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

CEMML Key Contributor to CSU Record-Breaking Research Spending

As a long-time provider of natural and cultural resource management services to the federal government, CEMML accounted for over 22% of Colorado State University’s overall research spending in fiscal year 2022.

November 3, 2022

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

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

Using Environmental DNA sampling to Support Preservation Efforts on Hanscom Air Force Base

CEMML personnel are collaborating with the 66th Civil Engineering Division on Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts to protect and maintain natural resources on the installation. These efforts include confirming the presence of blue-spotted salamanders, a state-protected species, by conducting environmental DNA sampling.

April 6, 2022