News in December 2017
Three Rutgers graduate students in the Plant Biology program took home awards for oral and poster presentations at the joint international meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America held on October 22-25 in Tampa, Florida. Cathryn Chapman took third place for her oral presentation Effects of Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Drought Tolerance and Post-Drought Recovery of Kentucky Bluegrass.” Her poster presentation, Effects of Hormones on Drought Tolerance and Post-Drought Recovery in Creeping Bentgrass, took third place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition in the Turf Science and Management Section.
Rutgers is implementing phase one of a study to facilitate the transition from traditional turfgrass to ‘low-input turfgrass’ that would save on water, fertilizer, fossil fuels and pesticides Research led by the University of Minnesota has allowed for the evaluation of the social, economic, and environmental barriers and benefits of transitioning to different types of turfgrass. The site that was chosen is in between the Food Science building and the Cook Douglass Lecture Hall (CDL).
New research suggests that Greenland ice sheets may be more porous and are retaining more meltwater than previously thought, according to the NY Times. RCI affiliate Asa Rennermalm is part of the team along with her graduate students Rohi Muthyala and Sasha Leidman. Using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, they are able to quantify the meltwater flux off of Greenland for the first time.
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis speaks on broader wind pattern changes with climate change that may enhance the California wildfire season. While hundreds of acres of California are burning, recent research published by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, suggests there may be a link between rising temperatures, the loss of Arctic sea ice and the persistence of atmospheric high pressure in the Pacific Ocean, leading to more persistent Santa Ana winds.
Two Rutgers University seniors, Taylor Dodge and Rachael Young, are roommates traveling to different areas of Antarctica this month to conduct field research on climate change impacts. They were inspired by professors who taught the oceanography course during their first year of school including RCI affiliates Oscar Schofield and Josh Kohut. Read more here.
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reminds us of the following resources for disaster preparation and recovery: Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative; Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery; Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions; Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electricity System.
RCI affiliate Alan Robock discusses the global climate implications of the ongoing eruption of Mt. Agung in Bali, Indonesia in Mashable, Reuters, and Scientific American. The last eruption of Mt. Agung occurred in 1963, which was larger than the ongoing eruption and led to a slight reduction in global temperatures due to the reflection of sunlight from sulfur aerosols.
Read about Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Program (C2R2), a new program aimed at working to help coastal communities and ecosystems become more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. RCI affiliate Robert Kopp is the co-director of C2R2, which secured funding as part of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program.