The Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers by facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural, social and policy sciences.
Applications Now Being Accepted for William H. Greenberg Fellowship Through July 1, 2015
Applications are being accepted through July 1, 2015 for the William H. Greenberg Fellowship which will be awarded to a post-qualifying student in a Rutgers Ph.D. program who is conducting research on the topic of climate and environmental change. This fellowship has been made possible by a generous gift from Phyllis Greenberg in honor of her husband, a Rutgers alumnus (Class of 1944). The fellowship will cover the student's tuition for up to 6 credits per year, a 12-month stipend of $29,605 and graduate student health benefits. The fellowship is for one year beginning September 1, 2015 with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory progress and availability of funds. A successful applicant's research goals should be consistent with the objectives of the Rutgers Climate Institute, which can be found here. In keeping with the request of the donor, preference will be given to a student concentrating in science as opposed to policy. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM, July 1, 2015. Complete application details document here (15 KB).
News In June 2015
Listen to RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp in this Radio Ecoshock interview discuss heat waves and the economic risks of climate change. Listen here.
The EPA has released the report Climate Change in the United States: Benefts of Global Action, that details the benefits of global greenhouse gas mitigation across water resources, electricity, infrastructure, public health, agriculture and forestry and ecosystems and details the risks of failure to act.
RCI affiliate Rachael Shwom is quoted in this care2.com article about how politics and environmentalism can reduce carbon emissions.
In this article on mashable.com, RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis discusses the approach some scientists are proposing to evaluate links between individual extreme events such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan and climate change.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has introduced a new regulation aimed to reduce fuel emissions for big trucks built between 2019 and 2027 to increase fuel efficiency by one-third. Read more about the rule proposal in this The New York Times article.
Pope Francis released a 184-page papal encyclical on June 18, 2015 noting, among other environmental issues that “climate change is global problem with grave implications…It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” Read coverage of the release in the New York Times and the encyclical here. Read what RCI Co-Director Anthony Broccoli and other climate scientists said about The Pope’s Climate Encyclical in this Climate Progress article. Read what RCI Affiliates Jennifer Francis, Benjamin Horton and Robert Kopp said about the encyclical in this Rutgers Today piece.
RCI Affiliate, David Robinson was interviewed about the moderate drought that New Jersey is facing. The full article can be read on nj1015.com. Robinson was also quoted in Asbury Park Press on the recent five inches of rainfall in the Town of Toms River.
Co-Director, Anthony Broccoli discusses the recent Texas floods and their effect on winter in California in an article found in The Guardian.
RCI Affiliate, Jennifer Francis is quoted on the extreme weather that has been seen throughout the world in the month of May in an article in the New York Times.
Read RCI Affiliate, Robert Kopp’s op-ed in The New York Times about the dangers of heat and humidity in a warming world.
RCI Affiliate, Jennifer Francis discusses the link between Arctic warming and jet stream movement in this Rutgers Today article.
Read what RCI Affiliate, David Robinson said in The Washington Post about the declining snow cover across North America; the full article can be read here.
The U.S. EPA announced it is taking steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes by finding that these emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollutants that endanger public health and welfare Read more as reported in the NY Times here.
NJ's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Updated to Include 2010, 2011 and 2012 Data
An Update to NJ's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory has been released as a joint effort of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Rutgers Climate Institute.
You can find it here.
NJADAPT launched! A collaborative effort of scientists and data managers in academia, government, the private sector and NGO community who have developed a strategic plan for a New Jersey platform to host and apply climate science impacts and data. Includes a Flood Exposure Profile for community discussions about hazard impacts (e.g., maps of people, places and assets at risks); NJ Flood Mapper a user friendly visualization tool for flooding hazards and sea level rise; Getting to Resilience a tool to help communities reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness (including how to obtain points through FEMA's Community Rating System). Includes reports such as New Jersey's Coastal Flood Exposure; Modeling the Fate Of New Jersey's Salt Marshes Under Sea Level Rise; NJ Property Value Impacts Case Study and audio visual Story Maps related to several NJ communities (Toms River Township, Tuckerton Borough, Newark-East Ferry) and climate related topics (Salt Marshes and Coastal Flood Exposure). Visit NJADAPT here and see press coverage here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is accepting abstracts for the AGU Fall Meeting held in San Francisco December 14th-18th 2015. The abstracts are due August 5th 2015, 11:59 P.M. EDT. Click here for further information and submission.
The Rising Seas Summit is now accepting abstracts for the conference in November 12th-13th in Cambridge, MA. The abstracts are due by July 7th 2015. Click here for further information and abstract submission.
The New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA) will be hosting a community meeting on July 7th 2015 12-3pm at Thomas Edison College in Trenton, New Jersey. To attend, RSVP here by July 1st 2015.
The New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management (NJAFM) is accepting abstracts for the NJAFM Annual Conference to be held October 22nd 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. The abstracts are due August 14th 2015. Student scholarships (application deadline August 31, 2015) and local official scholarships (application deadline August 1, 2015) are also available. Click here for further information and submission.
The New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management (NJAFM) is accepting nominations for various awards and scholarships that will be announced at the NJAFM Annual Conference to be held October 22nd 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Click pdf here (163 KB) for further information.
The Sixth Annual Northwest Climate Conference is calling for abstracts for oral and poster presentations, as well as for special sessions. All abstracts are due by 11:00pm Pacific, on Friday, June 26th 2015. The conference will be held November 4th-5th 2015 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Further information can be found here.
Applications for the 2016 Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research is now accepting applications. Applications are due September 11th 2015. Information about the fellowship can be found here.
Rutgers Online Learning Conference Mid-Atlantic Region is calling for presentation proposals. Submissions are due by August 8th 2015. The conference will be held January 11th-12th 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For further information on the conference and submit a proposal click here.
An open conference and workshop titled: Monsoons & ITCZ: the annual cycle in the Holocene and the future will be held at Columbia University, New York on September 15th-18th 2015. Abstracts due June 19, 2015, Registration closes August 14, 2015. Further information can be found here.
Free online course offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) titled: “Energy and the Earth” taught by Dr. Alan Carroll. The session is from June 21st 2015 to July 18th 2015. More information and enrollment instructions can be found here.
The 2015 Unidata Users Workshop titled: “Data-Driven Geoscience: Applications, Opportunities, Trends, and Challenges”, will be held in Boulder, Colorado, June 22-25th 2015. For further information and registration, click here.
Free Coursera online course titled: “Climate Change Policy and Public Health”, taught by Dr. Jonathan Patz of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Session is from November 9th 2015-December 3rd 2015. To sign up, click here.
Building Energy Conference and Trade Show for Energy Efficiency and Green Building Professionals. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. More information here. Event is on October 15, 2015 at TKP New York Conference Center at 109 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018
NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Ozone Transportation Commission Meeting: June 3 and 4, 2015, Princeton, NJ. Posters on current issues in air quality being sought from senior-level undergraduate or graduate work. Submit abstracts by April 10, 2015 of no more than 250 words of your thesis results to christine.schell (at) dep.nj.gov.
GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences for basic GIS fundamentals using weather and climate data. Free or download after you register on the course site. Sponsored by UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. For more information click here.
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel (Portugal). It takes place August 31 – September5, 2015. The workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Applications are encouraged from senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and newly appointed assistant professors working on all aspect of carbon science Visit the DCO website for details.
The website, MOOC-List provides a list of free online courses on climate change here.
Introduction to Sustainable Development course through Coursera and Columbia University. Course is ongoing and is free and open to all. Click here to take the course.
2015 Summer Specialty Conference; Climate Change Adaptation. Climate Change and Water Resources: We know the issues - what do we do about them? American Water Resources Association. June 15-17, 2015, New Orleans. Abstracts due February 13, 2015. More information here.
Payment for Ecosystem Services: Putting Theory into Practice in Costa Rica May 25-June 8, 2015.This 2 week, 2 credit advanced graduate level course through the Organization for Tropical Studies will consider the design, implementation, and evaluation of payments for ecosystem services (PES). The priority deadline is February 3, 2015 and the applications are accepted on a rolling basis after that. For more information click and scroll.
Monitoring Tropical Forest Dynamics in a Changing Climate. This course geared towards early graduate students through the Organization for Tropical Studies will incorporate interactive lectures, field practicums, discussion, and R programming to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in the following diverse topics pertaining to tropical forests in a changing climate: impacts, adaptation, mitigation, monitoring, assessment, and political and social context. More details about registration and deadlines will be available soon here. Click and scroll to find the course.
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided offered through The World Bank and Coursera. The course starts in March 2015 and is free. To register, click here.
Training session: Climate Science Communication led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-sponsored by the Northeast Climate Science Center and USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst June 15th 2015. For more information about the training session, click here. Register by May 27th 2015 here.
Conference and tours July 2015 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. More information available here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science of ETH Zurich has an opening for a PhD position in climate science. The evaluation of applications will start on July 15, 2015 and proceed until the position is filled. Click here for further information and how to apply.
The Rossby Centre, a section of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has an open position of a Science Communicator. Information here.
The Northeast Climate Science Center is seeking applicants for a full time Communications and Outreach Manager located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and to apply, click here.
A forthcoming Global LEAP program will provide results-based financing incentives to encourage off-grid energy companies to purchase and market efficient off-grid appliances. In support of this program, CLASP is seeking to engage one or more organizations to implement robust, multi-faceted monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities in Bangladesh. For further information and application, click here.
CLASP has announced a Call to Partners for Laboratory Testing of Off-Grid Fans and Off-Grid Televisions in their environmental and energy performance. Both applications are due July 26th 2015, information for both openings can be found here. There are also several other proposals offerings here.
A post-doctoral opportunity available at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California; the project is on the California and Sierra Nevada drought. An ideal candidate will have a completed doctoral degree in climate or related physical science, or in the social sciences with a strong emphasis on climate. Applications are due ASAP. For further information on how to apply contact Dr. Julie Kalansky: jkalansky(at)ucsd.edu
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist to work on a project improving hydrological processes in Earth Systems Models. The position is for two years and has possibility of renewal. Candidates will have Ph.D in Hydrology, Geoscience or a related field with experience is modeling of hydrological processes. Application is due ASAP. For information on how to apply contact Dr. L. Ruby Leung: Ruby.Leung(at)pnnl.gov
Environmental & Climate Justice Communications Coordinator, The NAACP, Baltimore, MD. A 6-month consultancy position is open in the Environmental & Climate Justice program. Responsibilities include managing communications/media, documentation and promotion of the program and other duties assigned by the Environmental and Climate Justice Director. Minimum of 3 years in communication and interest in environmental issues. Applications due ASAP. Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements to Jacqueline Patterson: jpatterson(at)naacpnet.org
Food and Agriculture Internship Program, RTI International. Several internships in areas including Agriculture & Agribusiness and Food & Nutrition Security are open for application. Applications are due ASAP. Complete information can be found pdf here (311 KB).
NOAA 2015 Regional Costal Resilience Grant. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is offering grant awards that will support approaches and planning to undertake activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities and economic sectors to negate impacts from extreme weather events and climate hazards. Applications are due by July 24, 2015. More information can be found here.
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting pre-proposals for Research & Education, and Professional Development grants. Pre-proposals due June 30th 2015. More information here.
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now accepting applications which are due August 3rd 2015. Complete informaition here.
The EPA has more than $54 million in Funding and Technical Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments. For the list of specific grants available and deadlines click here.
Positions are still open for the 5th annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy. The program is held August 6th-18th in Chicago. Applications are due by July 1st 2015. The application can be found here.
Master’s Degree in Climate Change: Instrumental Reconstruction and Analysis Program, University Rovira I Virgili. Applications due ASAP. Contact Dr. Javier Sigró Rodríguez: javoer.sigro(at)urv.cat for further information. Admission requirements can be found at URV graduate website.
Research-Administrative Assistant Position, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, CA. Administrative and research support to senior researcher in Department of Global Ecology. Focus: assessment of scientific understanding of climate change, including assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and improving methods for communicating knowledge of climate-related risks and response options. Applications are due ASAP. More information here.
NJ PACE, an organization dedicated to facilitating the transition to clean energy in New Jersey,is looking for volunteer interns (with the possibility for a future paid position) for Summer 2015 to conduct research and analysis on the latest trends in conservation and renewables, work with energy contractors and property owners, and write grants. Interns can focus on public relations and marketing, research and analysis, or finance, grant writing, or event planning. Click here for more information. Send applications as soon as possible.
Postgraduate research project training opportunity with the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities. The position will support equity issues and the Making A Visible Difference in Communities effort in the Office of Policy (OP). Appointment is one year and participant will receive a stipend. Master’s degree and U.S. citizenship required. Apply here. Application due as soon as possible.
Two Ph.D. Positions at Washington State University-Pullman to start in August to conduct research in micrometeorology and land-climate interactions in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR), Washington State University (WSU). Applicants should have strong background in atmospheric sciences, physics, hydrology, ecology, or related fields. Contact Dr. Heping Liu heping.liu (at) wsu.edu
for additional information. Applications due ASAP. Admission requirements can be found at the WSU Graduate School website.
NOAA is accepting individual applications for 10 funding opportunities for various climate related initiatives through their climate program. More information about each competition and guidelines here. Application and letter of intention due dates range from August 2015- November 2015.
Research Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for someone with a PhD and expertise in radiative processes in the Earth’s climate and the implications of these processes for global environmental change. Apply here. Deadline until filled.
Postdoctoral researcher position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for an individual with expertise in Earth’s clouds and convection and the implications of these processes for global climate change. Apply here ASAP for this position and other postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The 2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition for faculty and professionals is open.It offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards. Available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Deadline for most awards August 3, 2015. For more information, click here.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Physical Oceanography University of Southern Mississippi. To apply, send a letter of interest detailing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to stephan.howden (at) usm.edu. Review of applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.
Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeks a postdoctoral candidate to support the activities in atmospheric correction for hyperspectral ocean color remote sensing. PhD required. Application due ASAP. Click for application.
REI Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions as early as Spring 2015 forthird year graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows working on critical aspects of energy research. Click herefor more information. Deadline rolling.
NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) Summer Colloquium, July 6-17, 2015. For graduate students from both Atmospheric Science and Solar & Space Physics programs to study the interrelated subjects of terrestrial and space climate. Funding for travel and living expenses available. Click here to apply.
Scholarships available for Building One New Jersey and Together North Jersey’s Leadership Institute, which takes place weekends in January and February. For more information about scholarships email Miriam.salerno (at) ejb.rutgers.edu. You can find the application here.
Valuation Economist, I.M. Systems Group Inc., a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Silver Spring, MD. More information and to apply click here. Open until filled.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients. Graduate entry-level stipends begin at $30,000. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. More information and instructions on how to apply are available on the NRC Research Programs website.
Rutgers faculty, staff and students have free subscriptions to COS-PIVOT, a powerful search engine for finding funding opportunities and scholar profiles from within Rutgers and outside of the university.
Rutgers Energy Institute Postdoctoral Associate Fellowship. The REI support post-doctoral students for broad range of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy. Each fellowship is one year and comes with one year of direct cost support. For more information about applying, click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Professional Lecturer - Enivronmental Science position at American University in the Department of Environmental Science for the 2015-2016 school year. appointment is a 9-month term position starting August 31, 2015. Applicants should hold a PhD. More information and application here.
Climate Funding Opportunities compiled by NOAA and MN Sea Grant. Deadlines vary by grants. To access the list click here and click on the black "download PDF."
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Malin Pinsky, who received $180,745 from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the project Climate Impact Projections for U.S. Fisheries.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate, David Bushek for receiving an award of over $100,000 from NOAA on a project titled, “Minimizing Risks of Vibrio Bacteria in Farm-Raised Oysters Grown in Mid-Atlantic Intertidal Environments.”
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Shantenu Jha, Josh Kohut, Robert Kopp, and Pam McElwee for their designation as Chancellor’s Scholars for Rutgers University – New Brunswick. The Chancellor's Scholar initiative was created through the New Brunswick Strategic Plan to recognize truly outstanding and highly promising faculty members at the associate professor level. These individuals are nominated by their deans, and will carry the designation of “Chancellor Scholar” for up to five years and will also receive an addition to their research account.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Robson for receiving the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the university’s highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring
Congratulations to RCI Afiiliate Tom Rudel for receiving the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research award. This award honors faculty members who made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Enrique Curchitsher, Benjamin Lintner and Asa Rennermalm, who received tenure and have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1st.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Rich Lutz who was selected to receive the 2015 prestigious NOGI award in Sciences from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock, winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society which is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. Congratulations also to Professor Robock on his $758,938 award as the principal investigator of the project, Decadal Prediction Following Volcanic Eruptions, supported by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Oscar Schofield who received an award at the 22nd Annual Celebration of Excellence at Rutgers. His award recognized him delivering excellent educational opportunities and research-based solutions to the people of New Jersey and beyond.
Congratulations to RCI intern Julia Campbell, for receiving the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Louis Fontenelli Award.