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.
RCI launches Student Support Fund
This new RCI fund provides assistance for Rutgers student travel and related expenses for the purposes of climate change education and research thanks to the generosity of the William H. Greenberg (Rutgers University Class of 1944) Family. Application deadline for travel and related expenses that will occur between January 1 and June 30, is 11:59 pm November 1st. As the fund grows, RCI intends to expand its reach to undergraduate and master's degree students; however, initial eligibility is limited to Rutgers Ph.D. students whose major area of research is on climate change in the natural, social, health or policy sciences. Complete information here. Help us grow the fund here.
RCI's Newest Greenberg Fellow: Arielle Catalano
Rutgers graduate student, Arielle Catalano has been selected as RCI's next recipient of the William H. Greenberg Fellowship.
Arielle is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science.
Her dissertation research topic is The effects of climate change on the climatology
of simulated extratropical cyclones – application of a high-resolution global climate model.
The William H. Greenberg Fellowship was established by Mrs. Phyllis Greenberg to honor her husband who was a graduate of Rutgers University, Class of 1944. Read more about Arielle and the William H. Greenberg Fellowship here.
News In August 2015
The EPA announced new rules to cut methane emissions. The new proposal is needed to ensure the President’s Climate Action Plan is on track to achieve its goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Read more about the new rules in this New York Times article.
The National Academies Press has released Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcome: Summary of a Workshop Series. This summary of workshops explores opportunities to strengthen regional coordination required in response to a large scale multijurisdictional disaster. To download or purchase, click here.
RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky was interviewed in this Rutgers Today article about population plunges of fast-growing fish species. The combination of overfishing and climate variability appears to be responsible for these population collapses. Read Dr, Pinsky’s paper here. Interviews about this research can also be found at: sciencedaily.com and economictimes.com.
Rutgers Professor Norbert Psuty is quoted in this climatecentral.org article about rising sea levels and the possible short term solutions.
RCI Affiliates Steve Brechin, Tom Rudel and Rachael Shwom are authors of the recently released, Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives released this month by Oxford University Press. Read more pdf here (1.31 MB).
The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released a report called Towards Scenarios of U.S. Demographic Change: Workshop Report. The main focus of this report is on the needs, resources, capabilities, and barriers/opportunities for producing national-scale, regionally differentiated, and spatially explicit long-range population and demographics scenarios for the United States. Click here for full report.
RCI affiliate Patricia Findley discusses her recent report findings on Superstorm Sandy’s lingering effects of mental health distress and depression on child and family health in this Rutgers Today article, nj1015.com article, and philly.com article.
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis is quoted in Alaska Dispatch News about the causes for the projected warmer winter weather in Alaska.
President Obama, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has unveiled a set of environmental regulations devised to sharply cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants and ultimately transform America’s electricity industry. This Clean Power Plan will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their individual energy consumption. An overview of the plan can be read in this CNN article as well as the EPA rule summary.
NOAA has recently announced the formation of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. This committee will provide advice on sustained assessment activities and products, including engagement of stakeholders. The Committee will be established under The Department of Commerce in 2015. The Committee will consist of 15 non-Federal Members. Interested persons may submit nominations for themselves or third parties here (you must create an account) until Monday, September 14th 2015.
The National Academies Press has released Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States which addresses the need for deeper analysis on how climate change impacts on the environment can create environmental stressors that, in turn, are having and/or have the potential to have significant impact on human health in a number of dimensions. To pre-order the paperback or download the pdf version of this book, click here.
The National Academies Press has released A Community-Based Flood Insurance Option, which identifies a range of key issues and questions that would merit consideration and further analysis as part of such a program. To pre-order the paperback or download the pdf version of this book, click here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
Big Pitch Competition is seeking innovations from undergraduate and graduate students that improve economies, health and the environment. The award is 10,000 cash. Early registration deadline is September 1st 2015 11:59pm GMT with a $50.00 registration fee and final registration is September 7th 11:59pm GMT with a $100.00 registration fee. For more information and registration, click here.
The Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative is holding a conference titled “Climate Change and the Highlands: Science, Impacts, Preparedness, Communication, and Solutions.” This is a science-based public conference where one can learn and discuss the ecological, economic, and human impacts of climate change, and climate solutions. The Conference will be held from October 16th to 18th 2015 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia. Regular registration is from August 1st to September 15th 2015 and late Registration is from September 16th to October 16th 2015. For more information and registration, click here.
The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the U.S. EPA, is having a public meeting September 9th-10th 2015 at the EPA Potomac Yard offices located at 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Topics of discussion will include improving environmental outcomes through monitoring, youth perspectives on climate change and much more. Register by August 31st 2015 EST here.
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation is holding a Living Shorelines Summit titled Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community which will feature region-specific workshops. The summit will be held December 1-2, 2015 at the Hilton Hartford in Hartford, CT. For further information, click here.
The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held 21-26th February 2016 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cosponsored by AGU, ASLO, and TOS the meeting will consist of a variety of programs covering topics in all areas of Ocean Sciences. Registration for this meeting will open in fall 2015. Click here for more information.
A workshop titled Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability will be held on September 3rd and 4th in Woods Hole, MA. Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. The workshop will examine a range of issues including factors affecting decadal-scale variability; key gaps in its science, observing, and modeling; the utility and accuracy of various observations for tracking it; and how best to communicate the current understanding of it. More information here. Register here. Participation is available via Webex.
The first international conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events will be held on September 16th-18th, 2015 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington D.C. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.
The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation is holding a Congress on Sustaining Western Water December 1st and 2nd 2015 at the American Geophysical Union Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Registration is until open until November 6, 2015. For more information and registration, click here.
2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference, February 3-4, 2016, Wilmington, Delaware. Presentation and poster proposals due October 4, 2015. Registration opens November 4, 2015. Various topics related to wetlands on agenda, including climate change. More information here.
Virtual Workshop: Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean. September 9, 10, 11 1 pm - 5 pm each day. Sponsored by US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR). More information here.
Carbon Management Technology Conference 2015: Sustainable and Economical Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Options. November 17-19, 2015. Abstracts due July 15, 2015. More information here.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco December 14th-18th 2015. Click here for further information.
The Rising Seas Summit is November 12th-13th in Cambridge, MA. Click here for further information.
The New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management (NJAFM) is accepting abstracts for the NJAFM Annual Conference to be held October 22nd 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. The abstracts are due August 14th 2015. Student scholarships (application deadline August 31, 2015) and local official scholarships (application deadline August 1, 2015) are also available. Click here for further information and submission.
The New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management (NJAFM) is accepting nominations for various awards and scholarships that will be announced at the NJAFM Annual Conference to be held October 22nd 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Click pdf here (163 KB) for further information.
The Sixth Annual Northwest Climate Conference will be held November 4th-5th 2015 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Further information can be found here.
Applications for the 2016 Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research is now accepting applications. Applications are due September 11th 2015. Information about the fellowship can be found here.
Rutgers Online Learning Conference Mid-Atlantic Region conference will be held January 11th-12th 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For further information on the conference, click here.
Free Coursera online course titled: “Climate Change Policy and Public Health”, taught by Dr. Jonathan Patz of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Session is from November 9th 2015-December 3rd 2015. To sign up, click here.
Building Energy Conference and Trade Show for Energy Efficiency and Green Building Professionals. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. More information here. Event is on October 15, 2015 at TKP New York Conference Center at 109 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018
GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences for basic GIS fundamentals using weather and climate data. Free or download after you register on the course site. Sponsored by UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. For more information click here.
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel (Portugal). It takes place August 31 – September5, 2015. The workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Applications are encouraged from senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and newly appointed assistant professors working on all aspect of carbon science Visit the DCO website for details.
The website, MOOC-List provides a list of free online courses on climate change here.
Introduction to Sustainable Development course through Coursera and Columbia University. Course is ongoing and is free and open to all. Click here to take the course.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
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Brown University is looking for an Endowed Chair in Water Research (Associate or Full Professor). An ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements, record of successful research funding, and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teach and advising. For further details and application, click here.
The Trust for Public Land is now hiring a Program Manager for their Smart Cities Program in California. A person in this position will be responsible for helping to develop relationships with the local government and other potential partners as well as supporting the Public Land’s staff in each partnership city with climate expertise. And ideal candidate will have at least four years of experience and strong project management skills. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and application, click here.
The Green Restaurant Association is looking for an Environmental Consultant to help restaurants through the process of becoming a Certified Green Restaurant®. This includes an initial assessment to determine a baseline and appropriate steps to help restaurants meet the GRA’s certification standards. Applications are due September 1st 2015. For further information and application, click here.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is hiring a Modeller and Researcher in Energy and Climate. The focus is in energy and climate policy research grounded in modeling of energy systems, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy-economy interactions. A successful candidate will have an advanced degree and significant work experience in energy or environmental policy, engineering, economics, or a related field. Applications are due ASAP. To apply send your Cover Letter, CV, samples of publication and modeling software you’ve written and undergraduate and graduate transcripts to jobs.boston(at)sei-us.org. For further information, click here.
The Kresge Foundation is looking for a Senior Program Officer-Environment. The Senior Program Officer will work as part of a dynamic team charged with implementing strategies aimed to build communities’ resilience in the face of climate change. An ideal candidate will have at least seven years experience and preferably a Master’s degree in a relevant field of study. Application is due ASAP. For further information and how to apply, click here.
Brookings Institution is now hiring a Senior Fellow & Director for the Energy Security & Climate Initiative. The Director will be a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program. The candidate should have expertise in energy security, energy economics and climate policy, as well as a detailed knowledge of U.S. and international energy markets, and expertise in the geopolitics of energy, energy sustainability and/or climate change. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and application, click here.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for a Community-Based Retrofit Accelerator Policy Advisor to plan and implement a targeted community-based outreach and technical assistance program to accelerate energy efficiency, water conservation, and clean energy improvements in small- and mid-sized multifamily buildings. Applications are due ASAP. For information and application, click here.
The National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Coastal SEES (Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability) program, deadline October 2, 2015. Complete information here.
The National Science Foundation’s Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Program goals are to provide paleoclimate data sets that help model outcomes to understand the response of the long term variability of Earth’s climate system. Over $11 million in funding is expected to be available for research in this area. Full proposals due October 15th 2015 5pm by proposer’s local time. For further information on the proposal guidelines and submittal procedures, click here.
A paid post-graduate internship is now open through the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative. The project is located at the U.S. EPA Office of Water in Washington, DC. The intern will be involved with the development of tools training courses, guidance documents, and other resources to help utilities be better prepared to adapt to and mitigate the potential impacts of climate change on water sector utilities. Application is due ASAP. More information and application here.
UCAR is looking for a Project Scientist I: Connecting Climate Science and Water Resource Applications. An ideal candidate will have a PhD in atmospheric science, environmental science, civil engineering, or equivalent education. Application is due ASAP. More information and application here.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for an Energy Efficiency Data Policy Advisor. Application is due ASAP. Click here for more information and application.
Old Dominion University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. A successful candidate will have expertise in quantitative investigations of coastal dynamics, modeling, remote sensing, and/or be able to employ laboratory approaches. Applications received by September 1st 2015 will be given preference in review with the position open until filled. Find further information and application here.
The New York Department of Health has an opening for an Environmental Health Research Fellow position in air, climate and health unit. An ideal candidate will have a doctorate in environmental health science or geographic information science. Application is due ASAP, to apply send an email with cover letter and resume with the subject heading “Environmental Health Research Associate_your name” in the subject line to klane1(at)health.nyc.gov. For more information, click document here (40 KB).
The Department of Homeland Security has announced $150 million available in funding for the DHS Fiscal Year 2015 Flood Mitigation Program. State, local and tribal governments are all eligible. The program will prioritize projects that mitigate flooding in structures with certain historic flooding characteristics. Applications are due August 28th 2015. Click here for further information.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has announced $14 million available in funding for the Coastal Program, which provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Applications are due September 30th 2015. Click here for further information.
USDA and Microsoft have partnered to launch the "Innovation Challenge" to Address Food Resiliency, a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States’ food system with the intent of achieving a sustainable food system. Contest submissions end at October 27th 2015 at 5:00pm EDT. To apply for this contest, click here.
The Plug-In Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is now accepting proposals for its round two of funding. NYSERDA is interested in research and demonstration proposals to demonstrate new technologies and strategies that help overcome barriers to market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and make them more economically viable while reducing their impact on the electric grid and environment in NY State. Proposals are due September 16th, 2015 by 5:00pm EST. Further information and proposal submission can be found here.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting up to three postdoctoral research associates to work on projects related to high-resolution global climate and earth system models. Candidates must have received a PhD and should have experience in climate modeling and analysis. Applications are due August 28th 2015, click here to apply.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has multiple openings for part time hourly public access planning workers. Hourly workers will be helping the development of Municipal Public Access Plans (MPAP) consistent with the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) rule (N.J.A.C. 7:7E). To submit a resume or for further information contact Nicholas Angarone at Nick.Anagarone(at)dep.nj.gov. Applications are due ASAP.
The Rossby Centre, a section of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has an open position of a Science Communicator. Information here.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist to work on a project improving hydrological processes in Earth Systems Models. The position is for two years and has possibility of renewal. Candidates will have Ph.D in Hydrology, Geoscience or a related field with experience is modeling of hydrological processes. Application is due ASAP. For information on how to apply contact Dr. L. Ruby Leung: Ruby.Leung(at)pnnl.gov
Food and Agriculture Internship Program, RTI International. Several internships in areas including Agriculture & Agribusiness and Food & Nutrition Security are open for application. Applications are due ASAP. Complete information can be found pdf here (311 KB).The EPA has more than $54 million in Funding and Technical Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments. For the list of specific grants available and deadlines click here.
NJ PACE, an organization dedicated to facilitating the transition to clean energy in New Jersey,is looking for volunteer interns (with the possibility for a future paid position) for Summer 2015 to conduct research and analysis on the latest trends in conservation and renewables, work with energy contractors and property owners, and write grants. Interns can focus on public relations and marketing, research and analysis, or finance, grant writing, or event planning. Click here for more information. Send applications as soon as possible.
Postgraduate research project training opportunity with the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities. The position will support equity issues and the Making A Visible Difference in Communities effort in the Office of Policy (OP). Appointment is one year and participant will receive a stipend. Master’s degree and U.S. citizenship required. Apply here. Application due as soon as possible.
NOAA is accepting individual applications for 10 funding opportunities for various climate related initiatives through their climate program. More information about each competition and guidelines here. Application and letter of intention due dates range from August 2015- November 2015.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Physical Oceanography University of Southern Mississippi. To apply, send a letter of interest detailing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to stephan.howden (at) usm.edu. Review of applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients. Graduate entry-level stipends begin at $30,000. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. More information and instructions on how to apply are available on the NRC Research Programs website.
Rutgers faculty, staff and students have free subscriptions to COS-PIVOT, a powerful search engine for finding funding opportunities and scholar profiles from within Rutgers and outside of the university.
Rutgers Energy Institute Postdoctoral Associate Fellowship. The REI support post-doctoral students for broad range of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy. Each fellowship is one year and comes with one year of direct cost support. For more information about applying, click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Professional Lecturer - Enivronmental Science position at American University in the Department of Environmental Science for the 2015-2016 school year. appointment is a 9-month term position starting August 31, 2015. Applicants should hold a PhD. More information and application here.
Congratulations to RCI Co-Director Robin Leichenko, who has been appointed to serve a three year term as Geography Department chair effective September 1, 2015. Professor Leichenko's research intersects the fields of economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. Read more here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Ken Miller, who been named co-chair of the, International Ocean Discovery Program Science Evaluation Panel, for a 3-year term beginning October 1, 2015. A Rutgers University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Miller is a stratigrapher and paleoceanographer specializing in global sea level change. Read more here.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Bingru Huang, who won the Tengtou Agricultural Science Award given by the American Society of Agronomy.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Howard Kipen, Qingyu Meng, and Charles Weschler for receiving of an award from the EPA totaling $999,975 over three years for the project, Climate Change, Indoor Ozone, and Vascular Function.
Congratulations to RCI Co-director, Robin Leichenko and RCI Affiliates Patricia Findley and Benjamin Justice who have been selected as fellows of the Inaugural Class of the Rutgers Leadership Academy.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Malin Pinsky, who received $180,745 from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the project Climate Impact Projections for U.S. Fisheries.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate, David Bushek for receiving an award of over $100,000 from NOAA on a project titled, “Minimizing Risks of Vibrio Bacteria in Farm-Raised Oysters Grown in Mid-Atlantic Intertidal Environments.”
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Shantenu Jha, Josh Kohut, Robert Kopp, and Pam McElwee for their designation as Chancellor’s Scholars for Rutgers University – New Brunswick. The Chancellor's Scholar initiative was created through the New Brunswick Strategic Plan to recognize truly outstanding and highly promising faculty members at the associate professor level. These individuals are nominated by their deans, and will carry the designation of “Chancellor Scholar” for up to five years and will also receive an addition to their research account.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Robson for receiving the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the university’s highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring
Congratulations to RCI Afiiliate Tom Rudel for receiving the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research award. This award honors faculty members who made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Enrique Curchitsher, Benjamin Lintner and Asa Rennermalm, who received tenure and have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1st.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Rich Lutz who was selected to receive the 2015 prestigious NOGI award in Sciences from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock, winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society which is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. Congratulations also to Professor Robock on his $758,938 award as the principal investigator of the project, Decadal Prediction Following Volcanic Eruptions, supported by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Oscar Schofield who received an award at the 22nd Annual Celebration of Excellence at Rutgers. His award recognized him delivering excellent educational opportunities and research-based solutions to the people of New Jersey and beyond.
Congratulations to RCI intern Julia Campbell, for receiving the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Louis Fontenelli Award.