Earth System Science News Archive


EOAS Post-Doctoral Associate Kyle Clem Performs First Climate Model Studies on the Rutgers’ OARC Amarel High Performance Community Cluster

EOAS Post-Doctoral Associate Kyle Clem Performs First Climate Model Studies on the Rutgers’ OARC Amarel High Performance Community Cluster

By Carol Peters Clem will use the models to investigate how thunderstorm activity in the South Pacific Convergence Zone affects the climate of Antarctica. “I have been focusing on getting two climate models set up and running locally at Rutgers on our OARC Amarel High Performance Community,” ...
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Professor Katherine Dawson Discusses her Latest Research and Her Passion for Science

Professor Katherine Dawson Discusses her Latest Research and Her Passion for Science

By Mary Ellen Dowd and Ryan Stiesi The EOAS faculty member’s latest research examines how microbial communities process organic carbon in sediments, which can help inform future changes in the carbon cycle and promote pollutant breakdown. Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental ...
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Rutgers Geology Museum Co-Director Studies Glaciers in the Swiss Alps

Rutgers Geology Museum Co-Director Studies Glaciers in the Swiss Alps

Lauren Neitzke Adamo is working in Switzerland with a team of researchers to measure the topography of the exposed former beds of glaciers in the Alps to create computer models that can be used to predict future sea level rise. Adamo has been selected for a PolarTREC Expedition. PolarTREC ...
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Michael Stein, EOAS’ Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Will Focus on Climate Problems

Michael Stein, EOAS’ Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Will Focus on Climate Problems

By Carol Peters During his visit to Rutgers this fall, Stein, an environmental statistician, will take advantage of resources in New Jersey to conduct research on climate, teach a graduate course, and seek to develop lasting collaborations with environmental scientists at Rutgers. Michael Stein, ...
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EOAS Plays Key Role in Development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

EOAS Plays Key Role in Development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

By Ryan Stiesi The portal provides its users, from scientists to fishermen, with a place to enter and access data on the ocean, leading to a better informed and more equitable ocean policy. In a time of political division in the United States, a team of Rutgers faculty and staff are working to ...
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Baby Sea Snails Ride Waves into Shallower Waters, Study Suggests

Baby Sea Snails Ride Waves into Shallower Waters, Study Suggests

Rutgers-led research documents the effects of turbulence and waves on snail larvae. The warming ocean may cause the larvae of bottom-dwelling snails to hatch earlier in the spring, when waves are larger, potentially impacting their ability to survive and serve as food for other sea creatures. A ...
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EOAS’ Mark Miller Rebuilds Rutgers’ Photochemical Assessment Monitoring (PAM) Station

EOAS’ Mark Miller Rebuilds Rutgers’ Photochemical Assessment Monitoring (PAM) Station

Written by Ryan Stiesi Videography by Walker Perry The Rutgers PAM Site is now arguably the most sophisticated air quality and atmospheric radiation measurement system in the U.S. Northeast. When Professor of Atmospheric Science Mark Miller took over Rutgers’ Photochemical Assessment Monitoring ...
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The Scream: What Were Those Colorful, Wavy Clouds in Edvard Munch’s Famous Painting?

The Scream: What Were Those Colorful, Wavy Clouds in Edvard Munch’s Famous Painting?

Rutgers and UK scientists suggest “mother-of-pearl” clouds inspired the Norwegian artist.  What inspired the iconic red-and-yellow sky in The Scream, the painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch that sold for a record $119.9 million in 2012? Some say it was a volcanic sunset after the 1883 ...
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Mourning the Passing of a Great Leader, Mentor and Friend Fred Grassle

Mourning the Passing of a Great Leader, Mentor and Friend Fred Grassle

  It was a profound shock for Rutgers to learn that Fred Grassle had passed away. Fred was our leader, mentor, partner in adventures at sea, and most of all a great friend.  At marine sciences we have always called the marine science building the “home that Fred built”, and it is a home ...
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Climate Change Means Fish Are Moving Faster Than Fishing Rules, Pinsky Study Says

Climate Change Means Fish Are Moving Faster Than Fishing Rules, Pinsky Study Says

Researchers say out-of-date regulatory system hasn’t kept up with the realities of global warming and shifting fish populations. Climate change is forcing fish species to shift their habitats faster than the world’s system for allocating fish stocks, exacerbating international fisheries ...
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NASA Funds Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life

NASA Funds Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life

Rutgers-led ENIGMA team examines whether “protein nanomachines” in our cells arose before life on Earth, other planets. What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? ...
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Plastic Pollution Plagues Raritan and Passaic Rivers

Plastic Pollution Plagues Raritan and Passaic Rivers

Rutgers-led studies find microplastics abound in freshwater environments. Generations of Rutgers students and alumni have sung lovingly about the “Banks of the Old Raritan,” but the 90-mile-long waterway is awash in microplastic pollutants, a problem that plagues many freshwaters in New Jersey. In ...
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Max Haggblom Appointed Guest Distinguished Professor at GDEST

Max Haggblom Appointed Guest Distinguished Professor at GDEST

Distinguished professor and chair, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology – (SEBS) – Rutgers, Max Häggblom has been appointed Guest Distinguished Professor at the Guangdong Institute of Eco-environmental Science & Technology (GDEST) for 2018. He will continue his ...
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Peter Strom Wins NJWEA Wastewater Hall of Fame Award

Peter Strom Wins NJWEA Wastewater Hall of Fame Award

Peter Strom was awarded the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Wastewater Hall of Fame Award at the NJWEA Conference earlier this month. The award recognizes people from NJWEA who have demonstrated dedication and competitive achievement in the wastewater field. Those that enter the ...
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Climate Change to Shift Many Fish Species North, Disrupting Fisheries, Study Finds

Climate Change to Shift Many Fish Species North, Disrupting Fisheries, Study Finds

Adhering to Paris Accord could minimize damage, scientists say.  Climate change will force hundreds of ocean fish and invertebrate species, including some of the most economically important to the United States, to move northward, disrupting fisheries in the United States and Canada, a Rutgers ...
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Earth’s Orbital Changes have Influenced Climate, Life Forms for at Least 215 Million Years

Earth’s Orbital Changes have Influenced Climate, Life Forms for at Least 215 Million Years

Gravity of Jupiter and Venus elongates Earth’s orbit every 405,000 years, Rutgers-led study confirms. Every 405,000 years, gravitational tugs from Jupiter and Venus slightly elongate Earth’s orbit, an amazingly consistent pattern that has influenced our planet’s climate for at ...
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Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light on Search for Perpetual Green Energy

Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light on Search for Perpetual Green Energy

Near-shore animal becomes plant-like after pilfering tiny solar panels and storing them in its gut. In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study ...
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C2R2 Graduate Student Johnny Quispe Selected by ESA as a Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipient

C2R2 Graduate Student Johnny Quispe Selected by ESA as a Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipient

Johnny J. Quispe, doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution in the School of Graduate Studies, has been selected by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) as a Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipient (GSPA). This award provided graduate students ...
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DMCS and Rutgers Recreation Team up to Provide Undergrads with Scientific Diving Instruction

DMCS and Rutgers Recreation Team up to Provide Undergrads with Scientific Diving Instruction

Scientific diving is essential to Rutgers’ – and its students’ – worldwide leadership in oceanography. This class is helping to open doors for our undergraduates. Breathing through their Scuba gear, Ailey Sheehan and her classmates dropped a new and improved lionfish trap – a hinged net that will ...
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