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: The Northwest Climate Science Center Welcomes Two New Graduate Fellows
University of Washington graduate students Harry Podschwit and Erika Sutherland have become the two most recent fellows to receive Northwest Climate Science Center support for their graduate research!
Harry Podschwit works with statistics professor Peter Guttorp in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management to study mega fires. He is currently developing statistical tools to help predict when, where, and how frequently future megafires will occur in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, he will produce a software package to create custom wildfire probability maps to help inform management decisions.
Erika Sutherland works with Julian Olden in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She researches how managers may limit the range expansion of introduced smallmouth bass in order to protect vital salmon habitat in a warming climate. As stream waters warm, the range of smallmouth is expanding, decreasing the habitat available to salmon. Targeted management activities may help reverse to this trend.
The NW CSC welcomes Harry and Erika and looks forward to working with them!