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.
News in May 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a new publication Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment, a review of the mandated report intended to inform decisions in response to climate change.
RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky along with Rutgers researcher James Morley published research in PLOS One, predicting great shifts in the habitats for more than 600 species on the North American continental shelf, as reported by NPR, The Weather Channel, NJ.com, Fish & Information Services, and EurekaAlert.org. Although there is significant uncertainty in how far and fast marine species will travel, a shift of only a couple of hundred miles would put marine life out of range for smaller boats, which would have a significant economic effect.
A new resource called Projects That Matter has been launched to connect students, faculty, volunteers, and practitioners with projects to transform our world into a better place for all. Projects That Matter provides practitioners a resource for recruiting students and gives students the opportunity to develop problem solving and sustainability skills while working on a project for their thesis, independent study, capstone, or course assignment.
A new study published in in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, attributes a 405,000 year climate cycle to the pull of Venus and Jupiter’s gravity, changing Earth’s eccentricity, as reported by Smithsonian Magazine. Rutgers researcher Dennis Kent explains that this particular climate cycle is directly related to the variations in sunlight on Earth as the eccentricity changes.
Tropical countries are more likely to suffer from extreme temperature swings in the future from climate change, reports the Washington Post. As these countries tend to be poorer, they will likely suffer the worst of climate change despite contributing the least to it. When asked about the research, RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis raised questions about whether the use of monthly averages actually smoothed out variability.
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.
RCI Affiliate Paul Falkowski has been honored as 2018 Tyler Prize Laureate for Environmental Achievement.
Falkowski is a distinguished professor in the Departments of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Earth and Planetary Sciences. His scholarship focuses on phytoplankton, coral, and the primary production of aquatic organisms for his studies on the biophysical processes controlling ocean productivity, in the roles of the nitrogen and iron cycles in ocean biogeochemistry and climate. The knowledge that climate strongly influences the distribution and diversity of all animals and plants has been historically clear, but its effects on microbial communities were poorly understood. In the 1970s, Dr. Falkowski was among the first scientists to observe this chain of link processes at the source of all life's origins - our oceans- that now informs predictions about how phytoplankton communities will change in the future and impact global climate. He has authored over 300 scientific papers, edited and authored 6 books and advised more than 100 graduate student, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. Dr. Falkowski is the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources and the founding director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.
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.
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, Academic Opportunities, Student Competitions & Funding Opportunities
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Policy Associate position at New Jersey Future in Trenton, NJ. [Posted May 20, 2018]
Various fellowships via the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research for scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanities researchers (early career scientists (w/in 5 years of undergraduate or graduate degree) and/or current PhD researchers in Antarctic research. Application deadline July 11, 2018.
Various short-term and long-term fellowships with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. [Posted May 20, 2018]
EMBO Fellowships to support international postdoctoral and pre-doctoral research experience. Applications accepted throughout the year, [Posted May 20, 2018]
Applications now being accepted for the Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award to support research into the life histories of little known birds of the continental Neotropics, including Trinidad and Tobago; applicants can include amateur or proffesional ornithologists. Application deadline July 15, 2018.
PhD position in reducing the uncertainty on regional and local climate induced by land-atmosphere feedbacks at the Justus-Liebig-University (Germany). To apply send a CV, letter of motivation, and letters of two referees in a single PDF to merja.toelle(at)geogr.uni-giessen.de. Application deadline June 10, 2018.
Research assistant position in ocean-ecosystem modelling at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany). Application deadline June 10, 2018.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the mathematics of climate extremes at CSIRO (Tasmania). Application deadline June 26, 2018.
Scientific Programmer in vegetation modeling at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). To apply send a cover letter, CV, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references in a single PDF to climate.jobs(at)geographie.uni-muenchen.de. Application deadline May 30, 2018.
Research scientist position in vegetation-climate interactions and global carbon cycle modeling at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). To apply send a cover letter, CV, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references in a single PDF to climate.jobs(at)geographie.uni-muenchen.de. Application deadline May 30, 2018.
The Cyprus Institute Graduate School accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Internship Program. Application deadline May 31, 2018.
The 2018 Artists and Climate Change Incubator, open to artists, activists, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices, will be held from August 6- August 10, 2018 in New York City. [posted May 13, 2018].
Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School 2018 for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers will be held from August 27 to August 31, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. Application deadline May 31, 2018.
Technical short course on Flux Measurement Fundamentals to be held from July 30- August 3, 2018 at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Application deadline May 31, 2018.
Postdoctoral Researcher to implement and test a newly developed process-based model of ocean heat uptake that will improve the accuracy of climate change projections at the University of Reading (UK). Application deadline May 23, 2018.
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in physical oceanography at Dalhousie University (Canada). To apply send a CV, two to three page statement of research interests, three representative publications, the names and contact information of three references, and a completed self-ID questionnaire as a single PDF to POsearch(at)dal.ca. Application deadline June 4, 2018.
Postdoc Research Associate in physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences at the University of Oregon. Application deadline May 25, 2018.
Postdoc Research Fellowship in Pacific decadal variability with the Center Of Excellence for Climate Extremes at University Of Monash (Australia). [Posted May 8, 2018]
Postdoc Research Position in paleoceanography at the Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment (France). Application deadline May 25, 2018.
HPC Application Support Engineer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain). Application deadline June 1, 2018.
Funding available from the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for projects that advance marine energy technologies. Concept paper deadline May 31, 2018 and full application deadline July 7, 2018.
Oceanographer with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK/Antarctica. Application deadline May 27, 2018.
Summer internship positions with Public Citizen’s Cover Climate Project in Washington, DC in research and advocacy and communications and advocacy. Applications accepted until positions are filled. [Posted April 29, 2018]
Funding available from the Department of Energy Building Technologies Office in Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 and Solid-State Lighting Research (SSL). Concept papers for BENEFIT due June 8, 2018 and full applications due August 23, 2018. Full applications for SSL due June 18, 2018.
Fall undergraduate internship at the Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC. Application deadline July 1, 2018. More information pdf here (1.47 MB) and pdf here (90 KB) .
Request for Information from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency regarding marine and coastal biosecurity, specifically focusing on cost-effective detection and prevention strategies for aquatic invasive species. Submissions due June 8, 2018.
PhD position in understanding and quantifying low probability-high impact extremes at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Applications will stay open until position is filled. (posted 4/23/18)
PhD position in multi-scale spectral remote sensing of vegetation stress at the University of Tasmania. Applications accepted on rolling basis. (posted 4/23/18)
PhD positions in remote sensing of cloud droplet number concentration and synergistic cloud profiling for liquid water detection in clouds at the Liepzig Institute for Meteorology (Germany). Applications will stay open until positions are filled. (posted 4/23/18)
PhD position in the influence of anthropogenic climate change on health impacts of Australians at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Send a CV, full academic transcript, and names of up to three academic referees to arccss.grad(at)unsw.edu.au. Application deadline June 20, 2018.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in arctic hydrological-biogeochemical modeling at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Applications will stay open until position is filled. (posted 4/23/18)
2-year Program Associate position at the Fund for New Jersey. Applications will stay open until the position is filled. (posted 4/23/18)
Meteorologist at Envision Energy in Singapore. Interested applicants should contact guiting.song(at)envisioncn.com. [Posted April 22, 2018]
Funding available from the National Science Foundation in Growing Convergence Research. Application deadline October 15, 2018 for FY 2019 funding.
Economic Development Administration is now accepting applications for Disaster Supplemental Relief Funding. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
UCAR is accepting proposals for short-term research collaboration opportunities at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applications now open to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in natural, economics and social sciences for the 2018 Allianz Climate Risk Research Award on the topic “climate risk: real-time information and new technologies.” Application deadline July 1, 2018.
Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes is now accepting applications for the Climate and Weather Extremes Tutorial to be held August 1- August 3, 2018 at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado. Registration open until filled.
Climate Risk Analysis is now accepting applications for the 23rd Summer Course in Climate Time Series Analysis to be held from August 20-August 24, 2018 in Germany. Registration deadline August 10, 2018.
Climate System Analysis Group is now accepting applications for the course using climate information for adaptation and policy development to be held from July 2-July 6, 2018 at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Application deadline June 1, 2018.
Environmental statistician Michael Stein of the University of Chicago is the Rutgers’ Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He will be teaching an advanced course in Statistics of the Earth System in the fall 2018 semester. Those interested in participating in the course should fill out this survey.
W3 Professorship in remote sensing of water cycle in the Earth system, Remote Sensing Center for Earth System Research of University of Leipzig (Germany). Application deadline May 31, 2018.
PhD Position on soil dust emission with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Application deadline May 31, 2018.
Ph.D/Postdoc Position in meteorology for the Israeli Ministry of Science. Send a CV, brief statement of research interests and future career plans, and information of two or more references to ori.adam(at)mail.huji.ac.il. [Posted April 8, 2018]
2 year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in early warning system of temperature-related mortality risk in Europe. Send full CV and a short paragraph of interest to jobs(at)isglobal.org with the subject heading PD_BLUE-ACTION. [Posted April 8, 2018]
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on humpback whales in a changing climate at the Marine Research Institute University of Capetown, South Africa. Send cover letter describing research experience, interests and collaborative experience, a CV, and contact information for two references to ma-re(at)uct.ac.za. Applications will stay open until the position is filled. [Posted April 8, 2018]
University Corporation for Atmospheric Rsearch (UCAR) is now accepting applications for the Next Generation Fellowships(intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities). Application deadline June 1, 2018.
20 PhD Positions in various climate science fields at the University of Graz (Austria). Positions to be filled by September 3, 2018.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting applications for the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) program. Application deadline September 26, 2018.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting applications for the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) program. Application deadline September 26, 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.
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.
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) .
Academic Service Opportunities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking nominations for a committee to organize and facilitate a workshop on Understanding Northern Latitude Vegetation Greening and Browning. Nominees should have expertise pertaining to remote sensing and ground based vegetation measurement, tundra and boreal ecology, and hydrology. Submission deadline May 31, 2018.