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.
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
2022 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report
The 2022 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Paige Sargeant Nominated for Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Paige Sargeant, a major in Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems, describes her Goldwater Scholarship application experience.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
“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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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)....
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. ...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Facing Down Drought in the West
For more than two decades trends for above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall have ruled the West.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
2021 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report
The 2021 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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....
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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).
Undergraduate Recruiting Events - Fall 2021
Click for the schedule and locations for USU's undergraduate recruiting open houses running through the fall semester.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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, ...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021
We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.
Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021
Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Belmont Examines Climate Denial
Dr. Patrick Belmont presents on climate change denial at TEDxUSU, March 2021
QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients
Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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
'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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Easy to Love, Hard to Manage
National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.
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
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.
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....
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.
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.
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
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?
In memory of Huey Johnson. Huey was an exceptional alum of the college and a recipient of the distinguished doctorate from USU.
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...
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 2019 SubmissionMama Longlegs performs original song "You Will Not Erase"
Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars
Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer receive prestigious national award
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Life and Death of Pando
Researchers have partially hidden earth's largest life-form behind a small protective fence.
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.
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”...
State of the College: Spring 2023
Read a roundup of the latest news and events from the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Watershed Sciences department news for Utah State University.
The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Environment and Society department news for Utah State University.
The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Wildland Resources department news for Utah State University.