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Laura Oleniacz

Tiger sharks

Jul 21, 2022

How ‘Shark Week’ Could Inspire Love For Ocean Predators

Findings from a new study indicate positive YouTube videos could be a useful tool for shark conservation. 

Red fox

Jun 28, 2022

The Answer to a Red Fox Mystery is in Their DNA

The vast majority of red foxes in the Southeast are native to North America, according to an NC State expert. 

Wildland fire shelter test set-up

Jun 14, 2022

New Fire Shelter Prototypes Could Buy Time for Wildfire Firefighters

New designs for wildfire shelters could increase the survival time for firefighters inside, researchers from NC State found in a recent study. 

May 13, 2022

Study Finds Soil Composition Isn’t Key to Southeast Raleigh Flooding

Findings from a recent study suggest the soil is unlikely the culprit behind recurrent flooding in the Walnut Creek watershed. 

Wind turbines - Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs in New England - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Apr 21, 2022

Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs in New England

An NC State study found offshore wind power could help lower average wholesale electricity prices in New England. 

Gray fox - Tree Cover Helps Gray Foxes Coexist With Coyotes in the Country - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Mar 21, 2022

Tree Cover Helps Gray Foxes Coexist With Coyotes in the Country

Preserving tree cover may be essential in helping the gray fox survive with coyotes in rural areas, according to a new study from NC State researchers. 

Bradford pear tree in bloom - Bounty Offered on Bradford Pear Trees - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Mar 10, 2022

Bounty Offered on Bradford Pear Trees

Through the “Bradford Pear Bounty” program, you could get up to five new native trees in exchange for cutting down the same number of Bradford pears in your yard while supplies last. 

Aerial of forests in Great Smoky Mountains. - During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Mar 3, 2022

During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream

Increased water use by upstream mountain forests could leave less water for other forests, cities and wildlife during drought. 

Ghost forest in North Carolina. - Microbes Making Tree Methane ‘Farts’ in Ghost Forests Are in the Soils, Study Says - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Feb 2, 2022

Microbes Making Tree Methane ‘Farts’ in Ghost Forests Are in the Soils, Study Says

Understanding how ghost forests create methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is important to calculating the environmental impact of the forest-to-ghost forest transition. 

Researchers are studying ghost forests in North Carolina. - Study Finds Saltwater Thresholds for Plants in Freshwater Forests - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Jan 26, 2022

Study Finds Saltwater Thresholds for Plants in Freshwater Forests

Findings from the study could help researchers identify coastal landscapes in transition from forest to marsh or open water – and in need of help.