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Soil Synthesis

NSF funds study on soils’ impact on climate change
Serita Frey, Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment A new National Science Foundation grant will support UNH efforts to understand the impact of three significant global changes — climate warming, the release of nitrogen into the atmosphere and invasion by non-native plants — on soil located in the American Northeast. The grant, to professor of natural resources and the environment...
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Excellence in Citations

Study ranks 41 UNH researchers in top 2 percent worldwide
A recent study published in PLOS Biology Journal lists 41 current and emeritus UNH researchers among the world's leading 100,000 researchers, in the top 2 percent. The study, led by John P.A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, ranked more than 6 million researchers in 22 disciplines and 176 subdisciplines researchers based on citation metrics from data from 2019. The UNH researchers — from the...
Growing More Than Algae

Growing More Than Algae

Fertilizer runoff in streams and rivers can have cascading effects, analysis shows
A new analysis of hundreds of experiments co-authored by UNH professor of natural resources Bill McDowell shows fertilizer pollution can have ripple effects in the food webs of streams and rivers, spurring algae growth that feeds insects as well as the fish that feed on the insects. The analysis, published in Biological Reviews, combined the results of 184 studies drawn from 885 individual...
Headshot of researcher Serita Frey, wearing a dark t-shirt and a necklace

Frey Fellow

Serita Frey honored as AAAS fellow
Serita Frey, professor of natural resources and the environment and a AAAS Fellow. Serita Frey, UNH professor of natural resources and the environment and a leading researcher on soil microbial ecology, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Frey’s recognition for this honor, bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, cites “her...
Bill McDowell and Larry Mayer

Geophysical Fellows

McDowell, Mayer elected American Geophysical Union fellows
Two UNH faculty members — Larry Mayer, a pioneer in ocean mapping, and environmental ecologist Bill McDowell — are among the 62 prominent scientists elected to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences; fewer than .1% of the AGU’s membership are fellows.  Mayer, founding...
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...