EcoFocus - Fall 2014

From our President

Dear Friends,

In September, I arrived in Millbrook as the new president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. During the past two months, I’ve met with staff to better learn what we do and where we do it. The meetings have been spectacular.

Informing resilient coastal cities

Coastlines make up less than ten percent of the land in the continental U.S., yet they house nearly forty percent of our population. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Cary Institute is home to the longest-running Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the nation. 

Road salt overuse harms environment

In the U.S. alone, some 15 million tons of salt is applied to our roadways each year. While its use has real benefits, in terms of safety and navigation, there have been cumulative costs to the environment.

Supporters' corner

Dr. Joshua Ginsberg’s arrival on September 2nd as president ushered in a whirlwind of activity. 

Postdocs in Action

The trees that make up a forest influence its ability to retain carbon and nitrogen, nutrients of concern to ecologists because they impact forest productivity and water quality. 

Clarifying the Clean Water Act

By the late 1960s, America’s fresh waters were in crisis. Rivers were catching fire, unsafe E.coli levels were common, and Time Magazine declared Lake Erie dead.

Urban ecology in China

This past summer Cary's Steward Pickett was a Visiting International Professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences in Beijing. The center is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and home to the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology.

Inspiring data literacy

While our trails and grounds are closed for the season, our education staff is gearing up for a busy spring. Field trips and enrichment activities are being scheduled with a focus on data literacy through long-term monitoring. 

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