A day of fun for everyone! The 11th annual Monster Mash took place on October 24 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Gymnasium. The Halloween Monster Mash is a collaborative community service event sponsored by Rutgers University Residence Life on the Cook/Douglass Campus and provides an alternative trick-or-treat experience for elementary school children in New Brunswick […]
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Mark Robson, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, received the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA). The highest award by NJPHA, the Sullivan award is presented to an individual for dedicated and outstanding public service and contributing to the cause of […]
As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource […]
There’s a newly discovered vocalist in the Big Apple with a sound unlike any other in the city. In 2008, Jeremy Feinberg, a graduate student at Rutgers University, was wading around in a wetland on Staten Island when he heard something strange. In a sw…
Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. Only the second new frog species found in the continental United States in the past 30 years, it remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people. “It’s a pretty unique event,” said Rutgers University ecologist Jeremy Feinberg, part of a group of researchers who made the discovery.
Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species. Jeremy Feinberg, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who led the study, first reported the discovery when he heard their “very odd” chorusing call. Teaming up with genetics experts to confirm the finding, Mr Feinberg has now published the discovery in the journal Plos One. It is the first new frog species found in the region for nearly 30 years. Mr Feinberg told BBC News he knew he might be on to something when he heard a group of them calling in chorus at a wetland study site on Staten Island.
As biologists explore ever further into the outer reaches of the planet, sometimes the next new species is on Staten Island. A Rutgers researcher and a team of coauthors have discovered a new species of frog that had been hiding in plain sight along the east coast, according to a new paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE…”The discovery of a new frog species from the urban Northeast is truly remarkable,” said Jeremy Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, who said the discovery “was really an accident.”
Greenhouse gasses may not be the sole culprit behind climate change. According to a new study, ocean currents also play a huge part in regulating our climate. Phys.org reports that Rutgers University research shows major cooling of the Earth and ice buildup that happened 2.7 million years ago took place alongside a shift in the circulation of ocean currents, which pull in heat and CO2 from the Atlantic and move them through the deep ocean in a north to south direction before releasing the water into the Pacific…”We argue that it was the establishment of modern deep ocean circulation – the ocean conveyor – about 2.7 million years ago, and not a major change in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere that triggered an expansion of the ice sheets in the northern hemisphere,” says Stella Woodard, lead author of the study and post-doctoral researcher at Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.
Yesterday, the Oregonian released a new poll it had commissioned showing that Measure 92, a ballot initiative to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients in the state, was trailing 48 to 42 percent among likely voters. Yet back in July, another poll conducted for Earthfix of Oregon, an environmentally focused branch of Oregon Public Broadcasting, put support for the initiative at a very impressive 77 percent…One 2013 survey conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that 54 percent of Americans say they know “very little or nothing at all” about genetically modified foods, and 25 percent have never even heard of them. ..”It’s really clear that people don’t know very much about the subject,” says Rutgers’ William Hallman, lead researcher on the poll. “And when people don’t know much abut a subject, how you ask them a question about it largely determines the answer you get back.”
A team of scientists have recently published a paper which discusses the link between extreme weather and the decline of Arctic Ice. In light of the human emissions-slash-global warming discussion, this study is very important. It has confirmed that cold winters throughout Europe and Asia are twice as common these days because of a decline in sea ice in a specific region of the Atlantic Ocean…”This is a very solid paper that supports the mechanism identified in other recent papers linking sea-ice loss in the area of the Arctic Ocean north of Scandinavia to persistently cold winter conditions in central Asia,” stated Jennifer Francis, researcher at Rutgers University.