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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
Fungi Feud

Fungi Feud

State-of-the-science paper resolves mycorrhizae controversy
Serita Frey, UNH professor of natural resources and the environment, recently authored a state-of-the-science article, Mycorrhizal Fungi as Mediators of Soil Organic Matter Dynamics, that addresses a controversy among scientists about whether or not mycorrhizal fungi contribute to the soil carbon cycle. (Spoiler alert: They do.) Mycorrhizal fungi are microorganisms that attach to plant roots,...
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Into the Woods, Again

Northern Forest Grant program revived with new strategic vision
Following a three-year hiatus, the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) has been revitalized, thanks to $2 million in funding for the 2020 fiscal year from the U.S. Forest Service. The NSRC, a competitive grant program that promotes high-quality research on forest and community sustainability and funded more than 335 research projects in the Northern Forest in New Hampshire, Vermont,...
Highly Cited

Highly Cited

Frey, Finkelhor make 2019 list of influential researchers
Two UNH faculty members — professor of sociology David Finkelhor and professor of natural resources Serita Frey — are among the Web of Science Group’s 2019 Highly Cited Researchers. The list, which includes just 0.1 percent of the world’s researchers, recognizes the most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top...
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...