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New paper just out: Five ways to support interdisciplinary work before tenure

Benson, M.H., Lippitt, C.D., Morrison, R., Cosens, B., Boll, J., Chaffin, B.C., Fremier, A.K., Heinse, R., Kauneckis, D., Link, T.E., Scruggs, C.E., Stone, M., Valentin, V. 2015. Five ways to support interdisciplinary work before tenure. Journal of Environmental Studies and Science
       Academic institutions often claim to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. Prescriptions for successfully engaging in interdisciplinary efforts, however, are usually directed at the individuals doing the work rather than the institutions evaluating them for the purpose of tenure and promotion. Where institutional recommendations do exist, they are often general in nature and lacking concrete guidance. Here, we draw on our experiences as students and faculty participating in three interdisciplinary water resource management programs in the USA to propose five practices that academic institutions can adopt to effectively support interdisciplinary work. We focus on reforms that will support pr…

Idaho Law Review's Inaugural Natural Resources and Environmental Law Edition

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Click HERE to review the Special Issue and our article on the Columbia River Basin.


Environmental Monitoring - Write up on the RCN

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onEarth.org Clear, concise write up on the Riparian Conservation Network. @bittlemethis

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Click here to read the article.

Another great write-up on the Riparian Connectivity Network

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Roosters Report on the RCN. Good write up.

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Check out the blog here.  New proposal to rewild the United States.

A good write-up on the Riparian Connectivity Network paper from WSU News and EurekAlert.

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Check out the write up by Will Ferguson (WSU) on our article. Amanda begins to discuss the next steps, i.e. her dissertation.

Check it out HERE or HERE.


Could a riparian conservation network increase the ecological resilience of public lands?

Nice write-up by co-author Mike Kiparsky on the Legal Planet blog on our Riparian Connectivity Network piece. A very smooth summary of the idea.  Thanks Mike.

Find the article here.

A Riparian Conservation Network for Ecological Resilience... published paper in Biological Conservation

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My colleague and I published a paper on the use of riparian areas for building habitat connectivity across large landscapes.   Check it out here.

See the pattern in conservation easements below?  It seems as though the policies are already in place, but the organizing spatially our efforts could really help to restore connectivity.


Resilient Rivers... a three page write up on the lab!

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Dr. Oscar lands a faculty job at UPR-RUM

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Oscar interviewed pre-defense for faculty position at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. He is in the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Engineering (Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas)

Congrats Dr. Abelleira!  



UPR-RUM... nice acronym.

Oscar Abelleira successfully defined his thesis. Well done OJ!

More than three solid papers will come out of this work...  Beleza Dr. OJ!!!

WATER USE OF REFORESTED LANDS IN DRY TROPICAL COSTA RICA: A FUNCTIONAL TRAITS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES APPROACH

Joe Parzych completed a strong thesis and already has a job lined up. Congrats Joe!

Joe thesis is titled: 
IMPACTS OF LOG JAM INSTALLATION ON HYPORHEIC EXCHANGE AND NUTRIENT UPTAKE IN A 4TH ORDER WASHINGTON STREAM

Start in just two weeks time, Joe will be starting work at Inter-Fluve, Inc., a consultant agency based in Hood River, Oregon.

Todd Buxton published first paper from his dissertation in CJAFS. Well Done, Dr. Buxton.

Check out the early draft online: Modeling the influence of salmon spawning on hyporheic exchangeof marine-derived nutrients in gravel streambeds  at the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Using field data and a two-dimensional groundwater model, Todd illustrates the potential spawning effect on nutrient uptake in streams. Spoiler alert: its positive.

Special issue on Adaptive Governance online... Check out the Cosens and Fremier paper on assessing resilience in the Columbia River Basin

The special issue is in the Idaho Natural Resources and Environmental Law Edition of the Idaho Law Review. These contributions are from our working group on Adaptive Governance lead by Barb Cosens and Lance Gunderson. Click here to find each chapter from six basins around the US and other chapters.

Kath is killin' it! Communication piece on the Special Issue

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Check out the cover story by Dr. Katherine Strickler on the Special Issue on eDNA in Biological Conservation...  click here.



Newest paper on eDNA emerges from the lab in a Special Issue in Biological Conservation

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Congratulations Dr. Katherine Strickler!   For more, click here.  Kath's paper reports on a mesocosm experiment aimed at quantifying the rates among factors controlling DNA degradation in the environment.

A sneak peek at the results...