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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
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.