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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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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

Focus vs. Breadth: AMS 2016 and AGU Fall 2015  
Jan 25, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

Photo: A. Wootten

I’m finally back from a marathon of travel!  For those of you who follow my posts on ECCF, the last post in December, was a first timers perspective of the American... more

Scaled to Size: Downscaling Climate Models in Hawaiʻi  
Jan 21, 2016 • Lauren R. Kaiser

Rain clouds gather around mountain in the Ko‘olau Mountain Range on the windward side of O‘ahu. Photo courtesy of Pacific RISA.

From a scientific standpoint, Hawaiʻi is a unique location for climate science in the Pacific Island Region. Since climate change is already impacting island nations throughout the region, you could call them the ‘canaries in the coal mines’ that serve as a warning to other areas. To avoid becoming casualties of climate change, organizations such as the... more

A People Issue: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe on Climate Change Communication  
Jan 14, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Years of Living Dangerously, a big-budget, 9-episode TV documentary, tries to communicate the seriousness of climate change through personal stories and first-hand experiences of people across the globe. To make sure they get the science right, the producers collaborate with a panel of distinguished experts. We interviewed one... more

AGU 2015: Big Meeting Energy, Small Meeting Feel  
Jan 11, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

From the top of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, looking toward Treasure Island and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Taken 12/13/2015 by Adrienne Wootten.

Most folks know that I’m not usually a huge fan of big meetings.  They have great energy, but there’s so much going on that you can’t see or do everything you want to.  So I have to admit that as a first time attendee to the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, I had some mixed feelings about going.  With more than 1,700 sessions, more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations... more