Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply.

A severe drought that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of [...]

USU Ecologist Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil’s Role in Carbon Cycle

Utah State University ecologist Bonnie Waring heads one of seven projects chosen nationally by competitive peer review for a U.S. Department of Energy Terrestrial Ecological Sciences grant.

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Smith Lab publishes new research on anglers' adaptations to climate change on the Yellowstone River

Emily Wilkins QCNR Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year

Wilkins is a CAS Cohort 2 student in the Smith Lab

Trainee Rachel Hager Selected as AAAS Mass Media Fellow

Hager will collaborate with media professionals at the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho

Kirsten Goldstein Receives Jeanne X. Kasperson Award

The Jeanne X. Kasperson Award is given to the winners of the student paper competition in the Hazards, Risk, and Disasters Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Huntly to Participate in Science, Stories, and Sustainability Workshop at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

CAS Director Nancy Huntly will discuss the Fourth National Climate Assessment during the session on Friday, March 22, in Shepherd Union, Room 404

Who Recognizes Heat Risks?

Extreme heat poses a growing threat to human health. New research by Peter Howe and colleagues shows that perceptions vary among vulnerable populations, and detailed results of perception studies can provide insights for targeted risk reduction policies.

Cohort 1 Trainee Jeff Haight Publishes CAS Internship Research

Haight and his host (CAS co-PI) Sasha Reed published work on seed bank community and soil texture relationships

Rosenberg’s Lab Publishes New Work on Data Availability and Research Reproducibility in Hydrology and Water Resources

The team used a survey tool to identify key bottlenecks to making work more reproducible.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee Looks to Reduce USU Carbon Footprint

CAS Co-PI Patrick Belmont and other USU faculty bring attention to USU's carbon footprint

Community Conversations on Climate Challenges

CAS students will host an event on January 15th at the Logan Public Library at 7 p.m. in the Jim Bridger Room. The Fourth National Climate Assessment will be introduced, along with breakout discussions on [...]

What channels and sources do people prefer for information on nature-related topics?

Emily Wilkins and colleagues publish their findings in PLoS ONE

Trisha Atwood and Colleagues Publish in Science

The team reviews how animals move large amounts of carbon across landscapes.

USU Grad Students Gain Cross-Disciplinary Skills to Tackle Climate Change

Cohort 1 and their fire paper are featured in Utah State Today.

CAS Students and Faculty to Present at AGU Fall Meeting

Students and faculty will present research related to the CAS Studio research class, theses, and more. Click the title above for presentation details.

CAS Cohort 1 Publishes Studio Research

The inaugural CAS Cohort's interdisciplinary project on how trends in fire characteristics influence adaptive management and economies in the Intermountain West is published in "fire," an open-access journal.

A Finger on the Pulse of U.S. State Parks

Jordan Smith and colleagues in the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism characterize the operation of the nation’s 50 state park systems between 1984 and 2017.

Fourth National Climate Assessment Released

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.

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