During the past 18 months, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution Malin Pinsky has published two papers documenting and exploring the implications of the trend of marine species shifting to cooler waters as a result of climate change. He and his team have found that the shift northward is happening at different rates among the species not because of their biological differences but due to the rate and direction of climate change in their waters. A new website has been created with the data behind this research available to explain how the ecology, business and economics of sport and commercial fishing are connected to the effects of global warming and the difficulty in adapting to the resulting changes. Read more at Rutgers Today.
Lindsay Yoakam used to load her tray in the dining halls at Rutgers with three or four plates: usually soup, salad, dinner and a dessert that she may, or may not, eat… "I was probably throwing out a good amount,” said Yoakam, a senior nutritional sciences major from Mount Laurel… With the cost of food rising 8 to 10 percent a year, dining services eliminated trays this semester at the Neilson, Busch and Livingston dining halls… In addition to saving money and reducing food waste, some students found that eliminating trays led to healthier eating.
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The infrastructure that carries water to your tap is aging and in need of repair. Groups including New Jersey Clean Water Council, New Jersey Future and the American Society for Civil Engineers worry utilities aren’t keeping up with necessary maintenance to water infrastructure…Rutgers research professor Dr. Daniel Van Abs told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that New Jersey is not paying the full cost for proper water infrastructure. “Basically what it means that we’re not paying the full cost for our water,” said Van Abs. “We’re paying rates that are lower than what it really requires to maintain our water systems.”
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Global warming continues to heat up the earth, but volcanoes are keeping us just a little cooler. A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that volcanic eruptions may be part of the reason why the earth isn’t heating up quite as fast as climate models predict…Alan Robock (environmental science professor at Rutgers University), a climate scientist who was not involved in the study but was quoted in the journal’s press release, commended Ridley’s team for using ground and air-based instruments to examine the lower stratosphere in a way that satellite data simply can’t. He said that the new observational methods can potentially help scientists make better climate predictions and create more accurate models in the future.
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Two professors from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences have received Fulbright Scholar grants for research and teaching abroad next year at institutions in Brazil. Eric Lam in plant biology and pathology will continue his work on improving biofuel production by enhancing plant sources. Daniel Hoffman in nutritional sciences will lead seminars and teach courses that promote an interdisciplinary approach to global health research and education, bridging nutrition and public health with economics, engineering, women’s studies and urban planning. Read more about all seven Rutgers Fulbright Scholars at Rutgers Today.