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Working Groups

The Rutgers Climate Institute encourages the formation of self-initiated clusters of faculty around research themes of mutual interest. Working groups have been successful in receiving financial support for their activities.

An Arctic working group brings together the growing number of faculty at Rutgers and nearby campuses who are engaged in the study of the social dynamics and policy implications of rapid climate-driven change in the Arctic region. This group sponsors seminars, workshops, panels and other events on campus. This group is led by Professor Asa Rennermalm (Department of Geography) and Professor Hal Salzman (E.J.Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy).

A Caribbean working group has formed to initiate comparative research on climate adaptation with partners in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. Led by Professor Tania del Mar Lopez-Marrero (Department of Geography), this group sponsors workshops and conferences on campus.


A land use transitions in the tropics working group has been formed to focus on tropical regrowth and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). This group supports guest speakers, graduate student travel a discussion group to explore joint research projects and develop ways to bring these topics into the classroom. This working group is led by Professor Thomas Rudel (Department of Human Ecology).

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