We are pleased to report that TCHEP Researcher, Dr. Heidi Peterson was selected as a "CHANS Fellow" under the program "International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems" (CHANS-Net) supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. The CHANS Fellow Program selects exceptional junior scholars studying coupled human and natural systems.
Maria Dahmus and Kristen Nelson published an article "Yard stories: examining residents' conceptions of their yards as part of the urban ecosystem in Minnesota" in the journal Urban Ecosystems in March 2013.
Heidi Peterson will be presenting a case study focusing on the Albert Lea Watershed, titled "WHOLE-WATERSHED PHOSPHORUS BALANCE AS PRACTICAL TOOL TO ACHIEVE TMDL GOALS" October 17th at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference held at the St. Paul River Centre
Maria Dahmus completed her postdoctoral research with TCHEP in August 2012 and accepted a position at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is working on integrating sustainability across the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum through various academic sustainability initiatives. She also teaches in Environmental Studies.
Yard Care Study highlights what homeowners are doing and why: giving back to those who helped with the research
Recently,"Yard Care Choices in Urban Living" survey respondents received a preliminary summary of survey results. It explains some general observations and conclusions that were made from analysis of the survey responses. As an important part of the research process, respondents may find it interesting to see the yard care choices and motivations of others in their communities, and identify new ideas and perspectives.
Yard Care Choices guide ready for use
The Yard Care Choices Guide is a decision-making tool that homeowners can use to get the yard and lawn they want while promoting the water quality of Minnesota's lakes, rivers, and streams. It integrates biophysical information (lawn biology, watersheds, and soil ecosystems) and recommended conservation practices with yard preferences,practices, and plans. Use the guide to link your desired yard qualities and functions, yard care activities, and yard's ecosystem. In addition to private homeowners, watershed districts and other non-profit organizations can print and distribute the guide for educational purposes.
See the Yard Care Choices page to get a copy of the print or web version of the guide.
Heidi Peterson will be making an oral presentation "Whole-Watershed
Phosphorus Balance as Practical Tool to Achieve TMDL Goals" at the
2012 Minnesota Water Resources Conference, October 16-17, 2012 at St.
Larry Baker is attending the first annual workshop for a new NSF-RCN project "Sustainable Cities - People, Infrastructures and the Energy-Climate-Water Nexus" August 16-19 in Estes Park, Co. He is a co-PI on the project, which is led by Anu Ramaswami (University of Colorado- Denver) Other co-PIs are Larry Bank (City College New York), Marian Chertow (Yale), andPaty Lankao (National Center for Atmospheric Research).
Larry Baker was invited to a UNESCO workshop "Urban Futures: Reflections Post Rio +20" in Paris, June 23-28. He will present two short talks, one on urban drought resilience and a second (co-authored by post-doc Heidi Peterson) on "upstream" flows of phosphorus from farms to cities.
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Sonja Knapp, Sarah Hobbie and the TCHEP team are in the news again with their backyard diversity study. The University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences newsletter has written a good overview of their study. Check it out: https://www.cbs.umn.edu/cbs-highlights/field/backyard-biodiversity.