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Defrosting the Arctic

Defrosting the Arctic

UNH leads NSF grant to understand carbon cycle in permafrost
Jessica Ernakovich UNH will lead research as part of a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation to better understand how interactions between plants, microbes and soil minerals in permafrost, a subsurface layer of frozen soil covering a fourth of the Northern Hemisphere, stimulate the release of carbon, which adds to the warming Arctic. “The Arctic is warming at a rate faster than...
View of Puerto Rico before and after arrival of "Godzilla" dust storm

Dust in the Wind

UNH scientists to study “Godzilla” dust storm impact
View of the Luquillo Mountains on Puerto Rico before and after the arrival of the "Godzilla" dust storm. Photo Credit:  Tatiana Barreto Velez UNH scientists have been awarded a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to advance our understanding of extreme, global-scale events on tropical ecosystems. Their study will measure the impacts of this year’s colossal...
Photo showing a window with peeling, possibly hazardous lead-based paint.

Laconia Daily Sun: ‘Perfect poison’ lingers in NH homes

NH Listens
New Hampshire’s lead poisoning rate is twice the national average, according to a 2019 report by New Hampshire Listens, a research project of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Each year, roughly 600 New Hampshire children are diagnosed with elevated lead in their bloodstream, amounts of a toxic metal that exceed the levels found in 97.5 percent of American children...
Simone Chapman stands at the beach

Environmental Justice

With fellowship, graduate student makes policy contributions
Simone Chapman ’20G, a master’s student in environmental conservation at UNH, has received a Science Policy Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. One of nine 2020 fellows, Chapman will spend one year on the staff of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission helping develop metrics for community vulnerability and affordable...
Eyes on the Tiger

Eyes on the Tiger

Research finds indigenous tribe, endangered species have important symbiotic relationship
New UNH research studying the Soligas tribe in India and their relationship with the endangered Bengal tiger has found that allowing the two groups to share a habitat both protects the tiger population and saves money on conservation efforts like poaching policing. The work calls into question the controversial conservationist practice of removing local tribes from the habitats of endangered...
Photo showing an alcoholics anonymous handbook on a table.

Concord Monitor: NH Recovery Homes Face Rising Demand Amid Diminished Capacity

Researcher Shannon Monnat
A study by Carsey School researcher Shannon Monnat was referenced in this article examining the rising strain on substance abuse recovery centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hazy image of a landscape with faint sun

Fire and Ice

Wildfires can alter Arctic watersheds for 50 years, UNH researchers find
Climate change has contributed to the increase in the number of wildfires across the globe, especially in the Arctic, where they can dramatically shift stream chemistry and potentially harm both ecosystems and humans. New research from UNH finds that some of the aftereffects of a burn, like decreased carbon and increased nitrogen, can last up to five decades and could have major implications on...
Scientific illustration of protease inhibitor

COVID Collaboration

Six interdisciplinary research projects launched to address coronavirus issues
UNH has launched six interdisciplinary research projects that address public health and welfare challenges related to COVID-19. The pilot projects, supported by the Office of Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach and Office of the Provost as part of the Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) initiative, harness expertise from across the university in fields as diverse as microbiology,...
Hurricane Maria

Beyond the Wind Scale

UNH scientists develop approach to measure ecological impact of hurricanes
Large, extreme storms such as hurricanes, superstorms, typhoons and tropical cyclones are becoming more frequent worldwide under a changing climate. With colleagues around the nation and world, University of New Hampshire researchers have developed a way to assess the short-term and long-term ecological repercussions of major hurricanes, including how large storms affect watersheds, streams and...
Ecologist Serita Frey

Serita Frey Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

Lifelong appointment recognizes substantial research contributions
Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology. Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology at UNH, has been named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Frey was elected to this lifelong appointment for “substantial contributions to our understanding of how soil organisms respond to environmental change and in turn impact the services that ecosystems provide across both space and...