Unearthing a Buried Treasure, Part II: Student’s Vision for Trail Renovation Enabled by Fellow Students

Eliot Nagele by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

Eliot Nagele (SEBS 2015) stands by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

The Arbor Trail is located behind the University Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers purchased the property in 1965. The Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the trail will have its grand re-opening on Rutgers Day 2015 on April 25, as part of the Inn’s anniversary celebration. Student volunteers will give tours of the trail and there will be giveaways of wildflower seed mix.

In 1908, armed with a degree in mechanical engineering, young Sydney Bleecker Carpender began his business career with the Brunswick Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of refrigerating and ice-making machinery. Carpender became the company’s vice-president and general manager in 1911, at age 27. That same year he had a manor built on his family’s property in New Brunswick for him and his wife, the former Louise Johnson, daughter of one of the founding brothers of Johnson & Johnson. A horticultural enthusiast, Carpender created a unique man-made landscape on the estate complete with rolling meadows, ponds and a wooded trail established with select landscape plantings and trees. [Read more…]

Parking Lot Weed Research from Prof. Struwe’s Lab Featured on “Plants are Cool, Too” Series

Dr. Chris Martine, the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and Research at Bucknell University, and his film team have been producing the video series, “Plants are Cool, Too,” which is co-sponsored by the Botanical Society of America. The goal is to highlight that plant research is indeed cool, fascinating and important. The episode, “Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots,” features the extreme plant life of the asphalt jungle and the research of Associate Professor Lena Struwe’s lab. It was sponsored by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, was filmed in the Cook Campus parking lots in October.

Video: Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots : Plants Are Cool, Too! Episode 6

Buzz Off! Rough Winter Delayed Insect Onslaught

Just as the fierce winter in the eastern and central USA delayed the allergy season, it’s also stalled the start of the bug season. But it won’t be long before warmer temperatures spur on the usual parade of mosquitoes, termites, ants, ticks and stink bugs… Though weather affects when bugs emerge, it doesn’t necessarily affect the severity of the season. "Most people think that the cold winter we had last year and again this year would have a big impact on insect populations," said entomologist George Hamilton of Rutgers University. Though it may have killed some of the bugs, "overall, it probably isn’t going to have much of an effect," he said… Warmth and dryness in the West may impact insects that need water to survive, such as mosquitoes, Hamilton said. "Without water, mosquito larvae can’t survive, and that could reduce populations in some areas, at least this spring," he said.

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Rutgers Team in Award-winning Film Featured in NPR Interview

Dena Seidel filming in the Antarctic.

Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking director Dena Seidel filming in the Antarctic.

On the eve of its New York City debut on April 17, the Antarctic Edge: 70o South film team of Rutgers marine scientist Oscar Schofield, Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking director Dena Seidel and film student Gabriela Elise talk with Leonard Lopate about their collaboration on this award-winning film.  Schofield reveals the changes he’s observed in the Antarctic, signs of a rapidly changing climate. Listen to the interview on NPR’s Leonard Lopate Show.

Tired of Bizarre Weather? Blame the North Pacific Mode

The past two winters have been marked by a strange trend in weather patterns: the eastern half of the continent has been swamped by insane snowstorms and frigid temperatures, while the west has luxuriated in spring-like temperatures… Jennifer Francis, research professor in the department of marine and coastal sciences at Rutgers University, is not so sure. Her 2012 paper argued the reduction in ice in the Arctic, which is warming at a much faster rate than other latitudes, would intensify pressure ridges, making them more extreme and persistent… "Last winter and this winter we saw this huge ridge parked over the west coast of North America the whole time. This is exactly the kind of situation we hypothesized," she said.

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