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News in March 2018
Congratulations to Rutgers graduate student Patrick Burgess, who has been chosen to receive the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation Award of Excellence for 2018. Burgess, who studied under RCI affiliate Bingru Huang, received his doctorate from Rutgers School of Graduate Studies in the Plant Biology program where his research focused on ‘Physiological and biochemical factors associated with drought tolerance of creeping bentgrass.’
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis discusses her research in the context of unusually warm temperatures currently occuring in the Arctic Circle in an article on Seeker.com. Warm air temperatures in the Arctic make ice vulnerable to being swept out of the Arctic and prevents long term ice growth. According to Francis, warmth in the Arctic influences weather in the US by creating a more variable jet stream, thus leading to more persistent weather conditions.
The world is not prepared for a major volcanic eruption, according to a paper published in Geosphere which explores the consequences of a magnitude VEI-7 (Volcanic Explosivity Index) or greater eruption. RCI affiliate Alan Robock is a co-author on the study, which suggests researchers should begin preparing for a VEI-7 eruption as well as offers a list of volcanoes possible of producing a VEI-7 blast. Volcanic eruptions can have consequences on climate, society, and even GPS measurements as sulfate aerosols are emitted in the atmosphere and spread throughout the world.
Horseshoe crab numbers in the Delaware Bay are down, which is having an effect on the red knot, according to RCI affiliate Rick Lathrop as reported in Rutgers Today, The Press of Atlantic City and WHYY.org. The red knot is a migratory bird which travels 10,000 miles from Chile to the Arctic to breed. On its journey to the Arctic each spring, it stops in Delaware Bay to eat horseshoe crab eggs, gaining weight that is crucial to successfully complete their journey. This study highlights the sensitivity of interconnections between global ecosystems.
February 2018 ranked fourth warmest and third wettest in New Jersey, as reported by RCI affiliate and New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson in the NJHerald and NJ.com. New Brunswick recorded its wettest February, while snowfall was 1-3 inches below average throughout the state.
The Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences has these books available online: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth, Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration, America's Climate Choices, Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic, Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change, Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Virtual Field Tours “As if You were There” From the USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Explore farm and forestry climate adaptation practices from throughout the Northeast through these 360 degree demonstration projects including.
In one, Rutgers University scientists, RCI Affiliate Dave Bushek and Rutgers Program Coordinator, Jenny Paterno Shinn, both of the Haskin Shellfish Lab, assist partners from US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to build living shorelines along the Delaware Bayshore to reduce the impacts of future storms.
2018 NJVOAD Annual Conference will be held on April 12, 2018 at the National Conference Center in East Windsor, NJ.
Distinguished Professor Debashish Bhattacharya Appointed to National Academy of Sciences Committee Addressing Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs
RCI affiliate, Professor Debashish Bhattacharya of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology has been appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to serve on the committee to discuss and report on strategic Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs (http://dels.nas.edu/Study-In-Progress/Interventions-Increase-Resilience/DELS-OSB-17-01). Prof. Bhattacharya’s lab studies coral genome evolution, population structure, and coral responses to abiotic stress, with the goal of identifying the ‘genetic toolkit’ used by these species to adapt to environmental fluctuations.
This committee has multiple tasks. These include to review the state of the art in ecological and genetic interventions that can be used to enhance recovery and persistence of coral reefs. The committee will consider scenarios and solutions that address the next 5-20 years which will see serious deterioration in the reef environment due to warming, more acidic waters. The committee will provide an environmental risk assessment and develop a decision pathway for implementation of potential interventions that includes knowledge gained from genetic, genomic, and ecological data. Two reports will result from this initiative.
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance has developed an infographic to explain NJ's climate change impacts, greenhouse gas emissions sources, status on emissions reductions, progress to meeting state goals, and policy options available to New Jersey. This infographic is based on the report An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in New Jersey.
In addition, the Alliance has posted the video: There are benefits to addressing climate change beyond reducing greenhouse gases.
the video: Addressing climate change is a monumental opportunity.
the video: Economic development and environmental protection can happen hand in hand.
the video: Climate change is a problem we can solve.
the video: NJ can make a difference
the video: Municipalities are the front lines of climate change
as well as the video: We can improve the well-being of vulnerable communities in New Jersey
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Climate Change and Public Health Working Group has released the final New Jersey Climate and Health Profile Report. Read the December 2017 final report here.
A video on Climate Change and Public Health Implications for New Jersey can be found here.
A video on NJ Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change can be found here.
A video on Climate Change and Flood Risk for NJ’s Senior Citizens is available here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Jeanne Herb and RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan on receiving the 2017 Public Health Advocates of the Year Award by the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association. Herb and Kaplan are co-facilitators of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and through their work with the Alliance they were recognized for their outstanding contribution to public health in New Jersey.
State Department Publication Features Rutgers Polar Research!
Rutgers representatives working at the US Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, Point Barrow, Alaska, 1957. Left to right: Professor John Tedrow, William Gillis ‘55, Professor Russell Alderfer, John Cantlon ‘50, James Drew ‘52, Nathan Perselay ‘23, graduate student Lowell Douglass, Jerry Brown ‘58, with Ambercrombie the mascot. (Photo credit: Jerry Brown)
During the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (April 2015- May 2017), the State Department created a blog post series on the relationship of each state to the Arctic, which culminated in the book Our Arctic Nation, published in 2017. The chapter on New Jersey features the research of several Rutgers faculty including Professor Jennifer Francis (Marine and Coastal Sciences), Professor Åsa Rennermalm (Geography), Professor David Robinson (Geography), and Professor Hal Salzman (E.J. Bloustein School) as well as several Rutgers graduate students and discusses the long history of polar research at Rutgers.
You can view the book here.
Read the more in-depth original blog post Putting New Jersey on the Arctic Map: Rutgers Univeristy and The Garden State’s Arctic Connections which was published February 19, 2016 .
See RCI Affiliate Professor Åsa K Rennermalm in Greenland discussing her research on how the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting and how fast the meltwater reaches the ocean and affects sea levels. Learn more about Professor Rennermalm’s work here and here.
Professor Rennermalm’s graduate student Rohi Muthyala studies how melting water cuts channels in the ice sheet and how those channels and the constant thawing and refreezing of the ice sheet’s surface affect the flow of water at the mouth of a river.
Read more about Rohi Muthyala’s work here.
Professor Rennermalm’s student Sasha Leidman is studying supraglacial streams of meltwater that form on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet and become more pervasive as the climate warms to understand how the streams absorb sunlight and the degree to which that can contribute to increased melting of the ice sheet.
Read more about Sasha Leidman here.
New Report on Climate Mitigation for New Jersey Available
An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction in New Jersey has been released as a collaboration among research staff from The Georgetown Climate Center, Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and World Resources Institute. Support for the report was provided by The Fund for New Jersey and the Energy Foundation. This report explores policy options for the State of New Jersey in advancing statutory limits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more and access the report here.
The report is featured in NJ Spotlight, and in an op-ed by former NJ Governors James Florio and Thomas Kean NJ's Next Gov Can Make a real Difference on Climate Change . More coverage of the report includes its being cited by other state leaders who joined with the former Governors in recommendations for the next governor of NJ to address climate change.
Jobs, Internships, Student Competitions & Funding Opportunities
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Director Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport. Application deadline April 1, 2018.
PhD Position in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) at the University of Alberta. Application deadline March 19, 2018.
International Association of Wildlife Fire 2018 Graduate Student Scholarship Applications. Application deadline April 3, 2018.
Program Manager of policy & planning at Sustainable Jersey. Application deadline March 21, 2018.
Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in tropical climate research at Pusan National University (South Korea). Submit cover letter, shhort statement of research, interests, curriculum vitae, the name of 2 references, and up to three publications hahadaye(at)pusan.ac.kr. [posted March 2, 2018]
Scientific Coordinator Position at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Germany). First cutoff date April 6, 2018. More information contact wiebke.schubotz(at)mpimet.mpg.de.
Postdoctoral Fellow in physical oceanography at the University of Tasmania (Australia). Application deadline March 14, 2018.
Post Doctoral Research in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases with ISGlobal (Spain). To apply, send full CV accompanied with a brief statement of interest and experience to avier.rodo(at)isglobal.org and cc to anna.massaneda(at)isglobal.org. [posted March 2, 2018]
U.S. Permafrost Association Early Career EUCOP Travel Grant Announcement – 2018. Application deadline March 23, 2018.
Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Dear Colleague Letter for Navigating the New Arctic. pdf More info here. (183 KB) Application deadline May 1, 2018.
Summer 2018 Water Intern. [posted March 2, 2018]
Summer 2018 Carbon Asset Risk Intern. [posted March 2, 2018]
PhD Position in ocean/ cryosphere/ climate interactions at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Application deadline March 19, 2018.
Twelve Positions in polar climate research in Belgium: 5 Ph.D., 4 postdocs, 3 computers scientists focusing on Decadal Predictability and Variability of polar climate: the Role of Atmosphere- Ocean-cryosphere Multiscale Interactions. (posted February 26, 2018).
The Solar Ambassador Program is a fellowship for one academic year that gives college students the opportunity to spearhead a solar project in their community using RE-volv’s innovative solar financing model. Application deadline has been extended to April 15th, 2018.
Research Scientist coastal climate projections with CSIRO (Australia). Application deadline March 15, 2018.
2 Year Post- doc position biogeochemical operational model of the Black Sea at University of Liege (Belgium). [posted February 18, 2018]
Postdoctoral Researcher related to air- sea interactions and fluid dynamics at University of Delaware. [posted February 18, 2018]
Ocean/ Ice Boundary Layer Modeler at British Antarctic Survey (UK). Application deadline March 25, 2018.
The Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) is accepting Proposals for our Spring 2018 grant competition. Full proposal deadline March 30, 2018. pdf Document attached here. (320 KB)
The Nature Conservancy and Sustainable Jeresey will be re-opening the floodplain reforestation incentive program, called “Roots for Rivers”. Application deadline March 16, 2018. More information here or contact Michelle DiBlasio, michelle.diblasio(at)tnc.org for more information.
The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards for graduate students (master's and PhD students) and postdocs working on advancing environmental policy or the public’s understanding of an environmental issue. Application deadline March 14, 2018.
Postdoctoral Scientist Position at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada). Application including a cover letter, CV, and three professional references to climate(at)uvic.ca.
Postdoctoral Fellowships with NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. Application deadline April 6, 2018. More information email cpaess-apply(at)ucar.edu.
Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions with Rutgers Energy Institute. The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers Student Travel Awards to support undergraduate and graduate students in the broad area of energy research to offset the cost of travel and meeting attendance.
NOAA Climate and Society Interactions Funding Opportunity. Application deadline March 16, 2018.
Mitigation Division Internship with Region IIFederal Emergency Management Agency. Students must be in graduate school or in their Junior or Senior Year of Undergraduate studies. document Click here for more information (15 KB) .
Undergraduate Summer Internship for underrepresented minority students with the South Central Climate Science Center. Application deadline March 16, 2018.
NOAA is offering up to $2 million for Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the Education of K-12 Students and the Public for Community Resilience. Application deadline April 6, 2018. More information here.
Environmental Protection Agency announces up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants under the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program. Proposal deadline March 15, 2018. More information here.
Academic Service Opportunities