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.
DOINews: NE CSC Welcomes Michelle Staudinger as the New Science Coordinator
Last edited 4/26/2016
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.