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Global Conservation

Miguel Acevedo's research has shown that in Venezuela, where he once roamed the rain forests as a boy, forests are being harvested in rotation periods of 30 years. That's far quicker than the 100 years his simulation results indicate are required for ecosystem recovery.

"If you don't cut at that rate of 30 years and you're a timber extractor, you make less money. It's a difficult problem to solve because it depends on the value you place on wealth and conservation of resources," he says.

Miguel Acevedo

A professor in the Department of Geography and the Institute of Applied Sciences at UNT since 1992, Acevedo uses real-time technology and collaborates with a team of researchers across the globe to study human relationships with natural ecosystems. In addition to the management of forest landscapes, he studies the protection of watersheds to determine how humans can best use natural resources.

The interdisciplinary research - which involves biologists, geographers, philosophers, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers - has also led to the creation of real-time environmental observatories in the Denton area, where information about ozone, water quality and ultraviolet radiation is automatically transmitted using wireless technology.

Elementary and middle school teachers use www.ecoplex.unt.edu to share information about the Dallas-Fort Worth environment with their students, and long-term plans are to make environmental observatories available in other areas of Texas and in several Latin American countries.

The National Science Foundation has provided funding for Acevedo's research, which includes the Greenbelt Corridor and Big Thicket National Park in Texas as well as the rain forests of South America. He works with a network of collaborators from UNT and with universities in South America, Central America, Mexico and Spain.

In the summers, he organizes trips for UNT students to visit Spain, where they study science, geography, ecology and archaeology. In 2007, the students plan to visit Mexico for studies of human interaction with the environment.

"We need to use land and resources," Acevedo says, "but we need to search for ways in which we can make them sustainable."



More Features


Geographer Harry Williams who studies sediments to uncover the patterns of ancient tsunamis

Core Studies

Coastal sediments reveal ancient tsunamis and hurricane storm surges.
- By Sara LaJeunesse

PATHS supports a health science club that introduces students to professionals in health care.

Health Science Careers

PATHS project creates interest in health fields for Hispanic students.
- By Cass Bruton


A new array of high-powered microscopes at the University of North Texas affords researchers a combination of tools nearly unique in the world.

High-Powered Combination

Few places on the planet have the lineup of microscopes available at UNT.
By James Naples

Cover Story - How much energy does it take to break apart a molecule?

Predicting Energies

UNT scientists reach the Holy Grail of computational chemistry.
- By Sally Bell


Eileen M. Hayes explores race, politics, popular culture, African American music and gender theories in the context of women-only music festivals in the United States.

In Cultural Context

Ethnomusicology research covers women's music festivals and African healing practices.
- By Cass Bruton

About 1,300 of 8,000 original works missing from the Iraqi Museum of Modern 
			Art in Baghdad have been retrieved and are being stored.

Lost Treasures

An art historian's quest for missing Iraqi art will help preserve a culture.
- By Ellen Rossetti


Edward Dzialowski's work may help explain how smoking or 
			certain drugs affect a developing human fetus.

Modeling Human Development

Zebrafish and chicken embryos shed light on hemophilia and heart defects.
- By Kim MacQueen

As a TAMS student at UNT, Desh Mohan placed fourth among the 
			individual finalists in the 2005 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Oxygen Deprivation

Student's award-winning research with nematodes may help treat cell damage.
- By Nancy Kolsti


Departments

President's Note

Research at UNT is student centered, broad based and far reaching.

News Briefs

UNT research ranges from brain tracking to eye tracking, RFID to VoIP, early college high schools to early music.

Student Researchers

Student research includes quantum mechanics, mathematical modeling, computer programming and linguistic profiling.

Alumni Researchers

Cultural health beliefs, computational perception of motion, space station hardware and genetics occupy these former UNT students.

Faculty Books

UNT authors write on emergency management, multiphase flows, structural equation modeling and entrepreneurship.

End Note

Miguel Acevedo's research makes environmental issues clear.