College of Natural Resources in the News
Our faculty, students and alumni regularly make headlines. Below is just a sample of recent reports by outside media outlets related to CNR’s research, education and outreach.
- Following an article in Nature about using biomimicry to coexist with fire, Associate Professor Crystal Kolden and Professor Alistair Smith were featured in multiple media outlets, including:
- How to Survive a Wildfire: Let’s Copy Tactics From Nature, The Guardian Op-Ed by Alistair Smith and Crystal Kolden
- Learning from the Dutch, PRI’s The World featuring Crystal Kolden.
- What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Wildfires, New York Times Op-Ed by Crystal Kolden
- From Pine Cones to Hobbit Holes, Mimicking Nature Can Help Humans Adapt to Wildfires, Scientific American Q&A with Alistair Smith
- The Problem Behind a Viral Video of a Persistent Baby Bear, The Atlantic features Sophie Gilbert, assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management. Gilbert was also quoted on this same topic in National Geographic, The Weather Channel, The Smithsonian and The NW Inlander.
- Under Poaching Pressure, Elephants are Evolving to Lose their Tusks National Geographic highlights the work of Professor of Wildlife Sciences Ryan Long
- Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and to Fire Danger, The New York Times which includes an interview with CNR’s Travis Paveglio, assistant professor of natural resource sociology
- Smoke May Be Home to Helpful and Harmful Microbes, Research Finds, Boise State Public Radio highlights the work of Leda Kobziar, associate professor of wildland fire science and director of the MNR program
- Water Savings May Cause Suffering for Burrowing owls High Country News featuring CNR’s Courtney Conway, research professor of wildlife and leader of the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
- “How tiny fish ear bones can reveal criminal activity”, National Geographic details the forensic geochemistry work of CNR Alum Sam Bourret 13’, fisheries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
- Draft Report offers Thomas Fire Retrospective, KEYT News featuring CNR’s Crystal Kolden, associate professor of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
- ‘Lifeboats’ Amid the World’s Wildfires, The New York Times highlighting the fire refugia research of Arjan Meddens, assistant professor of environmental science
- “Flames aren't the only danger firefighters face. Sometimes, there's a bear” Popular Science which includes a harrowing tale from CNR pyrogeographer Crystal Kolden.
- Wildfires Difficult to Control in Hot, Dry Climate, Moscow-Pullman Daily News featuring CNR’s Heather Heward, senior instructor for Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
- The Red Wolf, The National Academy of Sciences Wolf Taxonomy Study Meeting (audio) featuring contribution of CNR’s Lisette Waits, Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Resources and Department Head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences
- Deeply Talks: Fire & Drought – the Extremes Become Routine, News Deeply, (audio) featuring the work of CNR’s Crystal Kolden, associate professor for Forest Rangeland and Fire Sciences
- Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters, Associated Press highlighting studies by CNR’s Randy Brooks, professor of Forestry and Extension Forestry Specialist. This story appeared in dozens of TV, radio, newspaper and online outlets, including the Washington Post, USNews, Daily Mail (UK), Chicago Tribune, the Salt Lake Tribune, Colorado public radio, and many more.
- For Burrowing Owls, the Future Depends on Squirrels, Badgers and Prairie Dogs, PBS.org featuring the work of Courtney Conway, professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife
- State officials name new Idaho Dept. of Lands Director, KTVB.com announcing CNR alum Dustin Miller, ’03 as the new head of IDL
- The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next (Op-Ed), The Guardian written by CNR’s Crystal Kolden together with John Abatzoglou from U of I’s College of Science and Daniel Swain from UCLA
- Rangeland research targets grazing patterns, Capital Press highlighting research projects led by CNR’s Jason Karl, holder of the Harold F. and Ruth M. Heady Endowed Chair of Rangeland Ecology. Karl was also featured in Feedstuffs and the Lewiston Tribune
- Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music, Idaho Statesman featuring the work of CNR alum Jens Hegg, Ph.D. ’18, and analytical lab manager in the Kennedy LIFE lab at the University of Idaho
- U of I Nursery lends hand to deforested African nation, Moscow-Pullman Daily News featuring CNR’s Andrew Nelson, director of the Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery and holder of the Tom A. Alberg and Judith Beck Endowed Chair in Native Plant Regeneration