How Rutgers Is Forging the Next Generation of Climate Change Problem Solvers

Larry Niles, an independent wildlife biologist, describes the ecosystem of the Cumberland County shore to Rutgers students, with the Delaware River behind him. The students are banding migratory shorebirds. Photo: Lisa Auermuller

Training program created in wake of Superstorm Sandy brings graduate students from varied disciplines together to solve real-world climate problems. As a child, Dan Blanco watched low-income neighborhoods in his native Chicago flood during storms while the more affluent enclaves did not. Now, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in atmospheric sciences at Rutgers so he can further explore – …

Blue Acres: The Art and Science of Managing Flood-Prone Open-Space Properties in New Jersey

Looking north along a former block of Watson Ave in Woodbridge, NJ. Formerly a quiet residential street with houses, frequent flooding has resulted in this segment of roadway being repurposed into open space with a walking path through the Blue Acres program. Photo: Matt Drews

By Carol Peters, EOAS Communications A wildlife and conservation management expert for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, EOAS faculty member and Associate Professor Brooke Maslo works with local NJ municipalities to help them manage and restore properties in FEMA-established flood-prone areas purchased through the DEP Blue Acres program. Imagine the plight of families in New Jersey who own homes in the state’s …

Living Shoreline Combats Coastal Erosion Caused by Sea Level Rise

Rutgers scientists teamed up with high school students to build a living shoreline, near the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in Cape May, that helps reduce wave energy as it comes onto the beach. Photo: Dena Seidel

Rutgers scientists and high school volunteers from Camden are using nature to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion in southern New Jersey. Together they built a living shoreline, near the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in Cape May, that uses marsh grasses and recycled oyster and clam shells. The shells, incorporated into modified concrete blocks called oyster castles, fit together like Legos to …

4-H Launches 2022 STEM Challenge Focused on Marine Science and Climate Change

Left to right: Josh Kohut of the Dept. of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and Janice McDonnell, Alesha Vega, Marissa Staffen, and Matt Newman of Rutgers Cooperative Extension-4-H Youth Development. They are standing behind an RU COOL ocean exploring glider.

15th annual youth-led initiative provides hands-on learning opportunities during 4-H STEM Month and throughout the year. October is 4-H STEM Month. Rutgers Cooperative Extension has teamed up with Cooperative Extension at Cornell University in New York to bring educators from across two states to the New York Aquarium for an immersive full-day professional development experience. They will be introduced to …

Rutgers Science and Outreach Onboard the R/V Atlantis

The PUFINS science and educator team and R/V Atlantis coring crew pose on the back of the deck of the ship. Photo: Erin Sharpe.

By Lauren Neitzke Adamo, assistant teaching professor, Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences In June 2022, a team of scientists and educators embarked on a 14-day expedition in the North Atlantic Ocean onboard the R/V Atlantis in search of deep-sea mud. Led by chief scientist and professor, Liz Sikes, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and primary investigator and University of Washington …

Rutgers Launches Citizen-Led Project to Combat Tick-Borne Diseases

The only female Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, collected in NJ. Photo James Occi.

The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, launched New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne illness. “The purpose of the effort is to better understand who …

Addressing Food Insecurity in New Jersey

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By Carol Peters Rutgers University Faculty members and students have contributed to two recent reports that provide recommendations to help to help state and local governments, schools, childcare providers, community-based and faith-based organizations, emergency food providers, and others, to help mitigate hunger across the state. More must be done to alleviate food insecurity in New Jersey, argues a new report, Hunger …

Rutgers “Earth Day Every Day!” Spring 2022 Begins April 25

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Earth Day, Every Day” educational webinar series is back this spring in a different format. Open to the public, these free sessions focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to make our homes more sustainable, from controlling invasive pests to collecting environmental data to protecting the local watershed. …

Rutgers Geology Museum Celebrates 150 Years

Former Geology Museum Curator William Valiant (early 1900s) and current Geology Museum Director Dr. Lauren Adamo (2018) pose in front of 'Manny the Mastodon' on display at the museum..

By Carol Peters, EOAS Communications Team As the first and oldest museum in America dedicated to geology, the Rutgers Geology Museum plays a vital role in the education of Rutgers University and local K-12 students and New Jersey residents. From exhibits featuring rare New Jersey minerals dating back to the early-1800s, to the legendary Ice Age Mastodon skeleton that was …

Diversifying the Geosciences

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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 …