For more than two decades, an army of student scientists from
kindergarten through high school have prowled New England's forests to
collect data that University of New Hampshire researchers say link a
healthier white pine forest to falling ozone levels.
Monday marked the end of Kaity Thomson and Brett Chamberlin’s traverse
of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, a journey that brought them across
Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Kaity, a student at the University of
New Hampshire, has been researching ecosystems at risk of contamination
by tar sands along the route of the pipeline. The project, which we’ve
been calling the #PipeHike, gave her a chance to experience firsthand
these ecosystems and the communities that benefit from them.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says residents in the
northern part of the state may see a low-flying helicopter in the coming
weeks as its latest study of the moose population gets underway.
Students Trek the Portland-Montreal Tar Sands Pipeline
On Tuesday, NWF Campus Ecology Fellow Kaity Thomson began a week-long trek of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, a WWII-era pipeline that Big Oil wants to retrofit to pump tar sands crude through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For the last year, Kaity, an undergraduate at the University of New
Hampshire, has been studying ecosystems at risk of contamination from a
possible spill along the pipeline.
his first floor office in James Hall at the University of New Hampshire
(UNH), Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment Russell
Congalton has a bird’s eye view of the world. Story >>>
Eels now spawning in a river near you
I love science because it is always changing. We
think we have a decent understanding of how something works, and then,
as often as not, find out we were completely wrong. We learn some new
piece of the puzzle, and the whole paradigm shifts. This
happened to me recently while talking with Alyson Eberhardt, a graduate
student at the University of New Hampshire, about her research on
American eels. Back when I was an environmental educator I taught the
basics of estuarine food webs. American eels were thought to be
transients in estuaries (where rivers meet the sea), that they are
catadromous fish, meaning they spawn in salt water and migrate to fresh
water to mature, and so are not long-term residents in estuaries.
“I think if people just gave dogfish a try, if it was served in
restaurants, if it showed up on menus, I think people would try it and
they would love it,” says Kelly Cullen, a professor of Natural Resource
Economics at the University of New Hampshire.