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Social and Biophysical Implications of Land Use Change in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Social and Biophysical Implications of Land Use Change in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Social and Biophysical Implications of Land Use Change in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Urbanization, or the migration from rural-suburban areas to urban areas, is increasing on a global scale, and is particularly relevant in the Treasure Valley where the…
Large Landscape Conservation in The High Divide Large Landscape Conservation in The High Divide
Large Landscape Conservation in The High Divide
The High Divide, a mosaic of public and private lands straddling the Continental Divide in Idaho and Montana, provides a critical linkage between large intact…
Computational Models of Environmental Governance Computational Models of Environmental Governance
Computational Models of Environmental Governance
People come together as groups to manage shared environmental resources with varying degrees of success. Elinor Ostrom first identified a set of characteristics, or design…
Farmer Adaptation to Water Scarcity Farmer Adaptation to Water Scarcity
Farmer Adaptation to Water Scarcity
Climate change, urbanization, and other socio-environmental forces are contributing to the frequency and severity of both droughts and floods in the American West. The future…
Environmental Attitudes Across the Lifecourse Environmental Attitudes Across the Lifecourse
Environmental Attitudes Across the Lifecourse
Much of the environmental degradation in the world today is the direct result of individual actions, which follow from people's attitudes towards the environment. Little…
Agent-based modeling of water resource management in Idaho Agent-based modeling of water resource management in Idaho
Agent-based modeling of water resource management in Idaho
Gaining a holistic understanding of water resources in urban settings requires knowledge about the physical system (e.g. climate, vegetation) and the social system that stores…
Integrated Stewardship of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Integrated Stewardship of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
Integrated Stewardship of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
One of the ecosystems most vulnerable to invasive species are wetlands. Despite occupying only 6% of the terrestrial and freshwater surface of the earth, wetlands harbor…
Modeling Human-Wildlife Coexistence Modeling Human-Wildlife Coexistence
Modeling Human-Wildlife Coexistence
Protecting biodiversity while simultaneously meeting the resource needs of a growing human population requires a better understanding of the spatiotemporal linkages between people and nature,…
Modeling Urban Growth in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Modeling Urban Growth in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Modeling Urban Growth in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Most residents of the Treasure Valley in Southwestern Idaho, home of the state capital of Boise, will not be surprised to learn that urban development…
Effects of Anthropogenic Sensory Stimuli on Wildlife Behavior and Habitat Integrity Effects of Anthropogenic Sensory Stimuli on Wildlife Behavior and Habitat Integrity
Effects of Anthropogenic Sensory Stimuli on Wildlife Behavior and Habitat Integrity
This work seeks to understand and demonstrate the effects of human activities on wildlife using a functional sensory ecology approach and, combined with NASA and…
Urban Water Lost to Evapotranspiration in the Treasure Valley Urban Water Lost to Evapotranspiration in the Treasure Valley
Urban Water Lost to Evapotranspiration in the Treasure Valley
Effective planning and management of our water resources requires understanding how much water we use and how much water we need. In urban settings, it…
Alternative Futures Modeling to Predict Water Availability in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Alternative Futures Modeling to Predict Water Availability in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Alternative Futures Modeling to Predict Water Availability in the Treasure Valley, Idaho
Using an integrative, agent-based modeling approach, we are exploring how the twin stresses of climate change and increased population will influence water use and availability…
Investigating water scarcity and governance across social-ecological systems (WaterSES) Investigating water scarcity and governance across social-ecological systems (WaterSES)
Investigating water scarcity and governance across social-ecological systems (WaterSES)
In November of 2015, Antonio J. Castro was invited to present in the Annual conference of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) in…
Tropical Forests and Industrial Logging Tropical Forests and Industrial Logging
Tropical Forests and Industrial Logging
More than half of the world’s remaining old-growth forests are production forests, i.e. they are subject to industrial logging, increasingly under Sustainable Forest Management Plans.…
Old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and sacred birds in the Chinese Himalaya Old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and sacred birds in the Chinese Himalaya
Old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and sacred birds in the Chinese Himalaya
There is no place on earth that is changing faster than the Chinese Himalayans, one of earth’s Biodiversity Hotspots. The region is experiencing rapid economic…
Sand Sustainability - Are we running out of sand? Sand Sustainability - Are we running out of sand?
Sand Sustainability - Are we running out of sand?
 Our new article in Science details how sand extraction and increasing scarcity are closely interconnected to other global environmental and sustainability challenges, including maintaining biodiversity,…
Impacts of national-level forest policy in the Himalaya Impacts of national-level forest policy in the Himalaya
Impacts of national-level forest policy in the Himalaya
The Himalayan temperate forest biome stretches across seven countries, and has among the highest rates of threatened and endemic species in the world. Deforestation rates…
Facilitating Carnivore Recovery in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique Facilitating Carnivore Recovery in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Facilitating Carnivore Recovery in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Our research team is partnering with the Gorongosa Lion Project in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique to help facilitate the restoration of large carnivore species. The…
New Tools to Predict and Prevent Human-Wildlife Conflicts New Tools to Predict and Prevent Human-Wildlife Conflicts
New Tools to Predict and Prevent Human-Wildlife Conflicts
Although wildlife provide numerous benefits to humans, they also threaten human safety and livelihoods. These threats encourage wildlife poaching, which contributes to global wildlife declines.…
Coexistence in the Northern Rockies Coexistence in the Northern Rockies
Coexistence in the Northern Rockies
The High Divide, a region spanning Idaho and Montana, is home to some of the most iconic ecosystems and wildlife species in North America, including…
Agricultural Decisions and Future Water Use Agricultural Decisions and Future Water Use
Agricultural Decisions and Future Water Use
In many water-stressed areas of the world, the primary consumptive use of water is agricultural production. The decisions farmers make regarding what they grow on…

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