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WCNR E-mail Newsletter

July 2013

News from Around the College

Message from the Dean

Working to Save Elephants

The poaching epidemic in Africa continues to rise, with more than 25,000 elephants a year being killed for their ivory. Dr. George Wittemyer has been researching elephants for 16 years, and is working to conserve the species through research and outreach.

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New Textbook: Ore Deposit Geology by Dr. John Ridley

Dr. John Ridley spent his recent sabbatical writing a new textbook in his area of expertise and teaching. Ore Deposit Geology is designed for upper-level classes in the field.

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Students Spend Summer at Pingree Park Field Courses

More than 200 natural resource students are spending four weeks of their summer immersed in hands-on ecology learning at CSU's Pingree Park Mountain Campus.

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Field Guide to Colorado's Wetland Plants

Colorado Natural Heritage Program has released a comprehensive field guide with detailed descriptions, illustrations, and photos for more than 600 Colorado wetland plants.

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New Undergraduate Ecological Research Experience Program

The new Skills for Undergraduate Participation in Ecological Research program provides undergraduate research experience and mentorship.

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Beetle-Killed Wood Product Reducing Post-Fire Erosion

The Colorado State Forest Service is supporting an innovative new erosion mitigation product that is converting beetle-killed trees into ecofriendly, cost-effective mulch.

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International Symposium on Society and Resource Management

More than 580 participants from 32 countries attended the 19th ISSRM conference in Estes Park, Colo., to discuss social and natural resource science collaboration and innovation.

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Alumna Noreen Walsh Graduation Keynote Speaker

Noreen Walsh ('90, M.S., wildlife biology) gave the keynote speech at Spring 2013 Commencement. Earlier this year, she was named USFWS regional director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

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Fire and Emergency Services Administration Online Degree

The FESA online degree program is now offered through the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. It allows working fire and emergency professionals with two-year degrees to complete a B.S. online, and will offer new wildland-urban interface courses in 2014.

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Faculty and Staff Milestones

Please join us in congratulating Warner College faculty and staff who were honored by CSU in May for reaching their 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service and retirement milestones!

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Researchers Study Human-Coyote Conflict in Denver

As part of an integrated study on coyote conflict, scientists are studying how human perception and behavior might be impacting coyote conflict in urban areas.

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Geological Resources Inventory Team Mapping National Parks

The GRI has been working with the National Park Service since 1999 to create GIS and reports for each NPS unit. The geological map data and reports are used to advance natural resource management in the parks, but are also available to the public.

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Southern Rockies Fire Science Network Hosts Workshop in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

The Southern Rockies Fire Science Network is a new program being hosted by the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, and is one of 16 regional consortia of the Joint Fire Science Program.

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NREL Hosts One-Day High School Wildlife Research Symposium

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory hosted a one-day symposium to teach high school students about wildlife research, including a visit to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Foothills Research Facility.

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Joyce Berry

Dear Warner College Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Staff,

I have been so honored to serve as your dean twice and as WCNR assistant and associate dean under Dean Al Dyer, and all of this for my alma mater. However, it is time to pass the torch, and I will be retiring as dean on Dec. 31, 2013.

We are a College with a fabulous history and legacy built by those who came before us. Today, our College is stronger than ever, with limitless opportunities. We have a passionate student body; strong alumni network; generous donors; excellence with impact in every department, center, and unit; and new research, education, and outreach initiatives that are addressing the great issues of our time.

Given this situation and the international reputation of the College, it is a perfect time for a dean's search that will attract top leaders from throughout the country. Thanks to CSU Provost Rick Miranda, that search will begin this summer with the goal of hiring the next dean in Fall 2013.

Joe and I became a part of the Warner College family in the early 1970s, when I pursued an M.S., and Joe pursued a Ph.D. We always have been so grateful to our wonderful professors who gave us the invaluable gift of a first-class education, and to our advisers, Dean Al Dyer, Department of Earth Resources Head Bill Marlatt, and Professors Jim Smith and Perry Brown, who supported us throughout the years, both personally and professionally. These amazing people have been our role models and lifelong colleagues and friends, and they exemplify why the Warner College of Natural Resources is such a special place.

Words can never adequately convey how grateful I am for your support over the years. Joe and I look forward to seeing you soon in our new roles as proud-as-can-be WCNR alumni!

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!


Dean Joyce Berry



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