One of North America’s rarest snakes gets a boost from military conservation efforts
CEMML biologists at Fort Johnson, located in west-central Louisiana, are working to change the negative perception that people have about snakes. Education and outreach to both soldiers and the broader community is a key effort in helping to ensure the survival of one of North America’s rarest snake species, the Louisiana pinesnake.
September 7, 2023
CEMML biologist’s “cool job” featured in regional magazine
In June, CEMML biologist Chris Melder was featured in Thrive Magazine. The “cool jobs” article highlighted Melder’s work involving the conservation of endangered species including the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Louisiana Pine Snake. Based at Fort Johnson (formerly Fort Polk) in west-central Louisiana, part of Melder’s role entails education and outreach in the community, including local schools.
August 30, 2023
Three decades of impact: CEMML associate director brings career to a close
Military lands management wasn’t on Calvin Bagley’s radar as a possible career path when he graduated with a master’s in range science from Utah State University in 1987. But an initial role with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Engineering Research Laboratory would eventually lead him to Colorado State University and a thirty-year career with CEMML helping the DoD manage its natural and cultural resources.
July 26, 2023
A career-changing student finds success through CEMML
With the help of CEMML’s Early-career Development Program, James Fujioka is making a transition from managing kitchens to managing natural resources. After beginning his career in the culinary arts, the added stress of working in the restaurant industry during the pandemic, combined with his love for the outdoors, made him rethink his career trajectory.
July 6, 2023
CEMML herpetologist slithers off into the sunset
CEMML principal investigator Tom Mathies retired in June after six years with the Center. An expert in herpetology and invasive species, Mathies was captivated by the natural world from a young age and has spent a lengthy career studying snakes, lizards and bugs of all kinds. During his time with CEMML, Mathies developed a biosecurity program in Guam, helping the military control invasive species across the Marianas.
July 5, 2023
CEMML aids Army in monitoring threat to native trees in Hawaii
CEMML staff members Pamela Sullivan and Jason Dzurisin, members of Pōhakuloa Training Area’s Natural Resources Program, conducted aerial surveys in January 2023 to monitor for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a new fungal disease that is a threat to native tree populations in Hawaii.
April 18, 2023
Ph.D. candidate visits CEMML endangered species staff at Fort Polk
Ohio State University Ph.D. candidate Emily Rabung, recently met with CEMML endangered species staff Chris Melder, Matt Christiansen, Amy Brennan, and Andrhea Massey. They discussed conservation efforts on Fort Polk with the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Louisiana pine snake.
March 27, 2023
CEMML Early-career Development Program offers experience in managing military lands
The CEMML Early-career Development Program gives college students and recent graduates opportunities to work at military installations on natural and cultural resource projects. As seasonal technicians, participants learn new skills, receive mentorship, make career-aiding connections, all while getting paid doing it.
March 23, 2023
A life-long love of plants: CEMML botanist retires after three decades at CSU
Nancy Hastings’ love for plants and spending time in the outdoors led her to Colorado State University in 1989 to pursue a graduate degree in Range Science. After graduating, she would spend the next 34 years as a botanist with the university’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), helping military installations across the U.S. and overseas manage their natural resources.
February 22, 2023
Childhood passion to the DoD: a natural resources expert shares CSU career progression
CEMML Principal Investigator, Chris Herron, talks about how his passion for the outdoors at an early age inspired him to pursue degrees related to rangeland ecology and forest management from CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. He now leads large-scale environmental management projects for the Department of Defense.
January 22, 2023
CEMML provides Red-Cockaded Woodpecker conservation expertise in Louisiana
CEMML Biologists at Fort Polk, Louisiana, are using banding efforts and the installation of artificial nesting cavities to help ensure the survival of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, an endangered species under the U.S. Federal Government’s Endangered Species Act.
January 19, 2023
Conservation detection dogs key to tracking endangered bird in Hawaii
The elusive band-rumped storm petrel or ‘ake’ake, a small, endangered sea bird, is a difficult species to track. However, thanks to the help of conservation detection dogs, the Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) Natural Resource staff in Hawaii, in partnership with CEMML, have been successfully identifying the bird’s burrows since 2015.
November 29, 2022