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Uptick in tick-borne diseases spurs Cristiano

Uptick in tick-borne diseases spurs Cristiano's summer research

Nebraska’s Dominic Cristiano is directing his research to better inform the public about potential risks of tick-borne diseases across the Cornhusker State.  7/20/2021
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NRT doctoral student explores social resilience with sparrows and elephants

NRT doctoral student explores social resilience with sparrows and elephants

National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship (NRT) Program doctoral student Annie Madsen found creative ways to research golden-crowned sparrows in California and elephants in Sri Lanka while keeping to the prairies during the pandemic.   5/13/2021
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NRT student Chavez presents Brazilian collaboration at American Meteorological Society

NRT student Chavez presents Brazilian collaboration at American Meteorological Society

While the pandemic closed some doors, NRT master’s student Alexis Chavez found it opened others.   1/27/2021
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Mapping tick territory

Mapping tick territory

After eons of landing on the legs and arms of humans and animals, ticks have landed smack-dab in the middle of the research interests of NRT master’s student Dominic Cristiano.  1/8/2021
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Wolf, multilingual outreach project going to bat for keystone species

Wolf, multilingual outreach project going to bat for keystone species

In any language, 2020 has been a rough year for bats. The only mammal capable of true flight saw its already-spotty reputation dragged through more mud as conjecture, then early research, suggested that SARS-CoV-2 may have evolved from a coronavirus ancestor dwelling in some bat species.  1/7/2021
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New research shows when Nebraska's groundwater supplies recharge

New research shows when Nebraska's groundwater supplies recharge

A recently published study led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources PhD candidate Mikaela Cherry found that winter precipitation reloads most of the state’s groundwater supply.   5/20/2020
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NRT students create open-access materials about resilience

NRT students create open-access materials about resilience

University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate students recently formed the Council of Resilience Education to equip the public with information and strategies for tackling harmful environmental changes through education resources, including games.  2/13/2020
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 Researchers testing floating wetlands ability to survive winter

Researchers testing floating wetlands ability to survive winter

Alexa Davis, graduate student with the School of Natural Resources, is testing whether living, floating treatment wetlands can survive a Nebraska winter. If they do, it could have long-term, positive implications for Midwestern states trying to reduce nutrient runoff. Continue reading…   1/16/2020
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Study allows Husker to hang with bats

Study allows Husker to hang with bats

To many people, the spooky sight of a bat flying across a moonlit sky is a sign of Halloween.  10/31/2019
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 Malaria bird project a finalist in crowdfunding competition

Malaria bird project a finalist in crowdfunding competition

Ian Hoppe, an SNR grad student, is a finalist in a crowdfunding competition at Experiment.com through July 3 for his project researching bird behavior and their exposure to parasites. If he earns the most financial backers by June 24, he'll get a $1,000 boost from the Wildlife Disease Association.   6/12/2019
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 Grad spotlight: Katharine Hogan is growing roots in Nebraska

Grad spotlight: Katharine Hogan is growing roots in Nebraska

Meet Katharine Hogan, a doctoral student studying plant community ecology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln  5/9/2019
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 National park podcast features Willemssens, tiger beetle research

National park podcast features Willemssens, tiger beetle research

If you’re one of the 4.1 million guests to drive through Yellowstone National Park this year, you may just hear a familiar voice on the radio. Kelly Willemssens, of SNR, is featured in a podcast airing about one of the park’s tiniest and most valuable creatures: the wetsalts tiger beetle.   3/12/2019
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NRT program featured in Nebraska’s annual research report

NRT program featured in Nebraska’s annual research report

Nebraska’s National Research Traineeship director Craig Allen and the research of NRT student Daniel Rico figured prominently in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s annual research report. The program is based at the School of Natural Resources.   12/4/2018
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To Hold a Beautiful, Burning Snake

To Hold a Beautiful, Burning Snake

They said the Thompson Ridge wildfire was a good fire. A dead aspen, black and brown sheaves of bark sloughing off in the droughty summer, fell into a power line and ignited.  11/14/2018
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Master's student heads to Meteo-France

Starting in November 2018, National Drought Mitigation Center graduate research assistant Tony Mucia will be looking at remote-sensing data from a new vantage point on Earth.   11/7/2018
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 Urban foxes: Reports spike in Lincoln as researchers trap, study the sly animals

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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Investigating Hydraulic Conductivity Transience in Sandy Rivers

Investigating Hydraulic Conductivity Transience in Sandy Rivers

Drone imagery was used to monitor changes in stream geomorphology over time. This research project investigated processes responsible for hydraulic conductivity transience in sandy rivers.  1/1/2018
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Fiber-optic Technique Senses Groundwater Discharge into Surface Water

Fiber-optic Technique Senses Groundwater Discharge into Surface Water

Assembled fiber-optic distributed temperature sensor (FO-DTS) on Gudmundsen Sandhills Research Laboratory. FO-DTS is a technique that uses fiber-optic cable deployed on a streambed to sense groundwater discharge into surface water.  1/1/2018
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