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  • Restoring a Wetland Despite a Drought: UMass Associate Professor Hatch Reports

    December 1, 2020

    Christine Hatch, geosciences, writes about her work restoring a wetland in Plymouth. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/28/20)

  • Restoring a Wetland Despite a Drought: UMass Associate Professor Hatch Reports

    December 1, 2020

    Christine Hatch, geosciences, writes about her work restoring a wetland in Plymouth. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/28/20)

  • UMass Cranberry Station Scientists Featured in National Geographic Article

    December 1, 2020

    Katherine Ghantous and Peter Jeranyama from UMass Amherst Cranberry Station are interviewed. Ghantous says because winters are becoming less cold, a time is approaching when the cold temperatures needed each winter to successfully grow cranberries “may be hard to hit.” (National Geographic, 11/25/20)

  • Climate Change is Complicating a Thanksgiving Staple-Cranberries

    November 23, 2020

    Katherine Ghantous, a research associate at the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, is quoted in an article exploring the effects climate change is having on the Massachusetts cranberry crop. She says, "It’s more than just the money or the fruit. It’s part of who Massachusetts is.” (The Washington Post, 11/18/20)

  • Jim Holden Receives NASA Grant to Explore Deep-Sea Vents

    November 16, 2020

    Microbiology professor Jim Holden, a researcher in the School of Earth and Sustainability, recently received a three-year, $441,219 grant from NASA’s Exobiology Program to study competition between different types of heat-loving, microbes that live in deep-sea volcanoes. (News Office 11/10/20)

  • Charting the Year by UMass Garden Calendar

    November 10, 2020

    An invaluable aid to New England gardeners of all types, the calendar has been produced by the Extension Service for more than 25 years. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 11/8/20)

  • Design Ideas Propose New Life for Old New England Bridges

    October 29, 2020

    UMass professor Robert Ryan and his students in landscape architecture and regional planning recently presented ideas for what do with two old bridges spanning the Connecticut River between Brattleboro, Vermont and Hindsdale, New Hampshire. (Construction Equipment Guide, 10/28/20)

  • Helping Growers Care for the Apple Crop – They’re Working on an App for That

    October 29, 2020

    Dan Cooley, Stockbridge School, and UMass Extension fruit tree specialist Jon Clements have received about $430,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a smartphone app that will let apple growers more quickly and accurately measure and thin fruit. (Environmental News Network, 10/28/20; News Office release)

  • First Pygmy Hippo Born At Franklin Park Zoo, UMass Professor Assisted

    October 14, 2020

    Carlos Gradil, veterinary and animal sciences, assisted during the pregnancy and birth last week of the first-ever Pygmy hippo born at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The baby hippo weighed 13 pounds. (WJARThe Boston Globe, 10/13/20)

  • UMass Entomologist Offers Help To Deal With Stink Bugs

    October 13, 2020

    Tawny Simisky, Extension entomologist, gives advice on how to deal with stink bugs, a non-native insect that feeds on 300 species of plants. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/12/20)

  • New England Needs More Tree Doctors, Catanzaro Discusses

    October 8, 2020

    Paul Catanzaro, extension associate professor, is quoted in article about the health of New England forests. He discusses large shifts in land ownership with heightened awareness of climate change impacts and the role of their land in mitigating changes.  (Christian Science Monitor, 10/13/20; NY Times 10/7/20)

  • Seeking New Mother Volunteers for Breast Cancer Study, Professor Arcaro Explains

    October 5, 2020

    A radio report notes that Kathleen Acaro, veterinary and animal sciences, is looking for volunteers for a study on the impact that a diet of increased fruits and vegetables may have on the breast health of recent mothers, specifically with an eye on breast cancer risk. (WBZ-AM Boston, 10/3/20)

  • Recent Rainfall is Not Enough for Drought-Stressed Trees to Keep Leaves From Dropping Early

    October 1, 2020

    Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says this week’s rainfall is not enough to keep drought-stressed trees from dropping leaves early. (WWLP, 9/30/20)

  • UMass Cranberry Station Receives Boost

    October 1, 2020

    This year, the work at UMass Cranberry Station got a huge boost in the form of $5.75 million in state support to expand their labs at and modernize the facility. “It’s really momentous. It’s going to be a game-changer for us and for the industry,” said Director of the Cranberry Station Hilary Sandler. (Wareham Weekly 9/30/20)

  • Massachusetts Will Get Some Drought Relief This Week, Says UMass Professor

    September 29, 2020

    David Boutt, geosciences, says Massachusetts has a long way to fill the “massive rainfall deficit” from worsening drought conditions. (Boston Herald, 9/28/20)

  • Fall Foliage in Western Massachusetts Still on Track, UMass Professor Weighs In

    September 16, 2020

    Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says that despite the warm and dry summer, “If we don’t see a warm, humid, drawn out fall, we should see typical beautiful coloration” as shorter days trigger tree leaves to change color. (WWLP, 9/16/20)

  • Growers Say Aid to Cranberry Station Will Help Industry Adapt

    August 27, 2020

    UMass Cranberry Station Director Hilary Sandler comments on recent state funds dedicated to modernize facilities that will help with the growing need for research and support for cranberry growers.  (CapeCodTimes 8/27/20)

  • State Provides Grant for UMass Cranberry Station

    August 27, 2020

    The state  of Massachusetts has granted $5.75 million to the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham in an effort to promote the cranberry industry.  (, 8/27/20; News Office release)

  • The Destructive Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Professor Elkinton Researches

    August 25, 2020

    Joseph Elkinton, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the hemlock woolly adelgid, a sap-sucking insect similar in appearance to tiny cotton balls, which has decimated the eastern hemlock population over the last 40 years. (Connecticut Examiner, 8/22/20)

  • Toxic Weed Sprouts Along Falmouth's Bike Path, UMass Extension Comments

    August 24, 2020

    Jimsonweed, an incredibly toxic plant, has sprouted up along the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth. University of Massachusetts Extension weed specialist Randy Prostak offers advice. (Falmouth News 8/21/20)