Biologists interested in where biodiversity comes from and how it matters for ecosystem functioning are increasingly interested in the way evolution connects these two questions. Recent work on trait divergence in Swiss stickleback fish combines both processes in a single experiment. The paper by Rebecca Best and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, and highlighted in this recent feature on rapid evolution, available on Nature.com.
SES Professor Scott Anderson is part of an international team searching for secrets of Norway’s history in lake mud. Read more about their preliminary discoveries of human and environmental history at NAU News.
Master’s student Casey Jones and Professor Abe Springer have used dyes to trace the long and winding road that precipitation and snowmelt takes from sinkholes on the Kaibab Plateau to the iconic springs of the Grand Canyon. Read more in the Arizona Daily Sun.
“The renewal of the Wyss Scholars for the Conservation of the West project will support students in the environmental science and policy master’s program (ES&P) as they complete their master’s degrees and pursue leadership roles in the field of environmental conservation in the American West. Two competitive scholarships awarded annually, each valued at more than $30,000, are available to students who have demonstrated leadership capacity and commitment to environmental conservation in the West.”
“LCI’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) also was renewed this fall and is recruiting a new cohort of scholars. The DDCSP, established in 2013, aims to broaden and strengthen the culture and practice of conservation by inspiring and preparing undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in the protection of land, water and wildlife. This program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.”
Project Director Karin Wadsack is working with multiple federal agencies and the Navajo Nation on a new grant focused on diversifying economic opportunities after the closing of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine in 2019. Read more in NAU News.
Mike Kelly (MS ’91 and Adjunct Professor) is helping illustrate future climate change at a new visitor center exhibit at Acadia National Park, ME.
From the article: “Displays such as ‘Open ocean tomorrow?’ ask visitors to consider some scenarios of climate change consequences in the park. ‘As sea levels continue to rise, scientists question if some of Acadia’s salt water marshes might permanently flood, creating an open ocean where a tidal marsh once existed’…the exhibit, which includes a 3D topographic map of the park and some interactive features, also has interviews with local people.”