Environmental Health

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Date published: July 29, 2018
Status: Active

Lake Powell Coring

In response to the August 5, 2015, Gold King Mine Spill from the Bonita Peak Mining District that resulted in the release of three-million gallons of mine-impacted waters, the Utah Water Science Center, in partnership with the Utah Division of Water Quality, National Park Service, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, is planning to core the San Juan and Colorado River deltas in multiple locations...

Contacts: Scott Hynek
Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

A Critical Assessment of Recent Soil Dating Methods in Coastal Wetlands (Internship Opportunity)

Are you interested in coastal wetlands and how they form in the landscape? In this internship you will learn about wetland formation and how carbon accumulates in wetland soils over time. In addition, you will learn to learn how to critically evaluate soil dating methods that are currently being used to report carbon accumulation to the US EPA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Contacts: Judith Drexler
Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

A National-scale River Corridor Model (Internship Opportunity)

The need for better models and more effective use of data to characterize river corridor transport processes is keenly felt, from evaluating the effectiveness of river and watershed management practices all the way to clarifying regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act.

Contacts: Judson W Harvey
Date published: July 17, 2018
Status: Active

A tale of two coasts: tidal marsh persistence with changing climate and sea-level rise (Internship Opportunity)

Tidal wetlands are an important management concern because of their ability to attenuate storm surges, sequester carbon, improve water quality, and provide habitat for tidal marsh-dependent species.  The overall goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the combined effects of inundation, due to sea-level rise and storm surges, and other climate factor on tidal marsh physical and...

Contacts: Karen Thorne
Date published: July 16, 2018
Status: Active

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area Study

The Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area (hereafter Sandy Hook) in New Jersey is a 10-kilometer-long spit visited by thousands of people each year who take advantage of the historical and natural resources and recreational opportunities.

Date published: July 16, 2018
Status: Active

The health of maritime forests in three Mid-Atlantic National Seashores

The 2017 Work Plan for the National Resources Protection Program (NRPP) project on Fire Island, Sandy Hook, and Assateague includes a description of the issues and implications; description of the methods; and summary of the 2017 tasks, including site selection, well and instrumentation installation, and monitoring groundwater levels, temperature, and specific conductance.

Date published: July 15, 2018
Status: Active

Amphibian Population Dynamic Models for Decision Making (Internship Opportunity)

Amphibians are among the most threatened vertebrate taxa worldwide, and are facing a suite of potential stressors. In a recent synthesis, researchers identified four major threats - land use change, disease risk, climate change, and pesticide use - contributed to the local extinction of amphibian populations, but the strength and direction of these effects varied geographically, suggesting...

Contacts: Robin E Russell
Date published: July 6, 2018
Status: Active

Designing and Evaluating Decision Support Tools (DSTs)

Effective environmental management requires integrating scientific information into complex decision making processes.

Date published: July 6, 2018
Status: Active

Human Dimensions of Ecological Drought

Ecological impacts of drought have been rarely considered compared to agricultural or municipal water supply effects.

Date published: July 6, 2018
Status: Active

Social and Ecological Resilience in Southwestern Colorado

Understanding potential changes in ecological, social, and climate systems can help managers and decision makers take actions to ensure that natural landscapes and human communities remain healthy and are able to provide essential ecosystem services now and in the future.

Date published: July 6, 2018
Status: Active

Pesticide Fate Research Group (PFRG)

Pesticides are applied in agricultural and urban areas to control weeds, insects, and other pests.  These chemicals can be transported off-site into streams and ground water where they partition between water and sediment and degrade over time.  Both the parent pesticides and the degradates can potentially cause adverse effects on aquatic organisms and human health.

The Pesticide Fate...

Date published: July 5, 2018
Status: Active

Emerging Contaminants and their Effects on Fish and Frogs

The endocrine system in animals produce hormones to regulate essential life processes, such as metabolism, tissue function, reproduction, and development. A large group of natural and synthetic chemicals are known to disrupt endocrine function.   Examples include plant hormones, plastic components, flame retardants, surfactants, fragrances, pesticides, etc. Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or...

Contacts: Kelly Smalling