Reduce N & P in Lakes and Ponds with DIY Floating Wetland

Wetlands are effective tools for cleaning polluted water. As the plants grow they remove excess nutrients from stormwater runoff and store it in their leaves, while adding oxygen to the water. Their roots also support a habitat for microorganisms that feed on excess nutrients. A way to help lakes or ponds from becoming a soupy mess from overgrowth of algae is to build a floating wetland. In this video, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden and Burlington counties demonstrate how to make a “Do It Yourself” artificial floating wetland for lakes and ponds to help reduce levels of nitrogen and phosphorous.

Video: Floating Wetland


SEBS Student Embraces the Benefits of Tai Chi

Nutritional Sciences major Candice Mak (SEBS ’15) participates in a new Rutgers Recreation class on Chen-style Tai Chi, which combines slow-flowing meditative movements with high-powered combat striking. According to Mak, she practices Tai Chi for relaxation and to help improve her concentration. Watch a video of a Tai Chi class in action.

Video: T'ai Chi Class Mixes Meditation and Combat at Rutgers

State Climatologist Dave Robinson Offers Winter Climate Review

Was it the snowiest winter? Was it the coldest winter on record? New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson was interviewed by RU-tv on how the winter of 2014 stacks up.Vide: Winter Climate Review

Rutgers Fisheries Research in Mongolia the Subject of Student Film, “The Blue Pearl”

The Mongolian culture has an ingrained traditional respect for water and their cultural practices are aimed at maintaining water quality. The largest lake in Mongolia, known as the Blue Pearl, is sacred to Mongolians. The effects of climate change have had a negative impact on the livelihood of Mongolian herders, who have turned to this lake as a resource for food. Rutgers specialist in fisheries science and aquatic ecology Olaf Jensen has had a long-established research program in Mongolia, home to several endangered salmonids, including a species of grayling (Thymallus nigrescens) found only in Lake Hovsgol and taimen (Hucho taimen), the world’s largest trout. His research in Mongolia is focused on the ecology and conservation of taimen and Hovsgol grayling as well as the aquatic ecosystems on which they depend. Watch this video, edited by Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking student Gabrielle Gatdula, in which Jensen discusses his research in Mongolia.

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Are warmer Arctic temperatures behind extreme winter weather?

CBS News interviews IMCS research scientist Jennifer Francis on the impact of Arctic warming on the jet stream.