Charlie Kontos Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Activism Awarded to High School Senior

Left to Right: Professor Paul Bologna, Montclair State University—worked with Charlie Kontos on the Fisher project; Logan Bateman; Silvio Laccetti; and Richard Lathrop—Charlie Kontos’ former advisor here at SEBS.

The Charlie Kontos Environmental Activist Award is named for Charlie Kontos, who passed away in 2010 and was, at the time, enrolled as a doctoral student in the Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program administered by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Before his premature passing at age 33, Kontos had already made a significant contribution to wildlife biology studies with …

Rutgers Awarded $12.6 Million Grant to Create Oyster Habitat for Coastal Resilience

Oysters in a cement setting experiment from Richard Riman’s laboratory.

The university-led project is in response to a broader effort to protect critical coastal civilian and Department of Defense infrastructure and personnel at risk of climate change. Rutgers has been awarded $12.6 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an oyster-based shoreline ecosystem to help protect coastlines from storm damage, flooding and erosion. The Rutgers-led project, …

Rutgers Distinguished Professor Alan Robock Receives the 2022 Future of Life Award

L-R: Alan Robock; Georgiy Stenchikov (former Rutgers research professor, now at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology); Ann Druyan (accepting for her deceased husband Carl Sagan, American astronomer and planetary scientist); Brian Toon (Univ. of Colorado); Richard Turco (UCLA); Sylvia Crutzen (accepting for her deceased father Paul Crutzen, Dutch meteorologist and atmospheric chemist awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995); John Birks (Univ. of Colorado), and Mark Peterson (accepting for his sister Jeannie Peterson, editor-in-chief of the 1982 special issue of Ambio, a journal of the human environment published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm). Max Tegmark, professor at MIT and president of the Future of Life Institute, is at far right.

Distinguished Professor Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences, received the 2022 Future of Life Award from the Future of Life Institute on August 6 “for reducing the risk of nuclear war by developing and popularizing the science of nuclear winter.” He shares the award with fellow nuclear winter pioneers John Birks, Paul Crutzen, Jeannie Peterson, Carl Sagan, Georgiy Stenchikov, Brian Toon, and …

Debashish Bhattacharya Receives Prestigious Miescher-Ishida Prize for Advancing the Field of Endosymbiosis

Rutgers Distinguished Professor Debashish Bhattacharya received the 2022 Miescher-Ishida Prize from Dr. Peter Kroth, University Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany, at the ISE meeting in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

Distinguished Professor Debashish Bhattacharya in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers–New Brunswick School of Environmental and Biological Sciences was awarded the 2022 Miescher-Ishida Prize by the International Society of Endocytobiology (ISE) and the University of Tübingen, Germany. He received the award at the 21st Symposium of the ISE in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, on July 21, and presented …

Prof. Elisabeth Sikes Awarded 2022 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

Liz Sikes on board the RV Thomas Thompson in 2018 during the CROCCA-2s voyage to the Southern Indian Ocean. Ile Amsterdam, in the background, is one of the most remote islands in the Southern Ocean.

Elisabeth Sikes, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, has been jointly awarded the 2022 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Sikes and 2022 co-recipient Professor Pippa Whitehouse of Durham University, UK, received the award on August 5 as part of the closing session of the SCAR 2022 Open Science Conference. Sikes’ …

Six SEBS Faculty Selected for 2022-23 Provost’s Teaching Fellows Program

Ethan Schoolman

Congratulations to the six faculty in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences who are  among the 2022-23 Cohort of Provost’s Teaching Fellows announced by the Office of the Chancellor-Provost. The program was initiated in 2021 to support pedagogical innovation aimed at improving student learning outcomes. It includes full cohort sessions to share goals and build networks, as well as small group …

SEBS Faculty Pamela McElwee and Malin Pinsky to Begin Earth Leadership Program Training

Pamela McElwee, professor, Department of Human Ecology, and Malin Pinsky, associate professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, who were named Fellows of the Earth Leadership Program (ELP), will join their colleagues in the North American Cohort in an ELP training session in Racine, Wisconsin, from June 12-18. Elected in 2021, McElwee and Pinsky are among 22 academics working within a wide …

RU COOL Awarded $2.5 Million Funding for New Jersey Offshore Wind Studies

Grace Saba prepares to deploy an autonomous underwater glider equipped with sensors to monitor for ocean acidification on the New Jersey coastal shelf. Photo credit: Eric Niiler, WIRED.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently announced the award of funding for studies to provide enhanced scientific information on the impacts of offshore wind energy development off New Jersey’s coastline as well as the state’s entry into a regional offshore-wind science collaborative. The development of New Jersey’s offshore wind resources is …

SEBS Faculty Win Rutgers Global Grants

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SEBS faculty, representing a broad range of majors and programs at the school, were awarded 2022 Rutgers Global Grants, annual seed grants open to all Rutgers faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, clinical, and non-tenure track faculty.   These grants help to support a strong core of SEBS faculty who are dedicated to international research and collaborations. This international component to SEBS research and …

Xenia Morin Selected as “Dr. Barbara Munson Goff Teacher of the Year” by Alpha Zeta

Xenia Morin

Xenia Morin, associate teaching professor in the Department of Plant Biology and undergraduate program director of Agriculture and Food Systems, was named the 2022 Teacher of the Year by the Rutgers Chapter of the Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, the national honor and service fraternity for agriculture and environmental studies. Her teaching style embraces active learning strategies that engage students and …