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New Research Provides Maps of Climate Change Opinions by Political Party

New Research Provides Maps of Climate Change Opinions by Political Party

Dec. 07, 2017

A new study published in the journal Climatic Change finds substantial differences in the climate change views of both Republicans and Democrats across U.S. states and congressional districts. The res...

Invasive Frogs Give Invasive Birds a Boost in Hawaii

Invasive Frogs Give Invasive Birds a Boost in Hawaii

Dec. 01, 2017

Puerto Rican coqui frogs were accidentally introduced to Hawaii in the 1980s, and today there are as many as 91,000 frogs per hectare in some locations. What does that mean for native wildlife?...

Don't Resist! USU Chemists Advance Emerging Battery Technology

Don't Resist! USU Chemists Advance Emerging Battery Technology

Nov. 30, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

“Battery storage of environmentally friendly energy resources such as solar and wind present challenges because of unstable grid energy, heavy cycling that requires frequent charging and discharging...

A Drier South: Europe's Drought Trends Match Climate Change Projections

A Drier South: Europe's Drought Trends Match Climate Change Projections

Nov. 14, 2017

Grace Michaelson

On the same day that global leaders wrapped up an international water and climate summit in Rome, researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate cha...

'Sharks!' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 3

'Sharks!' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 3

Nov. 14, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Sharks often evoke fear, but Utah State University ecologist Trisha Atwood says the aquatic creatures deserve greater credit for their role in maintaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and a s...

Utah master Naturalist Program Wins 2017 ANROSP Program of the Year Award

Utah master Naturalist Program Wins 2017 ANROSP Program of the Year Award

Nov. 09, 2017

Tracy L. Jones

Utah State University Extension’s Utah Master Naturalist Program and its director, Mark Larese-Casanova, were recently honored with the Program of the Year Award at the 2017 Alliance of Natural Rese...

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

Nov. 07, 2017

Phenologist Will Pearse, assistant professor in USU's Department of Biology and the USU Ecology Center, publishes findings in 'Nature Ecology & Evolution’ that indicate global warming is affecting p...

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has lost half its water, thanks to thirsty humans

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has lost half its water, thanks to thirsty humans

Nov. 03, 2017

Sarah Derouin

The world’s saltwater lakes are drying up and scientists have long suspected climate change was to blame. Now, a study reveals another potential culprit: thirsty humans. ...

USU Inaugural Professor,

USU Inaugural Professor, "The Role of Choice in Ruminants & People"

Oct. 24, 2017

Traci Hillyard

Professor Juan Villalba’s choices began very early where he grew up chasing cows and partridges with friends in the open ranges of the arid Pampas in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. All he wanted as a kid ...

Coyote Closeup: Predator research facility hosts annual open house

Coyote Closeup: Predator research facility hosts annual open house

Oct. 10, 2017

Sean Dolan

From the locals of Millville to hikers like the Joneses who frequent the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the sounds of the 100 coyotes at the USDA Predator Research Facility are hard to miss....

USU to Lead $4M Collaborative Water Research Initiative

USU to Lead $4M Collaborative Water Research Initiative

Oct. 03, 2017

David Tarboton

USU’s David Tarboton will lead a $4 million National Science Foundation-funded collaborative effort aimed at improving HydroShare – an online database system that simplifies the storage and sharin...

USU Student Named JH WILD Fellow

USU Student Named JH WILD Fellow

Sep. 25, 2017

Daniel Kinka is a Ph.D. Candidate in ​Ecology at Utah State University and an award-winning science reporter for NPR’s Utah Public Radio. Daniel says he wanted to be a scientist since he was a lit...

The Power of Knowledge: Teaching the Next Generation

The Power of Knowledge: Teaching the Next Generation

Sep. 18, 2017

Traci Hillyard

Aimee Tallian believes that by teaching young children how the natural world works, one can create a generation that understands and appreciates the environment. She believes it so much so, that she s...

USU's Science Unwrapped Shares World with Big Animals Friday, Sept. 15

USU's Science Unwrapped Shares World with Big Animals Friday, Sept. 15

Sep. 12, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Large terrestrial mammals fill us with wonder, curiosity and sometimes fear, but imagine a world without them....

Box Jellyfish will Destroy Future Oceans by Gobbling Up the Food

Box Jellyfish will Destroy Future Oceans by Gobbling Up the Food

Sep. 11, 2017

Christie Wilcox

As the oceans become more acidic, box jellyfish may start eating a lot more. Their greedy appetites could have a huge impact on marine ecosystems....

 USU's Science Unwrapped Announces Fall 2017 'Ecology!' Series

USU's Science Unwrapped Announces Fall 2017 'Ecology!' Series

Sep. 11, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Utah State University’s Ecology Center is marking 50 years of research and academic excellence and that’s something to celebrate. USU’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program marks this miles...

USU Biologist Michelle Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

USU Biologist Michelle Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

Aug. 23, 2017

Jeannine Huenemann

Baker, an associate of the Ecology Center at USU, is one of six Utahns honored “who perpetuate a legacy of industry and integrity.” Candidates are nominated by fellow Utah citizens, and selected b...

USU Ecologists Use Carrion Flies to Survey Tropical Forest Mammals

USU Ecologists Use Carrion Flies to Survey Tropical Forest Mammals

Aug. 16, 2017

Beth King

Scientists, including Utah State University Ecology Center researchers Torrey Rodgers and Karen Kapheim, working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama tested a new technique:...

Research Team Predicts Multi-Year U.S. Drought and Fire Conditions

Research Team Predicts Multi-Year U.S. Drought and Fire Conditions

Aug. 14, 2017

Yoshimitsu Chikamoto

The next mega-droughts and subsequent active wildfire seasons for the western U.S. might be predictable a full year in advance, extending well beyond the current seasonal forecast and helping segments...

Global Forest Research Explains Tropical Biodiversity

Global Forest Research Explains Tropical Biodiversity

Jul. 12, 2017

Traci Hillyard

The diversity of woody plant species is one of the most notable aspects of forests worldwide. However, the mechanisms behind the high diversity in tropical forests and the lower diversity in temperate...

USU Symposium Highlights Water Research/Issues in Utah

USU Symposium Highlights Water Research/Issues in Utah

Jul. 12, 2017

Jeannine Hueneman

The iUTAH 2017 Symposium, July 13-14, will bring together more than 120 researchers and educators from universities, governmental agencies, industry partners and non-profit organizations to discuss ac...

Dust as Old as Dirt: QCNR Professor Digs into Knowledge Gap

Dust as Old as Dirt: QCNR Professor Digs into Knowledge Gap

Jun. 26, 2017

Traci Hillyard

According to current research, the dust has a significant impact on the biological productivity in oceans, forests and freshwater lakes, which has the potential to increase carbon storage across these...

Deep Breath: USU Ecologist Probes Soil Respiration Responses to Climate

Deep Breath: USU Ecologist Probes Soil Respiration Responses to Climate

Jun. 05, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

USU ecologist Bonnie Waring says soils have the potential to store huge quantities of carbon, but little is understood about microbial respiration exchanges between soils and the atmosphere. ...

Sequestering Blue Carbon through Better Management of Coastal Ecosystems

Sequestering Blue Carbon through Better Management of Coastal Ecosystems

May. 30, 2017

Traci Hillyard

Focusing on the management of carbon stores within vegetated coastal habitats provides an opportunity to mitigate some aspects of global warming. Trisha Atwood from Utah State University’s Watershed...

USU Scientist's Efforts Highlighted in AGU's 'Earth Day' Collection

USU Scientist's Efforts Highlighted in AGU's 'Earth Day' Collection

Apr. 21, 2017

Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Utah State University scientist Patrick Belmont is among researchers invited by the American Geophysical Union to submit a ‘success story’ illustrating the power of science in providing solutions ...

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