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  • A young fisher walks across a snowy opening in the forest.
    Monday, February 12, 2024
    New England fisher populations are declining; UNH to study possible causes
    A member of the weasel family, the fisher (Pekania pennanti) lives only in North America and is highly valued for its fur. A combination of habitat loss and over trapping led to the near extinction of the fisher (sometimes referred to as a fisher cat) in the early 1900s. And while trapping limits (two per season in the Granite State) and reintroduction programs have helped bolster their numbers...
  • UNH Faculty Make Highly Cited Researchers List
    Friday, January 19, 2024
    Distinction earned by only 0.1% of scientists worldwide
    Two UNH faculty, Serita Frey and Stuart Grandy, both from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, were included in Clarivate’s 2023 Highly Cited Researchers list, which identifies the top 0.1% of the world’s scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field or fields of research. The list is made up of influential researchers at universities, research...
  • Aerial view of forest
    Monday, December 11, 2023
    UNH Involved in New Report Outlining Carbon Dioxide Removal at Gigaton Scale
    The University of New Hampshire has contributed to a first-of-its-kind new report looking at carbon dioxide (CO2) removal in the United States. Mark Ducey, professor of natural resources and the environment, is one of the researchers from more than a dozen institutions involved in the high-resolution assessment, “Roads to Removal: Options for Carbon Dioxide Removal in the United States,” which...
  • A saltmarsh sparrow in the brush
    Tuesday, November 28, 2023
    Genetics research offers insight into conservation practices for imperiled saltmarsh sparrow
    Key Research Finding The genetic diversity of saltmarsh sparrow populations is impacted by geographical distance, environmental factors and landscape features, highlighting the importance of protecting diverse marsh types—including inland, coastal and urban—across the range of the species to preserve its genetic and ecological diversity. The study also raised considerations about the...
  • Male student in greenhouse holds a plant. His t-shirt says UNH Graduate School.
    Monday, October 16, 2023
    Schaefer, professor Jessica Ernakovich both receive funding to use DOE facilities
    Sean Schaefer, a Ph.D. student in UNH’s Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program, was selected for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) prestigious Graduate Student Research Program. Schaefer, who studies microbial ecology in the Arctic with associate professor of natural resources and the environment Jessica Ernakovich, was one of just 60 graduate students nationwide to receive this honor...
  • A photo of a red fox captured by a camera trap in New Hampshire
    Monday, August 28, 2023
    Researchers used camera-trap system across Southeastern NH to monitor mammal behaviors
    Key Finding: In a study of the activity of 12 mammal species in rural versus suburban areas in New Hampshire, researchers found that bobcats and lagomorphs (rabbits and hares) reduced their activity in suburban areas, while deer and coyotes shifted to being more active at night. The study results highlight how mammals change their behavior in complex ways to adapt to growing suburban...
  • UNH student Georgi Fischer cross country skiing with her dog
    Monday, August 14, 2023
    UNH student is a plaintiff in first constitutional climate lawsuit in the country
    Georgianna (Georgi) Fischer ’24 was 17 when she became one of the plaintiffs in Held v. Montana, the first constitutional climate lawsuit in U.S. history. The case was filed in March 2020 by Our Children's Trust on behalf of 16 residents of Montana, then aged 2 through 18, and argues that the state's support of the fossil fuel industry has worsened the effects of climate change on their lives,...
  • In the foreground, a woman looks at a tree up close. In the background, a woman looks at a clipboard with notes.
    Sunday, June 04, 2023
    UNH Chestnut garden helps scientists find solutions to century-old Chestnut blight
    Key Facts: There were once nearly four billion American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees in the Eastern United States. It was among the largest and tallest trees in the region. During Colonial America, the American chestnut was highly valued for its resistance to rot. It was used for everything from log cabin foundations to flooring to caskets. Later on, it was used for railroad ties and...
  • Research tower in a forest, shot from above with fall colors emerging
    Friday, May 26, 2023
    Collaborative project creates regional connections in forest economies
    Because forests don’t recognize state lines, a new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation taps researchers from UNH and across Northern New England to accelerate innovations in forest ecosystem management and forest products in the region. UNH forestry researchers Mark Ducey, professor and chair of natural resources and the environment, and Andy Fast, forest industry state...
  • A row of students wearing backpacks walk away from the camera. They wear winter jackets. The ground is covered by dead leaves.
    Friday, May 19, 2023
    UNH researchers examine diversity of local recreational sites and survey visitors on wellbeing
    Research Goals: Examine the relationship between wildlife biodiversity, forest management, perceptions of biodiversity, and psychological wellbeing in recreational hiking, with the aim of investigating how higher biodiversity and accurate perceptions of biodiversity contribute to increased health benefits. The popularity of hiking in the United States continues to surge, and that’s good...
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