Bigger, stronger, disastrous: How climate change fuels wildfires

February 15, 2018
Mark Cochrane has been studying the characteristics and behaviors of wildfires since graduate school. Now a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory, Cochrane discusses how wildfires differ across regions, if places like California are more prone to fires than others, and his research that shows wildfires will occur more because of climate change.

NSF grant awarded to study how augmented reality could pique girls' interest in science

January 31, 2018
Dr. Cat Stylinski and colleagues received a $1 million three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to explore using augmented reality (AR) design experiences to pique teen girls’ interest in science and technology.

Researchers to study the value of citizen scientists in data gathering

January 22, 2018
Citizen scientists--volunteers who help with data collection and other tasks—play an increasingly important role in science research. How do we know they have the necessary skills to support robust science findings? Cat Stylinski is leading a team of collaborators to find out.

Andrew Elmore on studying changes to the landscape from outer space

January 2, 2018
When parking lots go up and rooftops multiply, land cover and land uses change. Andrew Elmore with the Appalachian Laboratory explains how he uses data from satellites to understand what's happening on the landscape, including identifying the impact of impervious surfaces on stream networks and measuring the timing of spring in forests.

Appalachian Laboratory graduate students participate in recent National Park Service project

December 18, 2017
During the fall semester, graduate students in Dr. Katia Engelhardt's MEES 608W: Classic Readings in Ecology course completed research on published scientific studies conducted in national parks. The students presented their findings, which will be used in National Park Service publications and websites, at a recent symposium.

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