In the News: January

SNR in the News
SNR in the News

The School of Natural Resources is home to talented people, many of whom the media reach out to for comments on current affairs. Check out the stories featuring SNR that got people buzzing this January.

• Wildfires raging across the Southeast had reporters calling the National Drought Mitigation Center for their expertise. Mark Svoboda told Popular Science in a Jan. 1 article that a lack of rain or tropical storms meant a region already experiencing drought had no relief, leaving vegetation drier than usual and resulting in widespread wildfires. California, on the other hand, started to pull out of drought, resulting in numerous articles featuring the drought center such as this one that ran in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 16. The drought center was featured in more than 30 article in January.

• SNR professor Bob Zink made headlines when a recently published paper argued there may be twice as many bird species as is currently believed. The Omaha World Herald featured the story Jan. 3. The story also ran in the Sioux City Journal on Jan. 7.

• Ken Dewey gave a forecast the predicted January ice storm that had the university shutting down campus on 1400 KLIN.

• The High Plains Regional Climate Center and the National Drought Mitigation Center were featured in The Daily Nebraskan for earning two grants that will allow them to work with four South Dakota Sioux tribes to reduce their climate vulnerability.

• Research by Mark Pegg and his students was cited in an advertisement in the Manitoba Marvels, a fishing magazine out of Canada, which said 1 million catfish are in the Red River between Lockport and Lake Winnipeg.

This list is not comprehensive. If you saw SNR featured in an article, blog or other news medium not included here, please forward the link and information to Shawna Richter-Ryerson at

— Natural Resources