Sage grouse are an unmistakable species of bird. Besides being fascinating, sage grouse are extremely important indicators of the health of the most widespread ecosystem type in the United States, the sage-steppe ecosystem. Once widespread throughout the Intermountain West, this ecosystem is now fragmented and imperiled. But a group of BYU professors and students are working to help save this species.
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Church historian Elder Steven E. Snow speaks at environmental symposium.
Recent wildfires in California and Utah have caused Utah’s air quality to tank for several days this August, reaching orange and even red levels for long stretches. The BYU/Los Alamos-developed model uses detailed physics-based formulas to predict the initial formation of soot particles emitted during wildfires.
When Brooks Britt, a geological sciences professor at BYU, searched through the latest Triassic sandstone samples in his lab, he expected to find bones of early crocodiles and dinosaurs. Instead, he discovered the bones of a new pterosaur specimen, now named Caelestiventus (heavenly wind) hanseni. Dating back more than 200 million years, it’s one of the earliest ever found.
The 198 Christian, Jewish and Muslim families in the study lived in 17 different states and represented eight religious/ethnic faith communities. Family members were asked questions such as “Does your relationship with God influence your family relationships?,” “How does your family overcome major stresses and problems?” and “How do you share your faith with your children?”
A study published today in Nature Genetics co-authored by BYU geneticist Mary Davis identifies biomarkers in multiple sclerosis patients that indicate if they are more likely to develop liver injury (a serious side effect) during the most common type of MS treatment. The research provides a path for clinicians to test patients prior to treatment so they can prevent drug-induced liver damage in at-risk patients.