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: SE CSC Welcomes New Global Change Fellows for 2014-15!
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.