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  • Protecting Our Resources

    "Refugia" provide buffer for natural and cultural resources

    Ecologists have created a fist-time framework for conserving areas dubbed “climate change refugia,” that is, areas naturally buffered from climate change that protect natural and cultural resources.

  • Keeping it Natural

    Untreated lawns help bee populations thrive

    Declining populations of pollinators is a major concern to ecologists because bees, butterflies and other insects play a critical role in supporting healthy ecosystems. Now a new study from urban... More

  • Alien Species

    Documenting the risk of invasives worldwide

    A new study by UMass Amherst biogeographer Bethany Bradley and Regan Early at the University of Exeter, U.K reveals that one sixth of the world’s lands are “highly vulnerable” to invasion by alien... More

  • STEMSEAS

    Growing diversity in the geosciences workforce

    Nine undergraduate STEM students from across the country took to the seas this spring on a 10-day oceanography voyage from San Diego to Hawaii as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) STEM... More

  • Viking Resettlement

    Did climate change drive Norse populations out of Greenland?

    Why did Norse settlers, also known as Vikings, leave their established Greenland communities in the early 15th Century? Climate researchers Raymond Bradley, Isla Castaneda, and their team are... More

  • For the Record

    Geoscientists investigate tsunami and typhoon deposits to predict flood risk

    To accurately predict flood risk, University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Jonathan Woodruff believes we need better reconstructions of extreme flooding that reach back farther than modern... More

  • Desert Skies

    Undergraduates study galaxy formation at Kitt Peak

    Located in the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona is Kitt Peak National Observatory, where four UMass astronomy students traveled over winter break to map galaxies in the dark desert skies.