Ecology

Example of a NEON site tower constructed for data collection
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A group of researchers at Utah State University are leading a project called ARGON or Augmenting Research Grounded On NEON. The program has already collected over 18 million data points related to species and community traits.

Utah's Native Bees Are Diverse In Traits And Species

Jan 11, 2018
Perdita spp. and Xylocopa spp.
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In a recent survey at Utah State University, 99 percent of people described bees as either critical or important. The pollination services provided by bees are crucial for the survival of entire ecosystems. 

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In the Namib Desert of southern Africa, strange circles dot the landscape as regularly as polka-dots on a dress. The bare spots are ringed by lush grass. These structures are known as fairy circles.  The fairy circles repeat for miles – and how they came to be is hotly debated. Scientists are divided regarding their origin:  animal or vegetable?

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State biologists have come up with a unique way to help local sage grouse populations.

Robbie Edgel works with the Watershed Restoration Initiative, which is part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

His newest project? Constructing what he calls beaver dam analogs.  

Oceans Spared From Man-Made Extinction, For Now

Apr 3, 2017
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There is not a lot of feel-good news to be found in the ecological sciences. Scientists did just discover a new population of canids in New Guinea thought to be extinct, but too often the stories sound more like this statement from Douglas McCauley, an assistant professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

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Straddling the Continental Divide at over ten thousand feet, the Colorado River begins as a trickle.  It gains tremendous power as it moves along its course, carving out formations like the Grand Canyon on its trek to the sea.  This river is among the largest in the southwest, and has become an emblem of wildness.

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Utah State University ecologists recently partnered with NASA to study how the timing of mule deer fawning tracks vegetation growth in parts of the Intermountain West.

 


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  The Ecology Center at Utah State University hosts Dr. Lisa Schulte-Moore this Wednesday and Thursday as part of its 2015-2016 Seminar Series. Schulte-Moore, an associate professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, studies the ecology of sustainable land management through the lens of coupled human and natural systems.


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For his first movie about a mouse, Walt Disney showcased Mickey navigating the river waters by steamboat. But for Dr. Laurie Dizney, the filming of mice happened in the dry Utah desert. Her work shows how using mice and cameras could help protect people from hantavirus and other deadly diseases.