Bill Proposes $25 Bounty on Coyotes
News Item (Shamokin, Pa.) 11/24/2013
"State Rep. Mike Peifer thinks Pennsylvania hunters need a reason to hunt coyotes. Every year, the Wayne County legislator sees more and more on his bear hunting trips. On his last trip, he said his party saw 10 coyotes and shot four. ... The line between wolf and coyote continues to blur to this day. Many biologists think today's Eastern Coyote is probably part wolf. Jonathan Way, Ph.D., a research scientist at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., who specializes in Eastern Coyotes, prefers the term 'coywolves.' ... He called the idea of putting a bounty on coyotes 'nonsensical.' The predators have an important ecological role in helping regulate prey populations, he said. With the extirpation of cougars and wolves, the coyote is the second-largest predator the state has left after the black bear." (This story also ran in the Citizens Voice.) More »
Call for Student Applications: The 2013-2014 Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Projects Relating to Sustainability
The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a call for applications for The Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards. These awards support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of resource and environmental sustainability and practical improvements that can move society towards more sustainable outcomes. Successful applications will balance originality with evidence of support from a faculty mentor, who will help guide the funded work. After completion of their projects, awardees will be expected to report findings from their work and present these findings at an appropriate university forum. All proposed projects must be completed before December 31, 2014. More »
Warning: Many Watersheds in US Failing 'Stress Test'
"The U.S. has a growing water supply problem, according to a new study. Nearly 1 in 10 of the nation's watersheds--areas of land that contain runoff from rivers and streams--are stressed to the point to where demand for water exceeds the natural supply. ... 'We're seeing how economic areas are contributing to the water shortages,' said Christopher Williams, Professor of Geography. 'I think there will be a lot of tension between sectors for water in the future,' Williams said." (This story also ran on Yahoo! Finance.) More »
Marsh Director Appointed to the NOAA Scientific Advisory Board
Rob Johnston, Director of the Marsh Institute, has been appointed to the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group of the NOAA Scientific Advisory Board. The ESMWG is composed of 10-12 outstanding scientists and leaders with a broad interest in NOAA's ecosystem-related activities. The Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group (ESMWG) provides scientific advice and broad direction to the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) regarding NOAA's ecosystem related programs, in the context of national and international activities. The ESMWG focuses on the broad research, monitoring, and management components of NOAA's ecosystem portfolio, as well as on the underlying observations and data management issues. The ESMWG assists in establishing plans, assessing progress, and reviewing priorities on a continuing basis.
Colin Polsky Appointed to the Adaptation and Hazards Indicators Technical Team
Congratulations to Colin Polsky on his appointment to the Adaptation and Hazards Indicators Technical Team of the NCA Indicators System. The team will develop a prototype indicator system for the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The vision is to create a system of indicators that will help inform policy-makers, and help citizens understand key aspects of our changing climate.