Indy Blog

Dr. Burke is an ecosystem ecologist, focusing on carbon and nitrogen cycling in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. Her work with graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and colleagues addresses the influence of land use management, climatic variability, and regional variability on these ecosystems.


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Jan 14, 2017, 4:17 PM
A day of thinking about Aldo Leopold
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Dec 25, 2016, 1:51 PM
This is the winter of falling trees and many seedlings.
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Mar 25, 2015, 1:27 PM
This past weekend, I returned from a trip to Chilean Patagonia with a team from the Haub School at the University of Wyoming. We are working together to design a course for next year for our students in the program.
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Dec 22, 2014, 1:24 PM
I have just returned from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meetings in San Fransisco, where 23,000 scientists (graduate students, postdocs, scientists of all flavors) gathered as they do annually. It was a lot to process, and I'm still processing, but here are some thoughts.
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Nov 30, 2014, 1:02 PM
Today I went for a run with mostly clear skies, at 52 degrees (F), with a bit of a breeze. It’s been horrendously windy the last week, with gusts up to 80 mph and supposedly 100 mph last night.
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Jun 25, 2014, 10:35 AM
Two years ago today, we were in our third week of evacuation from our home in the midst of the High Park fire.
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Jul 23, 2013, 10:35 AM
Our very able botanist Bonnie Heidel, in the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database office, has identified the other species that is dominating burned forests in the west this season as American dragonhead (Dracocephalum paviflorum). Like the golden smoke, this plant came in right away following the High Park fire, within 6 weeks.
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Jul 16, 2013, 10:35 AM
Nearly 9 million acres burned in wildfires in the U.S. during 2012, with much of that in the Rocky Mountain West – the third largest wildfire year in the last 5 decades.