Federal, State and County Funds Join to Preserve a Salt Marsh - On Thursday, Oct. 11, just eight days shy of the JCNERR’s 15th anniversary, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, JCNERR, Ocean County Natural Lands Trust and Little Egg Harbor Open Space Committee came together to celebrate the preservation of the marsh and dedicate it to Fred and Judy Grassle, two internationally known marine scientists.
New oyster reef addition planted - The Good Luck Point reef site is being developed by the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program at Rutgers, ReClam the Bay, the American Littoral Society, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Conservation Resources Inc.
Small fish can play a big role in the 'biological pump' - A study in today's issue of Scientific Reports, a new online journal from the Nature Publishing Group, shows that small forage fish like anchovies can play an important role in the "biological pump," the process by which marine life transports carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and surface ocean into the deep sea—where it contributes nothing to current global warming. The study, by Grace Saba of Rutgers University and Professor Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, reports on data collected on an oceanographic expedition to the California coast during Saba's graduate studies at VIMS. Saba, now a post-doctoral researcher in Rutgers' Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, earned her Ph.D. from William & Mary's School of Marine Science at VIMS in 2009. The expedition, aboard the research vessel Point Sur, was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Record Arctic Snow Loss May Be Prolonging North American Drought - “This is cutting-edge science,” said climatologist David Robinson, who runs the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University. The research is maturing, however, and the implications are troubling. To understand what snow loss could do, it’s instructive to study what happens when sea ice melts, a process described in a Geophysical Research Letters paper published in March by climatologists Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University and Stephen Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Shrinking Arctic ice and the wicked backlash on our weather - The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Wednesday that the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has smashed the previous record minimum extent set in 2007 by a staggering 18 percent. The impacts of rising temperatures and melting ice extend beyond the far north to us in the United States, as we are poised to feel the weather-related backlash.
Extreme weather could come with record Arctic Ocean ice melt - David Robinson, a climatologist with Rutgers University, said the record for melting sea ice was shattered in 2007.
"We thought that might be the record for quite a while," he said. "And here we are, just five years later, and we've shattered that record. We're seeing losses of sea ice I never thought I'd see in my career." Robinson said the Arctic could be ice free well before the previous estimate of the year 2050. That's bad news for polar bears who live on sea ice, but it could also mean extreme weather for much of the northern hemisphere.
Pacific oyster genome sequencing complete - The most important insights, at least in terms of basic science, are likely to be on ways that oysters protect their cells from a wildly changing world they can't escape. "They have an exceptional ability to tolerate environmental stress," said Ximing Guo, a professor of marine science at Rutgers University, co-leader of the four-year project.
Arctic Ice Melt Could Mean More Extreme Winters For U.S. And Europe - The record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer will echo throughout the weather patterns affecting the U.S. and Europe this winter, climate scientists said on Wednesday, since added heat in the Arctic influences the jet stream and may make extreme weather and climate events more likely. The “astounding” loss of sea ice this year is adding a huge amount of heat to the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere, said Jennifer Francis, an atmospheric scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “It’s like having a new energy source for the atmosphere.” Francis was one of three scientists on a conference call Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of sea ice loss for areas outside the Arctic. read more
Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Record Low - The sheet of ice that covers the North Pole melted to its smallest size on record in late August, shattering the previous record set just five years ago and providing a strong sign of the long-term warming of the earth's climate. "This is happening before our very eyes," said Jennifer Francis, a research professor with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. "It’s not something that’s happening decades from now or generations from now. It’s real and it’s now." read more
'Astonishing' Arctic Ice Melt Sets New Record - Arctic sea ice has melted dramatically this summer, smashing the previous record. The Arctic has warmed dramatically compared with the rest of the planet, and scientists say that's what's driving this loss of ice.
To be sure, ice on the Arctic Ocean always melts in the summer. Historically, about half of it is gone by mid-September. But this year, three-fourths of the ice has melted away, setting a dramatic new benchmark. read more
The annual open house at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station at the end of Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor is this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marine scientists will highlight the research graduate students and scientists are undertaking in the Mullica River, Great Bay Watershed and Barnegat Bay. read more
Record loss of Arctic ice may trigger extreme weather - “It’s probably going to be a very interesting winter,” climate scientist Jennifer Francis said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters. Francis, a researcher at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, has argued that shrinking Arctic ice can be tied to such recent weather events as prolonged cold spells in Europe, heavy snows in the Northeastern U.S. and Alaska, and heat waves in Russia. read more
Arctic sea ice and climate: the ‘unknown unknown’ - In a paper in Geophysical Letters last March entitled “Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes,” Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University and Stephen Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison offered a hypothesis that may explain why world grain prices have risen 30 percent in the past four months (and are still going up). read more
Satellites Show Sea Ice in Arctic Is at a Record Low - “It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is actually doing what our worst fears dictated,” said Jennifer A. Francis, a Rutgers University scientist who studies the effect of sea ice on weather patterns. “It’s starting to give me chills, to tell you the truth.” read more
Arctic Death Spiral: How It Favors Extreme, Prolonged Weather Events ‘Such As Drought, Flooding, Cold Spells And Heat Waves’ - Dr. Francis looked at surface and upper level data from 1948 – 2010, and discovered that the extra heat in the Arctic in fall and winter over the past decade had caused the Arctic atmosphere between the surface and 500 mb (about 18,000 feet or 5,600 meters) to expand. As a result, the difference in temperature between the Arctic (60 – 80°N) and the mid-latitudes (30 – 50°N) fell significantly. It is this difference in temperature that drives the powerful jet stream winds that control much of our weather. read more
EPA must force the DEP's hand - Rutgers professor Michael Kennish, lead author of a new study that shows the bay’s ecological decline has been spreading to its central and southern reaches since the 1990s, said at the hearing, “By the narrative standard, clearly the bay is in violation of that.” Yet the DEP refuses to declare all of the bay impaired. Its most recent tactic is to use an archaic standard of measuring the bay’s health to argue that parts of the bay remain unimpaired. read more
Aw, shucks; program protects oyster industry - David Bushek, director of the Haskins lab, said shell planting and shell replanting “is probably the single most important thing we can do to help restore and maintain oysters in the Delaware Bay and make it a sustainable resource now and into the future.” Eric Powell, a professor at the research lab, the importance of replanting became clear about a decade ago or at least it did to scientists. read more
New research shows Barnegat Bay could be declared legally 'impaired' - LAVALLETTE — The latest findings from a Rutgers University report could be enough to prove Barnegat Bay is legally “impaired” under the Clean Water Act, a step that would draw state and federal agencies closer to setting tough nutrient pollution limits, a state senator and a scientist suggested Monday. “It’s like a human cancer, basically,” said research professor Michael Kennish, lead author of a new study that shows the bay’s ecological decline has been spreading to its central and southern reaches since the 1990s. read more
Rutgers student studies microscopic life in search to save Delaware Bay coastline - COMMERCIAL TWP. — The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory stands on the water’s edge in Bivalve, a place where generations of South Jersey watermen have plied a living from the Delaware Bay. The modern landscape of the bay is a unique blend of the old and the new, where industry meets ecology, and where science meets tradition. Amanda Wenczel, a student from Rutgers who is studying at Haskin in pursuit of her Ph.D., appreciates the opportunity to work in a place like Bivalve, where people grasp the importance of her efforts and appreciate the need to understand the often delicate ecology of a living ecosystem like the Delaware Bay. read more
Union County Teens Attend Rutgers Science Week - Six youths from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County’s 4-H Program attended the Rutgers 4-H Summer Science Program from July 9th to the 13th where they were given the opportunity to explore the world of science and discover what Rutgers has to offer post high school graduation. read more
FlowCAM to be used in study of coastal ecosystem - Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, has awarded its 2012 FlowCAM Student Equipment and Travel Grant to Amanda Wenczel, a Ph. D. candidate in Ecology at Rutgers. Based at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Port Norris, N.J., Wenczel is to study coastal ecosystem restoration including determining effective approaches for promoting healthy habitats to grow oysters, clams and other bivalve shellfish. read more
Barnegat Bay: No Need for Special Cleanup Says State - The proposal, made earlier this month to the federal Environmental Protection Agency as part of a biennial regulatory process identifying impaired waters in New Jersey, would essentially freeze any action to take steps to clean up the bay, which many people fear is dying, according to environmentalists. read more
Barnegat Bay needs pollution reduction diet - Barnegat Bay needs a diet! No, it’s not obese, but it’s fed far too many nutrients. These nutrients, mostly nitrogen and phosphorus, come from fertilizers used on thousands of lawns within the bay’s watershed. Just as too much fat and salt make a human body unhealthy, excessive nutrients are ruining the health of one of New Jersey’s most popular waterways. Barnegat Bay is a beloved part of the Jersey Shore, a little slice of paradise for generations of fishermen, boaters, bird watchers, swimmers, crabbers, clammers and nature lovers. read more
Jetstream Delivering Unusual Weather All Summer - This summer we have experienced record-breaking heat across the United States. But we're not the only ones affected by erratic weather. Many places across the world are experiencing unusual weather, from never-ending rains in England to extreme flooding in Japan. Are all these weather oddities a coincidence, or could they all be related? Jennifer Francis is a professor and climate scientist from Rutgers University. read more
Coastal experts eye ocean's land grab - New Jersey is sinking while the Atlantic Ocean is rising. The combination — plus warmer seas powering strong storms — could lead to more frequent flooding in coming years at Shore resorts and towns along the tidal Delaware River, say experts at a recent workshop on coastal conservation in Tuckerton. read more
Oysters survive winter; Baykeeper project to expand - Oysters placed in the waters at Naval Weapons Station Earle late last year have survived the winter, proving that an expansive oyster restoration project in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary can be successful, according to the NY/NJ Baykeeper.
At a press conference at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Leonardo on June 27, Baykeeper officials announced that approximately 90 percent of the 3,600 oysters placed in the water in October survived, which has prompted the Department of N.J. Environmental Protection to allow the expansion of the oyster project at the naval base. read more
Bleak Outlook for Barnegat Bay - Polluted runoff and rapid algae blooms are choking the life out of Barnegat Bay, new study finds. n a new multiyear study by the Rutgers University Institute of Marine
and Coastal Sciences, three researchers concluded overdevelopment and
the resultant pollution pose a serious threat to the Barnegat Bay/Little
Egg Harbor Estuary, leading to a long-term decline in the ecosystem. read more
Rutgers study says Barnegat Bay ecosystem will continue to decline unless development, runoff decreases - The fragile Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor ecosystem is getting worse and will continue to decline unless development and storm water runoff into the bay are reduced, according to a new Rutgers University study. read more
Study: N.J.'s Barnegat Bay, estuary in serious ecological decline - The Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor estuary along the New Jersey shore is in serious ecological decline, concludes a two-decade study released Wednesday by Rutgers University marine and coastal scientists. read more
New Jersey Newsroom
Rutgers professors teach N.J. officials about climate change, rising sea levels - The sea level is rising, New Jersey is sinking, and the state’s municipalities must make changes in planning, emergency management and land-use policies to adjust to the new reality. That was the message from Rutgers professor Ken Miller, who addressed municipal and county officials on preparing local communities for the effects of climate change at a recent workshop, co-sponsored by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is managed by Rutgers, and the Barnegat Bay Partnership. read more
You wanted to know: who are these scientists? Introducing: Kay Bidle - One of the things a lot of people want to know is just who these scientists are in the first place. So in the next few days I’m going to introduce you to some of them. We probably won’t get to everyone – there are 25 scientists on board and only 10 days left of the cruise – but
I’ll try to cover as many as I can.
We’re going to start with what are called “PI’s” or “Principal Investigators.” Basically that means they’re in charge. A PI has his or her own lab, and oversees all the different experiments going on. There are six PI’s represented on the boat, and five of them are on board. So we’ll start there. read more
Sea Worthy - Jesse Ausubel still remembers the date: July 2, 1996. Fred Grassle was visiting Ausubel at his office at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. read more
Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Nearly $600,000 for New Jersey Coastal Research and Monitoring - WASHINGTON, DC —U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $587,190 in federal funding to Rutgers University for water quality monitoring and coastline ecosystem research in New Jersey. The federal funding will be used for research conducted at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, operated by the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. read more
New Jersey's ocean floor looks healthy in latest assessment - An innovative study that uses biological indicators to assess the health of the ocean off New Jersey shows life on the sea floor is remarkably healthy, even with the stresses of pollution from the Hudson River and naturally occurring ocean upwellings. The results show a better picture than that portrayed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Protection, which list the state’s ocean waters as totally impaired because of frequent episodes of low-dissolved oxygen. read more
Some Good News About the Ocean from Rutgers - Rutgers marine scientists have discovered that creatures living in
seafloor sediments near the New Jersey coast are doing better than
scientists had believed. Researchers Patricia Ramey, Michael Kennish,
and Rose Petrecca have conducted a comprehensive community assessment,
and constructed a “biotic index” – a measure of an environment’s health –
by cataloging invertebrate animals living in the ocean bottom from
Sandy Hook to Cape May, from the beach to three miles offshore. read more
Cameron's Dive Stirs Push for Future Deep-Sea Exploration - James Cameron's record-breaking dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench has received accolades from many quarters, and perhaps none are louder than those who might one day actually use the technology the filmmaker and explorer developed to plunge to the Earth's deepest place. read more
Cameron's dive stirs call for further deep-sea exploration.
Seasoned researchers praise venture and the possibilities for research it has opened- "What Cameron did was to develop a vehicle that could routinely take us to literally over a third of the depth of the ocean that we really haven't been able to explore in any detail," said Richard A. Lutz, an author of the editorial and director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. read more
A Dive to Challenger Deep - A recent manned dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench heralds new scientific discoveries. Humans have always been fascinated by the deep sea. Early sketches of
submarines in the 16th century led to the construction of the first
underwater vehicle in 1623. By the 18th century, submarines were used
for warfare. In 1870, Jules Verne created a fictional world of sea
monsters and life aboard the mystical submarine Nautilus that could
descend 20 km into the sea. The novel captured the imagination of
millions of people. read more
Love and War: The Essence of Luminosity - Dr. David Gruber is a marine biologist who uses extended-range SCUBA and Remote Operated Vehicle technologies to explore the deeper portion of the world’s coral reefs. David received his PhD in Biological Oceanography in 2007 from Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He is a Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology at AMNH and Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Baruch College, City University of New York. read more
New York Times
Weather Runs Hot and Cold, So Scientists Look to the Ice - Dr. Francis, of Rutgers, has presented evidence that this is affecting the jet stream, the huge river of air that circles the Northern Hemisphere in a loopy, meandering fashion. Her research suggests that the declining temperature contrast between the Arctic and the middle latitudes is causing kinks in the jet stream to move from west to east more slowly than before, and that those kinks have everything to do with the weather in a particular spot. read more
Supporters fight to save marine lab - Rutgers “has a very longstanding and productive relationship” with the Howard lab, with scientists from both institutions working closely together on projects ranging from ocean pollution to Barnegat Bay, DeLuca said. read more
Linking Weird Weather To Rapid Warming Of The Arctic - By Jennifer Francis, The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and Russia. Scientists are now just beginning to understand how these profound shifts may be increasing the likelihood of more persistent and extreme weather. read more
Great thing to know about Rutgers - Oceanographer Scott Glenn was the 2010 New Jersey Professor of the Year. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation bestow the annual awards on a single professor in each state who has an outstanding impact on undergraduates. read
Q&A: A slow-motion crisis - by Paul Falkowski, Nature Outlook talks to Rutgers University environmental scientist Paul Falkowski about the effects of human activity and climate change on communities of life-sustaining oceanic microorganisms. read
Major Barnegat Bay science research on deck for 2012 - A biological index for measuring the health of Barnegat Bay could be ready by June. That index will be “quantifiable numbers that tell you the condition of the bay” — and a way to see if restoration efforts really work, says the project leader, Rutgers University research professor Michael Kennish. read
Global Warming: ‘Revenge of the atmosphere’ - With Arctic sea ice shrinking fast — losing 40 percent of its mass between 1980 and 2007 — widespread effects on climate and weather are inevitable, according to Jennifer Francis, with Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. read
Researchers returning to study Barnegat Bay - Straining to lift their net over the gunwale, Rutgers University students Rebecca Noah and Kathrine Bianchini swung it over a plastic tote box and emptied the contents: lumps of mustard-yellow sponges, small green crabs, almost translucent grass shrimp. - read
Wild Winters - Is the freakishly cold weather that hit Europe and the US in the last wo years a fluke or a trend, asks Michael Le Page. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has been studying “reanalyses”, which combine historical observations with the sort of computer
models used by weather forecasters today to generate a complete picture of past weather. In as-yet unpublished work, she has found that, since the 1980s, the east-west component of the polar jet stream has slowed by around
15 per cent during autumn and winter, with the biggest drops occurring in the past few years. read
Delaware Bay oystermen wrap unusual season - David Bushek, director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, described the threat.
“The beds in the upper bay have been looking at a lot of freshwater kill,” Bushek said. “We are hoping these beds are strong enough to survive the winter.” read
New York Times
Hot on Trail of ‘Just Right’ Far-Off Planet - “Animals are overgrown microbes,” said Paul Falkowski, a biophysicist and biologist from Rutgers. “We are here to ferry microbes across the planet. Plants and animals are an afterthought of microbes.” So, we should hardly be disappointed if we find our neighbors are microbes. After all, on Earth, microbes were the whole story for almost four billion years, paleontologists say, and now inhabit our intestines as well as every doorknob. read
NJ, researchers doing 10 studies of Barnegat Bay - BAY HEAD, N.J. — Everyone knows Barnegat Bay is in trouble. The real question is, how bad are things? To get answers, the state Department of Environmental Protection is teaming up with research institutions across the state to carry out 10 separate studies of aspects of Barnegat Bay in order to get a comprehensive view of the health of the struggling waterway. read
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Barnegat Bay to get comprehensive mapping - Barnegat Bay will get its first complete charting and depth-sounding in decades, starting this week, a critical step that paves the way for more investigations into the bay’s complex currents and pollution levels that are choking the state’s largest coastal estuary. read
Students get hands wet during water quality event at Batsto - The lessons were taught by experts from the Pinelands Commission as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection, Wharton State Forest and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. read
The war of fishings - Will there be still fishermen in 2050? It is the question which put since about fifteen years the marine biologists. Two schools clash: those which judge that surpêche is irreversible; and those which think that scientific management, in particular to the United States, can make fishing durable. The battle enters the two camps made of the sparks. read
Rutgers gets $587,000 grant to study sea level rise - Two days after Hurricane Irene’s passage, Rutgers University received an anxiously awaited $587,190 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that will fund studies on the impact of storm water in coastal areas and the threat of sea level rise, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-NJ announced read
Rutgers institute gets high ranking - The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University achieved fourth place in a global ranking of oceanographic institutions, based on citations of scientists’ papers that show who is having the most impact on marine sciences. read
Faculty Honored for Research, Teaching, Service, and Diversity Initiatives - Kay D. Bidle, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was honored for his contributions to the research of microbial ecology, particularly in the area of programmed cell death and the mortality of biological oceanography on phytoplankton. read
Consortium for Ocean Leadership Names Rutgers to OOI Team - (Washington, D.C.) – The Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will join the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to build a variety of software interfaces and web-based tools that ultimately will allow educators to bring the ocean into their learning environments. read
Biological index would measure Barnegat Bay's health - "The sea grass begins to decline, and you have less habitat for the fish and crabs," said Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, who is heading the effort to build a biometric index for the bay. "The science is clear on this: What you need to do is get a reduction in the nitrogen." read
What do Red Algae and Green Algae Have in Common?
About half the genes in their genomes -- and that's significant for biofuels research. For Debashish Bhattacharya, the knowledge that half the oxygen on Earth is generated by algae through photosynthesis begs an important evolutionary question: How did algae come to be such industrious carbon-dioxide-consuming, sugar-and-oxygen producing factories? read
Six Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of Top National Science Association - Karl F. Nordstrom, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Nordstrom studies the dynamic processes affecting the size, shape and location of beaches and dunes in ocean, estuarine, and tidal inlet environments. He assesses winds, waves and currents and their effect on coastal sedimentation and landform evolution. read
Eutrophication Threatens Barnegat Bay - Michael J. Kennish of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, in a well-documented and footnoted study titled "Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary: Ecosystem Condition and Recommendations," said there has been a significant loss of sea grass beds in the area since the 1970's. read
Rutgers' Scientists Challenge Christie's Skepticism on Climate Change - Gov. Chris Christie may be on the fence about whether humans are causing global warming, but three Rutgers professors harbor no doubts about climate change. read
The Philadelphia Inquirer.com
Scientists tell Christie: Global warming is real - TRENTON - Three scientists who specialize in climate change delivered a message to Gov. Christie on Tuesday: Global warming is real, it is caused mostly by people, and it has already increased the frequency of severe weather in the Garden State.
The Rutgers University scientists came to the Statehouse with reams of documents in the hope of convincing Christie, who has said he is reserving judgment on the issue. read
Rutgers Marine Scientist is New Jersey CASE Professor of the Year - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Scott Glenn, who led a team of faculty, students and staff in a successful effort to send the first submersible robot glider across an ocean, has been named the 2010 New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). read
Asbury Park Press
Rutgers professor honored for work with Barnegat Bay - Rutgers University research professor Michael J. Kennish was recognized for his work on Barnegat Bay and ocean ecosystems with the American Littoral Society's 2010 Graham Macmillan Award, an honor the group issues annually to individuals or groups that have made "exceptional contributions to marine conservation and science." read
Coast Day NJ Returns to Cape May for 11th Year - SCHELLENGER'S LANDING — For the 11th year running, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Office of Maritime Resources will co-host Coast Day NJ: A Celebration of the Sea on Sun., Oct. 10 at the Lobster House Restaurant Dock and the New Jersey Audubon Society Nature Center of Cape May from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. read
Scientists finish first sea census - Scientists wrapped up their first global census of sea life today, documenting an underwater world that turns out to be livelier and more connected than they thought it would be when they began the project 10 years ago.
The raw numbers behind the $650 million Census of Marine Life are impressive enough: Almost 30 million observations by 2,700 scientists from more than 80 nations spent 9,000 days at sea, producing 2,600 academic papers and documenting 120,000 species for a freely available online database. read
Rutgers Gets $2 Million to Develop 3-D Offshore Wind Map - New Jersey is taking another step to assess its potential for developing offshore wind farms, a strategy that has emerged as a top priority of the Christie administration and many environmental groups. The state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) yesterday awarded a $1.87 million contract to Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Science to build a three-dimensional map to detail the offshore wind potential of the Jersey coast. read
The Washington Post
Global Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species, other discoveries - A lone deep-sea snail living within a hydrothermal vent. The migratory tracks of great white sharks crossing ocean basins. Audio recordings of schools of ﬁsh the size of Manhattan, swimming in concert. read
Spotlight on: Passion for Science - Faculty Profile: Paul Falkowski
- Paul Falkowski "exemplifies what people mean when they use the word interdisciplinary, except instead of just talking about it, Paul actually does it. His work crosses the boundaries of all the normal silos of scientific disciplines and reaches actually into the social sciences, as well." The words of Douglas Greenberg, executive dean of the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), as he introduced his friend and colleague Paul Falkowski in a Distinguished Faculty Talk on campus. read
Asbury Park Press
Marine field station open house in Little Egg Harbor a hit with curious - LITTLE EGG HARBOR — An open house at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station Saturday was a chance for families to get up close to marine life of all kinds, from fiddler crabs to starfish.
"I think the fact that they opened this to the public to let everyone see what they do was just great. It was especially great that they let the research that is done here be seen through a child's eyes. I'd call it just fantastic," said Dawn Anastasi. read
Researchers Find a ‘Great Fizz’ of Carbon Dioxide at the End of the Last Ice Age - Relevance for geo-engineers: What fizzed once, can fizz again - Imagine loosening the screw-top of a soda bottle and hearing the carbon dioxide begin to escape. Then imagine taking the cap off quickly, and seeing the beverage foam and fizz out of the bottle. Then, imagine the pressure equalizing and the beverage being ready to drink. read
What Swims Beneath the Pier – and What Doesn’t
New Yorkers love their piers; for fish, it depends - Since the early 1990s, Ken Able, a fish biologist and professor of marine science in Rutgers’ Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS), has studied this question in the Hudson River estuary. Most recently, he and his colleague Thomas Grothues, an associate research professor, have focused their attention on the piers jutting into the river from the west side of Manhattan. read
Rutgers scientist says extreme heat, weather just a glimpse of the future - Some like it hot, and those who do can stay put in New Jersey.
Everyone else should expect more record heat, severe rains, heavy snowfalls, rising tides and damaging floods, according to a new report by Environment New Jersey.
"The record temperatures that we experienced in New Jersey this summer have given us a glimpse of what we can expect in the future," said Rutgers professor Jim Miller of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, one of the authors of the study. read
Hot Topics: In the Census of Marine Life, how do we keep track of all those species? - Recently, the journal Nature published a paper by several scientists about the global diversity of marine species, using data Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). It was one of the first papers to rely largely on data from OBIS, which is based at Rutgers, and is the database of the Census of Marine Life. Edward Vanden Berghe, a marine biologist by training, is the executive director of OBIS, and a co-author of the paper. read
Rutgers professor's eye-opening journey to the bottom of the sea - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - When he first learned that some kind of underwater volcanoes were spewing hot water from the seafloor near the Galapagos Islands, J. Frederick Grassle just had to get down there - 11/2 miles down. read
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marine census promises first full look at the oceans' teeming life - After 10 years of combing museum collections and lowering cameras, robots, and sonar equipment into the most inaccessible depths of the sea, scientists Monday announced early results of the first-ever attempt to catalog the world's entire population of marine life. read
Scientists Find Low Oxygen Off Local Shores - WILDWOOD — An area of low dissolved oxygen in the ocean exists from North Wildwood to Wildwood Crest. It is one of four, low dissolved oxygen zones offshore of New Jersey with others off Barnegat Light, Little Egg Inlet and Sandy Hook, according to Michael J. Kennish, a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. read
New York times.com
Paradise for Fishermen Becomes One for Scientists - Just off New York City lies the Hudson Canyon, a deep gash in the seabed that runs for hundreds of miles. Charter boats and commercial fishermen have long known that the canyon’s headwaters swarm with tuna, swordfish, monkfish, tilefish, red crabs and other sea life. read
Jersey shoreline relatively healthy, 4 areas in danger - The ocean waters close to the New Jersey shoreline are relatively healthy, but problems remain, including four hypoxia zones from Sandy Hook to Cape May with seriously low dissolved oxygen levels, according to scientists at Rutgers University. read
What happened to the sturgeon subject of Vineland talk - Lisa Calvo, watershed coordinator at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and director of the Seaboard Fisheries Institute, will give a presentation on Atlantic sturgeon in the Delaware Estuary and River. read
The Guardians of Barnegat Bay - While the world talks about combating climate change, Gef Flimlin and Cara Muscio, marine agents with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, are the real McCoy: environmental activists making a difference. read
Oceanographers Call for More Ocean-Observing in Antarctica - Rutgers’ Oscar Schofield and five colleagues from other institutions have published in Science, calling for expanded ocean-observing in the Antarctic, particularly in the Western Antarctic Peninsula, or WAP. read
Amid the Gulf crisis, a nation is turning to Rutgers - For years, Rutgers University's Coastal Institute of Marine and Social Sciences has been doing rigorous scientific work that is now paying off in helping to assess the extent of the damage from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. read
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve - June 11th is the centennial birthday of oceanographer, inventor, and environmentalist Jacques Yves Cousteau. He is best known in the US for his television series "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" which aired from 1968- 1976 chronicling the explorations of his crew aboard the scientific ship Calypso. read
Old Bridge kids are "sea" students during Rutgers visit - As the oil spreads in the Gulf of Mexico, and as Rutgers scholars study the potential damage, fourth-graders from Old Bridge on Thursday did their own part.
The young students from the Alan Shepard Elementary School watched and questioned as staffers from the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences provided a briefing on the environmental crisis. read
N.J. monitors spill, prepares action plan - "However, we are keeping a close watch on this situation."
The key, said Josh Kohut, assistant professor of marine and coastal science at Rutgers University and one of the scientists working with the agency, is whether the spill is carried by the gulf's Loop Current around the tip of Florida and into the Gulf Stream, which flows north along the Atlantic Coast. read
N.J. monitors Gulf oil spill in case slick reaches East Coast - New Jersey is forming a team of specialists to monitor the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the unlikely, but worrisome event the slick reaches East Coast shores. read
Death and rebirth in the Deep - Richard Lutz, a marine biologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and his colleagues were 2,500 metres beneath the ocean surface when they encountered the "blizzard". read
Lynbrook student qualifies for Intel Science Fair - Lynbrook High School Senior Josh Lewin-Jacus worked under the supervision of science research teacher David Shanker, and was mentored by Dr. Lee Kerkhof and Lora McGuinness at the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. read
Undersea robot helps scientists to track fish - Tom Grotheus started with the obvious - a boat and a hydrophone - to observe fish migration patterns but decided he could do better. He affixed a sensing device to an autonomous undersea vehicle to track fish, and attached other instruments to record all manner of additional data as the robot cruises through the ocean. read
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Scientists paint grim picture of Barnegat Bay - Clams declined 99 percent from 1977 to 2007, said Mike Kennish, of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Seagrass has dwindled to a fraction of what it was only five years ago, the amount varying by season. read
RAE Releases "Hope for Coastal Habitats" Report -
How important are individuals and small
groups to the environmental movement and the coastal habitat restoration
community in particular? A new report from Restore America's Estuaries
(RAE) says they are invaluable. "Hope
for Coastal Habitats: People, Partnerships, and Projects Making a
Difference" profiles people, organizations, and projects across the
country, in a wide variety of coastal and estuarine habitats, and
demonstrates the dramatic differences they have made in saving and
restoring endangered and degraded watersheds across the United States.
Towns Warned to Create Climate Change Policies - LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Nicole Maher of the Nature Conservancy said sea level rise is like being attacked by a giant snail noting both would be a “large looming, seemingly slow moving threat.” read
Rising sea levels demand drastic shift for Shore - LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Adapting the Jersey Shore to a rising sea level could mean elevating seaside communities with fill, shifting westward on barrier islands as beaches migrate landward, and building "living shorelines" of shellfish to buy time for salt marshes, experts suggested at a climate change workshop for municipal officials Thursday. read
Conference on sea level rise addresses risk, ways to mitigate damages - LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A jagged line appeared on a chart as part of Jon Miller’s slide show Thursday at a conference on how government officials in the state can deal with rising sea levels. read
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Reaching Out to Improve Stormwater in New Jersey - When federal regulations compelled smaller municipalities to begin managing stormwater runoff and communicating with the public about their efforts, the state of New Jersey passed legislation making the rules in that state even more stringent. read
New York Times.com
"We need to develop a relentless rain of science and scientific dialog on the incredible, destructive demagoguery that has invaded the airwaves, the news media and the public forum and has prevented a rational discussion about political solutions to human perturbations on the environment," wrote Paul Falkowski, a professor at Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.read
Achievements in Research, Academics, Fundraising, Service to the State Defined 2009 at Rutgers. Three out of Six Research Milestones belong to IMCS!read more
A Closer Look at the Hudson Canyon Shows Why the Canyon is Critical for Fish - A series of newly discovered pits in the bottom of the Hudson Canyon, 100 miles southeast of New York Harbor, may be a key ingredient for the abundant and diverse marine ecosystem in and around the canyon, according to research by scientists from Rutgers University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). read more
Press of Atlantic City
Area students get lesson in World Water Monitoring Day - Melanie Reding, education coordinator at Tuckerton's Jacques Cousteau
National Estuarine Research Reserve, traced for students the water's
path from Batsto Lake, to the Mullica River, to the Great Bay Estuary
and, finally, to the Atlantic Ocean. read more
2,000-year-long temperature and hydrology reconstructions from the Indo-Pacific warm pool - Northern Hemisphere surface temperature reconstructions suggest that the late twentieth century was warmer than any other time during the past 500 years and possibly any time during the past 1,300 years read more
Press of Atlantic City
Bay watchers talk of inlet, pipeline - It sounds like a bold stroke: Solve upper Barnegat Bay's pollution problems by creating a new inlet between the bay and the sea. The concept dates back to the 1960s, when the bay was polluted by effluent from obsolete municipal sewer plants and home septic systems. Now the idea is being kicked around again informally as anxiety increases over the bay's problems with suburban runoff pollution and mounting nitrogen levels in the water. read more
Ocean levels continue to rise, coast lines dwindle - As the climate continues to change, University researchers foresee the state shoreline sitting one football field inland within the next 75 years.
Current models that are trending show a sea level rise of greater than two feet, said University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Research Professor Michael Kennish, who is among other professors researching the effects climate change on sea level rise in New Jersey. read more
Press of Atlantic City
Ocean undergoing a thorough checkup - "Up until the late 1980s, most of what we did in the coastal ocean was public-health related," testing for bacteria and physical water conditions, said Connell, whose bureau's core mission has been watching for bacterial contamination of shellfish. read more
Press of Atlantic City
Researchers hit the (sea) floor: Team from Rutgers collects samples to assess pollution - The research vessel Arabella departs from the Rutgers University Marine Field Station carrying an array of scientific equipment and a crew determined to change the way we look at our oceans. read more
The New York Times
Diving Deep for a Living Fossil - After a 33-year deep sea quest, an oceanographer is more hopeful than ever that he will capture one of the world’s oldest living fossils. read more
Unmanned submarines glide across the ocean, putting Rutgers at leading edge of exploration - As millions of people watched Hurricane Bill batter the Dominican Republic via satellite last week, Drake sought a different view: from 3,000 feet beneath the pounding seas.
Press of Atlantic City
Saving Barnegat Bay / Who will act? - Scientists have been saying it for years. They said it again last month at a legislative hearing in Lacey Township on the fate of the bay. "We've actually reached a critical threshold where action is required to protect the bay," said Michael DeLuca, of the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science.
National Marine Sanctuaries
Motz Grothues and Joe Dobarro are participating with REMUS in the Graveyard of the
Atlantic Expedition 2009 to the wreckage site of the USS Monitor. Check the daily
(weather permitting) video logs.
Asbury Park Press
Warmer water and loss of sea ice along the west Antarctic peninsula is driven in part by a complex climate pattern that's also increased sea ice across the continent in the Ross Sea, says Jennifer A. Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University who specializes in satellite sensing of polar regions.
"The peninsula is warming very rapidly," she said. "It is a complicated situation, though." read more
Asbury Park Press
A pair of New Jersey-built undersea probes and eight Rutgers University
researchers are documenting a dramatic climate shift near the bottom of
the world, where warming currents off west Antarctica are remaking the
ocean ecosystem — and dealing a wild card for predictions of global sea
level rise. "It's the fastest-warming area on Earth," said Oscar
Schofield, a professor at the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal
Sciences, who recently returned from weeks at sea off the Antarctic
Peninsula. read more
Asbury Park Press
Federal grant to allow study of Barnegat Bay pollution - A new $480,562 federal grant obtained by Rutgers University scientists could be the long-sought bankrolling of comprehensive research into the causes of — and potential solutions to — nutrient pollution that's disrupting the ecosystem of Barnegat Bay. read more
Asbury Park Press
Sea-level rise poses threat to back bays - With sea level rising here by an inch every six years or so, beach replenishment has bought time for Cape May's stately Victorian homes and hotels. read more
Free Fun For All The Family At Jacques Cousteau Center - Ocean County has winter tourists, too. Among them are seals, frequently seen as bobbing heads in the ocean, but who, from time to time, crawl up and sun themselves on our shores and jetties. read more
An article which appeared in the Sandpaper, a local news magazine of Southern Ocean County-Long Beach Island, highlights an education program held on December 6, 2008 at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Center. This program is one of many offered throughout the year by the JC NERR Education Staff. read more
Underwater 'workhorse' gives kids a lesson in remote technology - research and education program held by Rutgers/Cousteau Reserve scientists and educators at Sandy Hook. The research project resulted from an interagency initiative on Seamless Networks of Marine Protected Areas, and the accompanying education program was conducted by staff of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. This represented an excellent team effort including Tom Grothues, Joe Dobarro, Rose Petrecca, Lisa Auermuller, Melanie Reding and Madeline Gazzale. read more
The Asbury Press
Advocates: It's actually not so bad "going green" -
"Green Building at the Jersey Shore" conference
and technology fair that was held in Toms River, New Jersey.
Co-sponsored by Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the day
long conference educated business owners and municipal officials on topics such
as incentives and rebates available through the state's Clean Energy Program,
planting rain gardens, how "going green" is good for small
businesses, and becoming Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The Asbury Press
Bay's nitrogen flows from Jackson - Researchers say the Metedeconk and Toms rivers, which flow through
Jackson, are the biggest contributors of nearly 1.6 million pounds of
excess nitrogen compounds flowing into the bay every year, acting as
fertilizer that fuels algae blooms and gradually rearranges the bay's
ecology. read more
The Asbury Press
State eyes new test for Barnegat Bay water - For years, state and federal pollution assessments showed Barnegat Bay's water quality was improving - to the disbelief of boaters and fishermen who watched declines in shellfish and underwater eelgrass meadows. read more
A Painfully Early Arrival for a Summer Nuisance - Kenneth W. Able, director of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station in Tuckerton, N.J., said the early arrival could have something to do with recent winds from the south that blew away the sea’s warmer surface water, allowing an upwelling of cold water, which the lion’s mane loves. read more