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St. Paul RF Base Station

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CSAS News: June 2008

Heidi Steltzer Joins Board of Directors, Lee Dexter Retires

After six years of service to the CSAS, and a much longer teaching career at Northern Arizona University as a Professor of Geography, and as a celebrated teacher and researcher of snow and avalanche processes, Lee Dexter will make a gracious exit from academic life after the spring semester of 2008, making more time for what may be his most dangerous career to-date, high-level 'civilian' rocketry.  We may yet benefit more from his keen interest and unique skills in snow physics and snow measurements and look forward to his continued winter pilgrimages to Silverton.

Lee is proud to be replaced on the CSAS board of directors, as of June 1, 2008 by Dr. Heidi Steltzer, a researcher at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University.  Heidi's interests and already impressive research record in alpine and arctic ecology match up perfectly with the CSAS's "snow system science" research and Mountain System Monitoring programs, and she's recently begun a pioneering experiment in Senator Beck Basin invesitigating the affects of advanced snowmelt timing and warmer summer temperatures on alpine plants, research that will illuminate the possible affects of climate change in alpine environments.