Based on what we know and in which direction the climate is going, yes, we can expect more frequent super fires. There is scientific consensus that climate change will lead to much more intense fires, more dry areas.

Marko Princevac, professor of mechanical engineering, on the involvement of climate change in the drought and warm temperatures of the Great Smoky Mountains


The problem is bigger than the landscape level. It is also in the native forests…We need to look at the bigger picture to find more environmentally friendly bio controls such as a natural predator.

Akif Eskalen, professor of plant pathology, on the possible widespread usage of disease inoculations for trees, in order to prevent the continued death of millions of national forests in California


My perspective is that, although people may perceive their risk as a bit higher than they used to, people – and risk perceptions – are quite resilient. I wouldn't be surprised if most people in this region have gone right back to where they were before the attack in terms of thinking about terrorism.

Kate Sweeny, associate professor of psychology, on the devastating effects of the December 2nd San Bernadino terrorist attack, analyzing the subsequent reactions and thoughts following a terrorist attack


I was shocked when the study came out. I wanted to look at the details and change the scale.

Cameron Barrows, research ecologist at the conservation center of biology in Palm Desert, on the possible future extinction of Joshua trees in California


Winter can be a good time to plan out spring gardens to provide bees food…In warmer areas, some bees will be active nearly year-round, and having bee-friendly flowers that bloom during the colder months can provide those bees forage.

Quinn McFrederick, professor of entomology, discussing ways in which to help bees thrive in any type of season


The stereotype or the image of Indian art is just as problematic as the stereotype of the person. When people think 'Indian art,' they think of materials, really — beads or clay or leather.

Gerald L. Clarke Jr., assistant professor of ethnic studies, on his art installations that encompass all kinds of mediums—paint, found objects, or sculpture


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