2019

November 10-13: Agronomy master's student Brittany Kirsch presented a poster, "Impact of Agricultural Land Use and Weather on Water Quality,” during the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. About 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students attended this joint international meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

October 23: Master's student Sydney James attended the American Council of Engineering Companies -- Nebraska Department of Transportation Partnership Workshop.

October 18-19: Master's student Brittany Kirsch won "Best Graduate Poster Presentation" at the Great Plains Limnology Conference at Iowa State University.  She presented on "Making It Rain: Using Rainfall Simulators to Investigate Land Use Effect on Runoff Composition."

October 16-18: Civil engineering student Sydney James served on a panel, "Native People and Your Success," at the Mid-America Transportation Center Scholars Program. She and other Native leaders networked with and advised Native scholars seeking to transition from two-year tribal colleges to a four-year university such as Nebraska.

October 16: Shawna Richter-Ryerson, university communications professional, and Ronica Stromberg, program coordinator, provided students instruction on communicating professionally through social media.

October 9-10: Professors Craig Allen and Dirac Twidwell and students Conor BarnesAlison Ludwig and Daniel Morales attended the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference in Gering, Nebraska. The professors and Barnes and Ludwig presented at the conference, which focused on natural resource management, biodiversity, citizen science, environmental education and conservation issues.

October 2: Molly Nance, public relations director of the Daughtery Water for Food Institute, spoke to NRT students about “Managing Media (or How to Be a Research Rock Star).” She shared tips and showed filmed examples of how students can make the most of on-camera interviews.

September 25-27: Public policy professor Nancy Shank and six students attended the annual meeting of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The students presented a poster, "Resilience Converges."

September 20-21: Students Jazmin CastilloJulie FowlerKatharine Hogan and Jessie Johnson took the American Geophysical Union's minicourse "Communicating Science Effectively to Any Audience" at the University of Montana.  

September 17: NRT students Christopher Fill and Katharine Hogan presented their research at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the Champions Club. Two other NRT students, an NRT professor and the program coordinator attended. 

September 6: Master's student Daniel Rico spoke with about 200 students at the Academy of Engineering & Technology at Grand Island Senior High School about "Daring to Dream." Rico addressed overcoming adversity and pursuing and protecting one’s dreams.

August 23: The Beatrice Daily Sun featured master's student Christopher Fill and his bat research in an article

August 22: KHGI NTV's "Good Life" featured Christopher Fill's research at Homestead National Monument in a segment, "Endangered Species of Bats in Nebraska."

August 13: Master's student Alison Ludwig spoke about her research on Nebraska's endangered American Burying Beetle with KVRN radio station on its news program

July: Master's student Daniel Morales received news that Journal of Insect Physiology published a paper he cowrote, "Sex and life history shape the strength of cellular and humoral immune responses in a wing dimorphic cricket."

August 7-8: NRT professor Leen-Kiat Soh, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, instructed eight NRT students in the new minicourse, "Multiagent Simulation for Complex Systems."

August 1: Five students began work with the NRT for the 2019-2020 school year: Dominic Cristiano, master's student, School of Natural Resources; Sydney James, master's student, Department of Civil Engineering; Anastasia Madsen, doctoral student, School of Biological Sciences; Daniel Morales, master's student, School of Natural Resources; and Rubi Quiñones, doctoral student, Computer Science and Engineering Department. Congratulations to these outstanding students and welcome to Big Red country!

August 1: Doctoral student Katharine Hogan began a two-year appointment as a graduate fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies.

July 7-10: Professor Francisco Muñoz-Arriola and master's student Daniel Rico attended the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Boston. Rico presented a poster, "Power-tethered UAS network for indefinite data acquisition to increase agricultural resilience in the Platte River Basin," at the meeting.

June 28: The NRT External Advisory Board met for its annual meeting, and trainees presented their research to members of the board.

May 16 to June 6: Nine NRT students and professor Francisco Muñoz-Arriola traveled to The Netherlands, Spain and France to compare water structures there with those in Nebraska.

May: Doctoral student Lyndsie Wszola was listed as the first author on an article, "Prey availability and accessibility drive hunter movement," published May 13 in Wildlife Biology.

May 12-16: Five students and professors Craig Allen and Dirac Twidwell attended the Resilience Alliance annual meeting near Atlanta, Georgia.

May: Master's student Jazmin Castillo won the Meritorious Graduate Student Award in the School of Natural Resources and was appointed chair of the Council of Students on the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women.

May 1: Master's student Daniel Rico placed in the top five in the 2019 Engineering Graduate Poster Competition. He won a $500 conference travel fellowship from the College of Engineering and was recognized at the 2019 Graduate Recognition event in the Nebraska Union's Regency Suite.

April 29 and 30: Master's student Daniel Rico presented "Power-Tethered UAS Network for Indefinite Data Acquisition to Increase Agricultural Resilience in the Platte River Basin" at the 2019 Water for Food Global Conference.

April 24: Students Jazmin Castillo and Katharine Hogan attended the kickoff of a new lecture series by the Association for Women in Science on campus. The series is designed to promote STEM diversity and allow campus community members to hear from university women about their paths to success.

April 22: Doctoral students Conor Barnes and Katharine Hogan were appointed to the newly formed Chancellor's Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Commission. Barnes is serving on the Natural Resources team and Hogan is serving on the Teaching and Learning team. CESRC advises the chancellor about campus sustainability initiatives, resilient infrastructures and socially responsible economic practices.

April 20: Professor Francisco Munoz-Arriola and students Jazmin Castillo and Daniel Rico attended the Mexican American Student Association annual banquet on campus.

April 16: Professor Francisco Munoz-Arriola and student Katharine Hogan spoke about the NRT on a panel, "Innovative STEM Graduate Programs at UNL," 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Willa Cather Dining Complex. The panel was part of a day-long meeting with members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine who visited the university to discuss "Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century." 

April 15: Students Conor Barnes, Brittany Kirsch, Alison Ludwig and Daniel Rico presented posters at the university's spring research fair.

April: Doctoral student Lyndsie Wszola received an honorable mention for the Best Young Researcher Award from the International Society for Ecological Modeling.

March 25: Master's student Jessie Johnson attended the THREDDS Data Server workshop to learn how to access High Plains Regional Climate Center Data for her master's project. THREDDS allows users to access real-time data on the environment.

March 21: Students Conor Barnes, Jazmin Castillo, Christopher Fill, Katharine Hogan and Brittany Kirsch attended the Agricultural and Water Law Seminar, in the auditorium of the College of Law.  Speakers addressed agricultural law topics, including legal issues associated with water, the environment, land use, technology, taxation and finance. 

March 14: Doctoral students Conor Barnes, Katharine Hogan and Lyndsie Wszola attended the "Grant Proposal Writing: Getting Started" workshop on campus.

March: Master's student Daniel Rico was elected a senator in the Graduate College, one of six senators representing graduate students for a one-year term.

March 8: At the awards luncheon of the College of Agricultural Sciences and School of Natural Resources, Daniel Rico won CASNR's Outstanding Graduate Student Award. 

March: Biological systems engineering doctoral student Manas Khan and NRT professor Francisco Munoz-Arriola had a paper, "Spatial heterogeneity of temporal shifts in extreme precipitation across India," published in the March 2019 issue of Journal of Climate Change.

March: Biological sciences doctoral student Lyndsie Wszola had a paper, "Estimating the use of public lands: Integrated modeling of open populations with convolution likelihood ecological abundance regression," published in Bayesian Analysis.

February: Master's student Jazmin Castillo cofounded the Latins for Natural Resources organization.

February 10-14: Natural resources doctoral student Conor Barnes presented the poster, "Navigating Rigidity Traps at the Nexus of Law, Policy and Science to Foster Resilient Rangelands," and agronomy master's student Alison Ludwig presented the poster, "Landscape Changes, Land Management, and the Endangered American Burying Beetle in Nebraska," at the Society for Range Management Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NRT director Craig Allen gave a plenary presentation, "Resilience: Nonstationarity and Thresholds in Rangelands," and NRT professor Dirac Twidwell presented "Large Scale Resilience Planning" as part of the symposium "Harnessing Technology to Improve Conservation Effectiveness on Western Working Lands." 

January to April: Students attended various seminar series--of the School of Natural Resources, the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, the School of Biological Sciences, and the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The seminars allowed students to hear from and interact with experts in related professions.

January: Biological sciences doctoral student Lyndsie Wszola had a paper, "Simulating detection-censored movement records for home range analysis planning," published in the January 24, 2019, issue of Ecological Modelling.

2018

December 6: Professor Dirac Twidwell and students Conor Barnes, Julie Fowler and Alison Ludwig presented "Advancing Fire Ecology of the Great Plains" at the 6th Annual Nebraska Prescribed Fire Conference in Kearney.

November 7-13: Robin Craig, professor in the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, visited the NRT for discussions and collaborations regarding environmental law and policy.

October 29-November 4: Ahjond Garmestani, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and discuss current issues with students.

October 24-25: Master's student Daniel Rico presented a poster, "Power-Tethered UAS Network for Indefinite Data Acquisition to Increase Agricultural Resilience in the Platte River Basin,” and doctoral student Manas Khan presented a poster, "Assessment of Hydrologic Regime Shifts at Basin Scale over the Contiguous United States," at the Water Resources of the U.S. Great Plains Region: Status and Future regional symposium of the National Institutes for Water Resources at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

October 5-6: Master's student Brittany Kirsch presented a poster, "Performance of Nitrate-N Removal in a Small, Field-Scale Wetland," at the Great Plains Limnology Conference at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

October 2: Master's student Christopher Fill presented on "Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Bat Activity in Nebraska Agricultural Landscapes" and doctoral student Katharine Hogan presented on "Seasonal Pollinator Resources in Restored Grasslands" at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the university.

September 27-28: Students Daniel Rico and Conor Barnes presented a poster, “Technologic Development and Policy Studies for Resilient FEWES Systems," at the NRT Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

September 21:  Master's student Daniel Rico presented a poster, “Power-Tethered UAS Network for Indefinite Data Acquisition to Increase Agricultural Resilience in the Platte River Basin," and doctoral student Manas Khan presented a poster "Assessment of Hydrologic Regime Shifts at Basin Scale over the Contiguous United States," at the Midwest Big Data Hub Digital Agriculture Conference at the university.

September 17-23: Professor Brian Chaffin and doctoral student Kristen Sleeper, both from the University of Montana, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and students on law and policy.

September 5-6: Seven NRT students attended the Environmental Conflict Management short course with Chris Moore, an international expert on the topic.

August 20-December 14: All NRT students took the Foundations of Resilience course taught by NRT professors Craig Allen and Dirac Twidwell.

August 14-17: Lance Gunderson, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University, instructed a short course on adaptive management to NRT students and other interested graduate students.

August 6-December 12: David Angeler, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and further students' understanding of community ecology and adaptive capacity.

August 1: The NRT admits its second cohort of students: Julie Fowler, Jessica Johnson, Brittany Kirsch and Lyndsie Wszola. Soon, graduate students Alison Ludwig, Manas Khan and Taylor Smith begin collaborations with the group.

July 31-August 1: The NRT professors, students, and program coordinator attended the INFEWS Workshop in Missoula, Montana.

June 14-18: Master's student Christopher Fill attended an Acoustic Techniques and Analysis course in Gainesville, Virginia, for his bat detection research.

June 10-13: Students Conor Barnes, Christopher Fill, Katharine Hogan and Daniel Rico instructed middle school students on topics such as rockets, drones, snakes, alligators, and other wildlife at the Science Education Partnership Award summer camp at the university.

May 22-June 5: Along with graduate students from the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, NRT students Conor Barnes, Christopher Fill, Katharine Hogan and Daniel Rico toured Nebraska water structures and sites, touring facilities, meeting leaders, performing lab work, analyzing data and writing reports.

May 22-June 5: Master's student Jazmin Castillo toured water structures in Botswana, Africa. Later, she presented her findings to the rest of the NRT.

April 18-20: Students Conor Barnes and Jazmin Castillo attended the Great Plains Ecotourism Conference in Kearney, Nebraska.

April 10-11: Student Conor Barnes presented on “Legal Challenges and Opportunities to Manage Grasslands for Resilience” at the Great Plains Grasslands Summit Conference in Denver, Colorado.

March 22: David Angeler, Ahjond Garmestani and NRT professors, students and the program coordinator took a field trip to the Platte River to view the Sandhill Crane migration. 

March 20-21: Students Conor Barnes and Daniel Rico attended the Adaptive Management Conference at the university.

March 18-29: Ahjond Garmestani, Environmental Protection Agency, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and further students' understanding of environmental law and policy.

March 8-May 8: David Angeler, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and further students' understanding of community ecology and adaptive capacity.

March 3-9: Brian Chaffin, University of Montana, visited the NRT to collaborate with professors and further students' understanding of governance.

January 3: The NRT starts at the university with five students: Conor Barnes, Jazmin Castillo, Christopher Fill, Katharine Hogan, and Daniel Rico.

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