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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drs. Tucker Furniss and Jim Lutz have found that less crowded trees have a better chance of surviving wildfire and bark beetle infestation.
Crowding, Climate Change & the Case for Social Distancing Among Trees

Crowding, Climate Change & the Case for Social Distancing Among Trees

Drs. Tucker Furniss and Jim Lutz have found that less crowded trees have a better chance of surviving wildfire and bark beetle infestation.

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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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Dr. Juan Villalba is featured on KSL News to discuss the role of high quality nutrition for cows in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
USU studies how better diets and less gassy cows can help with climate change

USU studies how better diets and less gassy cows can help with climate change

Dr. Juan Villalba is featured on KSL News to discuss the role of high quality nutrition for cows in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dr. Julie Young has some tips for being in cougar country and what to do should you have the rare experience of a mountain lion encounter.
Mountain lion encounters are rare, but if you encounter one, here are 5 ways to stay safe

Mountain lion encounters are rare, but if you encounter one, here are 5 ways to stay safe

Dr. Julie Young has some tips for being in cougar country and what to do should you have the rare experience of a mountain lion encounter.

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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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The newsletter features stories, highlights, and accomplishments from the Department of Wildland Resources and our amazing alumni.
The Winter 2021 WILD Alumni Newsletter is Here!

The Winter 2021 WILD Alumni Newsletter is Here!

The newsletter features stories, highlights, and accomplishments from the Department of Wildland Resources and our amazing alumni.

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Impact factor shows the importance of a journal based on the number of times it is cited. Edited by Dr. Terry Messmer and Rosanna Vail, it is the only journal tailored to NR managers in areas of human-wildlife conflict.
Human–Wildlife Interactions Journal Sees 200% Increase in Impact Factor

Human–Wildlife Interactions Journal Sees 200% Increase in Impact Factor

Impact factor shows the importance of a journal based on the number of times it is cited. Edited by Dr. Terry Messmer and Rosanna Vail, it is the only journal tailored to NR managers in areas of human-wildlife conflict.

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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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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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The team of researchers will use satellite data taken from the International Space Station to study how far ranging populations of wildlife react to a changing environment.
David Stoner Awarded Grant to Connect Animal Migration to NASA Drought Imagery

David Stoner Awarded Grant to Connect Animal Migration to NASA Drought Imagery

The team of researchers will use satellite data taken from the International Space Station to study how far ranging populations of wildlife react to a changing environment.

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Recent WILD graduate in Forest Ecology and Management Elyse Doty sees the forest for the trees when it comes to wildfire.
Catching Fire: USU Graduate Recognizes Ecosystem Details as Wildland Firefighter

Catching Fire: USU Graduate Recognizes Ecosystem Details as Wildland Firefighter

Recent WILD graduate in Forest Ecology and Management Elyse Doty sees the forest for the trees when it comes to wildfire.

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What are the effects of wolves on aspen regeneration in Yellowstone? Thanks to refined sampling methods, Elaine Brice and Dr. Dan MacNulty show that previous findings have been exaggerated.
Capturing a True Picture of Wolves in Yellowstone: Reevaluating Aspen Recovery

Capturing a True Picture of Wolves in Yellowstone: Reevaluating Aspen Recovery

What are the effects of wolves on aspen regeneration in Yellowstone? Thanks to refined sampling methods, Elaine Brice and Dr. Dan MacNulty show that previous findings have been exaggerated.

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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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The purpose of this Fellowship is to recruit a new student into WILD who has (1) a record of exceptional academic excellence, achievement, and promise, and (2) a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in WILD, QCNR, USU, and their profession.
Call for 2022 Quinney Doctoral Fellowship in the Wildland Resources Department

Call for 2022 Quinney Doctoral Fellowship in the Wildland Resources Department

The purpose of this Fellowship is to recruit a new student into WILD who has (1) a record of exceptional academic excellence, achievement, and promise, and (2) a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in WILD, QCNR, USU, and their profession.

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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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Thanks to a partnership between Utah State University, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the USDA Millville Predator Research Facility, orphaned black bear cubs are getting a new lease on life.
A Bear Cub Gets A Helping Hand

A Bear Cub Gets A Helping Hand

Thanks to a partnership between Utah State University, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the USDA Millville Predator Research Facility, orphaned black bear cubs are getting a new lease on life.

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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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Dr. Terry Messmer explains how to prevent conflicts with mountain lions and what to do if you encounter one.
Ask an Expert - Tips for Living in Cougar Country in 2021

Ask an Expert - Tips for Living in Cougar Country in 2021

Dr. Terry Messmer explains how to prevent conflicts with mountain lions and what to do if you encounter one.

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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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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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The Wildlife Society covers WILD alum Leah Delahoussaye's work on the breeding habits of eared grebes in the Great Salt Lake, information that is critical to conservation efforts in the southern portion of the bird's range.
Evaluating the Needs of Breeding Grebes in Utah

Evaluating the Needs of Breeding Grebes in Utah

The Wildlife Society covers WILD alum Leah Delahoussaye's work on the breeding habits of eared grebes in the Great Salt Lake, information that is critical to conservation efforts in the southern portion of the bird's range.

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PhD student Sara Germain and Dr. Jim Lutz study the pivotal relationship between large trees and underground fungi.
Hidden Allies Aid Survival of the West's Largest Trees

Hidden Allies Aid Survival of the West's Largest Trees

PhD student Sara Germain and Dr. Jim Lutz study the pivotal relationship between large trees and underground fungi.

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Dr. Jim Lutz is on ABC4 Utah's In Focus to discuss wildfire, its place on the landscape, and how best to manage our wildlands.
In Focus Discussion: Wildfire Mitigation

In Focus Discussion: Wildfire Mitigation

Dr. Jim Lutz is on ABC4 Utah's In Focus to discuss wildfire, its place on the landscape, and how best to manage our wildlands.

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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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Whether you have a home within the wildland-urban interface where cities and towns transition into wilderness, or property that lies within the backcountry itself, Dr. Michael Kuhns has some tips to help protect your property from wildfire.
Landscape Now to Help Prevent Wildfire Destruction Later

Landscape Now to Help Prevent Wildfire Destruction Later

Whether you have a home within the wildland-urban interface where cities and towns transition into wilderness, or property that lies within the backcountry itself, Dr. Michael Kuhns has some tips to help protect your property from wildfire.

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Dr. Terry Messmer has some helpful tips for home/landowners on how to prevent conflict with wildlife during this time of extraordinary drought.
Coexisting with Wildlife During a Drought

Coexisting with Wildlife During a Drought

Dr. Terry Messmer has some helpful tips for home/landowners on how to prevent conflict with wildlife during this time of extraordinary drought.

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Adjusting our perception of fire as a natural and necessary tool rather than purely as a threat can help us better manage our landscapes and future fires. Tuesday, June 22 @ 11:30am
RSVP for "Fire in the West: Appreciating the Inevitable," a presentation and Q & A by Dr. Larissa Yocom

RSVP for "Fire in the West: Appreciating the Inevitable," a presentation and Q & A by Dr. Larissa Yocom

Adjusting our perception of fire as a natural and necessary tool rather than purely as a threat can help us better manage our landscapes and future fires. Tuesday, June 22 @ 11:30am

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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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Led by Dr. Doug Ramsey and Ellie Leydsman McGinty, satellite imagery captured by Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2A were expertly enhanced by Ellie to promote the beauty of Utah, and to foster discussion and understanding of geography and Earth science.
UtahView is Selected by the Davis Arts Council to Display the Utah As Art Map Collection at the Snow Horse Art Gallery in the Davis Conference Center

UtahView is Selected by the Davis Arts Council to Display the Utah As Art Map Collection at the Snow Horse Art Gallery in the Davis Conference Center

Led by Dr. Doug Ramsey and Ellie Leydsman McGinty, satellite imagery captured by Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2A were expertly enhanced by Ellie to promote the beauty of Utah, and to foster discussion and understanding of geography and Earth science.

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Dr. Nicki Frey is featured in The New York Times, along with some fantastic video documentation of wildlife using these crossings, including the I-80 wildlife overpass near Park City, the subject of some of Dr. Frey's research.
How Do Animals Safely Cross a Highway? Take a Look.

How Do Animals Safely Cross a Highway? Take a Look.

Dr. Nicki Frey is featured in The New York Times, along with some fantastic video documentation of wildlife using these crossings, including the I-80 wildlife overpass near Park City, the subject of some of Dr. Frey's research.

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Dr. Yocom covers the the history of wildfire, fire as a force of nature, and how forest and range managers can utilize prescribed fire and mechanical treatments.
Dr. Larissa Yocom is Featured on the Instead Podcast to Talk About Wildfire

Dr. Larissa Yocom is Featured on the Instead Podcast to Talk About Wildfire

Dr. Yocom covers the the history of wildfire, fire as a force of nature, and how forest and range managers can utilize prescribed fire and mechanical treatments.

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New research has found that the Fremont people, an indigenous group of farmers, actively managed the forests of the Fish Lake Plateau in central Utah using fire.
Indigenous People in Utah Engaged in Cultural Burning of Forests 1100 Years Ago

Indigenous People in Utah Engaged in Cultural Burning of Forests 1100 Years Ago

New research has found that the Fremont people, an indigenous group of farmers, actively managed the forests of the Fish Lake Plateau in central Utah using fire.

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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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Research areas of interest to the Department include, but are not limited to carbon cycling, biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, disturbance and land cover shifts.
WILD is Hiring For a Full-Time 9-month Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

WILD is Hiring For a Full-Time 9-month Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Research areas of interest to the Department include, but are not limited to carbon cycling, biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, disturbance and land cover shifts.

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The 3-part video series details how to utilize U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data, a product that means researchers spend less time processing and more time analyzing valuable information.
Dr. Doug Ramsey and America View Develop a Fantastic Resource For Those Interested in Remote Sensing

Dr. Doug Ramsey and America View Develop a Fantastic Resource For Those Interested in Remote Sensing

The 3-part video series details how to utilize U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data, a product that means researchers spend less time processing and more time analyzing valuable information.

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Are Large Predators Becoming More Prevalent In Utah's Residential Areas?
Are Large Predators Becoming More Prevalent In Utah's Residential Areas?

Are Large Predators Becoming More Prevalent In Utah's Residential Areas?

Are Large Predators Becoming More Prevalent In Utah's Residential Areas?

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She is also the lead author on a brand new paper in the journal Ecology and Evolution on the effects of black bears on the foraging behavior of cougars.
Grad Student Kristin Engebretsen is Recipient of Best Student Presentation Award at UT The Wildlife Society Meeting

Grad Student Kristin Engebretsen is Recipient of Best Student Presentation Award at UT The Wildlife Society Meeting

She is also the lead author on a brand new paper in the journal Ecology and Evolution on the effects of black bears on the foraging behavior of cougars.

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Congratulations to WILD postdoctoral fellow Simona Picardi who won the Best Professional Presentation Award at the Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society's annual meeting.
WILD's Simona Picardi Wins Sage Grouse Presentation Award

WILD's Simona Picardi Wins Sage Grouse Presentation Award

Congratulations to WILD postdoctoral fellow Simona Picardi who won the Best Professional Presentation Award at the Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society's annual meeting.

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Emma Doden is this year’s recipient of the Master Student Researcher of the Year award at the 2021 USU Robins Awards for her working translocating and studying beavers.
WILD Grad Student Emma Doden Wins Prestigious Robins Award

WILD Grad Student Emma Doden Wins Prestigious Robins Award

Emma Doden is this year’s recipient of the Master Student Researcher of the Year award at the 2021 USU Robins Awards for her working translocating and studying beavers.

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Mark your calendars and preregister for a presentation by WILD's David Stoner on cougar response to urban expansion: Tuesday, April 20 at 6pm.
David Stoner Cougar Presentation

David Stoner Cougar Presentation

Mark your calendars and preregister for a presentation by WILD's David Stoner on cougar response to urban expansion: Tuesday, April 20 at 6pm.

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Dr. Frey was selected for this honor based on her significant contributions to wildlife resources.
WILD’s Nicki Frey Selected as Wildlife Society Fellow

WILD’s Nicki Frey Selected as Wildlife Society Fellow

Dr. Frey was selected for this honor based on her significant contributions to wildlife resources.

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Data compiled by these researchers will be a critical resource for both federal and local government agencies for years to come.
WILD Faculty and Grad Students Publish Research on Wild Horses and Burros

WILD Faculty and Grad Students Publish Research on Wild Horses and Burros

Data compiled by these researchers will be a critical resource for both federal and local government agencies for years to come.

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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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Congratulations to USU WILD PhD student Soren Struckman on his award of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!
WILD PhD Student wins NSF Award

WILD PhD Student wins NSF Award

Congratulations to USU WILD PhD student Soren Struckman on his award of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

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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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Mammals of Cedar Breaks National Monument is a very accessible guide based on surveys conducted from 2017 to 2019, led by Dr. Nicole Frey and involving WILD undergraduate students and National Park Service biologists.
Mammals of Cedar Breaks National Monument

Mammals of Cedar Breaks National Monument

Mammals of Cedar Breaks National Monument is a very accessible guide based on surveys conducted from 2017 to 2019, led by Dr. Nicole Frey and involving WILD undergraduate students and National Park Service biologists.

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The Shrub Management Handbook for Utah Rangelands, co-authored by three WILD faculty members, a former WILD graduate student, and a USDA ecologist, was recently released and is available online.
Shrub Management Handbook

Shrub Management Handbook

The Shrub Management Handbook for Utah Rangelands, co-authored by three WILD faculty members, a former WILD graduate student, and a USDA ecologist, was recently released and is available online.

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Featuring Dr. Kezia Manlove. Wild and Wool addresses domestic sheep grazing on public land was an integral part of settling the western United States. However, as conservation efforts ramp to rebound bighorn populations, the wool industry, scientific comm
Wild and Wool

Wild and Wool

Featuring Dr. Kezia Manlove. Wild and Wool addresses domestic sheep grazing on public land was an integral part of settling the western United States. However, as conservation efforts ramp to rebound bighorn populations, the wool industry, scientific comm...

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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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Utah State University has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA), recognizing USU as a national leader in undergraduate programs for research and creative inquiry. The award will be presented by
USU Recognized for Best Undergraduate Research Program in Nation

USU Recognized for Best Undergraduate Research Program in Nation

Utah State University has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA), recognizing USU as a national leader in undergraduate programs for research and creative inquiry. The award will be presented by...

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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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Dec. 17th, our Forest Ecology and Management degree was accredited for another 10 years by the Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Forest Ecology and Management degree is accredited for another 10 years

Forest Ecology and Management degree is accredited for another 10 years

Dec. 17th, our Forest Ecology and Management degree was accredited for another 10 years by the Society of American Foresters (SAF)

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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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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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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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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.