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.
RCI's Newest Greenberg Fellow: Arielle Catalano
Rutgers graduate student, Arielle Catalano has been selected as RCI's next recipient of the William H. Greenberg Fellowship.
Arielle is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science.
Her dissertation research topic is The effects of climate change on the climatology
of simulated extratropical cyclones – application of a high-resolution global climate model.
The William H. Greenberg Fellowship was established by Mrs. Phyllis Greenberg to honor her husband who was a graduate of Rutgers University, Class of 1944. Read more about Arielle and the William H. Greenberg Fellowship here.
News In July 2015
In this Coastal Review Online article, RCI affiliates Bob Kopp and Benjamin Horton discusses their new study that finds climate change will increase the frequency of flooding in coastal North Carolina.
RCI affiliate David Robinson discusses the role Rutgers may play in a proposed storm resilience center that could help communities cope with future storms and educate the public. Read more about it in this nj1015.com article and this app.com article
RCI affiliate Benjamin Horton is interviewed about climate change and warming oceans in this mprnews.org story audio.
The Northeast Regional Climate Hub released earlier this summer an assessment of climate change vulnerability and adaptation and mitigation strategies. This vulnerability assessment reviews present knowledge of agricultural and forest susceptibility to climate variability in the Northeast and will serve as a guide to focus future adaptation work. Read it here.
The State of the Climate in 2014 has been released as a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It is an international, peer-reviewed publication released annually, the National Climatic Data Center serves as the lead editors and it is based on contributions from hundreds of scientists throughout the world. RCI Affiliate David Robinson was a contributing author to this report. The report shows patterns, changes, and trends of the global climate system. The report confirms that 2014 was the Earth’s warmest year on record. Read the report here.
RCI affiliate, Malin Pinsky explains that if ocean temperatures continue to rise, Maine lobster populations may move further north in this Business Insider article.
RCI affiliate David Robinson discusses in the Washington Post why we should worry about the Northern Hemisphere’s near record lows of snow cover pointing to an analysis by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab.
Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth, was recently issued by the National Academy of Sciences. RCI affiliate Paul Falkowski is a member of the NAS Committee on Geoengineering Climate that authored the report and RCI affiliate Alan Robock served on the report review committee. RCI affiliates David Robinson and Jennifer Francis, are members of the NAS Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and NAS Polar Research Board, respectively, and as such were involved in the development of the report.
The National Park Service has release a Coastal Assets Report where it is estimated that $40 billion of NPS assets are at risk of damage if ocean waters continue to rise due to climate change. The report goes into detail at which areas and parks are at most risk.
The official Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 has been released after endorsement from the UN General Assembly. The Framework aims to achieve reduction of disaster risk, losses in lives, livelihoods and health and economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years. The full Sendai Framework can be found here.
In this nj.com article, RCI affiliate David Robinson is quoted about the recent rains that washed away the fear of drought in New Jersey.
RCI affiliate Thomas Rudel is quoted about the benefits of small-scale livestock farming when better forage is used to feed the animals in this phys.org article.
Antarctic Edge: 70° South, the award winning Rutgers documentary film about the Western Antarctic Peninsula will be released on iTunes, Netflix and DVD August 1st 2015. Read more about the documentary in this sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu article.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
Virtual Workshop: Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean. September 9, 10, 11 1 pm - 5 pm each day. Sponsored by US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR). More information here.
AGU Fall Meeting December 14-18, 2015. A session titled: Flood Mapping for Adaptation and Resilience: Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Coastal Response that is co-hosted by RCI affiliate, Robert Kopp, will be held at the AGU fall meeting. The session ID number is 8271. Abstracts are due August 5, 2015.
Carbon Management Technology Conference 2015: Sustainable and Economical Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Options. November 17-19, 2015. Abstracts due July 15, 2015. More information here.
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. Click here for further information and abstract submission.
The New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA) will be hosting a community meeting on August 7th 2015 12-3pm at Thomas Edison College in Trenton, New Jersey. To attend, RSVP here by July 31st 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 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
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.
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.
Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference and Tours. Conference and tours July 29-31, 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 New York Department of Health has an opening for an Environmental Health Research Fellow position in air, climate and health unit. An ideal candidate will have a doctorate in environmental health science or geographic information science. Application is due ASAP, to apply send an email with cover letter and resume with the subject heading “Environmental Health Research Associate_your name” in the subject line to klane1(at)health.nyc.gov. For more information, click document here (40 KB).
The EPA has $5 million available in funding for the EPA Environmental Governance Capacity Building Program. This funding is to support a collaborative program that would enhance environmental governance capacity of institutions in Central America and Caribbean, South Americas, and the Middle East, and North Africa. Applicants should have expertise in such areas as climate mitigation and adaptation, water resource, waste management, and environmental impact assessment. Applications are due August 14th 2015. Click here for further information.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced $150 million available in funding for the DHS Fiscal Year 2015 Flood Mitigation Program. State, local and tribal governments are all eligible. The program will prioritize projects that mitigate flooding in structures with certain historic flooding characteristics. Applications are due August 28th 2015. Click here for further information.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has announced $14 million available in funding for the Coastal Program, which provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Applications are due September 30th 2015. Click here for further information.
USDA and Microsoft have partnered to launch the "Innovation Challenge" to Address Food Resiliency, a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States’ food system with the intent of achieving a sustainable food system. Contest submissions end at October 27th 2015 at 5:00pm EDT. To apply for this contest, click here.
The Plug-In Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is now accepting proposals for its round two of funding. NYSERDA is interested in research and demonstration proposals to demonstrate new technologies and strategies that help overcome barriers to market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and make them more economically viable while reducing their impact on the electric grid and environment in NY State. Proposals are due September 16th, 2015 by 5:00pm EST. Further information and proposal submission can be found here.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting up to three postdoctoral research associates to work on projects related to high-resolution global climate and earth system models. Candidates must have received a PhD and should have experience in climate modeling and analysis. Applications are due August 28th 2015, click here to apply.
The Watershed Institute has released its grant program announcement in many categories including Climate Change Resiliency; the grant program is centered on promoting the health and resiliency of New Jersey's watersheds. Letters of inquiry are due August 3rd 2015. Detailed information on the application process and timeline and appropriate forms can be found here.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has multiple openings for part time hourly public access planning workers. Hourly workers will be helping the development of Municipal Public Access Plans (MPAP) consistent with the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) rule (N.J.A.C. 7:7E). To submit a resume or for further information contact Nicholas Angarone at Nick.Anagarone(at)dep.nj.gov. Applications are due ASAP.
COMPASS, an organization that helps scientists effectively communicate their knowledge has several positions open beginning July 7, 2015.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Co-director, Robin Leichenko and RCI Affiliates Patricia Findley and Benjamin Justice who have been selected as fellows of the Inaugural Class of the Rutgers Leadership Academy.
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.