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).
David Lawrence is a Ph.D. student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. His current research investigates the influence of climate change and land-use alteration on the spread and potential impacts of non-native fishes on native fishes in rivers of the Northwest. Climate and land-use related stream warming can have detrimental effects on ecosystems by facilitating range expansions of warm-water invasive fishes such as smallmouth bass, while reducing the thermally suitable habitat for cold-water native species, such as stream-rearing Chinook salmon. His work will be used to identify stream areas to either conserve or restore to reduce the range expansion of invasive fishes and assuage their predicted impacts. Prior to beginning his doctorate, David worked as a research scientist at the University of Washington and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. He earned his MA at Boston University and BS at Benedictine University in Illinois.