Home in these Hills

Topping the summit of House Mountain, my eyes were fixated at the sun dipping behind the Tennessee mountains. The sun-streaks made their final bow as the night was creeping across the quaint farmlands tucked into the valley. Folds of mountain passes wrinkle the yellow glow of the evening and create the photo's backdrop-- a perfect... Continue Reading →

Mali Hubert: wildfire disturbance ecology in the GSMNP

Disturbance ecologists are drawn to the devastated, the disastrous and the demolished. The trajectory of a hurricane or the burn patterns of a wildfire become a pathway for scientific discovery, and human interactions only accelerate that course. Mali Hubert, a doctoral student in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is a disturbance ecologist who is... Continue Reading →

Wildfires alter delicate biodiversity of GSMNP

Two years after wildfires devastated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, researchers are striving to understand the fire's drastic and long-term effects on biodiversity. https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1-jLrtr-0OSu-DcM2z0CG4lV_ZaERb2_pBzHQryBah_M&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650 GSMNP is the most biologically diverse park in the National Park System, according to the Parks, with more than 19,000 documents species. Now, biodiversity is shifting  from soil to salamanders, with... Continue Reading →

Salamanders potential indicators for climate change, GSMNP

https://soundcloud.com/shelby-whitehead-906214218/salamanders-indicate-climate-change Researchers in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park have determined salamanders as a potential indicator species for climate change in the region. Salamanders are highly senstive to changes in heat and moisture, to the extent people cannot handle salamanders with their skin. Environmental warming threatens the cool, moist and high-elevation conditions in which the... Continue Reading →

Threats to East Tennessee environment

Salamanders The Great Smoky Mountains are the salamander capital of the world, and these creatures have the potential to be key indicators for local climate change. Some species of salamanders live in Tennessee and cannot be found anywhere else in the world, like the cave salamander. These amphibians can directly indicate the climate changes within... Continue Reading →

The cost of business; profit versus conservation

Environmentalists today constantly struggle with conservation costs—both with monetary expenses and the price of species diversity, claims a Georgia Tech professor. Bistra Dilkina’s computational sustainability research reveals that by connecting computational science with ecology, decision-makers can generate effective and business-savvy conservation decisions. “There’s a computational way to figure out how far from the solution you... Continue Reading →

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