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Now Hiring! Where to Look for Summer Funding  
Jan 22, 2018 • Clay Tucker and Taylor Rowley

Graduate funding often matches the 9-month term that most professors hold, so not every graduate student has access to year-round funding. Perhaps you pick up a job at the local coffee shop, or maybe you move back home for three months, or maybe you have somehow saved enough money to have a white-knuckle... more

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Studying Berries in Bear Country  
Aug 14, 2017 • Lindsey Parkinson

Photo: http://www.arkive.org/american-black-bear/ursus-americanus/

Summer ‘tis the season of studies from geology to ornithology and everything in between. I study wild berry species to try to find what environmental factors have the strongest influence on berry productivity. With no other wild fruits in Alaska, berries are an important natural and cultural resource, one that is becoming increasingly variable.

The number of flowers... more

Notes from the Field: An Educational Swamp Tour  
Jul 31, 2017 • Clay Tucker

Students listen to Dean Stacie Haynie (standing) of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences discuss possibilities at LSU.

For three weeks every summer, undergraduate students from the South Central United States, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds participate in the “Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities” program to visit and learn about climate impacts in the South Central Climate Science Center Region (SC CSC). This year participants spent the balmy month of July... more

Notes from the field: Summer Undergraduate Internship on Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge  
Jul 24, 2017 • Rachel Bratton

A newly hatched Guillemot chick about to be measured and weighed (pre-manicure!). Photo: R. Bratton.

This summer, I spent two weeks on a seabird research island as part of my internship with the Northeast Climate Science Center, Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Program, and Audubon Project Puffin. Project Puffin, based out of Bremen... more

Talking climate change to middle-schoolers  
Jun 26, 2017 • Toni Klemm

7th-graders learning about climate change. Photo: Toni Klemm

We’ve all heard the phrase that science should be explained on the level of sixth- to eighth-graders to be understandable for a general audience, right? But who has ever tried to explain science to actual sixth- to eighth-graders? I can now proudly say I have, and I’ve lived to tell the story.

A few weeks ago I was invited to a middle school in Norman, Oklahoma, where I live, to talk... more

Organization - One of the Keys to Reaching Goals  
Jun 12, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

You know, I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up in the position in this cartoon.  In the case of graduate school, this can be both detrimental and helpful.  Helpful, because when you are in classes it can mean that your homework and class projects get done on time.  Detrimental, because that little thing called your thesis can end up getting pushed off because it’s at the bottom of... more

May 31, 2017 • Meaghan Guckian

The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) wants to hear from you! We are interested in hearing your thoughts about the ECCF and the various ECCF platforms you interact with, so we can provide our community with an even better experience and access to climate-related resources and insights. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. We value feedback from our community and want to... more

Lessons from an early-career social scientist  
May 15, 2017 • Tyler Beeton

My interest in understanding the biological, cultural, and historical context of the human experience started at a very young age, and continues to this day. I am an environmental anthropologist, and currently an NC CSC fellow and PhD student in Ecology at Colorado State University. My training has been broad, and has allowed me to work in very different systems. I started down my career path... more

Confessions of a Conservative Climatologist  
May 1, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

Looking back over the last ~10 years, it’s been a joy to be a scientist. I get to explore questions of interest to me and help climate science be useable.  Scientific communities are critical to society, so it’s important that they be trusted. It’s an interesting time to be involved in the study of climate, particularly from my perspective. I happen to be something most might think a... more

Analyzing and Communicating Extreme Climate Risk  
Apr 17, 2017 • Clay Tucker

High water road closure. Photo: C. Tucker

Public opinion and scientific consensus are not always on the same page. For example, the theory of heliocentrism (the Earth revolving around the Sun) was first proposed by Greek theorists 2,500 years ago and later confirmed by Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton in the... more

SciComm: No One Expects the Game of Twenty Questions!  
Apr 3, 2017 • Caitlin Rottler

Photo: Cait Rottler


Hi, I’m Cait Rottler, scientist and asker-of-(too)-many-questions. I like to know as much as I can about as many things as I can, because the more you know, the less likely you’ll get stuck in a position where you know nothing. Right now, my official title is a Research Ecologist working as the Southern... more