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.
As Research Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center, Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo is responsible for marrying the science needs of regional stakeholders (e.g., federal, state, and local agencies, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and Native American tribes) with university and federal climate science expertise. Prior to this position, she was a research ecologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, where she studied the links between native and exotic invasive plants, soil biological communities, and nutrient cycling in aridlands of the western United States. She has worked on topics ranging from biodiversity and ecosystem function in tallgrass prairies to climate change effects on nematodes in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
Nicole has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from American University.