Dan Uden and Dirac Twidwell

NRT professor advances screening for ecological resilience

By relying on supercomputers, unprecedented land-cover data and a healthy dose of ecological theory, NRT professor Dirac Twidwell and other scientists have introduced ecological screening that could help conservationists and landowners treat early warning signs of environmental disaster rather than entrenched symptoms.

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Anthony Schutz and students

Schutz discusses environmental law and lawyers with NRT

Anthony Schutz, Nebraska College of Law professor, told NRT students in a roundtable discussion on December 11 that lawyers can appear as dark, analytical people nobody wants to work with but that also makes them good members of environmental decision-making teams.

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Kristal Stoner presenting

Audubon Nebraska speaks to NRT about key role of birds in climate change talks

Kristal Stoner, executive director of Audubon Nebraska, spoke to NRT students on November 13 about the stance the National Audubon Society takes on climate change and the importance of birds to that.

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Sydney James and Gabe Bruguier

NRT student serves on Native success panel

As a member of the Oglala Sioux Nation and a graduate student in civil engineering, Sydney James understands the barriers Native Americans may face in furthering their education. On October 18, she served on a panel, “Native People and Your Success,” at the Mid-America Transportation Center’s 2019 Scholars Program and encouraged the 14 Native scholars attending to continue their education.

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NRT students at communications workshop

NRT students leverage communications for research

NRT students boosted their communications skills through trainings in September and October 2019 and are working with Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the university to produce videos communicating their research.

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Leen-Kiat Soh at a consortium

Soh aims to automate task planning in complex scenarios

Whether optimizing the fight against wildfires or minimizing the wait for a Lyft, the research of NRT professor Leen-Kiat Soh could transform the management of tasks and resources across various fields.

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Craig, Dirac and two other professors

NRT professors research early detection in ecosystems

In medicine, the ability to screen for diseases before they wreak havoc on the human body has been revolutionary. University of Nebraska–Lincoln ecologist Dirac Twidwell said it’s time to transplant this model of proactivity to a field that’s very different from medicine, but equally consequential: agricultural resilience, or the ability of ecosystems to withstand rapid and sudden transitions to an undesired state.

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Caleb, Craig and Dirac

NRT professors find U.S. ecosystems shifting north

Whole ecosystems are shifting dramatically north in the Great Plains, a phenomenon likely linked to human influences such as climate change, says new University of Nebraska-Lincoln research that analyzed nearly 50 years’ worth of data on bird distributions.

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Hogan in Bobcat Experimental Prairie

NRT student gains publication through Resilience Alliance

Doctoral student Katharine Hogan went from perks to publication by making good use of her NRT-paid membership in the Resilience Alliance.

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fountain in Europe

NRT tours Western European water sites

In a learning adventure of a lifetime, nine NRT students and Francisco Muñoz-Arriola, NRT hydrology professor, traveled to The Netherlands, France and Spain from May 16 to June 6, 2019, to compare ancient and modern water structures there with ones in Nebraska.

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Craig Allen of CRWAL

Allen chosen to direct new resilience center

Craig Allen, director of the NRT at Nebraska, has taken the reigns as director also of the university’s new resilience center.

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NRT counting bats at zoo

NRT students Daniel Rico and Christopher Fill have found that counting bats is far more difficult than counting sheep and it’s unlikely to put them to sleep anytime soon.

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Jazmin and Wilma

Castillo cofounds Latino organization

NRT master’s student Jazmin Castillo cofounded the organization Latins for Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in February 2019. Leading the organization with her are Dillon Hanson and Katerina Lozano, senior Fisheries and Wildlife majors. Wilma Gerena, business associate in the School of Natural Resources, serves as the organization’s adviser.

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students at water seminar

NRT students join water talks

The Nebraska Water Center hosts an annual seminar series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to talk about Nebraska’s most precious natural resource, water. In spring 2019, NRT students dived into the conversation.

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Daniel and Craig with drone

NRT featured in university’s annual research report

Nebraska’s NRT, director Craig Allen and the research of NRT student Daniel Rico figured prominently in the University of Nebraska’s annual research report, which came out in November 2018.

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Twidwell in field

Twidwell questions culture of planting invasive trees

According to Dirac Twidwell, assistant professor of rangeland ecology and co-principal investigator of the National Research Traineeship program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the Eastern redcedar is causing a broad-scale loss of grasslands in Nebraska. The Eastern redcedar has destroyed grasslands in some southern states, and it’s happening currently in Nebraska.

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Lance Gunderson at board

Ecology expert Lance Gunderson visits NRT

Professor Lance Gunderson ranks among the top ecologists in the world, so graduate student Manas Khan was impressed when Nebraska’s National Research Traineeship program brought the Emory University professor to campus to instruct 11 students on adaptive management August 14-17, 2018.

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