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: NE CSC Welcomes Michelle Staudinger as the New Science Coordinator
The NE CSC is pleased to welcome Michelle Staudinger as our new Science Coordinator!
Michelle joined the NE CSC team after completing a postdoctoral position with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston, VA. She maintains a post-doctoral affiliation with NE CSC Consortium Institution University of Missouri Columbia, within the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Her expertise and training includes marine science, fisheries, trophic ecology, and climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems. Recently she served as lead author on the National Climate Assessment's technical input report, "Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services". Michelle is also a lead author on two articles in an upcoming Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment due out this fall. The NE CSC is excited that Michelle is joining the leadership team and look forward to her experience and enthusiasm in guiding the research collaborations of the NE CSC.