Turning Sunlight Into Sugar – Hawaiian ʻAkoko Trees Do It Differently

CEMML Senior Program Manager, Lena Schnell discusses the unique characteristics of the hawaiian ʻakoko tree, a thriving species within the US Army Garrison Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii’s Big Island. Schnell explains how the tree’s specialized type of photosynthesis makes sugar more efficiently, acting as a food resource for native Hawaiian insects such as yellow-faced bees.

September 27, 2022

CEMML Environmental Assessment Creates Domino Effect of Benefits at Beale AFB

An Environmental Assessment for Non-native and Noxious Plant Species Management, developed by former CEMML biologist Maia Lipschutz, has paved the way for several environmental projects on Beale Air Force base to finally be realized.

August 4, 2022

A Retirement Send-off, CEMML Style

On July 8th, a team of CEMML staff members gathered to celebrate the retirement of Cynthia Melcher and her editing and design contributions. As a send-off reflective of CEMML’s commitment to service, the gathering took place in Colorado’s Phantom Canyon for a day of volunteer trail maintenance hosted by The Nature Conservancy.

July 28, 2022

Webinar Presents New Handbook for Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands

During a recent webinar, CEMML Ecologist and Project Manager, Dave Jones, along with co-contributors Shara Howie and Pat Comer from NatureServe, discussed the latest edition of the handbook, “Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands – A Guide for Natural Resource Managers.”

July 28, 2022

CEMML Team Helps Military Conserve Rare Species on Hawaii’s Big Island

A team of CEMML wildlife and plant specialists are working to support both the training mission and complex conservation issues at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), a key military training facility on Hawaii’s Big Island. Spanning 132,000 acres, PTA contains one of the planet’s rarest habitats – a tropical, sub-alpine, dryland ecosystem with more than two dozen threatened and endangered species.

July 15, 2022

CEMML Biologists Battle Invasive Species on Guam

As part of a Navy-funded Guam Biosecurity Project, a team of CEMML biosecurity experts is supporting the U.S. Navy and Joint Region Marianas to ensure that no other damaging animal or plant species get a foothold on Guam or elsewhere in the Mariana Islands. CEMML is utilizing a variety of methods, old and new, to prevent the movement of species between islands.

July 14, 2022

Coexisting with Carnivores: CEMML Helps Edwards Air Force Base Manage Human-Wildlife Balance

A CEMML team of wildlife experts at Edwards Air Force Base in California is trapping coyotes and bobcats and fitting them with GPS collars to better understand their movements and monitor changes in their population. The project also aims to educate base residents on the animals’ behavior and the important role these and other carnivores play in helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

June 28, 2022

Two-time CSU Alumnus Selected as New Dean of the Warner College

CEMML is excited to welcome Dr. A. Alonso Aquirre as the new dean of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. As a service, education, and research unit of the Warner College, CEMML looks forward to continuing its work under Dr. Aquirre’s leadership and the extensive experience and collaborative spirit he brings to environmental work.

May 25, 2022

How Loud is Too Loud? Investigating How Noise Affects Birds

Over the last few years, three CEMML biologist, part of the natural resource team on Travis Air Force Base, set out to determine how manmade noise affects nesting birds of prey, like owls, hawks, and eagles. COVID-19 provided an opportunity to record and compare the differences in both ambient noise and raptor nesting activity on base, during and after the pandemic.

May 23, 2022

CEMML Supports Cycad Recovery at Marine Corps Base in Guam

The cycas micronesia, a once abundant tree, is now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As part of MCB Camp Blaz’s commitment to the preservation of the local ecology on Guam, CEMML has joined mitigation efforts to ensure the tree’s survival.

May 23, 2022

Military Veteran and Recent CSU Graduate Primed to Continue Work with CEMML

Growing up in Fort Collins, Nate Kettle always knew he wanted to go to Colorado State University. With his military service background, he was immediately drawn to CEMML which allowed him to visualize a future career path after graduation. Throughout his military service, encounters with endangered species and natural areas at training sites sparked his […]

May 12, 2022

CEMML Featured in New Edition of Military Biodiversity Handbook

A new edition of an important handbook for supporting biodiversity on Department of Defense lands is available. “Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers” first appeared in 1996, produced by The Nature Conservancy. In 2008, The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe released an updated edition. Now, a third edition has been completed by CEMML in collaboration with NatureServe.

April 21, 2022