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).
The NC CSC welcomed two new CSU employees in January and February 2014. Jill Lackett will be serving as the new University Program Manager and Stacy Lynn will be serving as the new Research and Engagement Coordinator.
Jill Lackett received her MA in Anthropology (Human Ecology) from Colorado State University. Her thesis research involved interviewing farmers and ranchers in Weld County, CO regarding conservation practices they chose to implement on their farms/ranches. She is excited to be getting back into the realm of climate science after being apart from it after working in the Great Plains region on the first National Assessment in the late 1990s. In addition to coordinating the North Central University Consortium, Jill will be working with Dennis Ojima and Shannon McNeeley in the adaptation foundational science area. Jill is also a part-time research associate at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University.
Stacy Lynn received her MSc in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and her PhD in Ecology, both from Colorado State University. She is currently a Research Scientist with CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, where her work focuses on a higher education partnership with University of Nairobi's Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies, and on East African dryland systems that are going through rapid change with challenging consequences for people and ecosystems, particularly due to climate change and development. Her interests are focused in interdisciplinary approaches to research in social-ecological systems, climate change, participatory research, science education, systems thinking, sustainability, citizen science, and natural resource governance. Stacy's interest in complex, applied, social-ecological questions with real implications on the ground for both people and conservation have led her to her new position as Research and Engagement Coordinator for the NC CSC, where she will coordinate the Center's funded research projects, and will work on communication and engagement across the University, the NC CSC's consortium of partners, and the public.