A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: New North Central Climate Science Center Director Announced
Contact: Heidi Koontz, USGS (303) 202-4763
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Dr. Jeffrey Morisette has been selected as the Director of the Department of the Interior's North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Morisette will be the first permanent director of the new center, which is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers being established. The NC CSC is a partnership involving the Department and nine universities, led by Colorado State University.
The national network of regional Climate Science Centers will provide land managers in federal, state and local agencies access to the best science available regarding climate change and other landscape-scale stressors impacting the nation's natural and cultural resources. The new centers will be managed by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center located at the U.S. Geological Survey's headquarters in Reston, Va.
"We have been utterly blown away by the quality of the proposals submitted by the consortia of universities competing to be selected as each of the eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers, and thus it is no surprise that the credentials of those seeking to lead these centers have been equally outstanding," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "With the Rocky Mountains already at the leading edge of many climate-related challenges, such as pine-bark beetle infestation, the breadth and depth of Dr. Morisette's background is a great match to the challenges ahead."
Previously, Morisette served collaterally as the Assistant Center Director for Science and Head of the Invasive Species Science Branch Center at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. He first joined the USGS in 2008 and has conducted applied research in earth sciences with an emphasis in habitat modeling and land surface phenology.
Morisette formerly worked for NASA as a physical scientist. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College, a master's in applied statistics from Oakland University, and a doctorate in philosophy/forestry and remote sensing from North Carolina State University. Dr. Morisette also attended the International Space University in Vienna, Austria.
More information on the center is available online.