cattle in field

NRT director leads new resilience center

“Resilient” is a word frequently used when it comes to agriculture. Crops are bred to be resilient against disease, heat, drought and other detrimental conditions. But what does it mean for a landscape to be resilient?

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Alexis Chavez holding soybeans

Chavez presents at AMS in Brazilian collaboration

While the pandemic closed some doors, NRT master’s student Alexis Chavez found it opened others, like an international collaboration he established during his first semester at Nebraska and a consequent presentation to the American Meteorological Society.

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Craig Allen near lake

NRT Director Allen named AAAS fellow

NRT director Craig Allen and three other STEM professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, in February 2021.

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Igor Linkov in Boston

Linkov discusses risk, resilience with NRT

The current pandemic is far from unprecedented, yet scientists need to be humble when trying to predict what will happen with the COVID-19 virus, Igor Linkov, risk management strategist, told NRT students November 11, 2020.

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Africans drawing water from a stream

NRT gains insight on African water issues

Ellis Adjei Adams, an assistant professor of geography and environmental policy at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, spoke to NRT students on October 28 about urban water insecurity and governance in Malawi and Ghana and the ways these issues interplay with environmental risks and gender disparities.

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NRT Zoom meeting with Resilience Alliance

NRT students deliver "speed talks" to international Resilience Alliance organization

The 10 NRT students taking the “Foundations of Ecological Resilience” course in the fall did some fast talking at the International Science Meeting of the Resilience Alliance on October 20, 2020, all rising to the challenge of explaining their graduate research within five minutes.

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Katharine Hogan in Bobcat Prairie

NRT student awarded grant for research

NRT doctoral student Katharine Hogan received a $15,000 grant in July 2020 from North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education to support her research on prairie restorations and pollinators.

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NRT students playing Jenga

NRT students create free resilience materials

University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate students recently formed the Council of Resilience Education to equip the public with information and strategies for tackling harmful environmental changes like red cedars invading grasslands and toxic algae blooming in lakes.

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Elena Bennett and students

Bennett meets with NRT after guest lecture

After delivering the first Heuermann Lecture of 2020, Elena Bennett, sustainability professor at McGill University in Canada, met with the NRT from January 15-16 to discuss further her vision for a better future for our planet and strategies to get there.

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Craig Allen and balloon

Allen delivers Heuermann lecture on resilience

At the final Heuermann Lecture of 2019, Craig Allen, director of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship at Nebraska, and two other panelists gave hope and strategies for meeting the world’s need for increased agricultural production while keeping agricultural ecosystems healthy.

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Dan Uden and Dirac Twidwell

NRT professor advances screening for 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 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,” and encouraged Native scholars to continue their education.

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NRT students at communications workshop

NRT students improve science communications

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 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 onto early ecosystem detection

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

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 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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fruit bat

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 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 planting of 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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