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: Early Career Climate Researchers Gather in Norman, OK
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Last month, 28 early career researchers gathered in Norman, Oklahoma for the South Central Climate Science Center's "Early Career Researcher Workshop". This workshop brought together graduate students (Masters-level and Ph.D.), post-docs, and early career researchers (within five years of earning their graduate degree) from any discipline conducting climate-related research associated with the South Central U.S.
This workshop introduced participants to the goals, structure, and unique research-related challenges of the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) and its place within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the larger national CSC network. It also provided an opportunity for participants to present their research to fellow peers and offered participants insight into how their research fits into the broader research priority goals of the region and its eventual applicability to end user needs. The week-long event also facilitated interdisciplinary interactions between participants in an effort to foster collaboration opportunities.
Workshop activities included visits to the National Weather Center and the Chickasaw Nation National Recreational Area and Cultural Center. The participants also heard from speakers on topics ranging from climate change impacts on forests and agriculture to global climate models to climate change related decision making.
The South Central Climate Science Center recognizes the importance of training the next generation of climate change scientists and decision makers and incorporates this into the SC CSC Strategic Plan. To learn more about this workshop or other opportunities for students and early career researchers, please contact SC CSC Director, Dr. Kim Winton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants, speakers, and organizers at the 2014 SC CSC Early Career Researcher Workshop