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eDNAtlas Data mapper

Date: September 06, 2018 - 12:44 pm MDT
Analyzing eDNA samples in a lab allows researchers to reliably determine where target species are found and overcomes previous limitations of traditional sampling techniques. The eDNAtlas website and dynamic database tools allow the public, managers, and researchers to access results from samples of environmental DNA (eDNA).  

Harbingers of Change: Owls of Mescalero

Date: September 06, 2018 - 12:19 pm MDT
For the Mescalero Apache, the owl is a messenger. Often misconstrued as a bad omen, the owls provide a warning that it’s time to pay attention, and that “when the world is changing, we need to listen.”   

100 years of fire research

Date: January 18, 2018 - 04:00 pm MST
On June 1, 1915, Henry S. Graves established the Branch of Research in the Forest Service to centralize and elevate the pursuit of research throughout the agency.  Harry T. Gisborne, first full-time fire researcher in the Forest Service. (Photo by U.S.</body></html>

Should I stay or should I go? Understanding why homeowners evacuate (or don’t) during wildfires

Date: January 18, 2018 - 03:41 pm MST
As fire seasons get longer and more people are living in fire-prone ecosystems, we need to understand what motivates homeowners to evacuate and leave their home or stay and try to defend it the wake of an on-coming wildland fire.

Swimming in data—Stream databases deliver

Date: January 18, 2018 - 03:28 pm MST
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Current and future conditions in aridland riparian ecosystems

Date: August 07, 2017 - 11:18 am MDT
Aridland riparian ecosystems are limited in size and availability, the climate is changing, and further hydrological change is likely in the American Southwest. To protect riparian ecosystems and organisms, scientists and land managers need to understand how disturbance processes and stressors such as fire, drought, and non-native plant invasions affect them.

Research in Borneo produces a novel approach to predicting deforestation risk

Date: August 07, 2017 - 10:48 am MDT
A collaboration between scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU program), and the University of Montana has drawn attention to the risks of deforestation, providing conservationists with the tools to predict and plan for future forest loss. 

Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards

Date: August 07, 2017 - 10:28 am MDT
Eight individuals and organizations, including Rocky Mountain Research Station’s (RMRS) Dr. Megan Friggens, received honors at the National Adaptation Forum as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. 

Preempting the pathogen - white pine blister rust

Date: August 07, 2017 - 10:19 am MDT
White pine blister rust is a devastating disease caused by a fungal pathogen that has been spreading through western forests since 1910. Native to Asia, it arrived in western North America in a shipment of seedlings, causing widespread mortality in a group that includes some of the oldest and highest-elevation pines in the United States –- the five-needle pines.  

Earth Day in Albuquerque

Date: August 07, 2017 - 10:03 am MDT
Earth Day is alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Staff from the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s (RMRS) Albuquerque Forestry Sciences Lab spent their Earth Day week with kids from Albuquerque and surrounding communities.