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    2014 Spring Seminar: Kate Schoenecker- U.S. Geological Survey; Bison, bighorn, and feral horse populations

    Big Horn SheepThe Natural Resource Ecology Lab Spring 2014 Seminar Series presents Kate Schoenecker, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center. Friday, February 28, 11 a.m.-noon at Natural and Environmental Sciences Room A 302-304.

    Are herds of bison, bighorn, and feral horses in Rocky Mountain ecosystems in decline? Kate Schoenecker, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, will share the results of a study to determine the numbers and survival rates of bighorn. She'll also discuss conservation efforts on behalf of bison and the management and impact of feral horses on mountain ecosystems.

    Read more | Mar 21, 2014

    Professor Maria Fernandez-Gimenez receives Mongolian Ministry's highest award from Chuluun Togtokh, NREL affiliate research scientist

    Maria Fernandez-GimenezProfessor Maria Fernandez-Gimenez has been awarded the Honorable Champion of Agriculture and Food Industry in Mongolia award - the highest honor of its kind given by the Mongolian government. The award was presented by Chuluun Togtokh, Science Advisor to the Mongolian Minister of Environment and Green Development, at a Lunar New Year celebration Jan. 31. Togtokh is a School of Global Environmental Sustainability Visiting Fellow at CSU and science directorof the Insitute for Sustainable Development, National University of Mongolia. He has collaborated with Warner College ecology professors and since the early ‘90s and is an affiliate research scientist with the College’sNatural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

    Read more | Feb 21, 2014

    CSU Scientist and alumna Jill Baron named President of Ecological Society of America

    Jill BaronBaron is an ecosystem ecologist with United States Geological Survey (USGS), a senior research ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – both in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, and a member of CSU’s Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. As ESA president, Baron will chair the governing board which is responsible for mapping ESA’s vision and goals.

    "Ecologists have a tremendous knowledge of the environmental damage that is occurring on Earth, and we have the opportunity and responsibility to share that knowledge and seek practical tools to change the course we are on," said Baron. "It is an honor and a privilege to lead such a vibrant organization that is working to promote better, sustainable stewardship of our natural resources."

    Read more | Sep 26, 2013

    Wallenstein awarded prestigious

    Matt WallensteinNREL professor and research scientist Matthew Wallenstein has been selected to receive a 2013 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for $916,609 over five years. The award will support research and education on the vulnerability of Arctic soils to microbial decomposition in response to climate change. Wallenstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a research scientist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, both part of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. Wallenstein has been studying microbiology in the Arctic since 2004. His CAREER proposal focuses on understanding how increasing temperature alters the complex interactions between plant communities and soil microorganisms. The project aims to shed light on the fate of the large stocks of carbon that are currently sequestered in Arctic soils.

    Read more | Jul 29, 2013