Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The North Central Climate Science Center is looking for a full-time Research Statistician to be located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The application will be open through Friday, August 24, 2012.
Duties will include:
Conduct, and publish original basic and applied research, and consultation in the following primary areas: appropriate and cost effective integration of climate model output into ecological response models;
Advise, consult, coordinate, and arrange for assistance with analysis and interpretation of proposed and completed research;
Maintain currency in the field of species distribution modeling, climate downscaling techniques, and statistical analysis relative to the intersection of climate science, resource management, and ecology;
Maintain a working knowledge of computers, operating systems, statistical software packages, programming languages and simulation modeling;
Develop, design, and conduct statistical protocols necessary to analyze spatial and temporal data in raster and vector format;
Collaborate with other NC CSC scientists;
Develop, modify, evaluate and implement species distribution models;
Design, develop, validate and implement sound model selection and model diagnostic techniques, and lead the development of publish results of research in relevant scientific journals.