Edmonton Journal - Fiona Schmiegelow, professor and director of the northern environmental and conservation science program in the Department of Renewable Resources, discusses a report she conducted on the effects of proposed expansion of Marmot Basin, a Jasper ski area. The report was never made public so Schmiegelow decided to release the findings herself. (Story appeared in several media outlets.)
New York Times - Mike Flannigan, professor with the Department of Renewable Resources and director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, comments on the impact of climate change on wildfires. AP story ran in multiple US outlets (print and broadcast).
Quirks & Quarks - The pine forests of North America have been under attack from the mountain pine beetle for well over a decade. The population of the destructive beetle first exploded in British Columbia in the early 2000's, then quickly spread into Alberta. But new research by Dr. Justine Karst, an Assistant Professor of Restoration Ecology at the University of Alberta, has found the pine beetle poses a threat beyond the destruction of mature trees. As the trees die, the fungal composition of the soil changes. As a result, a different type of fungi takes hold, which is not conducive to the growth of new seedlings and puts second generation pine trees at risk.