CAS Faculty Work Toward a Resolution on USU Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Patrick Belmont and Chris Monz are leading an effort toward a resolution that would bolster a commitment by former President Albrecht to make USU a carbon neutral university.

Where do Americans agree on climate change policies?

CAS faculty member Peter Howe and colleagues in the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication are featured in the New York Times for work highlighting public consensus on solutions.

Wildfires Pose Underestimated Risk to Water Security According to USU Researchers

Drs. Brendan Murphy, Larissa Yocom, and Patrick Belmont acknowledge the well-documented risk wildfires pose to homes and structures, but highlight the less appreciated risk that high severity wildfires pose for water security.

CAS Trainee Hongchao Zhang Examines Relationship Between Air Quality and Wintertime Canyon Visitation

Zhang and faculty member Jordan Smith determined the influence of a variety of "push" and "pull" factors.

Trainee Rachel Hager Co-Authors Review of Reforestation Studies in Western U.S.

Hager and colleagues from her CAS internship with the USDA California Climate Hub focus on resilience to fire and drought.

Trainee Christina Morrisett Profiled by Bill Lane Center for the American West

Morrisett (CAS Cohort 3 PhD Student) completed a summer internship with the Center during her undergraduate career at Stanford.

Endter-Wada and Kettenring Describe How Wetlands Protect People and Property from Disasters

Joanna Endter-Wada and Karin Kettenring contributed a guest editorial to the October edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on the value of wetlands to mitigate weather catastrophes.

CAS Leader Sasha Reed Highlighted in USGS Publication

The report highlights the roles and experiences of some of the women who have been pathfinders as scientists, cartographers, editors, and professional support staff at the USGS. Dr. Reed appears on page 77.

Team Including CAS Trainee Morgan Christman Releases Exotic Bee ID Tool

The tool is a response to significant pollinator losses that threaten food security and ecosystem sustainability.

CAS Trainee Emily Wilkins Reports on Landscape Feature Preferences

Wilkins and colleagues in the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at USU produced the report for the The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.

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USU Biologist Will Pearse Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Pearse is a 2018 recipient of a National Science Foundation MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science Award

Jim Lutz to sit on Catastrophic Wildfire Panel at Utah Capitol

Thurs., 8/30, 3:00 p.m., Senate Room 210

Sarah Null and Colleagues Publish Study Assessing How Watersheds React to Climate Change

Natural and managed watersheds show similar responses

Hadia Akbar Participates in Meeting of the Upper Colorado River Commission

As part of her CAS internship, Akbar presented at the bi-annual meeting for water managers, water users, researchers, and other stakeholders.

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Muyang Ge Reports Findings on Land Ownership and Irrigation on American Indian Reservations

Ge and colleagues use reservation boundaries as a natural experiment, and find that full property rights lead to greater agricultural development on tribal lands.

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Noelle Beckman interviewed by Rachel Hager for Utah Public Radio

How is seed dispersal related to plant life histories?

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Following the Flow in the Mekong Basin

A blog post on the Wonders of the Mekong project by CAS student Liana Prudencio.

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CAS Student Emily Esplin Interviewed by Utah Public Radio About New HeatRisk Tool

Esplin interns with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, where the new tool is being implemented.

CAS Students and Faculty to Present at the 24th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management

Cohort 1 will present Studio research findings, and many other CAS researchers will present on climate-related topics at the annual meeting of the International Assoc. for Society and Natural Resources.

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CAS Trainee Rachel Hager Reports on Climate Change Perceptions for Utah Public Radio

Hager interviewed Peter Howe on a recent paper linking seasonal weather perceptions to climate change perceptions

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Inequality is Normal: Dominance of the Big Trees

Utah State University researchers used large forest plots from 21 countries and territories to study the invaluable contributions of big trees.

Patrick Belmont Named USU Faculty Researcher of the Year

Belmont’s research is known for translating well into actionable management and policy guidance.

CAS Student Emily Wilkins Presents at National Outdoor Recreation Conference

Wilkins will present on 4/23: "Using social media data to understand the impact of weather on skiing and snowboarding in Utah."

Liz Cook Defends MS Thesis

"An Examination of the Relation Between Climate and Visitation, and Perspectives on Seasonal Shifts and Climate Adaptation Strategies by Tourism and Recreation Businesses for Moab, Utah"

CAS Student Jeff Haight Defends MS Thesis

"Landscape Planning for Climate Change Resilience in the Southern Rockies," LIB 154, 9:00-10:00 a.m., 4/19

Peter Howe Named Recipient of NSF Career Award

Howe has been awarded a National Science Foundation Career Award for a study on climate adaptation and decision making.

CAS Student Jeff Haight Presents on Prioritizing Conservation Based on Climatic Vulnerabilities

Haight presents his results at the US-IALE Annual Meeting in Chicago.

CAS Students and Faculty Present Findings at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers

The AAG meets April 10-14, 2018, in New Orleans. Click the link for presentation details.

Studying Water Quality on the Mekong River

CAS student Liana Prudencio blogs for the Wonders of the Mekong project.

Courtney Flint and Colleagues Ask How Social Position Influences Perceptions of Water Issues

Do city leaders differ from the public on key water issues, and if so, why?