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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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LiDAR Applications for Sea Level Rise Mapping  
Jun 6, 2016 • Benjamin Ignac and Emily Campbell

Parts of Key West’s famous Duval Street flooded during rainstorms. Photo: Rob O’Neal/Florida Trend Magazine

Have you ever wondered how we know what coastal sea rise is going to look like at the end of the century? Climate change and sea level rise are strongly connected and pose a threat especially for coastal cities and ecosystems, for example, including in the Florida Keys. The inhabitants of Key West are losing ground quickly and remote sensing can help us visualize what the future holds as the... more

A climatologist dropped in the bush  
May 23, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

The Puerto Rican BullFinch. Photo: Adrienne Wootten

As a climatologist, it’s not often when I get out of the office and away from working with climate data and projections.  The closest I normally get to working in the bush are the occasional times I get out to give a tour at a weather station, or do station maintenance.  So when I had the opportunity to join some ecologists in Puerto Rico for a day out during their field season, it... more

6 Tips for Designing and Conducting an Online Survey  
May 9, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Photo: Craig Taylor, Flickr

Online surveys are everywhere these days, and with free tools like SurveyMonkey or Google Forms, anyone can conduct a survey. Preparing and conducting a survey for research, however, is no small endeavor and requires careful preparation and consideration. Here are 6... more

Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species  
Apr 25, 2016 • Alexej Siren

Snowshoe hare captured at one of the camera sites. Photo: A. Siren

Northern New Hampshire, January 2016.  I was doubtful that I was going to find lynx tracks.  As a Master’s student, I had spent most weekends doing field work in northern New Hampshire and never found lynx tracks.  However, that was three years ago and I have since learned that distribution patterns can change considerably within that timeframe.  I drove my truck around the... more

Why is genetic diversity important?  
Apr 17, 2016 • Abigail (Abby) Lynch

The Chicago River turns green every St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish Americans are descentants who migrated because of the potato famine.

You could almost blame the greeness of the Chicago River on lack of genetic diversity.

Well, at least, indirectly…

If it weren’t for the Irish potato famine, the Windy City, along with many other American cities, may not have had the influx of Irish immigrants in the mid 19th century bringing their Celtic traditions, affinity for fine whiskey, and that frolicking holiday every... more

Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics  
Apr 11, 2016 • Katie Renwick

A mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) perched atop a match stick for scale. Photo credit: US Forest Service

Many trees in the Rocky Mountains were alive long before I was born- before my grandparents were born. These trees bore witness to an unprecedented rise in CO2 concentrations, and have weathered the associated changes in climate. In the past decade, however, many trees that survived two centuries of climate change have been killed by a tiny insect: the mountain pine beetle.

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Downscaled to an estuary: Making it easier on climate data users  
Apr 4, 2016 • Geneva Gray

Photo: Geneva Gray

There is a lot of data out there. It seems like every agency has produced their own downscaled dataset using different methods, training data, and a hodge-podge of global climate models. They are all unique, but none of them are the “best.” This blog post will not give you tips in working downscaled data or picking what is right for your project;... more

From scarcity to inclusion: The continued need for women in science  
Mar 28, 2016 • Meaghan Guckian and Toni Lyn Morelli

Photo credit: NJSACC

As March comes to a close, we have once again celebrated the many contributions of women to society. For many of us conducting research at the Climate Science Centers and partner institutions, women who have made tremendous strides in our various scientific fields like Marie Curie,... more

The Small Stuff Matters  
Mar 21, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

There have been several times so far in my short graduate career where I have ended up arguing with one professor or another over something few would think of.  How much does the small stuff matter?  That is, how much does a small change in methods in research matter?  Let me take a moment to talk about why I think that (at least in the context of climate modeling), the small stuff is very... more

Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers  
Mar 14, 2016 • Keisha Bahr

Keisha Bahr, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi in the Coral Reef Ecology Lab at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.

The beauty of a healthy, thriving coral reef community is astonishing. These ‘rainforests of the sea’ are unique and their beauty is unmatched. While coral reefs only occupy less than 1% of the world’s ocean floor, they support more than 25% of all marine species. An estimated 85% of the United States’ reef area is located within the Hawaiian Archipelago that holds the largest marine sanctuary... more