Tag: Resilience



Resilience Training Tackles Food, Water, Energy Issues

• 409 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. • 18.7 million acres deforested annually. These and other numbers hang above Daniel Rico’s laboratory desk – daily reminders of the urgent resilience and climate change problems he aims to tackle in his career. With support from a new National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary graduate […]

Workshops Focus on Arctic Changes

Arctic hillsPhoto courtesy of Ned Rozell Nebraska researchers led workshops in Alaska and Nebraska to develop a highly interdisciplinary approach for enhancing Arctic resilience.  Supported by a new collaboration-intensive National Science Foundation program, the 2018 sessions united scientists, practitioners and stakeholders from the Arctic and mid-latitude locations like Nebraska. Participants devised strategies for managing rapid […]

Protecting Crops in a Warmer World

Higher temperatures caused by climate change aren’t just increasing the number of daytime scorchers. Nights are getting warmer as well, stressing plants and decreasing yields of vital crops worldwide. Nebraska plant pathologist Harkamal Walia aims to make wheat and rice, two major cereal crops, more resilient to the stress from higher nighttime temperatures. He and […]

Genetic Strategies Help Species Thrive Where They Live

As climate change leads to warmer winters, earlier springs and later autumns, many plants and animals are becoming out of sync with their environment. Some species may adapt, but will they adjust in time? The answer lies, in part, with the connection between information encoded in a species’ genes and the traits they evolved to […]

Understanding Population Turnover and Birds’ Social Networks

Birds of a feather may flock together, but the flock’s makeup is always changing. Population turnover – a universal process driven by birth, death, migration and dispersal – affects social networks of all kinds, from human to bird to cell. Yet many societies remain stable despite these demographic swings. Understanding this network resilience is the […]