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: South Central CSC Welcomes Mike Langston as Assistant Director!
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is excited to welcome Dr. Mike Langston to the staff as SC CSC Assistant Director.
Prior to joining the SC CSC, Mike served as the Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute from 2004 until 2014. Prior to that, he worked for 14 years with an environmental research and consulting firm in Florida where most of his research focused on treating wastewater using wetlands, wetland's ecology, and the ecology of threatened or endangered species. Since returning to Oklahoma in 2000, his research interests and experience have included developing protocols for involving stakeholders in watershed management decisions, water policy development, and the nexus of water and energy development.
Mike has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate in Environmental Science (emphasis in water policy) also from OSU.
Mike is married to Jeri Fleming and has four children, six grandchildren, and two out-of-control dogs. He enjoys weightlifting, carpentry, and backpacking.