University of Vermont

NSRC Update - May 2014

NSRC researcher Allan Strong presents Brown Bag seminar on bird habitat to VT Agency of Natural Resources.
NSRC researcher Allan Strong presents Brown Bag seminar on bird habitat to VT Agency of Natural Resources.

I couldn’t believe it was time for another Northeastern State Research Cooperative (NSRC) update, but calendars don’t lie – and you wouldn’t actually need a calendar to recognize the end-of-semester focus that is etched into the faces of students across our campus and beyond.

Over the past few months, NSRC has hosted three webinars to facilitate communication between NSRC researchers and Northern Forest practitioners. Dr. Josef Göres from UVM Plant and Soil Science presented “Earthworms: Hidden Agents of Forest Change,” RSENR faculty members Dr. Cecilia Danks presented “A Community-based Approach to Biomass Heating,” and Dr. Jennifer Pontius presented “Satellites, Trees, and Trends: What Remote Sensing Can Tell us About Forest Change.”Recordings of these and many other NSRC webinars can be found on the NSRC Vimeo channel.

Our new series of brown-bag lunch workshops to showcase NSRC research for Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources’ staff has been very popular and is likely to grow in the upcoming year. Most recently, Dr. Allan Strong made a presentation about the many factors influencing the quality of habitat for birds in Vermont, and Dr. Bill Keeton will be sharing his research on ecologically driven forest management strategies later this month.

This is my last NSRC update, and I will be handing over the graduate assistant reins to Kat Deely, a second-year MS student enrolled in the Field Naturalist/Ecological Planning curriculum. I’m sure she’ll do a fantastic job keeping you informed about NSRC research projects and that she’ll find this position as rewarding as I did. Congratulations to all of our May 2014 graduates, good luck to those who are heading into the field for the summer, and thanks to everyone for making the Rubenstein School such a great place to learn and work.