Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
DOINews: The Northwest Climate Science Center Welcomes Two New Graduate Fellows
Last edited 4/26/2016
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!