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 …

Bidle and Gonzalez Receive 2021-2022 Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards

Kay Bidle (left) and Angelica Gonzalez (right)

By Carol Peters, EOAS Communications The two are among only 31 faculty members across Rutgers University chosen by their colleagues to receive the prestigious year-end awards. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has named EOAS faculty members Kay D. Bidle and Angélica L. González recipients of two of the university’s 10 2021-22 Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards. Bidle, Professor, Department …

Rutgers Part of New Consortium Awarded $5.4 Million to Improve Operational Forecasting in the Gulf of Mexico

L-R: Michael Smith, research staff at Rutgers; Scott Glenn, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences; Steve DiMarco, professor, Texas A&M University; and Travis Miles, assistant professor at Rutgers, who are part of the collaborative team involved in the UGOS project.

Scott Glenn, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, is the Rutgers lead, and Travis Miles, assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, is the Rutgers co-PI, on a $5.4 million award to establish the Gulf Consortium for Offshore Risk Reduction Engaging Stakeholders (GulfCORES). GulfCORES is one of three consortia to receive a five-year, …

Diversifying the Geosciences

Ashaki Rouff

A new grant will launch a project that aims to break down barriers keeping underrepresented students from pursuing careers in earth sciences. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to Rutgers to increase the number of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students earning degrees in the geosciences. The geosciences—which include the study of Earth and its bodies of water, natural …

SEBS Associate Professor Siobain Duffy Appointed DEENR Chair

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Announcement by Laura J. Lawson, Interim Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Interim Executive Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the appointment of associate professor Siobain Duffy as the new chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (DEENR) at the School of Environmental …

Maslo Lab Combines Expertise to Research Snake Fungal Disease

Bobby Kwait holding an eastern copperhead snake in preparation for snake fungal disease sample collection.

Morgan Mark (SEBS’22), Tyler Christensen (Ph.D. Candidate), and Bobby Kwait (Ph.D. Candidate)—all members of assistant professor Brooke Maslo’s lab—were recently awarded funding from the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) for their project examining the seasonal dynamics of snake fungal disease in free-ranging eastern copperheads. Snake fungal disease (SFD) is a recently discovered fungal pathogen, Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, that is impacting snake populations in …

Julie Lockwood Named Interim Director of EOAS

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Julie Lockwood, professor and chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has been appointed interim director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) effective Feb. 3, 2022. A Rutgers faculty member since 2004, Lockwood is a global leader in the study of invasive species …

Häggblom, Lockwood, Reinfelder Elected as Fellows of the AAAS

Max Haggblom, Julie Lockwood,, and Ying Fan Reinfelder

By Carol Peters The three EOAS faculty members are among twelve Rutgers professors elected in 2022. Three EOAS faculty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are Max Häggblom, Julie Lockwood, and Ying Fan Reinfelder. The three are among twelve Rutgers professors elected this year, the …