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Deidre monitoring a green ash tree and downloading accelerometer sensor data in a residential yard in Boulder, CO, November, 2017.

Finding mentors and making it work long-distance: Perspectives from an NSF GRIP Intern  
Mar 27, 2018 • Deidre Jaeger

Today my colleague asked me, “are you going to test these sensors on a tree up in the mountains so you can go somewhere out-of-town?” My response was, “Nope, I’m putting them on trees at campus and at my house.” This colleague, an engineer who works in the basement of our building, looked at me... more

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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

The Invisible Elephant in the Room  
Mar 7, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

Photo credit: MissionMode Communications Blog

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Peter Thorne when he visited the Southeast CSC and the NCSU Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.  Dr. Thorne is one of the lead authors of Chapter 2 of the National Climate Assessment (“Our Changing Climate”) and a lead section author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.  During his time visiting with us, Dr. Thorne... more

Bye Bye Birdie: The Disappearing Avifauna of Hawaiʻi  
Feb 29, 2016 • Lauren R. Kaiser

Critically Endangered ʻAkekeʻe (Loxops caeruleirostris) Photo Credit: Jim Denny

As an isolated island archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands have become home to many endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Hawaiʻi provided a unique place for ecological divergence, leading to the evolution of the islands’ expansive and impressive native avifauna. The forest birds in particular are biologically significant to the complex and fragile... more

Fieldwork Letters from the Gulf Coastal Plain: Dendrotempestology  
Feb 22, 2016 • Clay Tucker

Trees nearest to the coast suggest substantial stress from saltwater. The coastal (top) cross section is much older than the inland (bottom) cross-section. Photo: Clay Tucker

Dendrotempestology (it’s a mouthful I know!) is the study of the effects of hurricanes on trees. When people hear this, they normally spout something like, “Well, hurricanes kill the trees! Duh!” I quickly attempt to note that though the trees surrounding their houses may suffer substantial damage, many ecosystems are adapted to these disturbances and can respond positively to the damage. Many... more

The Importance of Philosophy in Responding to Climate Change  
Feb 16, 2016 • Jessica Blackband

Photo: Jessica Blackband

When I tell people that my undergraduate majors were environmental studies and philosophy, they usually respond with a confused look and a comment like, “Hmm, those are very different topics!” Of course, science and philosophy are fundamentally different in the questions they ask and in how they answer those questions. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t related in critically important ways. To... more

From Paris to the Class Room  
Feb 8, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Negotiating on alliances. Photo: Toni Klemm

Climate negotiations, like last December in Paris, are complex, complicated, and not always fruitful. Last year, an innovative class for undergraduates at the University of Oklahoma gave students hands-on experience of how climate policy is made. This fall the class will go online for everyone around the world to participate. Here is my interview with the instructor and students of this class... more

Discussing Climate Change with Family  
Feb 1, 2016 • Nina Orellana

This waterfall is part of Las Cascadas Don Juan located along the Rutas de las Flores in El Salvador. Photo: N. Orellana

Climate change is often a polarizing and controversial topic. It is a heavily politicized issue that should be avoided at all costs during the infamous holiday dinner - or so I’ve been advised. And yet, somehow I got it into my head that I wanted to have an honest and open conversation about climate change with my family members last month. In part I wanted to have this conversation... more