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The Conservation and Survey Division is working with a nationwide team of researchers to determine whether portions of Nebraska and Kansas may be suitable for permanently and safely storing commercial-scale volumes of carbon dioxide in rock layers deep underground.

CSD part of team chosen to study feasibility of carbon dioxide storage

The Conservation and Survey Division is working with a nationwide team of researchers to determine whether portions of Nebraska and Kansas may be suitable for permanently and safely storing commercial-scale volumes of carbon dioxide in rock layers deep underground.  (4/10/2019)
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Researchers with the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, based at the School of Natural Resources, are surveying anglers at Standing Bear, Prairie Queen, Lake Halleck, and Schwer Pond waterbodies between April 1 and Oct. 31.

Researchers to survey anglers at Omaha lakes

Researchers with the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, based at the School of Natural Resources, are surveying anglers at Standing Bear, Prairie Queen, Lake Halleck, and Schwer Pond waterbodies between April 1 and Oct. 31.  (4/10/2019)
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Two isolated mountain lion populations in southern California’s Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains are at risk of local extinction, perhaps as soon as within 50 years, according to a study published in the journal <em>Ecological Applications</em>.

Local extinction of SoCal mountain lions possible within 50 years

Two isolated mountain lion populations in southern California’s Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains are at risk of local extinction, perhaps as soon as within 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Applications.  (3/20/2019)
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Eric North created two new formulas that lay the groundwork for answering when a tree has lived its best life. If his study results are replicated and implemented, it would give cities an opportunity for economic gain while also giving the tree a second life as usable lumber.

Bigger, Faster, Weaker? When tree growth is more than just size

Eric North created two new formulas that lay the groundwork for answering when a tree has lived its best life. If his study results are replicated and implemented, it would give cities an opportunity for economic gain while also giving the tree a second life as usable lumber.  (3/12/2019)
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The success of Nebraska depends on the success of agriculture, which is why the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources remains steadfast in its efforts to support and strengthen the industry.

Water sustainability starts with water stewardship

The success of Nebraska depends on the success of agriculture, which is why the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources remains steadfast in its efforts to support and strengthen the industry.  (12/13/2018)
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Tala Awada’s interest in science sparked from her fascination of plants’ ability to withstand many environmental stresses.

Local Action, Global Impact

Tala Awada’s interest in science sparked from her fascination of plants’ ability to withstand many environmental stresses.  (12/4/2018)
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A newly published study in Weather, Climate and Society compares agricultural stakeholders’ perceptions of the flash drought the developed across upper Great Plains states in 2016 with datasets used to compile the U.S. Drought Monitor during that same time period.

Memory, remote sensing and a new research methodology at the NDMC

A newly published study in Weather, Climate and Society compares agricultural stakeholders’ perceptions of the flash drought the developed across upper Great Plains states in 2016 with datasets used to compile the U.S. Drought Monitor during that same time period. (11/21/2018)
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Lack of varied seasons and temperatures in tropical mountains have led to species that are highly adapted to narrow niches, but also to ones more vulnerable to rapid climate changes. SNR

Study reveals why tropical mountains are so biodiverse

Lack of varied seasons and temperatures in tropical mountains have led to species that are highly adapted to narrow niches, but also to ones more vulnerable to rapid climate changes. SNR's Steven Thomas contributes to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  (11/20/2018)
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New research published this week in Current Biology shows that the oldest of the tested large, cone-shaped mounds dotting the surface of the Earth in northeastern Brazil are 4,000 years old. And they know that because of work Dr. Paul Hanson did to age-date the soil grains.

UNL’s role in dating 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil

New research published this week in Current Biology shows that the oldest of the tested large, cone-shaped mounds dotting the surface of the Earth in northeastern Brazil are 4,000 years old. And they know that because of work Dr. Paul Hanson did to age-date the soil grains.  (11/20/2018)
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By sampling groundwater and determining its age, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers hope to determine whether predictions for groundwater discharge rates and contamination removal in watersheds are accurate.

Husker-led team aims to answer how old groundwater is

By sampling groundwater and determining its age, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers hope to determine whether predictions for groundwater discharge rates and contamination removal in watersheds are accurate.  (9/26/2018)
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The work of Troy Gilmore and fellow Husker researchers could help refine groundwater estimates and identify the regions most in need of better monitoring.

Need a refill? New approach streamlines estimation of groundwater recharge

The work of Troy Gilmore and fellow Husker researchers could help refine groundwater estimates and identify the regions most in need of better monitoring. (9/24/2018)
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Pollen grains and an electron microscope helped Husker researchers identify what Vittoria della Rovere took to ease her discomfort in her dying hours.

Written in pollen: Study reveals deathbed detail of 17th-century duchess

Pollen grains and an electron microscope helped Husker researchers identify what Vittoria della Rovere took to ease her discomfort in her dying hours. (9/12/2018)
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Assistant professor Jamilynn Poletto and two of her graduate students built the The Fish Conservation Behavior and Physiology Lab from the ground up in an old red brick building on East Campus. "There was literally nothing in here," Poletto said.

New laboratory key to fish research at Nebraska

Assistant professor Jamilynn Poletto and two of her graduate students built the The Fish Conservation Behavior and Physiology Lab from the ground up in an old red brick building on East Campus. "There was literally nothing in here," Poletto said.  (8/28/2018)
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John Benson, a Nebraska ecologist who primarily studies land-based predators, helped reel in data to derive a first-of-its-kind estimate of annual survival among young white sharks.

Researchers net crucial estimate of white shark survival

John Benson, a Nebraska ecologist who primarily studies land-based predators, helped reel in data to derive a first-of-its-kind estimate of annual survival among young white sharks. (7/23/2018)
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Sharks! Mosasaurs! Plesiosaurs! Oh my!

Sharks once roamed Nebraska's ancient seas

Sharks! Mosasaurs! Plesiosaurs! Oh my! (7/22/2018)
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A national team led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is studying potential links among irrigation, cloud formation and rainfall.

Husker-led research team to examine irrigation's role in precipitation

A national team led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is studying potential links among irrigation, cloud formation and rainfall. (7/13/2018)
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He carries with him rancid chicken necks, a bottle of fox urine and a jar of gland lure, so it’s best to stay upwind of Kyle Dougherty

Urban foxes: Reports spike in Lincoln as researchers trap, study the sly animals

He carries with him rancid chicken necks, a bottle of fox urine and a jar of gland lure, so it’s best to stay upwind of Kyle Dougherty (5/29/2018)
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An innovative new Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” has published its first forecast to help producers in the Northern Great Plains determine how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. The National Drought Mitigation Center was a project partner

NDMC partners on new experimental grassland productivity forecast

An innovative new Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” has published its first forecast to help producers in the Northern Great Plains determine how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. The National Drought Mitigation Center was a project partner  (5/23/2018)
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A new resource designed by Tsegaye Tadesse, of the National Drought Mitigation Center, could predict drought in the Greater Horn of Africa by as much as 10 days to three months in advance of an actual climatic crisis. The capability to predict the natural hazard could save millions of lives.

Greenness indicator could provide enough advance warning of drought to save millions

A new resource designed by Tsegaye Tadesse, of the National Drought Mitigation Center, could predict drought in the Greater Horn of Africa by as much as 10 days to three months in advance of an actual climatic crisis. The capability to predict the natural hazard could save millions of lives.  (5/23/2018)
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Dramatic human-caused changes in land cover between 1850 and the 1930s had a substantive effect on the 1930s Dust Bowl drought in the Great Plains, a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers finds.

Land cover changes likely intensified historic Dust Bowl drought

Dramatic human-caused changes in land cover between 1850 and the 1930s had a substantive effect on the 1930s Dust Bowl drought in the Great Plains, a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers finds.  (5/23/2018)
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A new study led by  Mark Kaemingk is helping advance understanding of how local water-management decisions impact anglers and can add unintended resource stressors on regional waterways.

Study angles for new tactics for fishing, water management

A new study led by Mark Kaemingk is helping advance understanding of how local water-management decisions impact anglers and can add unintended resource stressors on regional waterways. (5/22/2018)
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"What can scientists studying white sharks learn from an expert on mountain lions? As it turns out, quite a lot," writes the Monterey bay Aquarium about research recent published on great white shark survival rates. John Benson, assistant professor with SNR, used his knowledge of estimating survival rates of predators on land to conduct research and estimate survival rates of the great white sharks off the coast of California.

New insights to help young white sharks survive

"What can scientists studying white sharks learn from an expert on mountain lions? As it turns out, quite a lot," writes the Monterey bay Aquarium about research recent published on great white shark survival rates. John Benson, assistant professor with SNR, used his knowledge of estimating survival rates of predators on land to conduct research and estimate survival rates of the great white sharks off the coast of California. (5/9/2018)
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Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska.

Unusual land-surface patterning identified in Nebraska for first time

Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska. (5/1/2018)
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Significant Workshops

Implications of a Changing Arctic on the Water Resources and Agriculture in the Central U.S. (2015)

The focus of this workshop was on how the significant climatic and environmental changes being observed in the Arctic may be affecting changes in mid-latitude weather and the implications of these changes on the frequency of extreme weather and climate events (e.g., severe weather, droughts, floods, heat waves) in the Central U.S.

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Climate Change Implications for Nebraska (2014-2016)

In September 2014, the University of Nebraska published a report summarizing climate change impacts to the state. This comprehensive report summarized the current understanding of climate change science, projected changes in climate for Nebraska and the implications of these changes for some of the state’s primary sectors. Eight roundtable discussion focusing on areas such as wildlife, human health, energy availability were conducted and summarized.

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