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Researchers have begun a two-year study designed to provide a more detailed picture of pronghorn ecology in western Nebraska.

Collaborative study tracks pronghorn in Panhandle

Researchers have begun a two-year study designed to provide a more detailed picture of pronghorn ecology in western Nebraska. (4/16/2021)
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What does it mean for a landscape to be resilient? That's the question the university's new Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes sets out to answer.

Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes up and running

What does it mean for a landscape to be resilient? That's the question the university's new Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes sets out to answer. (4/14/2021)
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Scientists have long known that all living things require specific amounts of elements such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous to survive and thrive — it’s why we fertilize our yards and crops, for example. But the increasing frequency of phenomena such as harmful algal blooms, nitrate-contaminated water and “dead zones” in oceans and lakes have underscored that there can be too high or low of a concentration of these essential elements in the environment.

Husker team leading $6M project to study waterways' changing ecology

Scientists have long known that all living things require specific amounts of elements such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous to survive and thrive — it’s why we fertilize our yards and crops, for example. But the increasing frequency of phenomena such as harmful algal blooms, nitrate-contaminated water and “dead zones” in oceans and lakes have underscored that there can be too high or low of a concentration of these essential elements in the environment. (2/16/2021)
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The journal Rangeland and Ecological Management recently published an article by Tonya Haigh detailing the results of a survey of ranchers. She led a team that surveyed a collection of Northern Plains ranchers who endured a 2016 flash drought that significantly altered forage production in the area.

Decisions, decisions -- study shows ranchers with drought plans in place make some pivotal moves sooner than those who don't

The journal Rangeland and Ecological Management recently published an article by Tonya Haigh detailing the results of a survey of ranchers. She led a team that surveyed a collection of Northern Plains ranchers who endured a 2016 flash drought that significantly altered forage production in the area. (12/21/2020)
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Re-analyzing the microscopic gut contents of a mummy buried in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas has revealed the extreme pressure that built up in the colon, which swelled to six times its normal diameter in response to a parasite-carried disease. The case study, along with two others, is detailed in a forthcoming book chapter authored by Nebraska

Mummy GI tracts yield evidence of early hospice care

Re-analyzing the microscopic gut contents of a mummy buried in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas has revealed the extreme pressure that built up in the colon, which swelled to six times its normal diameter in response to a parasite-carried disease. The case study, along with two others, is detailed in a forthcoming book chapter authored by Nebraska's Karl Reinhard and his colleagues.  (12/9/2020)
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The three-year project is expected to result in a new online collection of educational materials, including a fifth-grade curriculum and activity book; Platte Basin Timelapse short films and multimedia stories; a public-consumption Guide to Nebraska Wetlands; and an online wetland ESRI StoryMap

NGPC partners with PBT project, others to boost wetland resources

The three-year project is expected to result in a new online collection of educational materials, including a fifth-grade curriculum and activity book; Platte Basin Timelapse short films and multimedia stories; a public-consumption Guide to Nebraska Wetlands; and an online wetland ESRI StoryMap (11/13/2020)
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A multi-campus collaboration among University of Nebraska system faculty, including four Husker researchers, has discovered antibiotics used in human treatment in two Nebraska agricultural water systems.

Team detects antibiotics in Nebraska watersheds

A multi-campus collaboration among University of Nebraska system faculty, including four Husker researchers, has discovered antibiotics used in human treatment in two Nebraska agricultural water systems. (9/8/2020)
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Specimens on lower Missouri living 3x shorter, producing 10x fewer eggs than upriver counterparts

Downstream effects: Sturgeon lifespan, fertility vary strikingly with river conditions

Specimens on lower Missouri living 3x shorter, producing 10x fewer eggs than upriver counterparts (8/24/2020)
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Rezaul Mahmood, Director of the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and a team of researchers recently published a paper featuring a series of specific atmospheric changes measured across the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the 2017 total solar eclipse.

SNR’s Mahmood leads study of 2017 eclipse effects on atmospheric conditions

Rezaul Mahmood, Director of the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and a team of researchers recently published a paper featuring a series of specific atmospheric changes measured across the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the 2017 total solar eclipse. (8/10/2020)
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At the National Drought Mitigation Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Renata Rimsaite examines how the U.S. Drought Monitor, water markets and incentive-based water management techniques can improve water scarcity management policies for farmers.

To help farmers better prepare for drought, Rimsaite analyzes water markets for NDMC, Water for Food

At the National Drought Mitigation Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Renata Rimsaite examines how the U.S. Drought Monitor, water markets and incentive-based water management techniques can improve water scarcity management policies for farmers. (8/10/2020)
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The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded 6 grants totaling more than $298,00 million to School of Natural Resources projects.

Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded 6 grants | over $298,000 to SNR projects

The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded 6 grants totaling more than $298,00 million to School of Natural Resources projects. (7/14/2020)
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Together, the Nebraska Indian Community College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources team will explore how the floods reshaped the Missouri River and the ecological makeup around the three NICC campuses.

Shulski to partner with Nebraska Indian Community College to study ecological impacts of 2019 floods

Together, the Nebraska Indian Community College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources team will explore how the floods reshaped the Missouri River and the ecological makeup around the three NICC campuses.  (6/24/2020)
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Jamilynn Poletto, fish physiologist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Natural Resources, is improving human health through her studies of fish health.

Fish ecology: A true 'canary in a coal mine' for human health

Jamilynn Poletto, fish physiologist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Natural Resources, is improving human health through her studies of fish health.  (6/24/2020)
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Findings from Nebraska

Study finds effects of weather, time on wildlife sightings

Findings from Nebraska's Anastasia Madsen and colleagues could help improve population estimates of elusive and endangered species. (5/27/2020)
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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.

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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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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