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: PI CSC Welcomes Kelvin Richards as New University Director!
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Kelvin Richards, Professor of Oceanography at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM), has taken the helm as the University Director for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and also the Director of the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC). After attaining his PhD in oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK, Richards' research focused on ocean stirring and mixing effects on the dynamics of Earth's environment, in particular the dynamical downscaling of physical processes and their impact on ocean biology in the waters around Hawai'i.
Beyond his extensive ocean dynamics publications, Kelvin's many accomplishments include leading the international research program Mixing in the Equatorial Thermocline (MIXET) and participating in upcoming research cruises to the equatorial Indian and Pacific Oceans with the R/V Mirai (JAMSTEC) and the R/V Falkor (Schmidt Ocean Institute). Richards joined the faculty of the IPRC (UHM) in 2002 with a joint appointment in the Oceanography Department, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012. Beyond his focus on Hawai'i, he has served on several international scientific committees.