Los Alamos National Laboratory

Study: Warming winters could lead to another bark beetle spread in Santa Fe area

(U.S. Forest Service)SANTA FE, N.M. — A bark beetle epidemic wiped out swaths of pinon trees around Santa Fe more than a decade ago, and now new research predicts that warming winters could spell more trouble. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have done a large-scale analysis to demonstrate that higher temperatures allow the destructive beetle to multiply rapidly and…

Mexican spotted owl population holding steady on Los Alamos lab property

(National Park Service)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A recent survey of endangered species that live within the borders of Los Alamos National Laboratory shows the population of Mexican spotted owls appears to be holding steady. The northern New Mexico lab, which covers about 38 square miles, recently released the findings. The survey covers the owl, the Jemez Mountains salamander and the…