February 15 to 26: NRT members took part in and observed the faculty interview process for a social-ecological rangeland scientist position at the university over eight days.
January 28-29: NRT director Craig Allen, program coordinator Ronica Stromberg, and six Nebraska students attended the National Science Foundation NRT annual meeting online. Students attending were Rubi Quiñones, Annie Madsen, Bre Lewis-Jones, Catherine Chan, Kate Bird and Sarah Thompson.
December 9: Robin Craig, an environmental law scholar at the University of Utah, spoke to the NRT about law and policy, especially as it relates to water.
December 7: Conor Barnes, NRT doctoral student, spoke on "Legislation in Invasive Species Management" at the Center for Grassland Studies.
December 3: Dirac Twidwell, NRT agronomy professor, received the Nebraska Range and Conservation Endowment award and grant during the 2020 Nebraska Cattlemen Annual Convention.
November 11: Igor Linkov, Senior Data Analyst working in COVID Response Detail at FEMA and Senior Scientific Technology Manager in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, spoke to the NRT about risk, resilience, COVID-19, transportation networks and internships with the Army Corps of Engineers.
November 2: NRT associate professor Dirac Twidwell spoke about "Putting Monitoring into Practice: Strategies for Large-Scale Conservation" at the Fall Seminar Series of the Center for Grassland Studies.
October 28: Ellis Adjei Adams, assistant professor of geography and environmental policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, spoke to the NRT about water issues and community governance in Africa.
October: Master's student Sydney James was selected as the Student of the Year out of all candidates from the nine universities in Region VII of the Mid-America Transportation Center (University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Omaha and the Medical Center; University of Iowa; University of Kansas and the Medical Center; Northeast Iowa Community College; Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Lincoln University). At a virtual awards banquet during the Council of University Transportation Centers event in January, she and 39 other Student of the Year winners nationwide received recognition.
October 20: Students taking the "Foundations of Ecological Resilience" class performed speed talks about their resilience research at the International Science Meeting of the Resilience Alliance. Eleven students from Nebraska presented (10 NRT-funded students and graduate student Penny Greer), along with graduate students from Michigan State University. The 10 NRT students presenting came from the third and fourth cohorts of the program: Kate Bird, Catherine Chan, Alexis Chavez, Dominic Cristiano, Sydney James, Breanne Lewis-Jones, Annie Madsen, Daniel Morales, Rubi Quiñones, and Sarah Thompson.
October 1: NRT professors Craig Allen, Francisco Muñoz-Arriola and Leen-Kiat Soh and the program coordinator, Ronica Stromberg, attended the Alcorn State University Virtual Graduate and Professional Career Fair and enjoyed the chance to speak with prospective graduate students in the many STEM disciplines from which the Nebraska NRT conducts research on ecological resilience.
September 30: Nick Brozović, Director of Policy at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and professor of agricultural economics, visited the NRT virtually to give students an insider glimpse of the important work the institute and the Nebraska Water Center are doing in Nebraska and internationally.
August 11: The NRT kicked off the new school year with a meet-and-greet by Zoom to welcome our five new students and new NRT professor Lisa Pytlik-Zillig.
August 3-7: NRT professor Francisco Muñoz-Arriola and Thiago Romanelli, professor at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, taught the minicourse "Decision-Making and Attribution Science of Socio(agro)ecological Systems” to NRT and Brazilian graduate students.
August: The NRT admitted Catherine Chan and Breanne Lewis-Jones as doctoral students and Kate Bird, Alexis Chavez and Sarah Thompson as master's students for fall 2020. These outstanding new students started their NRT traineeships August 1.
July 12: The eight NRT students in the Council for Resilience Education won an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for their educational materials about ecological resilience. NRT students Conor Barnes, Dominic Cristiano, Julie Fowler, Katharine Hogan, Jessica Johnson, Alison Ludwig, Daniel Morales, and Rubi Quiñones received the award virtually at the ASABE international meeting July 12. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition promotes excellence in informational materials contributing to the understanding of agricultural and biological engineering subjects outside of the traditional classroom setting.
June 30: Master's students Julie Fowler and Alison Ludwig presented virtually about NRT collaborations in which they are involved to the External Advisory Board of the Nebraska NRT at the board's annual meeting.
June 24: Andrea Basche, assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, spoke by Zoom to NRT students about federal fellowships and how to apply for them.
May 27: Laurel Badura, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spoke to NRT students about federal jobs and shared tips for preparing and applying for such positions.
May 26: NRT master's student Alison Ludwig was awarded a Sampson Fellowship with the Center for Grassland Studies, as announced by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.
May: Four NRT master's students defended, the first in our NRT: Jazmin Castillo, Christopher Fill, Jessica Johnson and Brittany Kirsch. Castillo and Johnson graduated in May, and Fill and Kirsch officially graduated in August. Johnson and Kirsch had already landed jobs with the NRCS before graduating.
May: NRT student Julie Fowler won the 2020 School of Natural Resources Masters Meritorious Graduate Student Award for outstanding performance in research, professional contributions and leadership.
April 20-June 8: The Nebraska NRT worked with Northwestern University to offer the Science Communication Online Programme (SCOPE) to NRT students here jointly with Illinois students.
April 14-15: Although the university's Spring Research Fair was canceled due to COVID-19, accepted posters were loaded to the digital commons, including Alison Ludwig's poster and Daniel Rico's poster.
April 3: James Rattling Leaf, Sr., presented "Developing Cultural Intelligence for a Changing World: An American Indian Perspective" and took questions from the School of Natural Resources and NRT.
March 4: Erin Omar from the Office of Graduate Studies presented on "Power Skills for Professional Success" and provided students with a self-analysis to conduct on five soft skills in high demand in the workforce. Cheryl Horst and Arpi Siyanhian from NUtech Ventures spoke about "Intellectual Property: What It Is and How to Protect Yours" and spoke about intern opportunities at NUtech Ventures.
February 26: Erin Omar, Office of Graduate Studies, presented to NRT students on "How to Conduct a Successful Job Search" and Ryan Fette, Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, presented on "Title IX: Introduction to Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sex."
February 25: NRT professor Dirac Twidwell spoke on an RFD-TV news segment about current research on the eastern red cedar invading grasslands.
January 14-16: Elena Bennett, professor of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University in Canada, delivered the Heuermann Lecture to about 150 people at the Nebraska Innovation Campus on January 14. She met with the NRT students and program coordinator for informal discussions on January 15-16 and had lunch with smaller groups of professors and students during the week.
December 10: Agronomy master's student Alison Ludwig gave a lightning talk and presented a poster, "Prescribed Fire as a Land Management Tool for the Endangered American Burying Beetle," at the 2019 Nebraska Prescribed Fire Conference in Kearney, Nebraska. School of Natural Resources doctoral student Conor Barnes also gave a lightning talk.
December 11: Nebraska College of Law professor Anthony Schutz led a roundtable discussion about environmental law with NRT professors and students.
November 25: NRT director Craig Allen, NRT professor Andrea Basche and Michael Forsberg from the Platte Basin Timelapse delivered the Heuermann lecture, "Nebraska: An Ecosystem in Harmony," at the Nebraska Innovation Campus auditorium. Afterward, all three received Heuermann medals, and participants watched the "Follow the Water" documentary while eating dinner together.
November 13: Kristal Stoner, executive director of Audubon Nebraska and former Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife diversity program manager, presented "Audubon Nebraska: Spreading Wings in a Changing World" at an NRT meeting. She spoke with students about declining bird populations, the risks birds face today and the importance that the students' NRT research may play in advocating for birds.
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 Barnes, Alison 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 Castillo, Julie Fowler, Katharine 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.
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.
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 admitted its second cohort of students: Julie Fowler, Jessica Johnson, Brittany Kirsch and Lyndsie Wszola. Soon, graduate students Alison Ludwig, Manas Khan and Taylor Smith began 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 started at the university with five students: Conor Barnes, Jazmin Castillo, Christopher Fill, Katharine Hogan, and Daniel Rico.