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EcoQuest alumni listen to the speakers during the 20th anniversary celebration in the Huddleston Ballroom.

New Zealand Study-Abroad Program Turns 20

Celebration commemorates transformative student experience
The UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) is celebrating 20 years of the New Zealand study-abroad program EcoQuest. The program, which combines cultural immersion, rigorous coursework and directed hands-on field research that makes important contributions to ecological conservation, is made possible by a long-standing partnership with the EcoQuest Education Foundation Te Rarangahau...
Assaulted Marsh

Assaulted Marsh

New research looks for answers to save salt marshes from sea level rise
New UNH research is shedding light on why salt marshes are being lost to sea level rise and how to save them from destruction. The study, which was recently published in the scientific journal Estuaries and Coasts, is the first  to assess the impact of flooding stress on belowground plant growth in a Gulf of Maine salt marsh and link the results directly to the marsh’s ability to keep pace with...
Arctic mountains and sea with text "the Arctic is melting. Is it time to panic?"

Melting Arctic

Panel addresses challenges and opportunities of Arctic change
The Arctic is melting. Is it time to panic? That’s what a panel of international researchers, including UNH's Larry Mayer and Nancy Kinner, will discuss Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. in Huddleston Hall. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will address how scientists and the public can confront the challenges and opportunities of Arctic change. Public perception and news media...
Berries growing at UNH

A Key Appointment

UNH doctoral student is first woman to lead Maine’s agriculture department
Amanda Beal Courtesy photo When Amanda Beal looks back on the journey that led to her doctoral work at UNH, a career with Maine Farmland Trust and her selection as the first woman commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the path seems clear. Beal grew up on a dairy farm in Litchfield, Maine, and would go on to become an expert in the state on agriculture...
saltmarsh sparrow

New Genomic Ecology of Coastal Organisms Program

UNH and UMaine partner for research
UNH, in collaboration with the University of Maine, has established a new research and training program to prepare graduate and undergraduate students in the region on the ecological genomics of coastal organisms. Funds for the project are provide by an NSF EPSCoR grant. The program is fundamental for understanding links between genomes and phenomes in natural populations, or, more...
Countryside stream

Muddy Waters

Navigating potential changes to Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers recently announced a proposed change to the Clean Water Act that would reduce the types of waters currently protected. Bill McDowell, professor of environmental science at UNH, NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, helps us understand what this could...
Stream in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Double-Shot

UNH research finds Hurricanes Irma, Maria had lasting impact on Puerto Rico's streams
Bill McDowell A year after two consecutive major hurricanes hit Puerto Rico in 2017, levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds are unprecedentedly high. This high amount of nitrate may have important climate change implications that could harm forest recovery and threaten ecosystems along Puerto Rico’s coastline by escalating algal blooms and dead zones. These are...
Bennett Thompson

A Presidential Pursuit

Bennett Thompson ‘19G wins elite fellowship that helps scientists become influential leaders
A few days before heading home to North Liberty, Iowa, for Thanksgiving, Bennett Thompson, a graduate student in UNH’s natural resources program, got some news that he said would make talks over turkey a lot more exciting: He’d been named a Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program finalist. The highly competitive two-year program connects finalists with participating federal agencies that...
AAAS Honor

AAAS Honor

Environmental science professor William McDowell named AAAS fellow
UNH environmental science professor William McDowell has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A biogeochemist, McDowell is being recognized for his contributions to the field of ecosystem ecology. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. “Bill is a model of excellence in his field and the distinction is...
Emaciated moose

A Population At Risk

Winter ticks killing moose calves, UNH research shows
As New England winters warm, fall lingers longer and spring comes into bloom earlier, regions like northern New Hampshire and western Maine are seeing an unusual continued increase in winter ticks, which are endangering the moose population. UNH researchers have found that the swell of infestations of this parasite, which attaches itself to moose by the tens of thousands during the fall and feeds...