Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory


Colorado State hosts Clean Air Conference on Global Air Quality

The National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety at Colorado State University will host the 23rd Annual Clean Air Conference. The conference will take place at Beaver Run in Breckenridge Sept. 24-27. A panel discussion of biofuels will be moderated by Bryan Willson from the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State. Other participants from Colorado State are Bill Parton from the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, speaking on the "Net Greenhouse Gas Balance for BioFuel Cropping Systems," and Doug Henston from Engines and Energy Conversion Lab, who will speak on the role of algae in the production of biodiesel.

Read more | Aug 23, 2007

First statewide open space inventory released by CSU and Great Outdoors Colorado

Colorado's first statewide inventory of open space has been released by the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. NREL conducted the study on behalf of Lottery-funded GOCO. The inventory provides consistent, current and comprehensive information about the status and trends of open space lands in the state and detailed maps with a comprehensive set of attributes associated with each parcel. "This is the most ambitious and comprehensive mapping of open space in Colorado ever undertaken, providing critical information to help focus conservation resources where they are most needed and to document successful conservation," Theobald said. "But we aren't done yet. Through continued collaboration with our partnering organizations, we are striving to maintain a current and consistent picture of the unfolding conservation legacy for future Coloradoans."

Read more | Jul 01, 2007

UVB scientists study sun's radiation to track pollution sources

"Aerosols contribute to human health problems such as emphysema and respiratory problems," said Jim Slusser, Colorado State senior scientist and director of the UVB Monitoring and Research Program. "It is only when strict mitigation, regulatory standards and stiff fines for non-compliance were pushed through Congress that U.S. cities began to reduce harmful sulfur and black carbon aerosols. The data from our research will help decision makers in Mexico choose between various mitigation and adaptation strategies in regards to the dense pollution."

Read more | Jun 07, 2007

Dr. Niall Hanan awarded Fulbright Scholarship to research and teach in Mali, Africa

Niall Hanan, Colorado State University research scientist from the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, or NREL, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to spend a year in Mali working with local universities studying the ecological dynamics of West African savannas. "Dr. Hanan is an outstanding scientist and an asset to the NREL and CSU," said John Moore, NREL director. "His Fulbright Scholarship is a testament to his research and a significant recognition by his peers in the academic community. It also signifies his commitment to fostering university relationships with international colleagues."

Read more | May 07, 2007

NREL to host field ecology internship for high school science teachers

Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory will host a field ecology internship for high school science teachers from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 18-29. The focus of the workshop will be ecological complexity. Additionally, teachers will have a better understanding of how scientific knowledge is gained.

Read more | Apr 30, 2007