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The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.

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Freshwater Mussels’ Growth Rings Tell Climate Story of the Past
Tree-ring widths have been widely used to examine climate’s influence on tree growth, and climate responses also have been observed in long-lived freshwater... [Read more]
Projecting Climate Change Effects on Aspen in the Central and Northern Rockies
Previous research has predicted that many aspen stands in the western United States will not be capable of surviving climate changes in presently occupied locations in... [Read more]
New Software Helps Estimate Bird and Bat Fatality at Wind Farms
Some wind energy facilities have recently been granted permission by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to incidentally take a limited number of individuals of an... [Read more]
Biological Material in the Air Gives Clues about Status of Vegetation
Besides being mostly nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, the air we breathe is also composed of a “protein soup” containing bacteria, viruses, spores, pollen, and a... [Read more]
Juvenile Wading Birds Exhibit Different Responses to Environmental Stressors
Environmental stressors, such as contaminant exposure, limited prey availability, and adverse weather, can elicit strong physiological stress responses in wading birds... [Read more]
Sagebrush Management in Light of Sage-grouse, Fire, and Invasive Species
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, USGS, BLM, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Agricultural Research Service, Nevada Division of Wildlife, and the Western... [Read more]
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