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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 268 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

02/01/17 – Our Changing Climate (encore)

Temperatures on earth are increasing. Such a change has spurred debate, both politically and in the sciences, as to the causes of climate change and its impacts. It’s a complex issue. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from March, we talk about the natural drivers of climate change, and how our climate has changed over … Continue reading

1/18/17 – UI Dean Parrella’s plans for College of Ag and Life Sciences

In Governor Otter’s State of the State address last week, he highlighted proposals to fund University of Idaho facilities dedicated to agriculture research. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll hear from dean Michael Parrella about those plans and others to increase enrollment, renovate agriculture experiment stations and expand the college’s research capacity.

1/25/17 – University of Idaho’s Experimental Forest

For over 80 years, the University of Idaho Experimental Forest has provided a working forest classroom for students. The management units, natural areas and outdoor classrooms provide the connection to field-based education, faculty and graduate research. Last week on Elemental Idaho, we talked with the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean about the … Continue reading

1/11/17 – National Cyber-Security and the environment (encore)

On Monday, Governor Otter gave his state of the state address in which he talked about the Idaho National Lab as a world leader in cyber-security, with established partnerships positioning three Idaho universities on the cutting edge of addressing global challenges in that arena. On this episode, rebroadcast from 2013, we’ll hear from Brent Stacey, … Continue reading

01/04/17 – The Swan Falls Agreement – 30 Years Later (encore)

More than three decades ago, the Swan Falls Settlement resolved an ongoing controversy over how to balance water uses for agriculture and water needs for hydropower generation in the Snake River Basin. It was central to the Snake River Basin Adjudication process, a 27-year review of more than 150,000 water rights and one of the … Continue reading

12/28/17 – Let’s talk about Snow (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from last spring, we’ll talk about the science of snow and how snowmelt affects our water supply in the valley. Kerry McClay, SnowSchool Program Director with Winter Wildlands Alliance, and Marie Kellner, Water Associate with Idaho Conservation League are our guests for the program. You can hear the original program … Continue reading

12/21/16 – A Family Adventure Through America’s National Parks (encore)

This fall, the children of Maureen and Chris Welcker started a new year of school, but last year at that time, they were preparing for a different family adventure with a plan to visit as many national parks as possible. On this episode of Elemental Idaho (rebroadcast from earlier this year), we talked about their yearlong adventure to visit … Continue reading

12/14/16 – Mapping rivers and streams in the western US

On this program, US Forest Service fisheries biologist Dan Isaak will join us. He is leading a project to create an aquatic species map for rivers and streams in the western US. He says such a map could help with land management decisions and deciding where to spend limited money and resources.  

12/7/16 – The Impact of Climate Change on Tribes

Scott Hauser, director of the Upper Snake River Tribes, is leading an effort to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment for the four tribes his organization represents, and the Upper Snake River Watershed. He’ll join us to talk about the project and what they’ve learned so far.  

11/30/16 – Biodiversity Loss and its Impacts on Medicine 

College of Idaho senior capstone students present their research findings on how plants are used for medicines in modern and ancient times, making the preservation of plant biodiversity a critical need. This presentation will compose the first portion of our program, the balance will be an encore presentation on the Wild Love Preserve, and effort … Continue reading

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