Environment

Biomass, set for launch in 2020, will use microwaves to map and measure the carbon load of the Earth’s forests on a scale never seen before. Photo courtesy European Space Agency.

UVA professor helping develop powerful forest mapping satellite

Hank Shugart has been waiting a long time for a view from space. Shugart,  UVA’s W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences, is a global forest ecologist whose work has made him a key consultant on Earth-mapping projects. He was with a crew of researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on February […]

Mashed bananas, a flashlight, and a sheet? Yep—those are the tools you’ll need to get up close and personal with some nocturnal summer insects. File photo.

Ivy Creek experts offer tips on after-dark bug hunting

Last week, two volunteer naturalists offered visitors to the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Center a new take on local nightlife. In an evening lecture at the preserve off Earlysville Road, Ivy Creek Education Programs Coordinator Bruce Gatling-Austin and volunteer guide and Master Naturalist Rachel Bush shared some illuminating facts about local nocturnal insects, and […]