Earth System Science News Archive


Changing Migration Patterns Wreaking Havoc on East Coast Fisheries

   In a changing global climate where average ocean temperatures have been continuing to rise, fisheries along the Atlantic Coast of the United States have found themselves having to travel significantly further north to find the same cold-preferring species that recently existed much further ...
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Ben Horton Receives EGS’ Plinius Medal

Congratulations to EOAS scientist Dr. Benjamin Horton for receiving the 2016 Plinius Medal from the European Geosciences Union! This prestigious medal was awarded to Ben for his outstanding research on the mechanisms and nature of past sea-level changes, their association with earthquakes, ...
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Researchers Discover Fate of Ice Melt from the East Coast of North America

Researchers Discover Fate of Ice Melt from the East Coast of North America

An Arctic research team comprised of researchers from the University of Georgia and Rutgers University, led by EOAS member scientist Dr. Åsa Rennermalm, has discovered where much of the freshwater from glacial melting on the East Coast of North America winds up: The Western Coast of Greenland. ...
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John Reinfelder to Receive Scholar-Teacher Award

Congratulations to EOAS member Dr. John Reinfelder for receiving the 2015-2016 Rutgers University Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award! John will receive his award during a formal ceremony sometime in May. ...
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Discovery of Fused Genes Forged By Primary Endosymbiosis

Everything we know about life and how it works ultimately comes down to the genetic blueprint, DNA. DNA, as organized in genes, are the basic building blocks of genomes and therefore of living cells. Genes are arguably one of the most important forms of currency we have to create life because each ...
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How did Past Environmental Changes Affect Human Development?

  A recent paper published by a host of top research scientists, including EOAS scientist Dr. Craig Feibel, aims to shed new light onto how human evolution may have been impacted by Earth’s Environmental history. While previous attempts to understand this better using methods such as ...
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New Paper Finds Sea Level Rise Fastest in at Least 2800 Years

A new paper was published this week by EOAS scientists Dr. Bob Kopp and Dr. Ben Horton, along with some of their colleagues, which found that the current rate of sea level rise in the Earth’s Oceans is faster now than at any point in the past 2800 years. This unprecedented sea level rise ...
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Dr. James Hansen Visits Rutgers University

Dr. James Hansen Visits Rutgers University

Distinguished climate researcher Dr. James Hansen recently spoke to a crowded room on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University to convey his views on the best ways to combat the growing cardon dioxide concentration and emissions into the Earth’s Atmosphere, and its effects on Earth’s ...
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Do Pathogens Hold the Key to Understanding the Origins of Eukaryotes?

A major turning point in the history of life on Earth occurred about two billion years ago – the evolution of complex cells, the so-called eukaryotes. This was the foundational lineage that contained the first nucleus, an elaborate internal membrane system, and energy producing organelles referred ...
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15-20 Million Year Old Flower Species Discovered in Amber

Botanist and EOAS scientist Dr. Lena Sruwe, along with colleague Dr. George Poinar (Oregon State University) recently published their findings related to the discovery of an entirely new species of flower. Named Strychnos electri, the specimen was discovered in a piece of amber, estimated to be ...
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EOAS Scientist Sheds New Light on Phytoplankton Photosynthesis

Oceanographic biophysicist, DMCS Professor, and EOAS member Dr. Paul Falkowski recently co-authored a study that found that phytoplankton in the ocean may not be as efficient at producing food from sunlight as what was previously thought. In fact, the study concluded that phytoplankton produce a ...
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Science Spotlight: Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Clouds

Science Spotlight: Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Clouds

Science is all around you — but sometimes it goes unnoticed. Surely many of us recall spending lazy summer afternoons staring up at big puffy clouds of varying shapes, letting one’s imagination run wild with interpretations of what they appear to look like. A bird, tugboat, or elephant ...
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From Green Grass to Frozen Pipes: Winter 2015/16 Temps Taking Mid-Atlantic on A Roller Coaster Ride

If you’ve been here in New Jersey for the last few months, chances are you’ve probably noticed that temperatures seem to fluctuating wildly from week to week. From 70° (F) on 12/24/15 down to 8° (F) overnight on 1/5/16, a clash between warm El Niño driven air from the south and cold ...
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A Reason to Howl at the Moon

Sometimes it pays to look at the sky! Matt Drews, who is an M.S. student in the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program happened to look up at the night sky at the right moment on November 20th over Somerville, New Jersey. The interplay cirrus ice clouds and a bright moon produced a wonderful halo ...
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A Great Read: Life’s Engines

Our own Dr. Paul Falkowski, who holds the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, has written a wonderful new book that is receiving rave reviews. Paul’s book explores how microbes are truly the engines of life, the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for ...
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New Science on Sea-Level Rise

Joint projections of US East Coast sea level and storm surge. Christopher M. Little, Radley M. Horton, Robert E. Kopp, Michael Oppenheimer, Gabriel A. Vecchi, and Gabriele Villarini. Nature Climate Change (2015) Future coastal flood risk will be strongly influenced by sea-level rise (SLR) and ...
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Faculty News and Accolades

Richard Lutz has been recognized by Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences in recognition of his lifelong contributions to ocean sciences, and for making those sciences accessible to the public. Last week joined luminaries such as filmmaker James Cameron and the late oceanographer Jacques ...
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New Instructional Video

Bryan Raney recently conducted two informal “Pizza and Programming” seminars at the Department of Environmental Sciences. We recorded these two instructional videos to assist students, staff, and faculty who would like to learn how to program in Python, which is a popular and powerful ...
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EOAS Graduate Courses for the Spring 2016 Semester

Major Events in Earth History (3-credits) A new capstone course in Geological Sciences, Spring Semester, 2016, M-Th, 10:20 – 11:40 AM, Wright Labs Rm 231.  Register for 01:460:480. Climate Change Risk Analysis (3-credits), Robert Kopp and Enrique Curchitser, Spring Semester Thursdays from 1 ...
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