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Large black bear looks directly at a trail camera

Research Snapshot: Spying on Wildlife

Trail cameras help researchers monitor N.H.’s wildlife
This bear appeared ready for its close-up as it wandered in front of a trail camera, one of several deployed across southeastern New Hampshire by Remington Moll, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment. Moll, his Ph.D. student Andrew Butler, and research partners from New Hampshire Fish and Game are harnessing the increased quality of trail cameras and improved models for...
Black bear standing at the edge of a forest

Black Bear, Protector

Study: Black bears may shield gray foxes from predators
Bears are known for being devoted to and protective of their baby cubs, but new research from UNH shows that they may also play a significant role in shielding gray fox from predators like coyotes, who compete with the fox for food and space. The research is one of the first studies to show how black bears provide a buffer to allow other, smaller carnivores to safely co-exist. “Even though black...
Map of Missouri with deer's track overlaid

The Buck Stops Where?

Researchers record farthest-ever deer movement: 300K over 21 days
  A UNH researcher has discovered the longest travel distance ever recorded by an adult male white-tailed deer — 300 kilometers, or about 200 miles, in just three weeks. The study, led by assistant professor of wildlife ecology Remington Moll and published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, has important implications for population management and the transmission of disease, especially chronic...
Headshot of professor Serita Frey

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...
Drone image of research tower in forest in autumn

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...