In the News: November

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 November.

  • SNR’s Fall Seminar Series ended with a lecture by Pat Devers, a science coordinator at the United States Wildlife Service. That seminar was featured in the student newspaper, The Daily Nebraskan.

  • On Nov. 17, the Washington Post featured a tweet by Ken Dewey, showing the higher-than-normal temperatures in Nebraska this fall.

  • A widely carried Nov. 15 report by the Associated Press on new research that shows photosynthesis could be boosted to create more productive crops quoted Tala Awada, School of Natural Resources. Awada, who was not involved with the study, called it a breakthrough.

  • The National Drought Mitigation Center and its staff, including Director Mark Svoboda, Climatologist Deborah Bathke and Drought Impact Specialist Denise Gutzmer, were cited dozens of times in stories regarding drought and wildfires across the nation. A few examples: The Associated Press reported Nov. 4 that drought was easing in California; a Nov. 11 AP report covered drought-related fires in the southeastern U.S.; and
    Newbury Port News
    reported Nov. 3 on drought conditions in Massachusetts.

  • Al Dutcher, Extension agriculture climatologist with the Nebraska State Climate Office at the School of Natural Resources, was cited across television, radio and newspaper media for his fall outlook, where he indicated higher fall temperatures wouldn’t necessarily mean a warmer winter would be in store.

  • The Wahoo Newspaper featured Maren Stewart, a sergeant first class with the Nebraska National Guard, in their Veteran’s Day edition. Stewart is pursuing her master’s degree in geography with a specialization in GIS from the School of Natural Resources.

  • Yahoo! Tech and Space Daily carried Nov. 2 reports on satellites being used to track photosynthesis in evergreens. The information could shed new light on how climate change affects northern forests. Project leader John Gamon, natural resources, recently moved from the University of Alberta to pursue his research using Nebraska facilities. He is assistant director of the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies.

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

— Nebraska Today contributed to this report.

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