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Study Reveals Rare Spawning Behavior of Shallow-water Fish, UMass on Research Team
December 9, 2020

Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is part of a team reporting the first detailed documentation of a shallow-water fish diving 450 feet deep to spawn. The multi-insititution team uncovered this unprecedent behavior among bonefish studied in the Bahamas. (News-Medical Life Sciences, 12/8/20)

UMass Amherst Study Will Assess Impact of Dual-use Solar-agriculture Installations in Massachusetts
December 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office announced that a team led by extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a three-year, $1.8 million award to study the effects of co-locating solar energy panels and agriculture operations at up to eight different farms across the Commonwealth. (News Office 12/2/20)

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)

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)

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