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Judith Turk, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, will use an $854,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program to shed light on how human activity is impacting soil degradation in the Great Plains.

Turk investigating soil health over time, a key to climate resilience strategies

Judith Turk, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, will use an $854,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program to shed light on how human activity is impacting soil degradation in the Great Plains. (5/28/2024)
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Dauer using brain scans to develop better teaching strategies

 (5/21/2024)
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The EPSCoR project Jessica Corman leads really picked up STEAM by incorporating art. After seeing results from the first year of the project, the National Science Foundation quadrupled the art funds.

Corman builds EPSCoR success with art

The EPSCoR project Jessica Corman leads really picked up STEAM by incorporating art. After seeing results from the first year of the project, the National Science Foundation quadrupled the art funds.  (5/13/2024)
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Scientists operate dozens of ground-based, time-lapse cameras to monitor water body conditions in the Platte River basin.

Lab boosts understanding of water bodies, creates student opportunities

Scientists operate dozens of ground-based, time-lapse cameras to monitor water body conditions in the Platte River basin. (4/19/2024)
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Kansas is an important mid-latitude Central Flyway state for migrating and wintering waterfowl. During our first field season in 2023, we captured and leg-banded 728 mallards during November – December and deployed GPS devices on 54 of them. We will be capturing mallards within Southeast Kansas during the fall and winter of 2024 and 2025.

Southeast Kansas Mallard Duck Project

Kansas is an important mid-latitude Central Flyway state for migrating and wintering waterfowl. During our first field season in 2023, we captured and leg-banded 728 mallards during November – December and deployed GPS devices on 54 of them. We will be capturing mallards within Southeast Kansas during the fall and winter of 2024 and 2025. (3/25/2024)
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“This is the first time we’ve directly observed the courses of ancient river channels over a broad area of the Great Plains and related those to past landscapes and events.” — Jesse Korus, associate professor, School of Natural Resources; groundwater geologist, Conservation and Survey Division

CSD scientists deepen understanding of ancient rivers

“This is the first time we’ve directly observed the courses of ancient river channels over a broad area of the Great Plains and related those to past landscapes and events.” — Jesse Korus, associate professor, School of Natural Resources; groundwater geologist, Conservation and Survey Division (2/12/2024)
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Sundstrom and scientist network tackling collapse in ag

 (1/22/2024)
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Slow-Release Lanthanum Effectively Reduces Phosphate in Eutrophic Ponds without Accumulating in Fish

 (12/14/2023)
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With a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a Husker team will develop models of informal biodiversity education for middle school youth in tribal and rural communities.

Husker team partnering with communities to enhance biodiversity education

With a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a Husker team will develop models of informal biodiversity education for middle school youth in tribal and rural communities. (11/1/2023)
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Uden researching and teaching on spatial tools to equip land managers

 (10/31/2023)
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Alisa Halpin and daughter, Summer Larkihn, a research technician at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, spend hours each summer tracking the endangered birds, aiding conservation efforts.

Mother-daughter pair pursues conservation of Nebraska’s terns, plovers

Alisa Halpin and daughter, Summer Larkihn, a research technician at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, spend hours each summer tracking the endangered birds, aiding conservation efforts. (8/8/2023)
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Arindam Malakar and Daniel Snow recently led a study of how irrigation and fertilizer application may contribute to nitrate leaching, which in turn can trigger chemical reactions that potentially mobilize arsenic and uranium.

Research Roundup: Water Quality Control

Arindam Malakar and Daniel Snow recently led a study of how irrigation and fertilizer application may contribute to nitrate leaching, which in turn can trigger chemical reactions that potentially mobilize arsenic and uranium.  (8/4/2023)
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Surface soil, the deeper vadose zone, and groundwater are all interconnected and of particular importance due to Nebraska’s agricultural practices and reliance on groundwater for multiple uses. The vadose zone refers to the unsaturated zone above the water table, where water and air occupy the pore spaces in the soil and rock.

Nebraska Water Center Researchers Conduct Statewide Project to Characterize Nitrogen Transformation Beneath the Ground Surface

Surface soil, the deeper vadose zone, and groundwater are all interconnected and of particular importance due to Nebraska’s agricultural practices and reliance on groundwater for multiple uses. The vadose zone refers to the unsaturated zone above the water table, where water and air occupy the pore spaces in the soil and rock.  (8/2/2023)
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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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