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 sicences.
SEBS Dean's 250th Anniversary Distinguished Student Debate On Climate Change-
Monday December 7, 2015 at 7 PM
Room 101, Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health
61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ
Join Rutgers' two nationally ranked debate teams the: Rutgers Newark Debate Team and the New Brunswick Rutgers University Debate Union as they debate the resolution:
New Jersey environmental policies should prioritize mitigation actions to reduce the impact of climate change on its residents.
Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers Climate Institute, and Cook Campus Dean.
Short Q and A to follow.
This event is open to the public.
Registration strongly encouraged.
Climate Change and the Jersey Shore: Impacts on Coastal Communities, Ecosystems and Economies
This video, produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance which is facilitated by Rutgers University, explores climate change and its affects on the Jersey Shore. Experts discuss temperature changes, sea level rise, coastal flooding, and ocean acidification and how this impacts communities, ecosystems and coastal economies.
CLIMATE CHANGE SURVEY OF RUTGERS STUDENTS
Help us improve classes and programs at Rutgers on climate change and sustainability!
Participate in the Rutgers Student’s Climate Change Survey from November 30-December 22, 2015!
Your voice is important!
Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of 15 gift cards valued from $50—$300.
All Rutgers-New Brunswick undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate.
Support for this survey is provided by the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Busch Campus Dean, College Avenue Campus Dean, Cook Campus Dean, Douglass Campus Dean, Livingston Campus Dean, Rutgers Climate Institute and Rutgers Department of Human Ecology.
Greenland Is Melting Away. Read this New York Times special report on measuring Greeland ice shelt melt featuring Rutgers' Associate Professor of Geography and RCI Affiliate Asa Rennermalm.
Read it here.
RCI launches Student Support Fund
This new RCI fund provides assistance for Rutgers student travel and related expenses for the purposes of climate change education and research thanks to the generosity of the William H. Greenberg (Rutgers University Class of 1944) Family. For travel and related expenses that will occur between July 1 and December 31, applications are due by 11:59 pm May 1. Application deadline for travel and related expenses that will occur between January 1 and June 30, is 11:59 pm November 1st. As the fund grows, RCI intends to expand its reach to undergraduate and master's degree students; however, initial eligibility is limited to Rutgers Ph.D. students whose major area of research is on climate change in the natural, social, health or policy sciences. Complete information here. Help us grow the fund here.
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.
Nominations Now Open for Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement on Climate Change. AAAS has announced that nominations are open now through November 1 for the inaugural cohort of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute, focused on climate change. The program convenes mid-career scientists who demonstrate leadership and excellence in their research careers, and interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.
News In November 2015
The award winning science journalist, Andrew Revkin helped launch the first in the Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Revkin’s lecture was entitled "Welcome to the Anthropocene: A Geological Age of Our Making." Click here to read more about the event.
RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky discusses how climate change shifts the range of where certain fish are found in this pewtrusts.org article.
Recipients of the 2015 Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund for EcoEntrepreneuring have been announced. This scholarship supports students’ research at the Rutgers EcoComplex which is directed by RCI affiliate, Serpil Guran. To learn more about the recipients and their research click here.
The EPA has released a new edition of the Emissions and Generation Integrated Resource Database (eGRID), this edition contains year 2012 data for data for emissions, generation, and emission rate information for several air pollutants and greenhouse gases. It also includes updated electric generation and mix fuel information. To learn more about eGRID and to access the database, click here.
RCI affiliate, Benjamin Horton discusses Hurricane Sandy and the increase in research on sea-level rise and climate change in this Wall Street Journal article.
RCI affiliates Robert Kopp and Enrique Curchitser will be teaching a Spring 2016 course titled Climate Change Risk Analysis. The course numbers are as followed: 16:460:571:01 (SAS) or 16:107:571:01 (SEBS). Policy and planning students should register for Seminar in Urban Planning under 34:970:663:01. For more information contact Professor Kopp at robert.kopp(at)rutgers.edu.
RCI affiliate Lisa Auermiller receives New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management Leadership Award for her work as the watershed coordinator for the JCNERR in Tuckerton, NJ. Read more about her work and the award here.
RCI affiliate, Oscar Schofield explains how Rutgers’ ocean gliders will help retrieve information about the ocean that would otherwise be very difficult for humans to retrieve in this btn.com article.
NASA has released the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS) Climatology of the 1st Decade of the 21st Century Dataset. This data set summarizes the original observation-based mean fluxes of Water and Energy Budget components during the first decade of the 21st century, for each continent and ocean basin. To read more about the dataset and to download it, click here.
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society released its special report Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective. The report addresses the natural and human causes of individual extreme events from around the world, including Antarctica, in 2014.To download the report, click here. To read more about the report, click here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
The New Jersey Solar Summit will moderate a panel of experts including RCI affiliate Robert Kopp, to share their perspectives on the present and future of solar energy. The summit will be held at the Douglass Student Center December 1st from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Click here to register.
Winter 2016 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) Poster Expo will be held January 27th 2016 from 1-4pm in Princeton, NJ at the Smagorinsky Seminar Room. Poster registration ends January 6th 2016 at 5pm. Click here to learn more and register.
Food Waste-to-Energy Conference will discuss the potential for low-carbon energy generation from food waste and the challenges and opportunities. The conference will be held at the Rutgers EcoComplex from April 27th-28th 2016. For more information, click pdf here (430 KB).
Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference will help decision makers at the local level learn how to prepare for severe weather, climate impacts, and build resiliency into your community plans. The conference will be held from April 4th-6th 2016 at Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to register and click here to learn more about the conference.
The 2015 Montana State University Extension Climate Science Conference will be held on December 8-10th 2015 in Bozeman, MT. This conference will cover the basics of climate science and more. To learn more and register, click here.
Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative, Approaches, Connected Community is a summit that will feature nationally-relevant issues and discussions along with region-specific workshops. It will be the place to get the latest updates on living shorelines and network with colleagues. The summit takes place at the Hilton Hartford in Hartford Connecticut December 1st-2nd 2015. To register, click here. To learn more about the summit, click here.
The American Meteorological Society will be holding its 96th annual meeting. The program will be held in New Orleans, LA from January 10th 2016 to January 14th. Click here to learn more about the meeting and click here to register.
The New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association (NJEPA) Conference provides training and promotes the development of public and private partnerships in the planning, coordination, recovery and mitigation of all types of emergencies. The conference will be held May 2nd-6th 2016 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. All proposal submittals are due by December 1st 2016. Registration to attend the event will open January 2016. Click here to submit a proposal for presenting.
Arctic Matters Day. January 14, 2016, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. More information and registration link here.
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation is holding a Living Shorelines Summit titled Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community which will feature region-specific workshops. The summit will be held December 1-2, 2015 at the Hilton Hartford in Hartford, CT. For further information, click here.
The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held 21-26th February 2016 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cosponsored by AGU, ASLO, and TOS the meeting will consist of a variety of programs covering topics in all areas of Ocean Sciences. Registration for this meeting will open in fall 2015. Click here for more information.
2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference, February 3-4, 2016, Wilmington, Delaware. Presentation and poster proposals due October 4, 2015. Registration opens November 4, 2015. Various topics related to wetlands on agenda, including climate change. More information here.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco December 14th-18th 2015. Click here for further information.
Rutgers Online Learning Conference Mid-Atlantic Region conference will be held January 11th-12th 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For further information on the conference, click here.
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 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.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
The University of Idaho is seeking an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Geography with research focus on quantitative approaches to either human or physical aspects of climate change. Application is due ASAP. For more information and to apply, click here.
The University of Colorado is now hiring an Assistant Professor in Geodesy and Remote Sensing. Applications are due ASAP. For more information and to apply, click here.
Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher for Benefit Analyses of Vehicle and Fuel Technologies. Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. degree in transportation, mechanical or environmental engineering, or a related field. Application is due ASAP. Click document here (29 KB) for more information on how to apply.
Three faculty positions at Tufts University in Water, Health, Security and Sustainability: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; Food Systems, Sustainability and Climate Change; and Bridge Professorship in Water, Health and Security. Click pdf here (301 KB) for more information.
The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards recognize rising women working to advance clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Nominations are now being accepted. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition. Eligible nominees have around 10–15 years of experience in the clean energy sector and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nominations will be accepted from November 5th to January 8th 2016. Click here to learn more and to make a nomination.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program has approximately $2.4 million available to support such projects as stormwater management, addressing water scarcity, source water protection as well as wetlands, riparian, forest and water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities especially underserved communities across the country. Full proposals are due February 3rd 2016 by 11:59PM ET. For more information on the grant and how to apply, click here.
The New Jersey DEP is now accepting applications for their Flood Hazard Risk Reduction and Resiliency Grant Program. Funding categories include costal lakes, flood risk reduction infrastructure, stormwater management, and beneficial use of dredge material. Applications are due April 20th 2016. To learn how to apply and for more information, click here.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program is an innovative program that is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to solve real world problems. The program is a ten week summer internship. Applicants will be selected on their ability to derive a solution on the research challenge questions which can be seen here and by filling out an application. The application is due 11:59PM January 15th 2016. To learn more and apply, click here.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking a Climate Risk and Adaptation Scientist/ National Drought Mitigation Center Director. This position is available as either associate of full professor. Review of applications will begin on January 15th 2016. For further information click here.
Old Dominion University is seeking a professor of climate and health. Review of applications begins December 1st 2015. Click here to learn more and apply.
The Rutgers Energy Institute is hosting its annual Energy Innovation Contest. The goal of this competition is to develop an implementable plan reducing student energy consumption on campus as well as promoting awareness about smarter eco-friendly practices across campus. Students must demonstrate how energy can be conserved by creating innovative solutions to common energy expenditures. Cash awards will be given to the best three submissions. Intent to submit entry must be sent to Beatrice Birrer at bea(at)marine.rutgers.edu by February 26th 2015. The actual proposals are due by March 25th 2015 and must be sent to bea(at)marine.rutgers.edu. For further information, click here.
The Raritan Headwaters Association is looking for a Land Projects Manager. Application is due ASAP. For more information about the information and how to apply, click here.
The Department of Energy has released its application for DOE of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR). This program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months. The application is due December 15th 2015 5:00pm EST. Click here to learn more and apply.
The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking an Assistant Professor in Climate Dynamics. Applications are due by December 7th 2015. For further information on the position and to apply, click here.
Assistant Professor, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley expected start date of July 1, 2016. Details pdf here (56 KB).
New Jersey Future is seeking a part-time consultant to support the organization’s outreach and policy work for public investments that are equitable and resilient in the face of future storms and sea level rise. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and application information, click pdf here (280 KB).
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Western Water Assessment (WWA) is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to serve as the Utah Research Integration Specialist. Applications are due ASAP. For more information and to apply, click here.
Brown University is looking for an Endowed Chair in Water Research (Associate or Full Professor). An ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements, record of successful research funding, and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teach and advising. For further details and application, click here.
Brookings Institution is now hiring a Senior Fellow & Director for the Energy Security & Climate Initiative. The Director will be a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program. The candidate should have expertise in energy security, energy economics and climate policy, as well as a detailed knowledge of U.S. and international energy markets, and expertise in the geopolitics of energy, energy sustainability and/or climate change. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and application, click here.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for a Community-Based Retrofit Accelerator Policy Advisor to plan and implement a targeted community-based outreach and technical assistance program to accelerate energy efficiency, water conservation, and clean energy improvements in small- and mid-sized multifamily buildings. Applications are due ASAP. For information and application, click here.
A paid post-graduate internship is now open through the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative. The project is located at the U.S. EPA Office of Water in Washington, DC. The intern will be involved with the development of tools training courses, guidance documents, and other resources to help utilities be better prepared to adapt to and mitigate the potential impacts of climate change on water sector utilities. Application is due ASAP. More information and application here.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for an Energy Efficiency Data Policy Advisor. Application is due ASAP. Click here for more information and application.
The Rossby Centre, a section of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has an open position of a Science Communicator. Information here.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Richard Lutz, who was presented the NOGI Award by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. Click here to read more about Lutz’s achievements and contributions to ocean sciences.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Paul Falkowski who received an award totaling in $1.6 million for his project titled, The Design and Construction of Life’s Transistors. This work is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Mark Robson who has been designated as Distinguished Service Professor for his decades of faculty and leadership service both at Rutgers University and abroad. Read more about Professor Robson's distinguished career here.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Lisa Auermuller on receiving New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management’s 2015 Floodplain Management Leadership Award.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Annmarie Carlton on her grant of $51,980 from the National Science Foundation for her research on Atmospheric Mixed Phase Chemistry for Improved Climate Predictions: Field Measurements and Modeling of the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Oscar Schofield who received an award totaling in $929,919 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Enrique Curchitser, for receiving an award totaling $489,735 for his project, titled Development of a Very High-Resolution Regional Circulation Model of the Beaufort Sea near Nearshore Areas. This project is supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Ken Miller, who been named co-chair of the, International Ocean Discovery Program Science Evaluation Panel, for a 3-year term beginning October 1, 2015. A Rutgers University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Miller is a stratigrapher and paleoceanographer specializing in global sea level change. Read more here.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Bingru Huang, who won the Tengtou Agricultural Science Award given by the American Society of Agronomy.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Howard Kipen, Qingyu Meng, and Charles Weschler for receiving of an award from the EPA totaling $999,975 over three years for the project, Climate Change, Indoor Ozone, and Vascular Function.
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 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.