — not necessarily the heavyweight species like coast redwood or giant sequoia — but the biggest trees in any given forest.

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Jack Schmidt was featured on FOX Weather where he discussed the extreme drought in the west and its impact on the Grand Canyon.
Warm weather, lack of rain impacts Arizona's Grand Canyon

Warm weather, lack of rain impacts Arizona's Grand Canyon

Jack Schmidt was featured on FOX Weather where he discussed the extreme drought in the west and its impact on the Grand Canyon.

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American white pelicans who pause their migration at Strawberry Reservoir are filling their bellies with native species like Utah sucker for the most part, leaving cutthroat trout to the human anglers. Phaedra Budy, Gary Thiede, Kevin Chapman, and Frank H
Locally Sourced: Pelican Prefer Native Fish to Sportfish at Utah's Strawberry Reservoir

Locally Sourced: Pelican Prefer Native Fish to Sportfish at Utah's Strawberry Reservoir

American white pelicans who pause their migration at Strawberry Reservoir are filling their bellies with native species like Utah sucker for the most part, leaving cutthroat trout to the human anglers. Phaedra Budy, Gary Thiede, Kevin Chapman, and Frank H...

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Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.
Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.

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Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep make a tough choice every winter — to remain cold, hungry, and relatively safe from predators at high elevations, or to drop down to more temperate and more risky low-elevation ranges. New research explores the strategies they
Savvy Sheep: New Research Explores Flexible Decision-Making for Bighorn Sheep Migration

Savvy Sheep: New Research Explores Flexible Decision-Making for Bighorn Sheep Migration

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep make a tough choice every winter — to remain cold, hungry, and relatively safe from predators at high elevations, or to drop down to more temperate and more risky low-elevation ranges. New research explores the strategies they ...

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Foraging animals have better lives when they act as optimists, using a lopsided learning process in which information about bad outcomes is discounted or ignored, according to a new research model.
Stay on the Sunny Side: Optimistic Animal Foragers Have Better Lives in Behavior Model

Stay on the Sunny Side: Optimistic Animal Foragers Have Better Lives in Behavior Model

Foraging animals have better lives when they act as optimists, using a lopsided learning process in which information about bad outcomes is discounted or ignored, according to a new research model.

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It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.
Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.

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Bella Wetzler recently complete a research project at Cedar Breaks, as a result of the QCNR Undergraduate Research Grant she won to study how big logs in the old growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest change the way new tree seedlings survive and grow.
Out on a Limb: Bella Wetzler Logs the Survival of Big Trees with Undergraduate Research Grant

Out on a Limb: Bella Wetzler Logs the Survival of Big Trees with Undergraduate Research Grant

Bella Wetzler recently complete a research project at Cedar Breaks, as a result of the QCNR Undergraduate Research Grant she won to study how big logs in the old growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest change the way new tree seedlings survive and grow....

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Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc
View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc...

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Forests around the world have the capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to battle global climate change. But how much carbon they actually absorb is a question that still needs answering, and tree ring data can help, according to a new research sy
Treasure in Tree Rings: Using untapped tree ring data to calculate carbon sequestration

Treasure in Tree Rings: Using untapped tree ring data to calculate carbon sequestration

Forests around the world have the capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to battle global climate change. But how much carbon they actually absorb is a question that still needs answering, and tree ring data can help, according to a new research sy...

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Manlove was recently nominated for, and participated in Scialog, an experimental conference designed to generate cross-discipline and scale-spanning brainstorming among academic researchers. Manlove was awarded one of several $50K seed grants for her team
Manlove Recipient of Cross-Boundary Scialog Award

Manlove Recipient of Cross-Boundary Scialog Award

Manlove was recently nominated for, and participated in Scialog, an experimental conference designed to generate cross-discipline and scale-spanning brainstorming among academic researchers. Manlove was awarded one of several $50K seed grants for her team...

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During a recent career fair, students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources connected with management agencies and organizations to participate in summer internships.
A Hands-On Summer: QCNR Student Internships Offer On-the-Job Experience

A Hands-On Summer: QCNR Student Internships Offer On-the-Job Experience

During a recent career fair, students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources connected with management agencies and organizations to participate in summer internships.

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The killing of more than 500 wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming in recent months—including nearly 20% of the wolves that sometimes range outside of Yellowstone National Park—threatens to undermine a decades-old effort to restore the predators to the la
Dan MacNulty in Science Magazine: Massive Wolf Kill Disrupts Packs

Dan MacNulty in Science Magazine: Massive Wolf Kill Disrupts Packs

The killing of more than 500 wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming in recent months—including nearly 20% of the wolves that sometimes range outside of Yellowstone National Park—threatens to undermine a decades-old effort to restore the predators to the la...

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Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.
Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.

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Sarah Cross Brown is big on ‘Take Two’ experiences. The first time around, for instance, her university path didn’t quite click. Two decades later, Brown found her educational stride at the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Managing in Minnesota: USU Grad Finds Forestry Career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Managing in Minnesota: USU Grad Finds Forestry Career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Sarah Cross Brown is big on ‘Take Two’ experiences. The first time around, for instance, her university path didn’t quite click. Two decades later, Brown found her educational stride at the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine
Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine ...

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Jack Schmidt sees three shades of a silver lining to Friday’s doomsday-seeming announcement from the Bureau.
Scientists see silver lining in fed’s efforts at Lake Powell

Scientists see silver lining in fed’s efforts at Lake Powell

Jack Schmidt sees three shades of a silver lining to Friday’s doomsday-seeming announcement from the Bureau.

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The iconic Great Salt Lake is in serious trouble, and lawmakers are noticing. Water levels in the lake have reached record lows.
A Lake in Peril: Researchers Participate in First Summit on Threats to the Great Salt Lake

A Lake in Peril: Researchers Participate in First Summit on Threats to the Great Salt Lake

The iconic Great Salt Lake is in serious trouble, and lawmakers are noticing. Water levels in the lake have reached record lows.

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A new story in Arizona Daily Star amplifies research results from the Center for Colorado River Studies, pointing out that emergency plans for water saving in the Colorado River likely won’t be enough.
In the News: New Colorado River Water Savings Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough, Researcher Warns

In the News: New Colorado River Water Savings Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough, Researcher Warns

A new story in Arizona Daily Star amplifies research results from the Center for Colorado River Studies, pointing out that emergency plans for water saving in the Colorado River likely won’t be enough.

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Research on big trees from a team led by Jim Lutz was featured on NPR's Science Friday, covering everything from the inherent awe humans find in old-growth forests to the ecological factors that keep big trees healthy.
Big News about Big Trees: QCNR Researcher Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Big News about Big Trees: QCNR Researcher Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Research on big trees from a team led by Jim Lutz was featured on NPR's Science Friday, covering everything from the inherent awe humans find in old-growth forests to the ecological factors that keep big trees healthy.

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A new institute at USU that focuses on sharing evidence-based research with state decision-makers released its 2021 Report to the Governor on Utah’s Land, Water, and Air.
New USU Institute Releases Inaugural Report on Natural Resources in Utah

New USU Institute Releases Inaugural Report on Natural Resources in Utah

A new institute at USU that focuses on sharing evidence-based research with state decision-makers released its 2021 Report to the Governor on Utah’s Land, Water, and Air.

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USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.

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The award-winning book "Yellowstone Wolves" was written by the people who prepared and performed reintroduction and spent 25 years researching and managing wolves.
Book 'Yellowstone Wolves' Receives Prestigious Wildlife Society Award

Book 'Yellowstone Wolves' Receives Prestigious Wildlife Society Award

The award-winning book "Yellowstone Wolves" was written by the people who prepared and performed reintroduction and spent 25 years researching and managing wolves.

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A new grant will allow researchers to determine how water markets can be used to make water management systems more resilient.
Head Above Water: Major Grant Awarded for Research on Water Markets

Head Above Water: Major Grant Awarded for Research on Water Markets

A new grant will allow researchers to determine how water markets can be used to make water management systems more resilient.

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The USU Range Club members placed in both the plant identification contest and the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) team competition at the Society for Range Management in November. The team faced off against 40 other students from BYU, UVU, SUU
USU Range Club Wins Second Place in Regional Team Competition

USU Range Club Wins Second Place in Regional Team Competition

The USU Range Club members placed in both the plant identification contest and the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) team competition at the Society for Range Management in November. The team faced off against 40 other students from BYU, UVU, SUU...

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QNCR is well represented in a new report summarizing more than a decade of science from Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).
QNCR Represented in New Publication: A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome

QNCR Represented in New Publication: A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome

QNCR is well represented in a new report summarizing more than a decade of science from Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).

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Click for the schedule and locations for USU's undergraduate recruiting open houses running through the fall semester.
Undergraduate Recruiting Events - Fall 2021

Undergraduate Recruiting Events - Fall 2021

Click for the schedule and locations for USU's undergraduate recruiting open houses running through the fall semester.

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700 bison were being rounded up and corralled as part of the annual event at Antelope Island State Park, which this year was supported by volunteers from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resour
Busting Bison Myths: Wildlife Society Assists with Education at Annual Bison Roundup

Busting Bison Myths: Wildlife Society Assists with Education at Annual Bison Roundup

700 bison were being rounded up and corralled as part of the annual event at Antelope Island State Park, which this year was supported by volunteers from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resour...

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Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.
USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.

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Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.
Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.

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With support from a major new grant from the USDA, Juan Villalba (left), Jennifer MacAdam, Eric Thacker and Kathy Trundle (not pictured) will work on novel ways to produce beef as an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable food.
Beef Going Green: Major New Grant Supports Strategies for Sustainable Grazing

Beef Going Green: Major New Grant Supports Strategies for Sustainable Grazing

With support from a major new grant from the USDA, Juan Villalba (left), Jennifer MacAdam, Eric Thacker and Kathy Trundle (not pictured) will work on novel ways to produce beef as an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable food.

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On a planet where people touch every ecosystem, tweak every landscape, adjust almost every natural process either directly or indirectly, humans need to ask just what, exactly, they owe to animals.
The End of Wild: Emma Marris Explores What People Owe to Animals in a Human-Ruled World

The End of Wild: Emma Marris Explores What People Owe to Animals in a Human-Ruled World

On a planet where people touch every ecosystem, tweak every landscape, adjust almost every natural process either directly or indirectly, humans need to ask just what, exactly, they owe to animals.

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Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.
The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.

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Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.
Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.

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Over the next few months, The College Tour featuring USU will appear on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, AppleTV, GoogleTV and Roku. Quishema Brown, a Wildlife Ecology & Management major, is featured in the episode and wrote the “An Educati
An Education for All - Quishema Brown

An Education for All - Quishema Brown

Over the next few months, The College Tour featuring USU will appear on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, AppleTV, GoogleTV and Roku. Quishema Brown, a Wildlife Ecology & Management major, is featured in the episode and wrote the “An Educati...

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To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, ...

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Hope Braithwaite organized the Utah State University Water Quality Extension event, “Pack It Out Utah” which ended on Sunday.
Packing it Out Utah Style: Successful Statewide Trails and Waterways Cleanup

Packing it Out Utah Style: Successful Statewide Trails and Waterways Cleanup

Hope Braithwaite organized the Utah State University Water Quality Extension event, “Pack It Out Utah” which ended on Sunday.

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Extension Specialists Eric Thacker and David Dahlgren presented to U.S. congressional staffers on rangeland and wildlife science during a recent information-gathering tour of Utah counties.
Teaching to the Top: USU Extension Specialists Hit the Road with Visiting Congressional Staff

Teaching to the Top: USU Extension Specialists Hit the Road with Visiting Congressional Staff

Extension Specialists Eric Thacker and David Dahlgren presented to U.S. congressional staffers on rangeland and wildlife science during a recent information-gathering tour of Utah counties.

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By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre
Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre...

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Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr
When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr...

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When cubs are orphaned the summer after first den emergence, the UDWR contracts with USDA and Utah State University to care for the bears until they are old enough for release back into the wild by UDWR.
Bear Cub Rehabilitation - Live Video Feed

Bear Cub Rehabilitation - Live Video Feed

When cubs are orphaned the summer after first den emergence, the UDWR contracts with USDA and Utah State University to care for the bears until they are old enough for release back into the wild by UDWR.

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New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.
Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.

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Have you ever wondered how wildfire, fish, and water security are interconnected? Patrick Belmont presented at Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter in Park City Thursday, Aug. 12. Click to view his talk.
Fired Up: Wildlife, Fish and Water Security in Utah

Fired Up: Wildlife, Fish and Water Security in Utah

Have you ever wondered how wildfire, fish, and water security are interconnected? Patrick Belmont presented at Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter in Park City Thursday, Aug. 12. Click to view his talk.

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Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a United Nations working group) issued a report last released in 2013 that said, “climate change is code red for humanity” and that it is “clearly human-caused.”
In Focus Discussion: Climate change – Code Red

In Focus Discussion: Climate change – Code Red

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a United Nations working group) issued a report last released in 2013 that said, “climate change is code red for humanity” and that it is “clearly human-caused.”

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A new article appearing in Science Magazine features Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies, who 'thinks big and speaks candidly,' and may just be what the doctor ordered for the struggling Colorado River.
Hard Choices are Ahead for the Colorado River, but One Scientist's Voice is Making Waves

Hard Choices are Ahead for the Colorado River, but One Scientist's Voice is Making Waves

A new article appearing in Science Magazine features Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies, who 'thinks big and speaks candidly,' and may just be what the doctor ordered for the struggling Colorado River.

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The research team determined that soil from biodiverse communities helped to reduce plant pathogens, and boosted plant growth.
Keep Your Friends Close: Biodiversity Benefits Plants through Soil Feedbacks

Keep Your Friends Close: Biodiversity Benefits Plants through Soil Feedbacks

The research team determined that soil from biodiverse communities helped to reduce plant pathogens, and boosted plant growth.

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The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.
Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.

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Award-winning research out of the Department of Watershed shows that Bonneville Cutthroat trout have developed coping mechanisms to adapt to some waterway interruptions.
Tracking Trout Movement to Understand Waterway Adaptations

Tracking Trout Movement to Understand Waterway Adaptations

Award-winning research out of the Department of Watershed shows that Bonneville Cutthroat trout have developed coping mechanisms to adapt to some waterway interruptions.

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A budget-conscious project in Parley's Canyon, Utah included an overpass that was more narrow than the standard design. Nicki Frey evaluated the structure and documented hundreds of animal crossings within the first few months of research.
Safe Crossings: Wildlife Overpasses Connect Habitat and Save Lives

Safe Crossings: Wildlife Overpasses Connect Habitat and Save Lives

A budget-conscious project in Parley's Canyon, Utah included an overpass that was more narrow than the standard design. Nicki Frey evaluated the structure and documented hundreds of animal crossings within the first few months of research.

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Congratulations to our graduating class of 2021! Please follow this link for photos of our graduates and a video of our 2021 QCNR Commencement.
Graduation Photos/Video 2021

Graduation Photos/Video 2021

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2021! Please follow this link for photos of our graduates and a video of our 2021 QCNR Commencement.

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Discoverer of more than a dozen new plant species and author of many more plant names, Leila Shultz is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of discovery, education, conservation and support of the magnificent flora of Utah.
WILD Research Professor Emerita Leila Shultz Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

WILD Research Professor Emerita Leila Shultz Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Discoverer of more than a dozen new plant species and author of many more plant names, Leila Shultz is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of discovery, education, conservation and support of the magnificent flora of Utah.

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We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.
Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.

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Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.
Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.

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Come join us on April 23rd from 1-4pm to help celebrate our reopening! Click to see the flyer to learn more.
Stokes Earth Day Reopening Celebration!

Stokes Earth Day Reopening Celebration!

Come join us on April 23rd from 1-4pm to help celebrate our reopening! Click to see the flyer to learn more.

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Microplastics are so pervasive that they now affect how plants grow, waft through the air one breathes, and permeates distant ecosystems.
Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Microplastics are so pervasive that they now affect how plants grow, waft through the air one breathes, and permeates distant ecosystems.

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Joe Wheaton and a cadre of researchers from Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences is garnering national attention for its efficacy to restore riverscapes to healthier and more resilient states.
Sticks and Stones in Streams: National Focus on Simple Actions to Promote Self-Sustaining Solutions

Sticks and Stones in Streams: National Focus on Simple Actions to Promote Self-Sustaining Solutions

Joe Wheaton and a cadre of researchers from Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences is garnering national attention for its efficacy to restore riverscapes to healthier and more resilient states.

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Charles (Chuck) Hawkins, has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) for 2021.
Charles (Chuck) Hawkins Receives Award of Excellence from Society for Freshwater Science

Charles (Chuck) Hawkins Receives Award of Excellence from Society for Freshwater Science

Charles (Chuck) Hawkins, has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) for 2021.

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Dr. Patrick Belmont presents on climate change denial at TEDxUSU, March 2021
Belmont Examines Climate Denial

Belmont Examines Climate Denial

Dr. Patrick Belmont presents on climate change denial at TEDxUSU, March 2021

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Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!
QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!

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Dr. Trisha Atwood contributed to the assessment of global carbon emissions from trawling in an article that is featured in the NY Times.
Dr. Trisha Atwood Contributes Assessment featured in a NY Times Article

Dr. Trisha Atwood Contributes Assessment featured in a NY Times Article

Dr. Trisha Atwood contributed to the assessment of global carbon emissions from trawling in an article that is featured in the NY Times.

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In a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Null, associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, and her colleagues, use art, interactive exhibits and accessible science to illustrate how decisions about river management can be i
Exhibit at NHMU Offers Hands-On Access to Real Consequences of Watershed Decisions

Exhibit at NHMU Offers Hands-On Access to Real Consequences of Watershed Decisions

In a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Null, associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, and her colleagues, use art, interactive exhibits and accessible science to illustrate how decisions about river management can be i...

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Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.
QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.

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With 10 years of monitoring data on the Right Hand Fork indicating that the brown trout in this stream were negatively impacting the entire cutthroat trout population in the Logan River. A USU research team proposed a combined effort to conserve the popul
By Hook And By Creek. Persistence is Key.

By Hook And By Creek. Persistence is Key.

With 10 years of monitoring data on the Right Hand Fork indicating that the brown trout in this stream were negatively impacting the entire cutthroat trout population in the Logan River. A USU research team proposed a combined effort to conserve the popul...

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Glaciers in western Canada are disappearing at a rate nearly twice the global average, leaving major ecological disruptions in their wake. Janice Brahney and her team are investigating what that means for the ecosystems the glaciers support. Credit: Janic
Slow Motion Disaster: Receding Glaciers Open Space for Invading Algae

Slow Motion Disaster: Receding Glaciers Open Space for Invading Algae

Glaciers in western Canada are disappearing at a rate nearly twice the global average, leaving major ecological disruptions in their wake. Janice Brahney and her team are investigating what that means for the ecosystems the glaciers support. Credit: Janic...

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While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc
Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc...

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We are saddened to announce that Fred Wagner, an emeritus faculty member and Associate Dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources passed away this past Sunday. This announcement is linked to his obituary.
Frederic Wagner, September 26, 1926 - February 28, 2021

Frederic Wagner, September 26, 1926 - February 28, 2021

We are saddened to announce that Fred Wagner, an emeritus faculty member and Associate Dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources passed away this past Sunday. This announcement is linked to his obituary.

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Dr. Patrick Belmont will be presenting at USU's TEDx event on Friday, March 5th. The presentations will be from 6-8 pm.
Dr. Patrick Belmont Presenting at USU's TEDx

Dr. Patrick Belmont Presenting at USU's TEDx

Dr. Patrick Belmont will be presenting at USU's TEDx event on Friday, March 5th. The presentations will be from 6-8 pm.

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Utah continues to provide much-needed late winter snowfall, hydrologists say the state currently has 80% of normal snowpack. Researchers at USU are already looking ahead to fire season by investigating how wildfires impact Utah’s water supply reservoirs
Dousing the Flames: USU Investigates how Wildfires Impact Utah's Water Supply Reservoirs

Dousing the Flames: USU Investigates how Wildfires Impact Utah's Water Supply Reservoirs

Utah continues to provide much-needed late winter snowfall, hydrologists say the state currently has 80% of normal snowpack. Researchers at USU are already looking ahead to fire season by investigating how wildfires impact Utah’s water supply reservoirs

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Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.
'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.

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The new publication builds upon a 2020 white paper, “Strategies for Managing the Colorado River in an Uncertain Future.”
New report confronts tough choices for the future of the Colorado River

New report confronts tough choices for the future of the Colorado River

The new publication builds upon a 2020 white paper, “Strategies for Managing the Colorado River in an Uncertain Future.”

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New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, details how lakes in Nunavut could have a big impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and it’s not all bad news.
Arctic Stew: Understanding How High-Latitude Lakes Respond to and Affect Climate Change

Arctic Stew: Understanding How High-Latitude Lakes Respond to and Affect Climate Change

New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, details how lakes in Nunavut could have a big impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and it’s not all bad news.

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Recently, Ellie Leydsman McGinty developed an interactive Google Earth Web Map of the Landsat Program’s long history. NASA had the opportunity to talk with her about this project.
Mapping Landsat's Long History

Mapping Landsat's Long History

Recently, Ellie Leydsman McGinty developed an interactive Google Earth Web Map of the Landsat Program’s long history. NASA had the opportunity to talk with her about this project.

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We lost a special friend, colleague, and scientific intellect this week. Martyn M. Caldwell passed away from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy Body disease on January 24th.
Martyn Mathews Caldwell, 1941 - 2021

Martyn Mathews Caldwell, 1941 - 2021

We lost a special friend, colleague, and scientific intellect this week. Martyn M. Caldwell passed away from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy Body disease on January 24th.

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This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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Monarch butterflies are facing a dire situation across the country, with their numbers plummeting dangerously close to extinction levels.
Monarch Butterflies On 'Wild About Utah'

Monarch Butterflies On 'Wild About Utah'

Monarch butterflies are facing a dire situation across the country, with their numbers plummeting dangerously close to extinction levels.

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The cowboy lifestyle is still part of the Colorado Plateau with over 90% of the region being utilized by the cattle industry. Climate change and environmental degradation are threatening the future of cattle ranching.
Climate Change, Criollo and the Colorado Plateau: Is an old Breed the Future for Cattle Ranching?

Climate Change, Criollo and the Colorado Plateau: Is an old Breed the Future for Cattle Ranching?

The cowboy lifestyle is still part of the Colorado Plateau with over 90% of the region being utilized by the cattle industry. Climate change and environmental degradation are threatening the future of cattle ranching.

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As carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere increase, the battle against climate change worsens.
Biochar: Can it Help Fight Climate Change While Improving Soil Health?

Biochar: Can it Help Fight Climate Change While Improving Soil Health?

As carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere increase, the battle against climate change worsens.

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We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.
In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.

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A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.
Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.

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In May 2020 Nicki Frey, an Extension assistant professor in the S.J & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, and her undergraduate researcher, Natalie D'Souza, began monitoring wildlife use of a new overpass crossing.
Building Bridges: USU Natural Resources Researchers Monitor Wildlife Overpass Usage

Building Bridges: USU Natural Resources Researchers Monitor Wildlife Overpass Usage

In May 2020 Nicki Frey, an Extension assistant professor in the S.J & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, and her undergraduate researcher, Natalie D'Souza, began monitoring wildlife use of a new overpass crossing.

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With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.
USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.

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Greetings and welcome to the first WILD Alumni and Friends newsletter! In this first edition, we look at two of our members: Bill Woody and Jennifer Bakken.
Fall Semester WILD Alumni and Friends Newsletter 2020

Fall Semester WILD Alumni and Friends Newsletter 2020

Greetings and welcome to the first WILD Alumni and Friends newsletter! In this first edition, we look at two of our members: Bill Woody and Jennifer Bakken.

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Mark Kreider is an MS student in Ecology, advised by Dr. Larissa Yocom. Mark is known for his research on post-fire forest regeneration, including a paper on the identification of aspen seedlings in a field. Mark is also a spectacular classical pianist.
And now for something completely different…

And now for something completely different…

Mark Kreider is an MS student in Ecology, advised by Dr. Larissa Yocom. Mark is known for his research on post-fire forest regeneration, including a paper on the identification of aspen seedlings in a field. Mark is also a spectacular classical pianist.

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Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.
How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.

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Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.
The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest | Utah Insight

The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest

Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.

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Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.
QCNR 2020 Fall News Roundup

QCNR 2020 Fall News Roundup

Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.

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A new study provides strong evidence that exposure to light pollution alters predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a rapidly growing region where nighttime skyglow is an increasing environmental disturbance.
Light pollution alters predator-prey interactions between cougars and mule deer in western US

Light pollution alters predator-prey interactions between cougars and mule deer in western US

A new study provides strong evidence that exposure to light pollution alters predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a rapidly growing region where nighttime skyglow is an increasing environmental disturbance.

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To improve restoration and agricultural practices, USU scientists are studying how soil microbes and moisture affect native and nonnative plants.
USU Research Looking At The Root Of Plant-soil Interactions

USU Research Looking At The Root Of Plant-soil Interactions

To improve restoration and agricultural practices, USU scientists are studying how soil microbes and moisture affect native and nonnative plants.

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More than 100 state leaders from across the political spectrum gathered virtually Wednesday morning to sign, what they are calling, the first-ever Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact — urging the state to become a national leader on climate action.
In ‘Unprecedented Move’ For A Conservative State, Utah Leaders Voice Support For Climate Action

In ‘Unprecedented Move’ For A Conservative State, Utah Leaders Voice Support For Climate Action

More than 100 state leaders from across the political spectrum gathered virtually Wednesday morning to sign, what they are calling, the first-ever Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact — urging the state to become a national leader on climate action.

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Often, residents only interact with city employees when something goes wrong. With the help of three interns, however, Logan city has produced a podcast to help people understand what workers are doing the rest of the time.
'Logan City Lowdown': New podcast gives crash course on what municipal workers do

'Logan City Lowdown': New podcast gives crash course on what municipal workers do

Often, residents only interact with city employees when something goes wrong. With the help of three interns, however, Logan city has produced a podcast to help people understand what workers are doing the rest of the time.

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Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.
Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.

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The year 2020 has changed how so much of the world is delivered, including how the delivery of recognitions and awards.
QCNR Professor Joseph Wheaton Recognized with 2020 Gordon Warwick Award

QCNR Professor Joseph Wheaton Recognized with 2020 Gordon Warwick Award

The year 2020 has changed how so much of the world is delivered, including how the delivery of recognitions and awards.

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The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns. (Email Sign-in Required to Read)
How beavers became North America's best firefighter

How beavers became North America's best firefighter

The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns. (Email Sign-in Required to Read)

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On January 29, 1863 the U.S. Army Cavalry attacked the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, killing over 400 people and instigating the largest mass murder of Native Americans in the history of the United States.
Boa Ogoi: Restoring Sacred Land 150 years after the Bear River Massacre

Boa Ogoi: Restoring Sacred Land 150 years after the Bear River Massacre

On January 29, 1863 the U.S. Army Cavalry attacked the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, killing over 400 people and instigating the largest mass murder of Native Americans in the history of the United States.

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Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Ron Goede recently passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Ron Goede: April 3, 1934 - August 29, 2020

Ron Goede: April 3, 1934 - August 29, 2020

Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Ron Goede recently passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.
Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.

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With 10 awardees, Aggies tie for first among 134 institutions from North and Central America vying for student grants from the Geological Society of America
WATS Doctoral Student Christy Leonard Receives GSA Research Grant

WATS Doctoral Student Christy Leonard Receives GSA Research Grant

With 10 awardees, Aggies tie for first among 134 institutions from North and Central America vying for student grants from the Geological Society of America

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In this episode of Instead with Dr. Patrick Belmont, you will learn– How streams and fish can benefit from wildfire. How much disturbance is too much. And, what Utah has in common with California wildfires.
After the Smoke Clears: watersheds recovering from wildfire, with Dr. Patrick Belmont

After the Smoke Clears: watersheds recovering from wildfire, with Dr. Patrick Belmont

In this episode of Instead with Dr. Patrick Belmont, you will learn– How streams and fish can benefit from wildfire. How much disturbance is too much. And, what Utah has in common with California wildfires.

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Leaders across the west are grappling with how to share the supply of water from the Colorado River. If trends continue cities, towns and farmlands won’t have enough water for their needs, and won’t leave enough water for the river ecosystem to function.
Managers Turn to USU Water Experts to Understand Dynamics of a Dwindling Colorado River Supply

Managers Turn to USU Water Experts to Understand Dynamics of a Dwindling Colorado River Supply

Leaders across the west are grappling with how to share the supply of water from the Colorado River. If trends continue cities, towns and farmlands won’t have enough water for their needs, and won’t leave enough water for the river ecosystem to function....

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Dr. John Neuhold was a distinguished professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Utah State University. We will miss his strong conservation ethic and his great sense of humor.
Remembering Dr. John Neuhold

Remembering Dr. John Neuhold

Dr. John Neuhold was a distinguished professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Utah State University. We will miss his strong conservation ethic and his great sense of humor.

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Drought and dams have pushed Tonle Sap into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation's protein.
Cambodia’s biggest lake is running dry, taking forests and fish with it

Cambodia’s biggest lake is running dry, taking forests and fish with it

Drought and dams have pushed Tonle Sap into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation's protein.

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Global study sheds new light on current species declines, past species extinctions, and disruptions to Earth's ecosystems
Herbivores, Not Predators, Most At Risk of Extinction

Herbivores, Not Predators, Most At Risk of Extinction

Global study sheds new light on current species declines, past species extinctions, and disruptions to Earth's ecosystems

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As an environmental scientist, I am often asked if it’s too late. With so much division and political dysfunction, is there any chance that we can solve the global environmental crises that threaten us and our planet?
Ben Abbott: Earth Day at 50 has never been so relevant

Ben Abbott: Earth Day at 50 has never been so relevant

As an environmental scientist, I am often asked if it’s too late. With so much division and political dysfunction, is there any chance that we can solve the global environmental crises that threaten us and our planet?

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In memory of Huey Johnson. Huey was an exceptional alum of the college and a recipient of the distinguished doctorate from USU.
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Huey Johnson

In memory of Huey Johnson. Huey was an exceptional alum of the college and a recipient of the distinguished doctorate from USU.

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Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic
All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic...

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The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”
QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”

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Microplastic particles and fibers spiral through the Earth system, accumulating even in protected wilderness areas and national parks in the western U.S.
More than 1,000 Tons of Plastic Rains into Western U.S. Protected Lands Annually

More than 1,000 Tons of Plastic Rains into Western U.S. Protected Lands Annually

Microplastic particles and fibers spiral through the Earth system, accumulating even in protected wilderness areas and national parks in the western U.S.

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Spring is in full swing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those birds in your backyard may be changing right along with the climate.
Warming Climate is Changing Where Birds Breed

Warming Climate is Changing Where Birds Breed

Spring is in full swing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those birds in your backyard may be changing right along with the climate.

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As a result of recent events, including the earthquake and coronavirus pandemic, more Utahns than ever are interested in growing and producing their own food.
As Interest in Local Food Grows, Water Pollution Shouldn't

As Interest in Local Food Grows, Water Pollution Shouldn't

As a result of recent events, including the earthquake and coronavirus pandemic, more Utahns than ever are interested in growing and producing their own food.

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Back in 2013 Matthias Koschorreck, a biologist in the Department of Lake Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, on a whim decided to take some measurements in the catchment of a small river in Catalonia, Spain.
Filling the Gap: Study Finds Carbon Emissions Globally Underestimated

Filling the Gap: Study Finds Carbon Emissions Globally Underestimated

Back in 2013 Matthias Koschorreck, a biologist in the Department of Lake Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, on a whim decided to take some measurements in the catchment of a small river in Catalonia, Spain.

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While it may seem that the efforts of local governments have only a marginal impact on the global issue of climate change, local action can spread to generate large-scale change.
Developing and Implementing a 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework

Developing and Implementing a 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework

While it may seem that the efforts of local governments have only a marginal impact on the global issue of climate change, local action can spread to generate large-scale change.

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Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.
In The Mountains And Deserts Of Utah, Columbia Spotted Frogs Are Sentinels Of Climate Change

In The Mountains And Deserts Of Utah, Columbia Spotted Frogs Are Sentinels Of Climate Change

Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.

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The Earth's carbon can be stored in trees and plants, in the ocean, in fossil fuels deep underground, and in the soil directly beneath our feet.
Eating Like a Bird: NSF Grant Keeps Tabs on Geese Herbivory and Carbon in the Yukon

Eating Like a Bird: NSF Grant Keeps Tabs on Geese Herbivory and Carbon in the Yukon

The Earth's carbon can be stored in trees and plants, in the ocean, in fossil fuels deep underground, and in the soil directly beneath our feet.

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A new paper including research from a Utah State University scientist provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife.
Blinded by the Light: "Sensory Danger Zones: How Sensory Pollution Impacts Animal Survival"

Blinded by the Light: "Sensory Danger Zones: How Sensory Pollution Impacts Animal Survival"

A new paper including research from a Utah State University scientist provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife.

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Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has committed to the implementation of new greenhouse gas reduction recommendations that will lead to greater sustainability, cost savings, and improvements to USU facilities, activities, and culture.
President Cockett Commits to Reducing USU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Cockett Commits to Reducing USU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has committed to the implementation of new greenhouse gas reduction recommendations that will lead to greater sustainability, cost savings, and improvements to USU facilities, activities, and culture.

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Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.
Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.

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The Great Salt Lake is facing multiple threats that put ecosystems, economies and species at risk, said Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Utah State University professor during a “Canyon Conversations” lecture Saturday morning.
USU Professor Discusses Threats to the Great Salt Lake

USU Professor Discusses Threats to the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is facing multiple threats that put ecosystems, economies and species at risk, said Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Utah State University professor during a “Canyon Conversations” lecture Saturday morning.

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In August, USU Backcountry Hunters and Anglers with Cache Anglers Trout Unlimited Chapter helped Clint Brunson from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in electrofishing Temple Fork and Spawn Creek documenting non-native trout encroaching into this system
USU BHA Helps With Invasive Species Removal and Research

USU BHA Helps With Invasive Species Removal and Research

In August, USU Backcountry Hunters and Anglers with Cache Anglers Trout Unlimited Chapter helped Clint Brunson from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in electrofishing Temple Fork and Spawn Creek documenting non-native trout encroaching into this system...

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One of the goals of QCNR is to develop collaborative programs that help students gain hands-on professional work experience to move them forward on their desired career path.
Making the Connection: 2020 QCNR Job Fair

Making the Connection: 2020 QCNR Job Fair

One of the goals of QCNR is to develop collaborative programs that help students gain hands-on professional work experience to move them forward on their desired career path.

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PROVIDENCE – Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.
Trout eggs placed in classrooms to raise and release into area fisheries

Trout eggs placed in classrooms to raise and release into area fisheries

PROVIDENCE – Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.

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First-graders know that seedlings need three things to grow - sunlight, water, and soil.
Get Outside: Plant-Soil Research in Greenhouses Differs Strongly From Field Studies

Get Outside: Plant-Soil Research in Greenhouses Differs Strongly From Field Studies

First-graders know that seedlings need three things to grow - sunlight, water, and soil.

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High school teacher Jill Kennedy prefers to go beyond books. She believes in encouraging her students to get their hands on their projects —but not just the typical bridges built with toothpicks.
Robot Invasion: QCNR Helps High School Students Build and Test Submersible Robots

Robot Invasion: QCNR Helps High School Students Build and Test Submersible Robots

High school teacher Jill Kennedy prefers to go beyond books. She believes in encouraging her students to get their hands on their projects —but not just the typical bridges built with toothpicks.

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Human-wildlife conflict is a challenge in many parks and protected areas, and is often the result of improper behavior on the human side of the equation.
Using Science to Persuade Hikers to be Bear-Safe in Yellowstone

Using Science to Persuade Hikers to be Bear-Safe in Yellowstone

Human-wildlife conflict is a challenge in many parks and protected areas, and is often the result of improper behavior on the human side of the equation.

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Rallies to open the “Global Climate Strike” took place in 110 towns and cities across Australia. More than one hundred students, faculty and staff held signs and umbrellas at a wet and rainy rally on the Quad at Utah State University.
Global Climate Strike draws more than 100 to USU Quad

Global Climate Strike draws more than 100 to USU Quad

Rallies to open the “Global Climate Strike” took place in 110 towns and cities across Australia. More than one hundred students, faculty and staff held signs and umbrellas at a wet and rainy rally on the Quad at Utah State University.

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Utah State University’s Trisha Atwood, assistant professor in watershed sciences and the Ecology Center, says animals deserve credit for their role in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems … and their impact on the big picture of climate change.
Against the Current: Trisha Atwood Receives Early-Career Research Fellowship

Against the Current: Trisha Atwood Receives Early-Career Research Fellowship

Utah State University’s Trisha Atwood, assistant professor in watershed sciences and the Ecology Center, says animals deserve credit for their role in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems … and their impact on the big picture of climate change.

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In the past decade, increasing numbers of visitors to parks and protected areas have both stretched management resources and exacerbated human-caused problems.
View From Above: Drones Help Monitor Recreation Impacts in National Parks

View From Above: Drones Help Monitor Recreation Impacts in National Parks

In the past decade, increasing numbers of visitors to parks and protected areas have both stretched management resources and exacerbated human-caused problems.

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Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. Their movement has a major impact on the places they leave.
Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. Their movement has a major impact on the places they leave.

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When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization and climate change are harmful to humans and animals. The cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.
Researchers Review Environmental Conditions Leading to Harmful Algae Blooms

Researchers Review Environmental Conditions Leading to Harmful Algae Blooms

When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization and climate change are harmful to humans and animals. The cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.

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Utah State University Professor Nancy Mesner, Water Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Watershed Sciences, coordinated the aquatic portion of USU STARS! GEAR UP program by getting high school teachers and students out on the water.
GearUp Goes Wet

GearUp Goes Wet

Utah State University Professor Nancy Mesner, Water Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Watershed Sciences, coordinated the aquatic portion of USU STARS! GEAR UP program by getting high school teachers and students out on the water.

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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.
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.

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.

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

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

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.

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Insecticides in at least one area are not only failing to control mosquitoes, new research suggests, they’re actually allowing the blood-sucking pests to thrive—by killing off their predators.
How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

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

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Innovation in biofuels involves more than good ideas, according to Joseph Tainter from the Department of Environment and Society in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

Innovation in biofuels involves more than good ideas, according to Joseph Tainter from the Department of Environment and Society in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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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.
USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

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.

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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. Recent climate trends are making a good catch more difficult to come by.
Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

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. Recent climate trends are making a good catch more difficult to come by.

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When one considers 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 disaster?
Politics, Power and Rivers - Historic Mining in the Rural West

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

When one considers 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 disaster?

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 2019 SubmissionMama Longlegs performs original song "You Will Not Erase"
Mama LongLegs

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 2019 SubmissionMama Longlegs performs original song "You Will Not Erase"

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Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer receive prestigious national award
Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer receive prestigious national award

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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.
Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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.

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Last summer, a year after 72,000 acres of high-elevation woodlands burned around southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau. Residents of Brian Head noticed something strange, tiny white cottony puffs drifted through the air and piled up on the ground
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

Last summer, a year after 72,000 acres of high-elevation woodlands burned around southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau. Residents of Brian Head noticed something strange, tiny white cottony puffs drifted through the air and piled up on the ground

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Morgan Larsen, a USU-Uintah Basin 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 Agriculture Wildlife Service.
USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

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

Morgan Larsen, a USU-Uintah Basin 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 Agriculture Wildlife Service.

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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
Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

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

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USU scientists have shown that a 'landscape of fear' does not keep Yellowstone elk from using risky habitats. In an online article "Ecological Monographs," the researchers discuss how elk use nightly lulls in wolf activity to access dangerous areas.
Yellowstone's 'Landscape of Fear' Not So Scary After All

Yellowstone's 'Landscape of Fear' Not So Scary After All

USU scientists have shown that a 'landscape of fear' does not keep Yellowstone elk from using risky habitats. In an online article "Ecological Monographs," the researchers discuss how elk use nightly lulls in wolf activity to access dangerous areas.

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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.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

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.

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

USU-Uintah Basin Holds First Earth Observation and GIS Event

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

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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?
When Hot Is Too Hot

When Hot Is Too Hot

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?

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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.
The Science Behind the Story

The Science Behind the Story

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.

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Huntly is the director of the USU Ecology Center and was recently named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, a large community of ecological scientists.
'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology

'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology

Huntly is the director of the USU Ecology Center and was recently named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, a large community of ecological scientists.

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At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon.
South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon.

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A recent study by Utah science researchers indicates communicating about science can have an impact on efforts by scientists
Upcoming iUtah Workshops Highlight Communication As Key to Collaboration

Upcoming iUtah Workshops Highlight Communication As Key to Collaboration

A recent study by Utah science researchers indicates communicating about science can have an impact on efforts by scientists

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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.
Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

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.

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LOGAN, UTAH - Hydrologists are looking centuries into the past to better understand an increasingly uncertain water future.
Between the lines: Tree rings hold clues about a river's past

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

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

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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.
A Close Look at the Big Picture

A Close Look at the Big Picture

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.

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Researchers have partially hidden earth's largest life-form behind a small protective fence.
The Life and Death of Pando

The Life and Death of Pando

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

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The early 1970s were very heady times on the Utah State University campus.
Thad Box Reminisces

Thad Box Reminisces

The early 1970s were very heady times on the Utah State University campus.

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

Local Yamaha dealer provides ATVs for USU sage grouse research

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

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The Great Salt Lake 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 earth”
Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake 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 earth”...

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Wildland Resources department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Wildland Resources department news for Utah State University.

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Environment and Society department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Environment and Society department news for Utah State University.

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Read a roundup of the latest news and events from the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
State of the College: Spring 2023

State of the College: Spring 2023

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State of the College: Winter 2023

State of the College: Winter 2023

Read a roundup of the latest news and events from the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Watershed Sciences department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Watershed Sciences department news for Utah State University.