Now Hiring! Where to Look for Summer Funding

JAN 22, 2018     CLAY TUCKER AND TAYLOR ROWLEY Internship - career issues and concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept. Graduate funding often matches the 9-month term that most professors hold, so not every graduate student has access to year-round funding. Perhaps you pick up a job at the local coffee shop, or maybe you move … Continue reading Now Hiring! Where to Look for Summer Funding

Studying Berries in Bear Country

AUG 14, 2017     LINDSEY PARKINSON Photo: http://www.arkive.org/american-black-bear/ursus-americanus/ Summer ‘tis the season of studies from geology to ornithology and everything in between. I study wild berry species to try to find what environmental factors have the strongest influence on berry productivity. With no other wild fruits in Alaska, berries are an important natural and cultural resource, one that … Continue reading Studying Berries in Bear Country

Notes from the Field: An Educational Swamp Tour

Students listen to Dean Stacie Haynie (standing) of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences discuss possibilities at LSU. JUL 31, 2017     CLAY TUCKER For three weeks every summer, undergraduate students from the South Central United States, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds participate in the “Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities” program to visit … Continue reading Notes from the Field: An Educational Swamp Tour

The last call of the rail in California?

AUG 15, 2016     JORDAN ROSENCRANZ Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus levipes) perched on artificial nesting platform in tidal wetlands at Seal Beach Wildlife Refuge during fall high tide event. Photo credit: Kirk Gilligan - USFWS When I tell people that I study the vulnerability of salt marshes to sea-level rise in California, the typical responses are … Continue reading The last call of the rail in California?

Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change

JUN 20, 2016     KEENAN YAKOLA Ancient Murrelet. Photo: Keenan Yakola During the summer I am beyond fortunate to be one of the research supervisors on Seal Island NWR (restricted access). In addition, I recently finished my first semester as a Master’s Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass Amherst. SINWR is one of the … Continue reading Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change

Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

APR 25, 2016     ALEXEJ SIREN Snowshoe hare captured at one of the camera sites. Photo: A. Siren Northern New Hampshire, January 2016.  I was doubtful that I was going to find lynx tracks.  As a Master’s student, I had spent most weekends doing field work in northern New Hampshire and never found lynx tracks.  However, that … Continue reading Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics

A mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) perched atop a match stick for scale. Photo credit: US Forest Service Many trees in the Rocky Mountains were alive long before I was born- before my grandparents were born. These trees bore witness to an unprecedented rise in CO2 concentrations, and have weathered the associated changes in climate. In … Continue reading Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics