Laura Ellison, Ecologist, was interviewed by a reporter from Georgia Public Radio for a story on bat monitoring and white-nose syndrome (WNS). Ellison was interviewed about declining bat populations and the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat). NABat provides standard guidelines for scientists and wildlife agencies to collect bat data uniformly and the ability to submit data to a centralized location. The story aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” on August 19, 2015.
FORT research ecologist, Dr. Craig D. Allen, is featured in the April issue of National Geographic magazine in the article, "The Bug That’s Eating the Woods--A warming climate allowed pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) to ravage the West. Now they’re spreading east across Canada." Based on field interviews in his home landscape of northern New Mexico, Allen provides a larger global change context to the warming-related die-offs of forests across large portions of western North America.
During June 13-16, USGS scientists Joan (Thullen) Daniels, Steffanie Keefe, and Larry Barber will present a paper entitled "Influence of hummocks and emergent vegetation on hydraulic performance in a surface-flow wastewater-treatment wetland" at the 10th American Ecological Engineering Society annual meeting (AEES) in Quebec City, Canada. The AEES meeting is being held in conjunction with The International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) 17th World Congress, along with several other international associations.
A new paper, "Causes of Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines: Hypotheses and Predictions," published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Mammalogy and has been selected as the featured article for that journal on BioOne. It will be available as an open-access publication (free to download) for the next few months at http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1644/09-MAMM-S-076R1.1.
Didymosphenia is a freshwater diatom that has begun to bloom with increasing frequency in rivers and streams. These "didymo" mats cover the stream substrate and alter the habitat of other algae, invertebrates, and fish, posing major management challenges. To address the problem, USGS ecologist Sarah Spaulding co-organized the International Didymosphenia Workshop in Montréal, at which the most recent scientific results on didymo were presented to scientists, managers, and agencies.
Dr. Fritz Knopf has been asked by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to be one of 3 U.S. participants on a 9-person steering committee to plan, organize, and conduct an international symposium on "Grassland Species of Common Conservation Concern." The date and location of the symposium is undetermined. The CEC is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).