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Melissa Aronczyk

Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Information

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Dr. Melissa Aronczyk’s current research critically inquires into the extent, influence, and impact of professional advocacy campaigns on debates in the climate change public sphere. The research aims to explain the extent and impact of strategic communications campaigns on political and public responses to specific U.S. policy efforts around climate change.

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Gail M. Ashley

Earth & Planetary Sciences 

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Ashley has conducted research in Africa for over 20 years funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Her research in the East Africa Rift Valley has two components: (1) studies with paleoanthropologists at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli on the water resources used by hominins millions of years ago, and (2) investigations of the modern water resources focused on rainfall, groundwater, and springs in the Lake Natron, Lake Manyara, and Lake Eyasi region. These areas have competing interests of tourism, herding (e.g. Maasi), agriculture, and hunting and gathering (Hadzabe).

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Rutgers, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve)

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Lisa Auermuller is the Watershed Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. In her role at the Reserve, Lisa's duties include assessing the needs of coastal decision makers and providing relevant and timely training opportunities. These programs are designed to better inform decision makers of the research that is being conducted in the reserve, the competing uses of New Jersey's coastal zone and the impacts that decisions have on watershed quality. Most recently, Lisa's primary areas of interest have been in stormwater management, climate change and coastal community vulnerability as it relates to sea level rise. Lisa has been working with a variety of partners to develop tools and protocols to help communities understand their risks, plan for those risks and put adaptation measures into place.

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Center for Environmental Prediction

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Dr. Bielory, past director of the UMDNJ - Asthma and Allergy Research Center (Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Ophthalmology), and consistently selected as one of New Jersey and New York "Top Docs" in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area surveys for the past 20 years, has been involved in various clinical trials and is presently focusing his interests on Climate and Allergic Airway Disease. The present EPA funded research is examining modeling the impact of allergies (pollen producing plants such as trees, weeds and grasses) over the next 50 years, studying the impact of different temperatures and CO2 concentrations on the growth of ragweed , grasses and other weeds as well as evaluating their allergenic pollen content via immunological and biological assays including electron microscopy.

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Steven R. Brechin

Sociology

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Faculty Affiliate – Climate Change Institute

Steve Brechin is Professor and Graduate Director of the Department of Sociology. His scholarly interests include organizational, political and environmental sociology, including the sociology of biodiversity conservation and climate change. In Belize, Central America, Brechin has explored state-civil society relationships and tensions around nature protection efforts under new state emphases of mega-tourism and oil development. With evolving field research in Belize (which large parts of the country are within a meter of sea level), Brechin and students investigate how this small vulnerable country addresses climate change while pursuing other major economic development activities. New projects include comparing differing national-level commitments to climate change strategies of adaptation and mitigation as well as on international financing of those strategies. Professor Brechin has written extensively on comparative national public opinion on global climate change and on the failure of mainstream sociology to engage sufficiently this critical issue.

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Anthony Broccoli

Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Broccoli studies changes in climate, both past and future, with a goal of better understanding the mechanisms responsible for such changes. He uses numerical models of the climate system in his research, carefully comparing their results with evidence from the climate record.

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Martin Bunzl

Philosophy

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Martin Bunzl founded the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society in 2007 under the name Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Social Policy.  For four years, his leadership brought together scholars at Rutgers and beyond with a focus on social science research of climate change, with an emphasis on policy implications.  Bunzl has published in journals such as Science, Climatic Change, and Philosophy of Social Science on a variety of topics including the ethical considerations of geoengineering, and the tragedy of the commons.  Currently, he is writing a book that lies at the intersection of climate change, ethics and philosophy of science. He also continues to work on problems of risk assessment and decision making about geoengineering

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Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory

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Dr. Bushek's research focuses on shellfisheries as well as basic shellfish ecology, pathology and culture in coastal systems, predominantly oysters, where climate change has major impacts. Recently, he's worked on role of shellfish in shoreline protection and the development of 'living shorelines' that use shellfish as structural and ecologically functional components.

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Annmarie Carlton

Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Center for Environmental Prediction

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Annmarie performs 3-dimensional photochemical modeling for air quality and climate with emphasis on atmospheric aqueous chemistry and formation of secondary organic aerosol through cloud processing, She is interested in the atmospheric processing of pollution and specifically how biogenic emissions and anthropogenic pollution interaction to influence regional climate and air quality.

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Gretchen Chapman

Psychology
Institute for Health and the Center for Cognitive Science

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Gretchen Chapman (PhD 1990 U Penn) is a Professor of Psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences, Rutgers University. Her research combines judgment and decision making with health psychology to examine the decision processes underlying preventive health behaviors such as vaccination. She is the recipient of an APA early career award and a fellow of APA and APS. She is the author of more than 75 journal articles, the recipient of 15 years of continuous external funding, and a former Department Chair.  Her project on electricity consumption brings her study of decision making to bear on carbon-producing activities.  "In this study we are observing PSE&G customer volunteers who either have or don't have a device installed in their house that allows them to see their moment-to-moment electricity use.  We will see whether this type of feedback helps people to reduce their electricity use.  We are also examining whether feedback that follows principles of behavioral decision making works better than other types of feedback."

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George Clark

Human Ecology

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Dr. Clark received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers in 1971, his master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maine in 1975, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers in 1983, specializing in Community and Environment.  He came to what was then the Department of Human Ecology and Social Sciences at Cook College as a Research Assistant in January of 1976, then became a Teaching Assistant, and has been teaching for the Department for more than thirty years.  He incorporates climate change issues into some of the classes he teaches.  His current courses include Introduction to Human Ecology, Population, Resources and Environment, Research Methods, and Communities and Environmental Change.

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Lee Clarke

Sociology

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Lee Clarke is author of "Mission Improbable" and "Worst Cases," both from the University of Chicago Press. He is often invited to speak about leadership, culture, disaster, and organizational and technological failures; he consults with corporations, government agencies, and research foundations.

One of Clarke's current projects concerns how scientists negotiate the boundaries of science and politics. The project focuses on scientists whose work foretold, in various ways, the great harm that Katrina would bring to New Orleans.

Clarke has written about the Y2K problem, risk communication, panic, civil defense, evacuation, community response to disaster, organizational failure, and near earth objects. His most recent book is Worst Cases: Terror & Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination.

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Food Policy Institute
Human Ecology

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Dr. Cara Cuite is an Associate Research Professor in the Rutgers University Department of Human Ecology and the Food Policy Institute. She is Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense to study communication about intentional food contamination. In addition, she is currently serving as co-PI on a USDA-funded grant to study emergency preparedness and food safety in the homebound elderly. Dr. Cuite is a health psychologist who has previously worked in the areas of cancer risk communication and health policy. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2003.

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Department of Environmental Sciences

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Enrique Curchitser has been taking a multi-disciplinary approach to address questions relating to climate change and its impacts on regional scales. Specifically, he has worked on the intersection of climate and oceanic ecosystems as well as developing novel downscaling techniques and working with coupled socio-economic and climate models.

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Steven Decker

Department of Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Decker researches the evolution, predictability, and societal impact of midlatitude weather systems, and how these aspects may change under future climate scenarios.

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Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Paul Falkowski is a Board of Governors Professor of Geological Sciences at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include biophysics, photosynthesis, photobiology, molecular evolution, signal transduction, apoptosis, biogeochemical cycles and symbiosis. He is widely-recognized for his contributions in the fields of biogeochemistry (specifically carbon and nitrogen cycling), climate change, and his co-authorship of a book on aquatic photosynthesis. Dr. Falkowski is an advisor to the National Science Foundation and NASA and serves on the Mars Architecture Mission team, the Earth System Science and Applications advisory Committee, is the co-chair of the IGBP Carbon Cycle Working Group, and a member of the Carbon Cycle Science Steering Committee. In 2007 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 2008 became a Fellow at the American Academy of Microbiology.

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Frank Felder

Bloustein School of Planning
Center for Energy, Economic, & Environmental Policy

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Frank Felder is an expert in energy policy and electricity markets. His research and teaching interests include the reliability and economics of electricity markets, state energy policy, energy efficiency and renewable energy evaluation, and integrated energy modeling. He has been awarded numerous research grants by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Professor Felder has published in policy, engineering and economic journals including Energy Policy, The Electricity Journal, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Electric Power Systems Research, Utilities Policy, Proceedings of the IEEE, and The Energy Journal.

Professor Felder teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Energy Engineering, Economics and Policy; Energy Policy and Planning; and the Science, Technology and Policy of Climate Change. He has also taught short courses on electricity markets in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

He holds doctoral and master degrees from MIT in Technology, Management and Policy and completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Before joining the Bloustein School faculty, Professor Felder was an assistant professor of Management at the Manhattan College School of Business, an economic consultant, and a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy.

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Journalism and Media Studies

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Dr. Feldman conducts research that analyzes media coverage of climate change and the effects of that coverage on public opinion and engagement. She is particularly interested in understanding the media's contribution to political polarization around climate change and in developing and testing message strategies to help reduce partisan and ideological divides. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant examining ways to design media messages to more effectively engage the public around climate change.

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Graduate School of Social Work

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Dr. Findley's work with respect to climate change has taken a clinical and research direction. With grant funding, she has been able to lead a group of graduate social work students in providing mental health services to survivors of Super Storm Sandy. Her research is now focused on the assessment of those survivors to address physical and mental health concerns that remain. She is mostly interested in the vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, and individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities.

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Frank Fischer - Affiliate Emeritus

Political Science

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Frank Fischer is distinguished professor of politics and global affairs.  He teaches U.S. politics, foreign policy, and environmental politics and policy on the Newark campus and public policy and planning at the E. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on the New Brunswick campus.  He is also a senior faculty fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany, where he teaches global public policy, U.S. foreign policy, and comparative and global environmental politics in the M.A. program on Globalisierung und Politik.

The author of numerous books and articles, he is currently working on a book dealing with the challenges the climate change crisis poses for democratic governance.

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Entomology Department

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Dina Fonseca is a Professor of Entomology. One of Dr. Fonseca's primary research interests are invasive mosquitoes, which transmit viruses such as those that result in Zika and dengue fevers. Her research has shown that mosquito populations can differ significantly across short distances and over time, changing epidemiological landscapes and risk estimates. Her lab has also shown that mosquitoes move primarily associated with people (in boats, trucks and cars) and that association selects for sub-populations more likely to bite us. Dr. Fonseca works closely with county and state mosquito control programs and the public to develop effective and efficient strategies for mosquito and invasive species control that are sustainable and minimize impacts to the environment. More recently, Dr. Fonseca has started developing predictive tools to forecast changes in salt marsh mosquito populations due to sea-level rise and strategies used to mitigate its impact on coastal communities. Predictive model and enhanced surveillance will allow mosquito control programs in coastal counties to develop proactive strategies and mitigate nuisance, disease and environmental impacts.

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Institute for Coastal and Marine Science

Graduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences

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Jennifer Francis earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages with ~40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate.

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Panos Georgopoulos

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

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The laboratory of Prof. Georgopoulos (ccl.rutgers.edu) studies Environmental and Public Health issues, focusing on two complementary research areas:

  • Multiscale computational modeling of interacting environmental and biological systems.
  • Enviroinformatics, bioinformatics, and socioinformatics applications, using predictive data analytics to understand human exposures to pollutants and associated health outcomes.

Various research efforts in both the above areas involve the modeling and analysis of climate change effects on environmental quality and public health. Examples include the impact of climate change on anthropogenic and biogenic atmospheric; on the spatial and temporal patterns of co-occurring photochemical pollutants (ozone, nitrogen oxides, secondary particulate matter) and biological aeroallergens (pollens and spores); and on human exposures to ambient and indoor air pollutants under alternative scenarios of growth and resource utilization.

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Jason Grabosky

Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

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Dr. Grabosky’s research centers on trees in urban landscapes which can be observed as exaggerations and precursors to the environmental changes brought by climate change within a broader context. He serves as the Rutgers director of the Center of Resilient Landscapes, a Joint Venture of Rutgers NJAES and the USDA Forest Service.

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Qizhong (George) Guo

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Qizhong (George) Guo is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  An engineer, Professor Guo investigates green and grey infrastructure to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

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Serpil Guran

Director of Rutgers EcoComplex

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Serpil Guran is the Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and alternative energy technologies. Dr. Guran specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of alternative fuel production systems.
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Heidi Hausermann

Human Ecology

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Dr. Hausermann’s research explores how knowledge, practice, and non-humans combine to mediate socio-ecological change. Her work largely focuses on agrarian landscapes and employs an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on political ecology, social theory, and mixed methods. Heidi’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Fulbright-Hays.

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Jeanne Herb

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Jeanne Herb is Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. While her area of practice is environmental policy, in general, her work includes a particular focus on state and local level policy targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for impacts of climate change. Prior to joining the Bloustein School, Jeanne served more than 20 years in senior positions in state government and the NGO community focused on state, local and federal environmental policy innovation.

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Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Rutgers Energy Institute
Energy Bioscience Institute, University of California Berkeley

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Gal Hochman received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004. His work focuses on biotechnology, energy, the environment, and on trade agreements. While working on alternatives to fossil fuels, Gal’s work showed the distributional implications of a global climate agreement. Gal’s work assessed the economic implications from allocating polluting rights to fossil extracting and fossil consuming countries. Greenhouse gas intensity of biofuels (and also non-conventional fossil fuels like coal to liquids and oil sands) cannot be determined just by measuring carbon content of fuel, because significant amounts of emissions occur away from the site of production or consumption. This necessitates carbon emissions accounting that is ex-ante analysis and which accounts for these off-site emissions. Gal’s work identified several of these off-site carbon-emitting sources and quantified their impact. Gal’s research on energy shows the importance of modeling OPEC as a cartel-of-nations. His work also quantifies the importance of inventories in the 2007 and 2008 food commodity price spike. Gal has attended and presented papers at numerous conferences, including the ASSA, the ACS, the CEA, the Econometric Society, the EEA, and the IAEE.

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Benjamin Horton

Institute of Marine and Coastal Science

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Dr Ben Horton's research concerns sea-level change. He aims to understand and integrate the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future.

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Plant Biology

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Huang’s group conducts research exploring mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental stress, including heat, drought, salinity, and cold, and interaction with elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration.

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David McDermott Hughes

Anthropology
Center for African Studies

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Dr. Hughes is interested in social responsibility for carbon emissions and climate change.  In this connection, he is currently writing an ethnography of high emitters in the petro-state of Trinidad and Tobago.  The work is provisionally entitled “The magic of hydrocarbons: oil, climate change, and the question of complicity.”

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Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Dr. Jensen studies the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems using statistical analysis of global marine fisheries databases, citizen science records of lake and river ice, and data from field studies. His primary climate change oriented field work takes place on the pristine lakes and rivers of Northern Mongolia where the impacts of climate change can be studied without the confounding effects of other human alterations to the ecosystem.

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Shantenu Jha

Computer Engineering

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Shantenu is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering. His general research interests lie at the triple point of Applied Computing, Cyberinfrastructure R&D and Computational Science. He was awarded the 2014 Rutgers Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence for his contributions to the "application of advanced computing to real world problems". He is currently working on the application of high-performance and distributing computing techniques to hydrometeorology and polar science.

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Rebecca Jordan

Environmental Education and Citizen Science
Program in Science Learning

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Rebecca Jordan received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the advisement of Francis Juanes. Her dissertation research investigated the visually guided mating behavior of Lake Malawi cichlid fish. Rebecca took a post-doctoral position as a Science and Technology Council Fellow with James Gould at Princeton University. There she expanded her interests to animal learning in general and incorporated work with undergraduate science learning. After two years at Princeton, Rebecca took a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Elizabeth City State University as part of a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Elizabeth City, Rebecca continued her work with fishes in the capacity of providing undergraduates with research experience. She focused mainly on poeciliids. Also in Elizabeth City, Rebecca broadened her study of science learning to incorporate informal audiences. Rebecca is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Here she works with graduate students and undergraduates in the study of behavior in Lake Malawi cichlids. As director of the science learning program, however, she he devotes most of her research effort, however, to investigating public learning of science, citizen science, and teacher education. 

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Educational Theory, Policy & Administration (GSE)

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Benjamin Justice is an associate professor in the Graudate School of Education and an affiliated member of the History Department. Dr. Justice studies the history of American education from colonial times to present, with a special focus on the relationship between education and empire building. He also coordinates the Social Studies Education Program, which trains future public school social studies and history teachers.

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Marjorie Kaplan

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Dr. Kaplan leads the Rutgers Climate Institute program office and manages the full portfolio of Rutgers Climate Institute activities in consultation with the Co-Directors. She also co-facilitates the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance. Dr. Kaplan's 30 year career has included more than 20 years in government and 10 years in the private sector. She was the first Director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Climate and Energy where she oversaw regulatory programs under the Global Warming Response Act, the Global Warming Solutions Fund Law and regional initiatives to address climate change within various sectors including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Transportation and Climate Initiative. Dr. Kaplan holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a Masters and Doctorate of Public Health from Columbia University.

 

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Daniel Kelemen

Political Science

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Michael J. Kennish

Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Primary interest is the study of coastal ecosystem responses to climate change, most notably the investigation of climate change effects on biotic communities and habitats in estuarine and coastal marine environments, as well as coastal watersheds.

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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Chair (interim), Department Of Environmental & Occupational Medicine Acting Associate Director, EOHSI

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Howard Kipen is generally interested in mechanism of air pollution health effects.  He will soon receive a 3 year grant from USEPA to investigate the effects of climate change on indoor ozone chemistry and consequent biomarkers of health hazards. He is interested in clinical studies of how climate change affects air pollution and thus associated health effects, and in measures for ameliorating such effects.  Modeling for the upcoming study will be done by Panos Georgopoulos and air pollution measurements by Qingyu Meng.

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Rutgers, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Physical processes in the coastal ocean are highly variable in space and time and play a critical role in coupled biological and chemical processes. My research interest is to apply ocean observing technologies that now sample across important time and space scales to better understand the physical ocean that structures marine ecosystems.

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Robert Kopp

Earth and Planetary Sciences - Professor
Bloustein School
Rutgers Energy Institute - Associate Director

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Robert Kopp is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Associate Director of Rutgers Energy Institute.  His work focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy.  Professor Kopp employs statistical and process models to integrate diverse geological data sets, with the proximal goal of improving understanding of past Earth system states and the ultimate goals of testing and strengthening models of future global change. One area of particular emphasis is using records of past sea-level changes to improve estimates of ice sheet stability and future sea-level change. He is a lead author of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus and a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.

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Mazen Labban

Geography

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Mazen Labban's interests include critical social theory, space/nature, history and philosophy of science and technology, political economy, development, natural resources, energy, petroleum, geopolitics, international law, finance.

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Richard Lathrop

Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Director - Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

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In my research I have attempted to integrate insights of landscape ecology and geography with the application of geo-spatial technology to improve our understanding of the structure and function of coupled human-environmental systems at broader landscape to regional scales and then translate that understanding into effective and appropriate techniques to improve 'on-the-ground' natural resource management and land use planning.

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Robert Laumbach

Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Dr. Laumbach's research and education interests focus on how multiple environmental stressors, including air pollution and climate change, interact to have cumulative effects on human health and wellbeing.

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Robin Leichenko

Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
Geography

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Dr. Leichenko’s current research focuses on the economic and social dimensions of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation change in U.S. cities and regions. Leichenko is a review editor for Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is also serving on a U.S. National Academies panel on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses. Her 2008 book, entitled, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (Oxford University Press), received the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in Geography from the Association of American Geographers. Leichenko earned a Ph.D. in Geography (1997) and an M.A. in Economics (1995) from Penn State University. She also holds an M.A. in Geography (1991) from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a B.S. in English (1989) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Benjamin Lintner

Environmental Sciences

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Benjamin Lintner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences.His research focuses on tropical climate dynamics, in particular understanding the processes controlling the spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall.  On-going projects in Dr. Lintner’s research group include analyzing relationships among large-scale circulation, moisture, and rainfall in the South Pacific across multiple temporal scales; diagnosing the mechanistic pathways through which the land surface and atmosphere interact; isolating controls on atmospheric moisture vertical structure; and developing and applying novel methodologies for analyzing rainfall and other climate variables.  Currently, Dr. Lintner serves as the Director of the Rutgers Graduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences as well as a university delegate to the Organization for Tropical Studies, a nonprofit consortium of universities dedicated to strengthening education and research in the study of the tropics.

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Jill Lipoti

Human Ecology

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Jill Lipoti would like to inculcate sustainability into the Rutgers experience for undergraduates. She is interested in the gamification of sustainability actions, and investigating how the arts can influence the culture of sustainability.

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 Richard Lutz

 Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

 

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Dr. Richard A. Lutz studies the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Since the first biological expedition to these unique ecosystems in 1979, Dr. Lutz has spent countless hours on the bottom exploring thermal vents throughout the world's oceans in a variety of deep-diving submersibles.

Observations made during the course of Dr. Lutz's ongoing studies in this unique "natural deep-sea laboratory" are dramatically altering our views of the rates at which many biological and geological processes are occurring on the face of the planet.

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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Academic Home)
Center for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure (Research Center Affiliation)
Environment & Energy Program, Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT)

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Dr. Mazurek studies the chemistry and sources of carbonaceous fine particles in Earth's troposphere. She is involved with field programs that identify molecular markers with emission sources and applies this to understanding atmospheric brown clouds in megacity regions.
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McCayBonnie McCay - Affiliate Emerita

Human Ecology

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Adaptation of social and ecological systems to environmental and climate change, with a focus on marine fisheries and institutions for science and management.

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Melanie McDermott

Human Ecology

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Melanie McDermott is a research assistant professor in the Human Ecology 
department and the associate director of the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society. With degrees in interdisciplinary social science (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., Berkeley) and forestry (M.Sc. Oxford), she has over 20 years’ experience in the U.S., Asia, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean in research, policy analysis, and consulting.  Her work has pursued a number of related themes:the social impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation;the political ecology of natural resource management, with an emphasis on community forestry; indigenous land rights; gender; non-timber forest products and agroforestry; sprawl, green spaces, and urban forestry;and environmental risk communication. A focus on social equity crosscuts this diverse field. At a more theoretical level, she investigates how the causes and consequences of peoples’ resource-use practices are shaped by environmental factors and social relations of power, difference and identity operating across multiple scales.

Much of McDermott’s work has been conducted using participatory methods and in close collaboration with NGOs and community-based organizations.  Results have been geared at and disseminated to audiences not only in academia,but also including policy-makers, NGOs, community-based partners, and the general public.

Her current grant-funded research includes:Safeguarding local equity as global values of ecosystem services rise (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme, UK) and Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change on the Jersey Shore: Promoting Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability in Coastal New Jersey (New Jersey Sea Grant).

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Janice McDonnell

Department of 4-H Youth Development

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As the 4-H Science Engineering & Technology (SET) Agent, Janice McDonnell works with county agents, scientists, informal educators, and classroom educators to promote climate literacy. Janice offers a variety of annual programs and projects to help young people learn about climate change including the 4-H Climate and Environmental Change Teen Summit, 4-H Science Saturdays, and a variety of teacher professional development programs.

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Pam McElwee

Human Ecology

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Dr. McElwee's interests are in global environmental problems, broadly defined, with particular expertise in biodiversity conservation and climate change. She is most interested in how individuals and households respond to changes in the physical environment, and how their responses are shaped by external policies and other constraints.  Most of her research combines household-level analysis of environmental decision-making and resource use with an examination of global institutional practices and norms that influence environmental policy. She has regional expertise in Asia, chiefly Vietnam. She was trained as an environmental scientist/geographer and anthropologist at Yale University (Ph.D in Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology), Oxford University (M.Sc in Forestry) and the University of Kansas (B.A in Political Science). Before becoming an academic, she worked at the US Senate for Al Gore, in the Clinton White House on environmental policy, and at the US EPA. She has been a consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, and other UN agencies as well as for NGOs working on sustainable development in Asia.

Current research projects:

CLIMATE CHANGE: The most recent ongoing projects include a study of social adaptation and vulnerability to climate change scenarios in Vietnam, one of the top 10 countries in the world projected to be most effected by climate change this century. This project collected data in 2009-10 from several different landscapes in Vietnam facing physical threats like increased aridity, rising sea levels, and increased riverine flooding.  A report on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change in Vietnam with our overall findings can be found here.

REDD: With funding from the NSF’s Geography and Spatial Sciences division, she is a PI on a new project to evaluate new forest carbon market policies in Vietnam, known as reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). This project will analyze the ways in which payments for environmental services like carbon sequestration alter land-use decision making by smallholder households; evaluate if these changes in land use serve to increase or reduce overall social and biophysical vulnerability to future climate changes; and assess how local understandings of household decision making and land use influence subnational and national policy to implement global goals like REDD. A multi-scale, multi-method research design will be used, including observational data, surveys, household accounting diaries, key informant interviews, policy analysis, forest monitoring, and spatial analysis of land-use change.  Collaborating institutions are the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies in Hanoi and Tropenbos International Vietnam in Hue.  

MIGRATION: An ongoing research project on migration, environmental change, and environmental security. Along with co-PI Chris Duncan,  Arizona State University, and funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‘s Program on Global Security and Sustainability, the project collected data from large-scale multi-sited field studies with migrant communities in Vietnam and Indonesia in 2005. The surveys were used to investigate the role migration plays in household land-use decisions, and the possible impacts of future climate change on adaptation and migration strategies.

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers University

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Dr. Meng's research focuses on examining the impact of climate change on 1) personal exposures to generated air pollutants and aeroallergen and associated health effects, and 2) personal activities and built environment.

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James R. Miller

Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Jim Miller uses a combination of observations and climate model simulations to understand how water will both impact and be impacted by future climate change, with a major focus on the analysis of feedbacks in the climate system. Of particular interest is predicting future changes in water resources, river flow and temperature, permafrost, Arctic climate, and climate in mountainous regions.

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Kenneth G. Miller

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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My research focuses on reconstructing the history of sea-level change on all time scales from 100+ million year to the last few thousand years. I am interested in projections of sea level rise in this century and its effects particularly on New Jersey.

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Mark Miller

Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Miller's research involves the interaction of clouds and atmospheric gases with incoming solar radiation and outgoing thermal infrared radiation. His research group utilizes a combination of in-situ and remote sensor measurements define atmospheric structure in under-sampled regions around the planet. These data are used to evaluate and improve the representation of clouds and radiation throughput in regional weather forecast models, regional climate models, and global climate models.

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Ken Mitchell - Affiliate Emeritus

Geography

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Bruce Mizrach

Economics

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Bruce Mizrach is an associate professor of economics at Rutgers University. He has held appointments at Boston College, the Wharton School, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and NYU Stern. Mizrach is the founder and editor of Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, which is devoted to using nonlinear analysis to understand economic and financial markets. His most recent work is on the market microstructure of electronic limit order markets in bonds, equities and carbon.

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Marine and Coastal Sciences

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I study population connectivity in marine shellfish. These populations are often the key components of important ecological processes (sediment stabilization or water filtration), and are also the basis of many coastal fisheries and aquaculture systems. My research examines how changes in water temperature and ocean circulation are and will continue to change the connectivity and population dynamics in these populations, ultimately playing a role in the stability of these populations as human food resources.

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Robert Noland

Director - Voorhees Transportation Center (BSPPP)
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Robert Noland received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining Rutgers he was Reader in Transport and Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency and also conducted post-doctoral research in the Economics Department at the University of California at Irvine. The focus of Dr. Noland’s research is the impacts of transport planning and policy on environmental outcomes. This is defined very broadly to include not just air and water quality impacts, but also impacts on safety, climate, health, and other factors associated with overall quality of life. Active research areas include developing methods to evaluate the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with building transport projects; evaluating the impacts on the environment and other factors of transit-oriented development; analysis of walking behavior and links to other travel behavior and the built environment; analysis of traffic and pedestrian safety using spatial analysis techniques; and, assessment of the economic effects of transport investments, in particular those associated with agglomeration externalities. Dr. Noland’s research has been cited throughout the world in debates over transport infrastructure planning and environmental assessment of new infrastructure. Dr. Noland is currently the Associate Editor of Transportation Research-D (Transport and Environment) and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and is Chair of the Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy

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Mary Nucci

Human Ecology

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Dr. Mary Nucci is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  Her research interests include public perception of issues in science and science communication in film, media and museums.  She has an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College; and an M.S. in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Media Studies, both from Rutgers University. Her doctoral research focused on the role of visual format, rhetoric and culture in science communication. Prior to her tenure at Rutgers, she worked at Enzon Inc., serving in a variety of positions from immunologist to Associate Director of Scientific Information; was Partner in New Paradigm Consulting Inc. specializing in science writing, project management, teaching, and curriculum development; and was Thematic Director of Health at Liberty Science Center.

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Department of Human Ecology

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Karen O'Neill is a political and historical sociologist who studies land and water policy. She is currently working on several projects about policy and climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, including case studies of small municipalities' efforts to recover, landscape designs for HUD's Rebuild by Design program, and a co-edited book that will consider whether Sandy is transforming institutional practices in the U.S. and Caribbean. She has written a book on the origins of the U.S. program for river flood control and co-edited a book on race and Hurricane Katrina.

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Nirav S. Patel

Honors College and Cornell University

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Dr. Patel’s research and teaching program focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to human-environment interactions within social-ecological systems (SES) and how they can contribute to meaningful sustainable solutions in the Anthropocene. Broadly, he utilizes environmental education and social-psychology domains to understand pro-environmental behavior.

 

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Cymie R. Payne

Human Ecology
Rutgers School of Law

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Cymie R. Payne studies global governance of the environment and natural resources and the consequent evolution of international law, with a focus on climate change, protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict, and conservation of ocean resources.

She has represented the interests of the international community in the marine environment as legal counsel before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She previously practiced natural resource and environmental law with the United Nations, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the law firm of Goodwin, Procter. For six years she participated in landmark decisions on the legal responsibility of aggressor states for the restoration and remediation of damage to the environment from armed conflict as counsel to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. As Director of the Global Commons Project at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, she focused on the linkage of state and international climate policy, particularly with respect to emissions trading systems; conflicts of state law with international trade; and regulating risks of new technologies such as carbon sequestration, where she was also a lecturer in residence on international courts and climate change law.

She currently serves on the Program Committee of the American Society for International Law; the International Law Association Committee on Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development; and on the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. She holds a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Malin Pinsky

Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

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Questions addressed by his lab include the impacts of society on marine species, the impacts of marine species on society, and what choices can we make to alter these impacts and benefits. The broader goal of this work is to help design marine conservation strategies and fisheries management approaches that are resilient to changing climates.

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Carl Pray

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

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Ying Fan Reinfelder

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Dr. Ying Fan Reinfelder is a hydrologist with research interest in global water cycle and its role in the climate system through physical, biological and geochemical pathways.

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Asa Rennermalm

Geography

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Dr. Rennermalm studies hydrology and climate in the Arctic region with emphasis on Greenland ice sheet hydrology. Her work involves modeling, satellite data analysis, and fieldwork. She has participated several field expeditions to the Arctic, including Alaska and Greenland.

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Kevon Rhiney

Geography

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Kevon Rhiney is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Rutgers University. He holds a D.Phil. in geography from the University of the West Indies and is a past recipient of a Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship based at the Kellogg College, University of Oxford, UK. Prior to joining Rutgers, he taught for several years in the Department of Geography and Geology at the Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, based in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Rhiney’s research centers on the social, economic, environmental and justice implications of global change for small and developing states, with an emphasis on the Caribbean. His work largely focuses on rural/agrarian landscapes and employs an interdisciplinary approach, drawing strongly on political ecology and social theory. He has published widely on a range of issues surrounding economic globalization, climate change and food security in the Caribbean and has recently co-edited two books: Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean: Climate Change, Gender and Geography (with Clinton Beckford, Palgrave-Mcmillan, 2016) and Global Change and the Caribbean: Adaptation and Resilience (with Duncan McGregor, David Barker and Thera Edwards, the University of the West Indies Press, 2016).

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David Robinson

Geography
State Climatologist - Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist

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Bio: Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and also serves as New Jersey’s State Climatologist.  He received a BS in geology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and went on to Columbia University where he earned a doctorate in earth sciences.  He then became an associate research scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory prior to heading to Rutgers in 1989.  Dave's research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover.  He is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and sits on climate advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He has chaired two National Research Council panels and the American Meteorological Society’s Polar Meteorology and Oceanography Committee, and is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.  Dr. Robinson was recently elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has received a NOAA Environmental Hero award, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award of the Association of American Geographer’s Climate Specialty Group.

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Alan Robock

Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Alan Robock is a Distinguished Professor of climatology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. He also directs the Rutgers Undergraduate Meteorology Program. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 with a B.A. in Meteorology, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.M. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1977, both in Meteorology. Before graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He was a professor at the University of Maryland, 1977-1997, and the State Climatologist of Maryland, 1991-1997, before coming to Rutgers. Prof. Robock has published more than 300 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, regional atmosphere-hydrology modeling, and soil moisture variations. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly-cited journal in the Earth Sciences. His honors include being a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. Prof. Robock is a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Mark Gregory Robson

Plant Biology and Pathology

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Dr. Robson's research and teaching focus on environmental public health with particular attention to agriculture and rural communities. Part of this interest includes the distribution of crops grown and the pest pressure from changing climate, primarily insects and disease. Dr. Robson also works in the area of vector control and the changes in climate that alter the distribution of various pest species that can cause vector borne disease.

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Yair Rosenthal

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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The overarching motivation for my research is to understand mechanisms of climate change on various time scales through the study of paleo-archives, primarily from ocean sediments.

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Thomas Rudel

Human Ecology

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I am currently working on two, somewhat separate issues regarding the mitigation of climate change. One involves an NSF funded project on regrowth in tropical pastures in Ecuador (a biocomplexity in the environment grant) with implications for REDD+. The other is a book manuscript on the political sociology of environmental reforms (e.g. reductions in emissions).

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Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

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 Geography

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Dr. Schneider is a biogeographer specialized in land change science. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of land transformations, the drivers of land change, and how land change affects socio-ecological systems. Her research emerges from a strong background in tropical biology, ecology, remote sensing and human-environment geography, and it examines theoretical and methodological ways of linking biophysical, socioeconomic and remote sensing and GIS data in understanding landscape dynamics.

Her research interests are monitoring and modeling land transformation, biophysical remote sensing and the effect of fire, droughts and hurricanes on tropical forests of Meso-America. She is currently involved in research looking Environmental Disturbance in Greater Yucatan (EDGY) in Mexico which was funded by Moore Foundation, also she is a Co-PI in an NSF-CNH funded project looking at pastures and forest re-growth in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Oscar Schofield

Marine Sciences

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Professor Schofield studies how changes in the climate impact marine ecosystems. His research builds and deploys robotic ocean technologies to map the regional changes in the ecosystem. The research spans the global ocean from tropical, temperate and polar seas.

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Ethan D. Schoolman

Department of Human Ecology

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Dr. Schoolman looks broadly at the environmental and social implications of efforts to strengthen alternative food systems, including local and regional production/consumption of food and organic farming. Reforming food systems has enormous potential for helping to address the drivers of climate change; at the same time, the changing climate will have profound consequences for agriculture.

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Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD

Director of the Center for Global Public Health
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Public Health

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Climate change is predicted to have a major impact on air quality as a result of changed weather patterns, droughts, wild fires, and storms. Dr. Schwander studies the connection between air pollution exposure and the human immune system with a focus on low and middle income countries.

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Seneca Joseph Joseph Seneca - Affiliate Emeritus

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Dr. Seneca's interests include environmental economics and policy, state and local economic development, and government regulation of business. In addition to teaching at Bloustein, he served  as University Vice President for Academic Affairs between 1991 and 2003.

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 Chirag Shah

 School of Communication and Information

 

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Dr. Chirag Shah investigates interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially those involving social and collaborative aspects. He studies social media and data generated by wearable devices as kinds of signals that can help us understand and impact human behaviors. This work is situated in contexts that include education, environment, and various social issues. For instance, he is exploring data available through the United Nations to understand relationship of climate change with land, energy, and water use. His overall research agenda falls under and uniquely connects Computer Science, Data Science, and Information Science.

 

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School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Co-Director of the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, Director of NJ Safe Schools Program and Co-leader of the NJ OSHA Alliance

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With respect to climate change science, Dr. Shendell's interests relate to climate change's impacts on and human adaptation regarding indoor air and environmental quality in homes, office buildings, schools--including portable versus traditional/site-built school classrooms and fitness facilities as well as various public and private outdoor locations used by recreational endurance athletes and racquet sports players.

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Rachael Shwom

Human Ecology

Sociology

Bloustein School of Planning

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Bio: Rachael Shwom is an assistant professor in the Human Ecology department who specializes in climate and society. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University in 2008. Her dissertation research focused on how different governmental, business, and environmental organizations sought to influence U.S. policies on appliance energy efficiency over the past three decades. She is interested in energy efficiency policy because efficiency improvements are often identified as an important and politically feasible step for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. She has also researched formation of public opinions on climate change, social science’s role in enabling decision-makers to act on climate change under uncertainty, and media’s coverage of climate change. In the future, she will continue her research on environmental and energy advocacy organizations and the factors that influence their decisions. She is also interested in the role that production decisions, such as those made by real estate developers and automobile manufacturers, play in changing energy consumption patterns.

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Department of Economics

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Hilary Sigman is a Professor of Economics at Rutgers University, a Nonresident Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF), and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University (U.K.), and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She conducts research on the empirical effects of environmental policy.  Her recent climate-related research examines the monitoring and enforcement of emission trading systems for greenhouse gases.

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Liz Sikes

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Liz's research interests are principally in the field of paleoceanography - the study of long-term (thousands of years) climate variability expressed in the ocean. The unifying theme in her research is the interconnection of carbon cycling, ocean circulation, and global climate with a strong focus on the Southern Ocean's influence in glacial and interglacial regimes.

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Lee Slater

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University Newark

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Investigations of methane cycling in wetlands using multi-scale geophysical methods. Measurement and modeling of free phase methane gas dynamics and releases to the atmosphere from northern peatlands and coastal wetlands.

 

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Kevin St. Martin

Geography
Community Economies Collective
Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region
COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea)

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Kevin St. Martin is an Economic Geographer with a specialization in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is interested in critical analyses of economic and resource management discourse. His current research focuses on the implementation and practice of new forms of marine governance such as ecosystems-based management and Marine Spatial Planning. He is particularly interested in their implications for both sustainable resource management and community-based economic development. His interest in GIS has led to an examination of the use of GIS in participatory scientific and resource management initiatives.

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Meredeth Turshen

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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DanVanAbsDaniel J. Van Abs

Human Ecology

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Dr. Van Abs is involved with research and practice development regarding management of water resources, water utilities (water supply, municipal wastewater, stormwater), and watersheds. His primary focus is on understanding and improving government, utility and non-governmental capacity for addressing major water management challenges in a setting of limited resources, limited public knowledge, and significant challenges including climate change. He is a license NJ professional planner.

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Neil Ward

Geography (Visiting)

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Dr. Ward is a climatologist who has worked on various regions undertaking statistical analysis of climate variability and change, researching climate information at small spatial scales, and contributing to the development of adaptation strategies and training initiatives for professionals. In recent years, his work has had a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

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John Weingart

Eagleton Institute of Politics

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Judith S. Weis

Department of Biological Sciences

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Judith Weis is an estuarine ecologist, who is especially interested in responses of estuarine animals to stresses, such as pollution, invasive species, and parasites. Climate change, (both increased temperatures and acidification) in addition to causing its own effects, will probably exacerbate effects of these other stresses.

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EOHSI – Exposure Science

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Climate change has the potential to significantly affect human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments. This includes: i) increased use of air conditioning in both residential and commercial buildings, reducing air exchange rates and increasing concentrations of pollutants with indoor sources; ii) increased emission rates of organics from furnishings and building materials due to elevated temperatures; iii) increased occurrence of indoor ozone-initiated chemistry due to rising outdoor ozone concentrations; iv) increased chemistry due to increased reaction rates at higher temperatures; and v) more time spent indoors due to less hospitable outdoor conditions. It is these and other connections with human exposure to pollutants that form the nexus between Weschler’s research and climate change.

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Department of Animal Science

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Dr. Westendorf conducts research about the management of animal waste on livestock farms. He also works closely with New Jersey livestock and equine farmers to inform these producers about the proper management of manure and the implementation of Best Management Practices.

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Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources

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There is concern that pollinators are declining globally, yet the reasons for such declines are poorly known. Winfree is investigating how pollinators respond to human land-use change and climate change in several long-term projects.

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James Wright

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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As a paleoceanographer, Jim Wright studies the ocean’s role in past climate changes using stable isotope reconstructions. Of particular interest are the effects of freshwater on North Atlantic deep-water circulation over the past 20,000 years and the influence of tectonic changes over the past 35 million years. Jim also works on reconstructing past sea level using corals and past pCO2 variations using stable isotopes in paleosols.

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Ming Xu

Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources

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Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources Dr. Xu's research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation, especially the impact on ecosystem processes and biodiversity and the ecosystem-based adaptation.

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