Eric Dinerstein is the chief scientist at World Wildlife Fund, and a UW alum. Written up by SEFS’ Cecilia Paul, this story overviews his work to conserve habitat for endangered species around the world. Notably, he has found that none of the preserves set aside for tigers is big enough to provide suitable habitat. Dinerstein will be giving a lecture on campus on March 1, hosted by SEFS and the College of the Environment. Read more here.
Have you ever been in a summer monsoon storm, where the winds and thunder seem be calmed when the rain starts to fall? Now we understand a bit more about that dynamic, and the implications with global warming. In a new study released in Science, researchers have quantified the amount of energy that raindrops remove from the air when they fall. New Scientist covers this story, and Atmospheric Sciences’ Dargan Frierson is quoted. Read more here!
Update: Dargan Frierson also wrote a Perspectives piece in Science, contextualizing this new research. Read it here!
Last week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science was replete with great new research being shared with scientists, the media, and the general public. UW News covers some of it here; CoEnv’s Patrick Christie, Nate Mantua and David Battisti are mentioned.
As a new feature of our news blog, each week we will be sharing the latest publications coming from the College of the Environment. We hope you enjoy perusing the studies. CoEnv authors’ names are linked to their public profile pages!
This week, 2 new articles published by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science, a giant database of academic papers:
In a collaborative effort between researchers at UBC Forestry, BC Ministry of Forests, and the College of the Environment’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, particularly Ivan Eastin, this Thursday kicks off a graduate student research symposium in Vancouver titled “Future Forestry Leaders“. This year is the UN International Year of Forests, and the symposium will focus on the importance of forests for our lives and livelihoods. Check out the program and abstracts for sessions given by researchers from both universities, and other organizations.
History is replete with disbelievers of science. However, we need to heed science and chart a new course in cleaning up Puget Sound, says Ron Sims, recent appointee to the Leadership Council and former King County executive. Urban stormwater runoff, rather than sewer overflows, is the big problem. Read more here.