In the Spotlight: June 13-17, 2022

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  • Regents’ professor Michelle Mack of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society spoke to Science in May as part of a story on the complex ways forests could affect future climate. “I thought there was no way these [deciduous] forests could recover the carbon they lost in the fire,” Mack said, but a recent study she led published in Science last year found deciduous trees that moved in after fire in boreal forests recouped carbon losses from the spruce forests that burned. 
  • Jut Wynne, assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes, authored a recently published paper with three other scientists. “Range extension of the endemic terrestrial isopod Hawaiioscia rapui reveals the dispersal potential of the genus across the South Pacific” discusses how this “canoe bug” may have been dispersed by the ancient Polynesians. 
  • The NAU men’s track and field team had a great run at Hayward Field. Abdihamid Nur added a 10,000-meter bronze medal to his collection, David Dunlap earned second-team All-American honors in the 200-meter and George Kusche qualified for the 1500-meter finals. 
  • On top of earning a third consecutive Big Sky Conference championship, as well as a third NCAA Tournament berth, the NAU’s women’s tennis team landed No. 8 in the ITA Division I Women’s Mountain Region Rankings released this week, finishing among the Top 10 of the ITA Mountain Region for the sixth straight year. Sophomore Gina Dittmann, the Big Sky Conference MVP and All-Big Sky First Team singles honoree for a second consecutive year, landed at No. 2 in the Mountain Region following a 16-2 season with all 18 matches coming at No. 1.