Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory


The U.S. Great Plains' historical stability is vulnerable to rising energy prices and biofuels demand

"Great Plains agricultural production has increased, while rural populations and agricultural income have remained stable during the last 40 years. These trends are a result of large increases in irrigated agriculture, livestock production and federal farm payments," said William Parton, senior research scientist at Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

Read more | Oct 01, 2007

PHD candidate, Shauna Burnsilver, has won the Lourdes Arizpe Award

The Lourdes Arizpe Award, given biennially by the Environment and Anthropology section of the American Anthropological Association. Burnsilver received the award for her dissertation research "Pathways of Continuity and Change: Diversification, Intensification and Mobility in Maasailand". She will receive the award at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, in November.

Read more | Sep 30, 2007

Local Antarctica scientists celebrate the International Polar Year

The lecture series, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Colorado State's Department of Biology, the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and the Fort Collins Public Library. Each lecture will feature a scientist from the Front Range who has based much of his or her career on research in Antarctica.

Read more | Sep 24, 2007

Antarctic marine and terrestrial ecosystem scientists meet at NREL

Colorado State University researcher Diana Wall, who has spent 15 field seasons in Antarctica, is hosting the first meeting of 25 U.S. Antarctic researchers working at the two Antarctic Long Term Ecological Network, or LTER, research sites. The meeting will be held Sept. 24 at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State. The Antarctica research experts will address how ocean and terrestrial ecosystems are responding to climate change and other global changes. They will discuss how a majority of the marine salts influence salinity of soils in Antarctica and therefore have a direct impact on the distribution of soil, fauna and flora.

Read more | Sep 23, 2007

Dr. William Parton awarded fellowship with the American Geophysical Union

A Colorado State University senior scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory who has spent the past 35 years working on the development of ecosystems models has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. The number of Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU.

Read more | Sep 05, 2007