Riana Gayle

Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings

Aug 9, 2018
Chainsaw tree cuts
Steve Voelker / Utah State University

 

In northern California, along with portions of the coast, you will find redwood trees. Some of the largest and longest-living trees in the world.

Fir tree suffers from Adelgid infection
William M. Ciesla / Forest Health Management

 

 

 

People aren’t the only ones active this summer. Small insects are also out and about, taking advantage of the warmer weather and green real estate.

Permaculture plant outdoor design
Utah State University Extension

 

 

 

Individuals in Moab are redesigning spaces using permaculture principles that protect from environmental stresses like sun exposure and drought.

Star explosion
NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Researchers at the University of Utah are collaborating with partners like NASA’s NuSTAR and international Telescope Array Project to learn more about cosmic rays. New technologies have made it possible for researchers to study stars light years away. And just recently they’ve discovered that superstars like Eta Carinae, are sending cosmic rays all the way to Earth.  

Car Entrance National Park
Jacob W. Frank / NPS

 

 


 When it comes to public lands in the United States, most citizens agree that they should exist. However, there is less agreement on how they should be funded.

Bee Inspired Gardens
Bronson Teichert

What do green lawns and concrete have in common? While one is arguably more aesthetically pleasing, both have the effect of reducing biodiversity in outdoor spaces. To address nutrient-leaching and reduced-pollinator activity, researchers across the country are working with citizens to understand and adopt alternatives.

Fault lines visible from sky
Flickr

 

In a recent study, researchers from Utah State University uncovered some truths about the southern tip of the San Andreas fault in California. The well-known fault stretches over 700 miles and marks the meeting of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates.

Grid pattern city scape
Pxhere

 

 

 

Researchers in North Carolina have found that spatial patterns in landscapes can influence water use. The findings of the study could have large implications for urban sprawl in the arid state of Utah where the population is projected to double by 2050.

Heat Safety Tips
NOAA

As temperatures rise across the state, officials at the National Weather Service are improving the way they issue heat advisories.

Remote Avalanche Control System installation
Wyssen Avalanche Control

Although outside temperatures are warming, the Utah Department of Transportation is already preparing for what next winter may bring, by adopting avalanche technology from Swiss engineers.

Summer App Camp Teaches Girls How To Code

Jun 5, 2018
Girls learn to use block software on Android devices
USU STARS! Gear Up

 

What is an App camp? Jody Clarke-Midura is an assistant professor in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences program at Utah State University. She works with the App Camp which started a few years ago.

Traditional timers on irrigation systems often lead to overwatering
Wikimedia

  

The Utah Division of Water Resources has developed a statewide rebates program to encourage water conservation. The legislative-sponsored program offers rebates on technologies ranging from irrigation controllers to low-flow toilets.  

Ceremonial signing of climate resolution by Utah governor
Utah Governor's Office

Last week, Utah legislation took a leap towards a more sustainable future with the passing of the state’s first climate change resolution. The House Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship was sponsored by Republican Representative Rebecca P. Edwards of District 20.

Separated crossing implemented in Banff National Park
Flickr

Wildlife collisions can be very dangerous for drivers and for animals.

Corinna Riginos is a conservation scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming studying wildlife collisions with ungulates like elk and golden eagles. The two are more closely related than you might think.

Fish sampling
Riana Gayle

It’s 8:00 a.m. on one of the last days of April and two officials from the Division of Wildlife Resources are loading up their boat at the Bear Lake State Park Marina. They are joined by two volunteers for today’s fisheries sampling, the last one scheduled for the Spring.

Mulch is a useful topdressing around garden beds and trees at Utah State University
Riana Gayle

Utah State University is one of 19 universities being awarded the 2017-2018 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund. The fund recognizes projects with green initiatives.

Shorebirds
Wikimedia Commons

Utah has long been known as a resting place for migrating bird species, however this year it’s receiving special recognition as the Utah government declares May the Month of the Bird.  Officials say that May is an ideal month to do this because of the migratory patterns of birds.

Herd mentality takes over as wildebeests migrate across river
Chris Dutton / Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Researchers have found that the Serengeti Wildebeest play a surprising and significant role in aquatic systems in the Mara River Basin of Kenya.

Up to forty percent of America's food is being wasted along the supply chain.
Flickr

Earth Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for ways to get involved or reduce your footprint, look no further than the fridge. According to the United Sates Department of Agriculture, up to 60 percent of food waste occurs in households and businesses. While composting is an option for some of that waste, there may be other uses for your stale doughnuts and banana peels.

Native plants benefit bird species across the U.S.
Flickr

The National Audubon Society has just launched a new citizen-science project called Plants for Birds. The project calls for individuals across the U.S. to replace turf and non-native landscapes with native plants, which are important to the life cycle of native bird species.  

Girls in Aviation takes flight
Riana Gayle / Utah Public Radio

The Girls in Aviation program was started just one year ago by the Cache Makers group based out of Logan, UT. The program focuses on exposing girls ages nine to 15 to the aviation industry as well as broad STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, opportunities.

Example of a NEON site tower constructed for data collection
Jennifer Perez / The Jornada Rangeland Research Programs


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.

View of the Salt Lake City skyline
Flickr


  Scientists at the University of Utah are leading the way in what we can learn about CO2 emissions in urban and rural settings. What began as one sensor, established on the university’s campus in 2001, has grown to a network of five sensors measuring emissions across the Salt Lake Valley.

The rate of spring runoff is prompted by dust deposition in addition to warming temperatures
Wikimedia

According to a recent study, increasing temperatures are not the only factors contributing to spring snowmelt.  

Environmental tax suggests we pay more for gas to offset environmental costs
Jennings

The Cache Clean Air Consortium hosts regular events that enable residents to learn about and become involved with improving their local air. Their events include the annual high school Clean Air Poster contests, bike challenges and expert talks. 

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