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Reef temperature wrangler  
Oct 16, 2017 • Brandon Araujo

Coral reefs often go unnoticed because they’re underwater; but even though we don’t regularly pay much attention to them, they’re an extremely important part of our everyday lives. Coral reefs have been estimated to provide support for over a quarter of all marine species and this extreme biodiversity makes... more

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Reef temperature wrangler  
Oct 16, 2017 • Brandon Araujo

Photo: wildcoast.net

Coral reefs often go unnoticed because they’re underwater; but even though we don’t regularly pay much attention to them, they’re an extremely important part of our everyday lives. Coral reefs have been estimated to provide support for over a quarter of all marine species and this extreme biodiversity makes them a frequent source of discovery for new medicines that can help fight cancer and... more

Climate change and infrastructure impacts  
Oct 2, 2017 • Ethan Coffel

Photo: Toni Klemm

Our infrastructure is designed for the climate in which it was developed; engineering standards and logistical procedures are based on historical weather patterns, and as environmental conditions change, some of these systems may need to be re-configured.

In aviation, aircraft takeoff performance depends on temperature. This is because in the atmosphere, temperature is the key... more

The winds of change? Extreme weather events and public opinion on climate change  
Sep 18, 2017 • Meaghan Guckian

Photo: NOAA-NASA GOES Project

World renowned climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, recently co-authored a Washington Post article titled, ‘Harvey and Irma should kill any doubt that climate change is real.’ This is a sentiment likely shared... more

Using Climate Projections in the (Almost) Real World  
Sep 5, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten and Jessica Blackband

In recent years, numerous climate projections (such as MACA or LOCA) have been made available for use in impact assessments and adaptation planning. However, the breadth of available projections presents a daunting challenge to managers... more

Field Notes: GOMECC III Cruise  
Aug 21, 2017 • Gabrielle Corradino

Figure 3. Whole water surface samples being filtered through a 200µm mesh and into a carboy. This water will be used for filtering and for the on-deck grazing experiments. Photo: Corradino

“Why would you spend 35 days on a boat just to filter seawater?”

This was the most common question (second most common was: “Don’t you get seasick?”) that I received as I explained what I would be doing during the GOMECC trip to my friends and family. The biology component of the GOMECC trip does include lots of filtering of water onto specialty glass fiber filters, but the research... more

Studying Berries in Bear Country  
Aug 14, 2017 • Lindsey Parkinson

Photo: http://www.arkive.org/american-black-bear/ursus-americanus/

Summer ‘tis the season of studies from geology to ornithology and everything in between. I study wild berry species to try to find what environmental factors have the strongest influence on berry productivity. With no other wild fruits in Alaska, berries are an important natural and cultural resource, one that is becoming increasingly variable.

The number of flowers... more

Notes from the Field: An Educational Swamp Tour  
Jul 31, 2017 • Clay Tucker

Students listen to Dean Stacie Haynie (standing) of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences discuss possibilities at LSU.

For three weeks every summer, undergraduate students from the South Central United States, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds participate in the “Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities” program to visit and learn about climate impacts in the South Central Climate Science Center Region (SC CSC). This year participants spent the balmy month of July... more

Notes from the field: Summer Undergraduate Internship on Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge  
Jul 24, 2017 • Rachel Bratton

A newly hatched Guillemot chick about to be measured and weighed (pre-manicure!). Photo: R. Bratton.

This summer, I spent two weeks on a seabird research island as part of my internship with the Northeast Climate Science Center, Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Program, and Audubon Project Puffin. Project Puffin, based out of Bremen... more

Talking climate change to middle-schoolers  
Jun 26, 2017 • Toni Klemm

7th-graders learning about climate change. Photo: Toni Klemm

We’ve all heard the phrase that science should be explained on the level of sixth- to eighth-graders to be understandable for a general audience, right? But who has ever tried to explain science to actual sixth- to eighth-graders? I can now proudly say I have, and I’ve lived to tell the story.

A few weeks ago I was invited to a middle school in Norman, Oklahoma, where I live, to talk... more

Organization - One of the Keys to Reaching Goals  
Jun 12, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

You know, I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up in the position in this cartoon.  In the case of graduate school, this can be both detrimental and helpful.  Helpful, because when you are in classes it can mean that your homework and class projects get done on time.  Detrimental, because that little thing called your thesis can end up getting pushed off because it’s at the bottom of... more