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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: SE CSC Welcomes New Global Change Fellows for 2014-15!
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The SE Climate Science Center has named six new Global Change Fellows for the academic year 2014-15. These exceptional NC State graduate students are honing their research on a wide array of global change processes. The Global Change Fellowship is a year long opportunity for graduate-level scientists and social scientists, across disciplines, to engage monthly on numerous topics, including science communication, structured decision analysis, and other professional development opportunities.
Nina Caraway, PhD Student, College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil Engineering.
Advisor: Sankar Arumugam
Research focus: Hydroclimatology, investigating the role of climate predictors on hydrologic extremes.
Adam Dale, PhD Student, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dept. of Entomology.
Advisor: Steve Frank
Research focus: Studying the effects of urban habitat characteristics and warming on the abundance and distribution of herbivorous arthropods on street trees, and the subsequent effects on tree ecosystem services.
Michaela Foster, Masters Student, College of Natural Resources, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources.
Advisor: Nils Peterson
Research focus: Exploring environmental policy and decision making involved in natural resource management.
Liliana Velasquez Montoya, PhD Student, College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil Engineering.
Advisor: Margery Overton
Research focus: Studying numerical modeling of dune response to extreme weather events.
Nitin Singh, PhD Student, College of Natural Resources, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources.
Advisor: Ryan Emanuel
Research focus: Understanding the role of climate, topography and vegetation on hydrological processes in the Southern Appalachians.
Marketa Zimova, PhD Student, College of Natural Resources, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources.
Advisor: L. Scott Mills
Research focus: Studying how snowshoe hares are affected by camouflage mismatch due to decreased duration of snowpack caused by climate change. Exploring whether snowshoe hares will be able to adapt to the new stressor through evolutionary change.