From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members.

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 Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

Study Suggests Harsh Winters Connected With Sea Ice Decline

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.

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Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

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. 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.

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New frog species discovered in New Jersey, New York

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."

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Frogs’ chorus leads to discovery of new species in US

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.

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