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.
Rutgers Regional Climate Symposium 2015
November 20, 2015
Climate Change and Polar Regions
Rutgers University - Livingston Student Center
Intended to stimulate interaction and foster collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change in the greater NJ, NY, PA region.
Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University
Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph
Doug Martinson, Columbia University
Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut
Patricia Yager, University of Georgia
Submissions can be on any scholarly research related to climate change by faculty, staff, and students (undergraduate and graduate students encouraged).
Abstract deadline: November 9, 2015
The symposium is free but registration is required. Participation is intended for natural and social science researchers and university students. A limited number of registrations will be available to the public.
Registration deadline: November 16, 2015
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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. 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.
Grass Allergy Study Subjects Needed
RCI Affiliate Dr. Leonard Bielory is looking for people allergic to grass for a Grass Allergy Study. Males and females, 18-50 years old, minimum 2 year history of grass pollen allergy, and have troublesome allergy symptoms despite using anti-allergy medication. Compensation 4,500. Call elory to book a screening appointment: 973-912-9817.
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 October 2015
The United States Geological Survey has released a new study on how many island atolls may be uninhabitable within decades due to climate change, read more about the study here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
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.
Utilities in a Time of Change and Challenge: Integrating solar, energy storage and microgrids. This conference will be held on November 17th-18th in Scottsdale, Arizona. For further information and registration, click here.
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.
Workshop on Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change Attribution: October 21-22, 2015. National Academy of Sciences, Keck Center, Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public. More information and registration link here.
Arctic Matters Day. January 14, 2016, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. More information and registration link here.
BuildingEnergy NYC Conference is a part of the flagship program of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). The conference is on October 15th 2015 at the TKP New York Conference Center. To register, click here.
The 5th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit will be held in Dresden, Germany on October 21st-22nd 2015. For further information and registration, click here.
Experience Rutgers: Climate Change, an event which includes networking opportunities, and an exclusive look at cutting-edge research at the university. Speakers include RCI affiliates: Jennifer Francis and Ben Horton. On October 7th 2015 the event will be held in San Francisco, CA and on October 8th 2015 the event will be held in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and registration, click here.
A new MOOC course titled Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers is a week long course in October 2015 taught by Professor Rainer Sauerborn. To learn more and to register for this free online course, click here.
The Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative is holding a conference titled “Climate Change and the Highlands: Science, Impacts, Preparedness, Communication, and Solutions.” This is a science-based public conference where one can learn and discuss the ecological, economic, and human impacts of climate change, and climate solutions. The Conference will be held from October 16th to 18th 2015 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia. Regular registration is from August 1st to September 15th 2015 and late Registration is from September 16th to October 16th 2015. For more information and registration, click 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.
The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation is holding a Congress on Sustaining Western Water December 1st and 2nd 2015 at the American Geophysical Union Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Registration is until open until November 6, 2015. For more information and registration, click here.
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.
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) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco December 14th-18th 2015. Click here for further information.
The Rising Seas Summit is November 12th-13th in Cambridge, MA. Click here for further information.
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 will be held November 4th-5th 2015 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Further information can be found here.
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.
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 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 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).
The EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program has $1.6 million available for funding to address urban runoff pollution with a focus on underserved communities. Consideration will be given to projects that engage communities in learning about, planning, and developing storm water infrastructure improvements. Applications are due October 31st 2015. Click pdf here (663 KB) for more information and how to apply.
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).
Montclair State University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Sustainability Science for their Earth and Environmental Studies Department. Application is due by November 13th 2015. For further information and to apply, click here.
A postdoctoral research position is open in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University. The research project involves modeling US landfalling hurricane and storm surge risk under global warming conditions. Application is due ASAP. Click here for more information and application.
Graduate Research Fellowships: Payment for Environmental Services with a focus on REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestration) and environmental reserve quotas (CRA) market in Brazil. Location: Federal Univeristy of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. USAID/NSF provides full funding to grad students that are current recipients of NSF grant funding or enrolled at Rutgers University, U Chicago, Notre Dame, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis or Arizona State. Deadline: November 1, 2015. Contact rajao(at)ufmg.br to apply with cv and 250 word research proposal or see this link for more information about submission. Additional information can be found here.
The Rutgers Science Explorer is searching for part-time graduate students in SEBS, SAS and GSBS to serve as graduate fellows on the Science Bus for the academic year 2015-‐16. Graduate fellows will lead scientiﬁc hand-‐on activities in the STEM disciplines and will serve as role models for middle schools student. More information pdf here (2.98 MB).
Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) - U.S.-India Institutional Partnership Grants. The maximum award will be $190,000 for a three-year period. Requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are eligible. The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative). Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, Knowledge Initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions.Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and International Relations & Strategic Studies. Deadline: November 2, 2015. More information here. RFP pdf here (588 KB).
USDA Small Business Innovation Research: Forests and Related Resources. Estimated total program funding is $9,000,000. Range of awards is $70,000 to $100,000. This is one of 10 topic areas in the USDA SBIR program. The Forests and Related Resources topic area aims to address the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations through the development of environmentally sound approaches to increase productivity of forest lands, improve sustainability of forest resources, and develop value-added materials derived from woody resources. New technologies are needed to enhance the protection of the Nation's forested lands and forest resources and help to ensure the continued existence of healthy and productive forest ecosystems. Proposals focused on sustainable bioenergy and development of value-added biofuels from woody biomass, and on the influence of climate change on forest health and productivity are strongly encouraged. Proposals that utilize nanotechnology in their approach to developing new wood-based products or that utilize wood-based nano-materials are also encouraged. Deadline: Thursday, October 8, 2015. More information here. RFA pdf here (550 KB).
USDA Small Business Innovation Research: Biofuels and Biobased Products Estimated total program funding is $9,000,000. Range of awards is $70,000 to $100,000. This is one of 10 topic areas in the USDA SBIR program. The objective of this topic area is to promote the use of biofuels and non-food biobased products by developing new or improved technologies that will lead to increased production of industrial products from agricultural materials. This research will lead to new opportunities to diversify agriculture and enhance agriculture's role as a reliable supplier of raw materials to industry. This topic area supports the NIFA Sustainable Bioenergy Societal Challenge Area and the Climate Change Societal Challenge Area. Deadline: Thursday, October 8, 2015. More information here. RFA pdf here (550 KB).
Lehigh University looking for an Assistant Professor for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Successful candidates will have a PhD, research expertise that contributes to department strengths. Applications are due November 1st 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.
University of Colorado is looking for a Research Associate for their Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to conduct innovative research in the area of understanding Indian Ocean decadal climate variability. An ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in ocean, atmospheric, climate sciences, or a related field. Applications are due ASAP. Click here for more information and to apply.
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.
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJ PIRG) is looking for interns for the fall semester. Applications are due ASAP. Please send a cover letter and resume to Natalie at natalie(at)weareimpact.org.
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.
The Trust for Public Land is now hiring a Program Manager for their Smart Cities Program in California. A person in this position will be responsible for helping to develop relationships with the local government and other potential partners as well as supporting the Public Land’s staff in each partnership city with climate expertise. And ideal candidate will have at least four years of experience and strong project management skills. Applications are due ASAP. For further information and application, click here.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is hiring a Modeller and Researcher in Energy and Climate. The focus is in energy and climate policy research grounded in modeling of energy systems, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy-economy interactions. A successful candidate will have an advanced degree and significant work experience in energy or environmental policy, engineering, economics, or a related field. Applications are due ASAP. To apply send your Cover Letter, CV, samples of publication and modeling software you’ve written and undergraduate and graduate transcripts to jobs.boston(at)sei-us.org. For further information, click here.
The Kresge Foundation is looking for a Senior Program Officer-Environment. The Senior Program Officer will work as part of a dynamic team charged with implementing strategies aimed to build communities’ resilience in the face of climate change. An ideal candidate will have at least seven years experience and preferably a Master’s degree in a relevant field of study. Application is due ASAP. For further information and how to apply, 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.
The National Science Foundation’s Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Program goals are to provide paleoclimate data sets that help model outcomes to understand the response of the long term variability of Earth’s climate system. Over $11 million in funding is expected to be available for research in this area. Full proposals due October 15th 2015 5pm by proposer’s local time. For further information on the proposal guidelines and submittal procedures, 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 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).
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 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 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 Co-Director Robin Leichenko, who has been appointed to serve a three year term as Geography Department chair effective September 1, 2015. Professor Leichenko's research intersects the fields of economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. Read more here.
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 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 Affiliate Rich Lutz who was selected to receive the 2015 prestigious NOGI award in Sciences from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.