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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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Climate Change Effects on Wildlife in the South-Central US  
Aug 10, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Virginia Seamster studied how climate change affects habitats of 20 vertebrate species, like the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Photo: Mark Watson, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Wildlife habitats and wildlife migration are big issues when it comes to effects of climate change. While the planet continues to warm - 2014 was the warmest year on record according to NOAA – warm seasons become longer and cold seasons become shorter in many parts of the US. This allows some species to expand their geographic ranges while other species may experience unsuitable climatic... more

Changing Style Mid-Breath: Communicating Climate Change Research to Different Audiences  
Aug 6, 2015 • Winslow Hansen

Winslow giving a presentation

This post originally appeared October 19, 2012 and is part of our throw-back series.

I was asked to give a talk the other day at the Alaska Fire Science Consortium’s Alaska Fire Science Workshop presenting on my research. The audience was comprised of wild fire managers, ranging from people on the frontlines of burning forests in the summer to state and federal agency fire... more

ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change  
Aug 3, 2015 • Lindsey Thurman

Photo: Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America is having its 100th Anniversary Conference August 9-14 in Baltimore. The organizers of this year’s centennial meeting have challenged us to put together talks and symposia that celebrate 100 years of advancements in ecological research and peer into the future of 21st Century challenges. This has undoubtedly stimulated substantial interest in climate change as... more

Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning  
Jul 30, 2015 • Alex Bryan

Example output generated from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM) developed by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Ecologists and biologists depend on these projections to better understand how natural ecosystems will respond to the... more

Southeast Climate Science Center’s New Course on Climate Science  
Jul 27, 2015 • Adam Dale

Photo: Adam Dale

This morning I’m sitting on my porch with my computer in my lap, sipping coffee from my Star Trek mug and enjoying the beautiful morning sky. I’m staring out over a temperate deciduous forest surrounding a beautiful lake, all beneath patches of clouds, the blue sky, and a faint moon descending over the horizon. What makes this even better is that I am near the middle of downtown Raleigh, NC... more

Working With Downscaled Datasets  
Jul 23, 2015 • Adrienne Wootten

Data analysis cartoon

Photo credit: R-bloggers post on big data

This post originally appeared on May 20, 2013 and is part of our throw-back series.

One of the projects I’m involved with for the Southeast Climate Science Center involves synthesizing the information available from several datasets created from downscaled climate change projections.  In the process of working on this project I was also asked to inventory the metadata from... more

Pope Francis and Re-Framing the Discussion on Climate Change  
Jul 20, 2015 • Zachary Schuster

Source: Yale Project on Climate Change, http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/files/Global-Warming-R...

 The biggest climate change news of 2015 has come from a rather unlikely source: The Vatican of Rome. On June 18th, 2015, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, or papal letter, entitled "Laudato si' on Care for Our Common Home." The... more

Unitas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers  
Jul 16, 2015 • Johanna Varner

A pika in its rocky habitat. Photo: Johanna Varner

A decade ago, I would have NEVER have believed that I would write the following words, but here they are: I love working with 7th graders! My twenty-something self would have further cringed at the idea of leading dozens of boisterous middle schoolers through quiet mountain landscapes. And yet, here I am, traipsing across alpine boulder fields with 60 of my closest 7th ... more

PIPES Interns Tell Their Climate Change Story  
Jul 12, 2015 • PIPES Interns

A stone heiau, or temple, at Kahalu‘u Mānowai Education Center, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island.

A stone heiau, or temple, at Kahalu‘u Mānowai Education Center, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island. Photo: S. Nash

The restored stone walls of two ancient heiau (Hawaiian temples) rise black and strong out of the gentle waves of the Kona Coast. Large rocks sit farther out in the sea, and coastal plants and bushes spread along the tops of the dunes and farther back, behind the great stone structures. Small groups of university students can be seen peering into the tidal pools, snorkeling among the waves,... more

Adaptive Science Communication: An Approach to an Uncertain Communication Environment  
Jul 9, 2015 • Kristin Timm

Photo credit: Gettyimages

This post originally appeared on March 22, 2013 and is part of our throw-back series.

I recently tuned in to a video archive of a virtual journal discussion on the science of science communication. During the video, one of the... more