The Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers by facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural, social and policy sciences.
Save the date! The 2018 Rutgers Climate Symposium will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Busch Student Center. This year's theme is Climate Change and Food Security. Registration opens in September.
Henry Rutgers Professorship in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences position at Rutgers University. All nominations and applications should be submitted by August 24, 2018.
Rutgers Team Leads Development of New Glider Sensor to Monitor Acidification in Coastal Systems
Rutgers faculty Grace Saba and Travis Miles (Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences), and Saba’s graduate student Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks recently deployed the first integrated glider platform and sensor system for sampling pH in the water column of the coastal ocean. The researchers worked with SeaBird Scientific and Teledyne Webb Research to modify and integrate a deep rated version of the Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor (ISFET)-based pH sensor, the Deep-ISFET pH sensor system, into a Slocum glider. They recently completed the first of several planned missions off the coast of New Jersey, where a reporter from National Geographic tagged along to document the event: xx. The data produced from this new technology will allow the researchers and the community to track the movement of low pH water, understand the variability of pH, predict how mixing events and circulation will impact pH across the shelf, identify high-risk regions and populations of commercially important species that are more prone to periods of reduced pH, and ultimately will enable more informed management of essential habitats in the future, more acidic oceans.
Congratulations to RCI intern Emily Cheng who along with Maya Robles, both undergraduates majoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior took first prize in the 2018 Rutgers Energy Institute Competition for their “The Collegiate Carbon Exchange: Cap and Trade Between the Big 10 Schools”. The energy competition is intended to engage students in devising creative and innovative solutions in reducing energy wasted at Rutgers. "Energy Innovation" was the challenge for the 2018 competition. The winners were announced May 2, 2108 at the annual REI Energy Symposium.
Maya Robles and RCI Intern Emily Cheng in front of their 1st prize poster.
RCI Intern Emily Cheng (2nd from Left) recognized for the winning poster at the REI 2018 Energy Symposium.
Congratulations to the following RCI affiliates for winning departmental awards:
Elizabeth Sikes - Teaching Excellence Award
Cara Cuite - Outreach Excellence Award
Jill Lipoti - Barbara Munson Goff Teacher of the Year Award
Climate Lunch April 2018
On April 6, 2018, RCI hosted its final climate lunch of the academic year. RCI lunches are an opportunity for graduate students, post doctoral researchers, faculty and staff to meet over a casual lunch setting and foster collaboration and information exchange.
Professor Yair Rosenthal, Departments of Marine and Coastal Sciences & Earth and Planetary Sciences speaking on “Paleoceanography of the western Pacific warm pool: why, where and how?”
Professor Lauren Feldman, Department of Journalism and Media Studies presents “Climate Change in the Media: Effects on Public Opinion and Engagement.”
Rutgers Day 2018
On Saturday April 28, 2018, Rutgers Climate Institute teamed up with the Office of the NJ State Climatologist where visitors of all ages learned about climate change through stories, “climate jeopardy”, and questions and answers with experts.
USDA Northeast Climate Hub Partners Meeting
On behalf of the US Department of Agriculture, Northeast Climate Hub, on March 14-15, 2018 Rutgers University hosted the first regional Northeast Climate Hub Partners meeting “Building Agricultural Resiliency Through Adaptation” to examine the state of knowledge on climate adaptation and promote actions to support agriculture in the Northeast Region. The meeting enabled partners from government, academia and the farm community to share experiences in adapting to climate impacts and foster peer-to-peer learning through multi-directional information exchange; to strategize on how to best support science-based and cost-effective adaptation in the context of current climate science; and to support and formalize the growing community of practice around climate adaptation in agriculture in the Northeast. Meeting agenda and presentation abstracts are available here; learn more about climate change and agriculture in New Jersey here.
Bill Hohenstein, Office of the Chief Economist, United States Department of Agriculture provides perspectives on national efforts to address climate change.
Dr. Daniel Ward, Rutgers University speaking on Strategies and Tactics for Wine Grape Production in a Changing Climate.
Hannah Aitken and Dr. Joshua Faulkner both of the University of Vermont describing the Climate Masters Project: A Farmers and Fellows Project for Peer-to-Peer Climate Adaptation Education.
News in August 2018
A warming climate will burden future societies with enormous costs in the form of death due to extreme heat, reports the Wall Street Journal based on a new study from the Climate Impact Lab. RCI affiliate Robert Kopp is an author of this study, which shows that cities in warm climates experience large projected increases in heat deaths, while cities in temperate climates may see an improvement in their mortality rates due to a decrease in extreme cold conditions. Wealth tends to be a mitigating factor, improving a city’s ability to adapt, but this takes away from the other services provided to society.
The extreme weather experienced globally during July is consistent with the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, reports USA Today. RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis weighs in, emphasizing the cost of climate change on lives on property not just in the distant future, but even today.
Climate change will have mixed effects on wildlife, reports the Christian Science Monitor. According to RCI Professor Julie Lockwood, species that have very specialized adaptations will be most at risk of disappearing as the climate changes. For many species, including invasive species, climate change creates an opportunity to expand and thrive. With respect to ocean species, RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky is quoted, “We’re seeing hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of species shifting toward higher latitudes…It’s happening about 10 times faster in the ocean as on land, and it’s largely unseen.”
Geoengineering through solar radiation management as a way to combat climate warming may have unintended consequences, such as reducing agricultural yield, reports Wired and Gizmodo. Using volcanic eruptions as an analogue, researchers studied the effect that volcanic eruptions in the past had on food production to determine the effects that geoengineering could have. According to RCI affiliate Alan Robock, there is still research to be done before the case for geoengineering can be fully made.
The exotic Longhorned tick was found on a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey, the first known human interaction with the tick, NorthJersey.com reports. The girl was not bitten by the tick and the tick was not found to be carrying lyme disease. According to RCI affiliate Dina Fonseca, this is still a significant finding because the tick has been in the United States for five years and there had been no known human encounters.
RCI affiliate Jill Lipoti discusses how harmful food waste is at NorthJersey.com. Food waste encompasses everything from food that doesn’t get harvested to food that is purchased but never eaten. According to Lipoti, as a society we don’t fully appreciate all of the resources that go into food that isn’t consumed, nor is enough attention paid to the amount of methane that is produced from landfill waste.
The EPA’s global lake monitoring efforts are assisting the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to assess water quality in Ireland’s lakes, according to the Irish Times and The Drive. RCI affiliate Olaf Jensen is involved in the project, who has experience using drones to monitor rivers and lakes in North America and Mongolia.
The famous painting The Scream sold for a record $119.9 million in 2012, but the inspiration behind its iconic red-and-yellow sky has not always been clear. RCI affiliate Alan Robock as well as scientists from the University of Oxford and University of London believe the artist, Edvard Munch intended to depict nacreous clouds (clouds in the winter polar stratosphere) in the sky of this world renown painting, Rutgers Today, News 12 New Jersey, Science Daily, and USA Today reports.
Jobs, Internships, Academic Opportunities, Student Competitions & Funding Opportunities
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NJ Watershed Ambassadors.
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Beginning September 2018
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Coastal Projects Manager, TNC-NJ. Application Deadline September 7, 2018. Complete details here.
PhD position in the impact of variable retention harvest on carbon and water cycling of southern forest plantations in Canada at McMaster University (Canada). To apply send a cover letter, CV, and contacts for three academic references as a single PDF to arainm(at)mcmaster.ca. Application deadline September 1, 2018.
PhD studentship in interdependent relationships between natural hazards at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Position to start October 1, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, contact chris.white(at)strath.ac.uk.
PhD position in atmospheric dynamics and climate model biases at the University of Victoria, Canada. Review of application begins November 1, 2018 and continues until position is filled.
Postdoctoral Scholar in soil organic matter focused on understanding the microbial role in soil organic matter (SOM) formation at the University of California, Berkeley. Application open until position is filled. [Posted August 12, 2018]
Two Postdoctoral positions in regional climate change at UCLA: downscaling global climate model output to produce credible high-spatial-resolution projections of anthropogenic climate change over the Western U.S; and using global and regional climate models to understand climate change impacts on drought, vegetation, and wildfire in California. To apply send a statement of research interests and goals, no longer than one page, and a complete CV, including contact information for three references to kreich(at)ioes.ucla.edu. Please indicate which position interests you. Application open until position is filled. [Posted August 12, 2018]
CASCADE Extreme Weather Postdoctoral scholar for the Calibrated and Systematic Characterization, Attribution, and Detection of Extremes (CASCADE) project with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California). [Posted August 12, 2018]
Research fellow in extreme convective rainfall at the University of Melbourne. Application deadline August 26, 2018.
Postdoctoral candidate in urban climate modeling at Boston University. Candidate will lead research on improving the urban canopy models in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) Earth System Model, using these urbanized global earth system models to explore urban sustainability and environmental issues. To apply send a cover letter, CV, and names of up to three references to lidan(at)bu.edu. [Posted August 12, 2018]
Collaborator Position for the ESA CCI+ Snow project with the Eurac Research Institute for Earth Observation (Italy). The candidate will work on the generation of high resolution snow cover maps from Landsat and Sentinel-2 images. To apply send a CV, cover letter, and further relevant documents to earth.observation(at)eurac.edu. Application deadline September 7, 2018.
Assistant or Associate Professor in climatology at the Middle Tennessee State University. Review of application begins September 3, 2018 and continues until position is filled. [Posted August 12, 2018]
Funding available from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program for projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies. Application deadline October 25, 2018.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Application deadline January 31, 2019.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – FEMA, FEMA FY 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Application deadline January 31, 2019.
Coastal Outreach Specialistwith expertise in coastal/ocean processes and management to serve as an engagement liaison, focused around coastal models and associated products, located at NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Posted July 31, 2018).
Research Fellow in hydrological modeling at the University of Southampton, UK. Application deadline August 16, 2018.
Postdoctoral Researcher in urban climate modeling at the National University of Singapore. To apply send a 1-page cover letter, full CV including names and contact information of three references to geomr(at)nus.edu.sg. Application priority deadline September 15, 2018.
Associate professor in offshore wind energy at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway, Application deadline September 7, 2018.
Full-time Physical Science Educator in the Youth Initiatives department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. [Posted July 29, 2018]
Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. [posted July 29, 2018]
The EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge invites undergraduate and graduate student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefiting the campus community and the environment. Registration deadline September 2018. Entries due December 14, 2018.
Postdoctoral researcher or Engineer: Terrestrial ecosystems influenced by climate and land uses at the University of Paris, Saclay. Application deadline September 15, 2018.
Postdoctoral Fellow position in tropical climate research at the IBS Center for Climate Physics, Pusan National University (South Korea). To apply end a cover letter, a short statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the name of 2 references, and up to three publications to hahadaye(at)pusan.ac.kr. [Posted July 22, 2018]
Postdoctoral position in assessing alternations in rainfall extremes under climate change conditions at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). To apply, send a 1-page cover letter describing the suitability for the post and a 2-page CV including names and contact information of two references to ali.nazemi(at)concordia.ca. [Posted July 22, 2018]
Associate Director of the Polar Data Catalogue/Canadian Cryospheric Information at the University of Waterloo (Canada). [Posted July 22, 2018]
Funding available from the Energy Department in machine learning for geothermal energy, for projects to support new analytical tools for finding and developing geothermal resources, to establish the practice of machine learning in the geothermal industry, and maximize the value of the rich datasets utilized in the geosciences. Concept paper deadline August 23, 2018.
PhD position in interdisciplinary climate research at the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (Germany). Application deadline September 15, 2018.
PhD position in drone analytics for environmental monitoring at Maynooth University (Ireland). All queries should be addressed to andrew.parnell(at)mu.ie. [Posted July 15, 2018]
2 Postdoctoral Scientist Positions in large-scale climate dynamics at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Germany). Application deadline September 1, 2018.
Postdoctoral Fellow in regional climate modeling and analysis at the University of Bergen Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (Norway). Application deadline August 20, 2018.
Postdoctoral position in state and timescale-dependency of past climate variability from the last Glacial to present day at Heidelberg University (Germany). Application deadline August 15, 2018.
User Engagement and Training Specialist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada).
Proposals now being accepted for Public Transit Technology and Innovation Program to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies and operational approaches that improve New York’s public transportation systems, while contributing to the State’s energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Concept papers due August 7, 2018 and full proposals due November 8, 2018.
PhD position in Dust Impact and Vegetation Influence on Climate: looking to the future from a paleo perspective at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. To apply send an expression of interest, CV, academic transcripts and contacts of at least two academic references in a single PDF to pausata.francesco(at)uqam.ca. Application deadline July 31, 2018.
The Data Incubator, a free, intensive 8-week fellowship in data science, will be held from September 10, 2018 to November 2, 2018. Open to master’s students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The fellowship is located in-person in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Washington DC, as well as remote.
Postdoctoral position in cryospheric and high mountain research with a focus on climate change related impacts at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Application deadline August 15, 2018.
Academic Service Opportunities
Expert Reviewers for the IPCC second-order draft of 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The review period runs from July 2 to September 9, 2018. Prospective reviewers must register by September 2, 2018.