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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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Brushes and Beakers: Better Science Through Art  
Oct 19, 2015 • Rosie Records

Images: Rosie Records, 1997

Something important is missing from your to-do lists, and it’s not what you think it is. As an early career scientist, you probably have more than one of these lists, like me. There’s a professional development to-do list, a “work-life balance” list, and a to-do list for outreach and mentoring of a new generation of scientists (not to mention the daily grind lists of writing, researching,... more

Decisions, Decisions...Global Change Fellows Learn About SDM!  
Oct 13, 2015 • Geneva Gray

SE CSC Global Change Fellows and NCSU affiliates who completed the NCTC course “Introduction to Decision Making.”

Now that summer is a fleeting memory, a new Global Change Fellow reflects on how she came to meet her fellow Fellows!

Early August is a beautiful time to visit Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) 2015-2016 Global Change Fellows got to enjoy the West Virginia air while attending a Structured Decision Making (SDM) course at the National... more

Conservation Road Maps for the Coming Decade  
Oct 5, 2015 • Michelle Staudinger

Image: Staudinger et al (2015)

Every 10 years, State natural resource agencies review the health (or decline) of their fish, wildlife, and associated habitats. They take a proactive approach, thinking carefully about the priorities, challenges, and actions they would like to accomplish during the coming decade. All of this planning and reflection is packaged into each ... more

Solving Problems Through Adaptive Co-Management  
Sep 28, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Photo: Toni Klemm

Before doctoral students can embark on their research journey they have to pass a general exam, a one-week torture chamber to prove they know all about the methods and fields of science they will touch upon in their upcoming research. My research at the South Central Climate Science Center covers agriculture, climate modeling,... more

A Different Perspective on a Familiar Place  
Sep 21, 2015 • Adam Dale

Photo: Adam Dale

Do you live in a city or its suburbs? Probably. If not, you’re one of the few. I have either lived in the suburbs or near the heart of a city for my entire life.

Do you ever think about how plants and animals are enjoying the city life? I certainly didn’t until the past few years.

Over 80% of people in the United States and 60% of people (3.4 billion) in the world live in urban... more

How Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Implement Climate Science  
Sep 15, 2015 • Jessica Blackband

Photo: Great Plains LCC

Conservation organizations working to conserve species and their habitats are faced with many challenges at present: shrinking financial resources, a burgeoning human population, and highly unpredictable threats such as climate change. The nationwide network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, or LCCs, emerged in response to this uniquely challenging... more

A Look Back: The 2nd Annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat  
Sep 9, 2015 • NE CSC Fellows

Photo: Addie Rose Holland, NE CSC

This post is a collaborative effort drawing from the attendees of the 2nd Annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat that took place in the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri in 2014. The Early Career Climate Forum developed a module that charged the fellows to consider outreach and communication with a wide range of audiences and, in particular, to... more

Seven Thousand Miles of Science  
Sep 1, 2015 • Winslow Hansen

Seven Thousand Miles of Science

Photos: W.D. Hansen & M. Norman

When you do fieldwork far from where you are based during the year, particularly experimental field work, you find out just how much stuff can fit in a mini van. I go to school at the University of Wisconsin Madison but I do my research in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This summer I jammed as much equipment as possible, two field techs, and my cat into a car and rolled out across Dakota... more

The Scientist and the Real World - A Lesson from Hurricane Katrina  
Aug 25, 2015 • Adrienne Wootten

Hurricane Katrina Satellite Image

Photo credit: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Environmental Visualization Lab

On August 29, 2005, many watched as Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the northern Gulf Coast of the U.S.  The satellite imagery from that day shows us how strong Katrina was.  A category 5 hurricane at its peak, Katrina was a category 3 hurricane at landfall.  This hurricane currently stands as the third deadliest and most costly hurricane in U.S. history (... more

What Does Your Medium Say About Your Message  
Aug 19, 2015 • Kristin Timm

There are so many different ways to communicate. How does your choice of method affect how your message is interpreted?

This post originally appeared on May 30, 2013 and is part of our throw-back series.

Communication theory was one of the most thought provoking classes in my graduate education. As we uncovered a new theory each week, it was like someone was pulling back the layers of everyday life and human interactions, and I could begin to understand some of the processes driving each one. As... more