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.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Rutgers Climate Symposium 2018
Climate Change and Food Security
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Busch Student Center
604 Bartholomew Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Alessandro De Pinto, International Food Policy Research Institute
Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University
Pinki Mondal, University of Delaware
Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University
Kevon Rhiney, Rutgers University
Talks are centered on the symposium theme.
The poster session invites abstracts on climate change scholarship and are not restricted to the theme.
There is no fee to attend but registration is required.
Event flyer here.
Poster Abstract submission by 11:59 PM on Sunday November 4, 2018
Register to attend by 11:59 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2018
This event is intended for students, faculty, staff of academic and research institutions. A limited number of registrations will be available for unaffiliated members of the public upon request.
The symposium's goal is to foster collaboration among natural and social science researchers and students interested in climate change from institutions in the NJ, NY, and Philadelphia region.
Over 200 attendees representing more than 20 research institutions in our region participate annually.
News in September 2018
The summer of 2018 was the 5th warmest on record in New Jersey, according to RCI affiliate Dave Robinson.App.com and WBGO reports that 9 of the 10 warmest summers have occurred since 1999. Night-time temperatures have been particularly oppressive, and according to Robinson, this is consistent with an atmosphere with more moisture, which can make it difficult to get rid of daytime heat.
The New Jersey foilage forecast is looking grim, as experts expect a down year for colorful foilage across New Jersey, mostly because trees are dropping their leaves before the colors change due to disease and weather. According to arborist Bob O’Rourke, extreme heat paired with plenty of rain is favorable for leaf disease. According to RCI affiliate Dave Robinson, summers are lingering longer, which means impact to colorful fall leaves can be expected to continue into the future.
As Hurricane Florence dumps catastrophic amounts of rainfall on southeastern North Carolina, climate researcher and RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis discusses Florence in the context of climate change. To Bloomberg News, Francis describes how a warming Arctic contributes to slower weather patterns, forcing tropical cyclones to get stuck in the same place. To the NY Times, Francis mentions that the weakening of the jet stream tends to happen more during the summer, with disastrous results when hurricanes are involved.
Francis also was featured on a podcast by WHYY to discuss her research further.
A Washington Post article discusses the possible effects of climate change on the impacts of Hurricane Florence. RCI affiliate Robert Kopp contends that the 6 or 7 inches of sea level rise on the Carolina coast would have a non-trivial impact on the height of storm surge recorded as the hurricane made landfall. The greater danger is that as seas continue to rise, a storm equivalent to Florence would have a larger flooding footprint.
Rutgers University, in partnership with conservation groups and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, are constructing living artificial reefs along the Delaware Bay, using recycled oyster and clam shells, according to Rutgers Today and Newswire. The reef, constructed of oyster castles, will attract oyster larvae, providing habitat for wildlife, improving water quality, and reducing the impact from future storms. RCI affiliate David Bushek explains how this project helps to build a connection between the aquatic and terrestrial environment, which allows life to move between water and land.
According to RCI affiliate Dan Van Abs, New Jersey municipalities need to revamp their water infrastructure, much of which is nearly a century old and on the verge of breaking. Van Abs’ remarks come as the city of Hoboken has suffered 17 water main breaks this summer, which isn’t surprising given the age of the system, the increased demand on supply, and constant construction.RCI affiliate
Dave Robinson discusses the near-record breaking temperatures across New Jersey this past August a NorthJersey.com article. According to Robinson, the month was a tenth of a degree shy from the record high average set in 2016. Since 2001, 9 of the 16 warmest August in New Jersey have occurred since 2001, as global temperatures continue to rise.
The NY Times published an interactive tool to explore how the world is warming from a local perspective. The analysis was conducted by the Climate Impact Lab, of which RCI affiliate Bob Kopp is a researcher for.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published a new report Geologic Capture and Sequestration of Carbon, outlining current discussions on the state of the science of carbon capture, its deployment, research and monitoring needs, potential risks, and the costs of geological capture and storage. Additionally, the report Future Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program, was published, which considers geologically based energy resource challenges.
WHYY quotes RCI affiliate Benjamin Horton in an article reporting on the impact of climate change on the New Jersey shore. According to a study released by First Street Foundation, tidal flooding has destroyed $14.1 billion in real estate value across eight east coast states between 2005 and 2014. Responding to this, Horton said, “Across the whole of the U.S. coastline, we are in dire need of action.”
Several climate experts, including RCI affiliate David Robinson list cities that will be least affected by climate change in the future in a Business Insider article. Mostly inland cities that are at high elevation are on the list, as this is the easiest way to avoid the impacts of sea level rise. Robinson chooses Minneapolis for its resilience to extreme heat and avoidance of hurricanes.
Rutgers University researchers have published a study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, using computer models to design a protein that can help explain the start of life on Earth. RCI affiliate Paul Falkowski was an author on the study, which describes a protein that could have emerged spontaneously on the early Earth in the right conditions.
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.
Jobs, Internships, Academic Opportunities, Competitions & Funding Opportunities
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Postdoctoral research positions in Arctic oceanography at LOCEAN (Paris). Application deadline October 20, 2018.
Postdoctoral research positions to study climate extremes and their impacts at Washington State University, Vancouver. Interested applicants should email deepti.singh(at)wsu.edu with their CV, a 1-page statement of research interests, and names and contact details of at least three references. [Posted September 23, 2018]
Research Associate in improving seasonal long range forecast skill of risks for hazardous weather and climate events at University of Hamburg (Germany). Application deadline October 15, 2018.
Graduate student positions to study climate extremes and their impacts at Washington State University, Vancouver. Interested applicants are encouraged to email deepti.singh(at)wsu.edu with their CV to further discuss the program and their research interests.
Experimental Scientist in processing and analysis of global and regional climate model datasets, climate projections and delivery of products and services to next/end-users at CSIRO (Australia). Application deadline October 7, 2018.
Coral Disease Response Coordinator at the University of Florida. Application deadline October 1, 2018.
PhD position in the attribution of heatwaves and compound events at the University of New South Wales. Application deadline October 1, 2018.
PhD Research Fellow in climate processes and water isotope research at the University of Bergen (Norway). Application deadline September 30, 2018.
Postdoctoral research associate in prediction of mean and intense climate change over Europe at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Full description can be found here, type in Vacancy Reference number: 045171. Application deadline October 8, 2018.
Postdoctoral researcher in paleoclimate and climate modeling at Rice University (Texas). [Posted September 16, 2018]
Lecturer position in geophysics and climate physics at University of Auckland (New Zealand). Application deadline October 7, 2018.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation invites full proposals for the design and implementation of a knowledge diffusion and behavior change survey of organizations engaged in Delaware River watershed conservation. Proposal submission deadline October 3, 2018.
EPA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clean Air Excellence Awards in the following categories: Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/Outreach, State/Tribal/Local Air Quality Policy Innovations, and Transportation Efficiency Innovations. Application deadline November 2, 2018.
Post-doctoral research position in cloud feedbacks with the goal of reducing the uncertainty in model predictions of future climate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (California). [Posted September 9, 2018]
Wiess/Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University (Texas). Application deadline November 1, 2018.
Graduate Research Assistantships in High Frequency Hydroclimate Extremes and Synoptic Climate Drivers in Western North America at the End of the Little Ice Age at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina- Columbia. Application deadline December 12, 2018 for UNC and January 15, 2019 for USC.
Research Scientist position in vegetation-climate interactions/global carbon cycle studies at Augsburg University (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 sekretariat-phygeo(at)geo.uni-augsburg.de by September 30, 2018. For more information contact wolfgang.buermann(at)geo.uni-augsburg.de.
Professor in Earth History at Harvard University. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Assistant/early Associate Professor in quantitative ecology at Cornell University. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeler (Assistant Professor) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Review of applications will begin November 23, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Research Scientist in Climate Data Quality Control at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain). Application deadline September 30, 2018.
Researcher for climate forecast at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain). Application deadline September 30, 2018.
Earth Research Scientist at the Climate Sciences Department at Berkeley Lab (California). Application deadline September 29, 2018.
Climate Data Analyst in Climate Analysis and Monitoring at Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada). Application open until position is filled.
Computational Earth Science Post-Master's Student with Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico). [Posted September 9, 2018]
Postdoctoral Research fellows in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. [Posted September 9, 2018]
Senior Program Coordinator with the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics science/technology politics initiative. [Posted September 2, 2018]
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program now accepting proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. Rutgers ORED internal deadline October 9, 2018. 2 proposals per chancellor unit.
Postdoctoral scientist in climate modeling at Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois). [Posted August 26, 2018]
Arctic Tundra Biogeochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar with Berkeley Lab(California) to advance understanding of the effects of temperature on permafrost ecosystems and soil carbon cycling. Application deadline September 23, 2018.
Various positions at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) from postdoctoral level to senior scientists, spanning the atmospheric, climate, and Earth system sciences. Application deadlines vary by position. [Posted August 26, 2018]
Research Scientist in climate data quality control at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain). Application deadline September 30, 2018
Assistant Professor in synoptic meteorology at University of Colorado, Boulder. Application deadline November 26, 2018.
Funding available from Sustainable Jersey to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. This cycle will award: two (2) $30,000 grants and nine (9) $10,000 grants. Grant application deadline October 31, 2018.
ANA Avatar XPRIZE preregistration is open. Registration closes on January 9, 2019.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is accepting grant applications for species conservation initiatives. Application deadline October 31, 2018.
The NextGen Consortium and Challenge opens in September 2018. Led by Starbucks and McDonald’s, the challenge aims to identify and commercialize existing and future recovery solutions for environmentally friendly single-use hot and cold paper cups, ensure single-use cups are recaptured with the highest material value through recycling and/or composting, minimize raw material use, and encourage reusability.
PostDoc/Junior Group Leader, Atmospheric Physics / Atmospheric
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Academic Service Opportunities
Expert Reviewers for the second round of review of the IPCC special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The review period will take place from 16 November 16 December 2018. Application deadline October 8, 2018.