Mountain Pine Beetles Affect Rocky Mountain Watersheds

The mountain pine beetle infestation in the Rocky Mountains has impacted millions of acres of pine trees from Colorado to Canada. Evidence suggests that warming temperatures are linked to the insect’s expanding range. Yet exactly what the tree die-off means for local watersheds is still largely unknown. Now, scientist Lindsay Bearup and her fellow researchers are…

A Quick Approach to Modeling Climate Impacts for Water Resource Managers

Water managers could someday have a quicker way to apply climate scenarios to management decisions at the river basin where they’re needed, new research suggests. In a recent paper in the journal Climatic Change, Julie Vano, who is a postdoctoral fellow at OCCRI, and Dennis Lettenmaier, a CIRC principal investigator at UW, describe a technique they…

Julie Vano: Balancing Science and Practice

As a post-doctoral researcher at OCCRI, Julie Vano wants to put the best science on water and climate change in the hands of managers and policy makers, working closely with them to be sure it is usable. The Minnesota native’s career illustrates this mixture of science and outreach. Vano started her professional life with a…