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Dating the Hunter-Gatherer/Pastoralist Transition and Holocene Climate Change, Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya.

Investigators: Gail Ashley (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and John W.K. Harris (Anthropology)


Regional Scale Climate Change Prediction and its Meaning for Social-Institutional Adaptation in Rajasthan, India.

Investigators: Trevor Birkenholtz (Geography), Alan Robock and Georgiy Stenchikov (Environmental Sciences)

Publications based upon this research:
  • Birkenholtz, T. (In Press). "Network Political Ecology: method and theory in climate change vulnerability and adaptation research." Progress in Human Geography.

Experts and Their Publics: An Exploration of Policy-Relevant Science

Investigator: Lee Clarke (Sociology)

Publications based upon this research include:
  • Clarke, L and H. Molotch. "Scientists as Disaster Warning Systems." Risk and Regulation 19 (Summer 2010):12-13.
  • Clarke, L. 2010. "The Nuclear Option." Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Ed., Constance Lever-Tracy. New York: Routledge. pp. 308-319.
Presentations based upon this research include:
  • Clarke, L. 2011. "I'm Warning You." Presentation at Eleventh Beileschweig Workshop. The Fukushima Accident and Systems Prone to EUE. University of Bielefeld, Germany. 3-4 August. http://www.rvs.uni-bielefeld.de/Bieleschweig/eleventh/.
  • Clarke, L. 2011. "Disaster Myths and The Damage They Do". Conference on Natural and Unnatural Disasters, Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis. January.
  • Clarke, L. 2010. "Political Science, The Intricacies of Activism Among Coastal Restoration Scientists". Conference on Civic Engagement of Scientists, Dillard University. November.
  • Clarke, L. 2010. "Political Science, The Intricacies of Activism among Coastal Restoration Scientists." Conference in Honor of William Freudenberg, Freudenfest, University of California-Santa Barbara. November.

A Proposal for a Workshop on Mathematical Models for Use in Mosquito Population Prediction, Control and Prevention of Associated Human Health Risks in the Face of Climate Change.

Investigators: Nina H. Fefferman (Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources) Dina Fonseca and Randy Gaugler (Center for Vector Biology).

The agenda for this April 2009 workshop can be viewed here.


Economic Vulnerability under a New Climate Regime

Investigator: Robin Leichenko (Geography)

Publications based upon this research:
Presentations based upon this research:
  • Thomas, A. and R. Leichenko R. 2010. "Adaptation through Insurance: Lessons of the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program." Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C, April.
  • Thomas, A. and Barnes M. 2009. "The Insurance Sector and Climate Change." Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV, March.
Research funded:
Economic Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Hazards and Climate Change: Building Resilience in the Barnegat Bay Region. Barnegat Bay Partnership and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, $25,0000. 2011-2012.

Examining the Carbon Footprint of the Products Procured by Rutgers

Investigator: Kevin Lyons ( Business School)

Climate and Environmental Change Summit for Students

Investigator: Janice McDonnell (Department of Youth Development, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences)

Publication based upon this research:
  • McDonnell, J. L. Bovitz, C. Ferraro, R. Lyons and D. Robinson. "Climate Change Summits For Teens." Green Teacher Issue 93 (Summer 2011) pp. 25-27.

Assessment of the Impact of Sea Level Rise on Tide Gate Function

Investigators: Robert Miskewitz, Beth Ravit and Chris Obropta (Environmental Sciences)


Developing New Tracers for Reconstructing Past Patterns of Ocean Circulation

Investigators: Yair Rosenthal, Allison Franzese and Robert Sherrell (Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences); Mark Feigenson and Jim Wright (Earth and Planetary Sciences)

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