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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. arrow_right.png read more 10/18 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. arrow_right.png read more 10/11 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. arrow_right.png read more 10/10 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.  arrow_right.png read more 09/26
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. arrow_right.png read more 09/21
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. arrow_right.png read more 09/20
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. arrow_right.png read more 09/17
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.  arrow_right.png read more 09/12
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."  arrow_right.png read more 09/12
'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.  arrow_right.png read more 09/11
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.  arrow_right.png read more 09/13
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.  arrow_right.png read more 09/13
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).  arrow_right.png read more 09/03
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.”   arrow_right.png read more 08/27
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. arrow_right.png read more 08/22
AsburyParkPress 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. arrow_right.png read more 08/20
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.  arrow_right.png read more 08/15
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. arrow_right.png read more 08/14 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. arrow_right.png read more 08/12
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/31 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.  arrow_right.png read more 07/27
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.  arrow_right.png read more 07/27
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.  arrow_right.png read more 07/26
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/16
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/16
The Hub.gmnews
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/12
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/12 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. arrow_right.png read more 07/11 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. arrow_right.png read more 07/11
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. arrow_right.png read more 07/09
Scientific 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.  arrow_right.png read more 07/05
Rutgers Magazine
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. arrow_right.png read more 06/22
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. arrow_right.png 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. arrow_right.png read more  05/14 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. arrow_right.png read more  05/17 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. arrow_right.png read more 04/12 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. arrow_right.png read more 04/12
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.  arrow_right.png read more 04/12
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. arrow_right.png read more 04/03
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. arrow_right.png read more 03/28
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. arrow_right.png read more 03/17 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. arrow_right.png read more 03/06 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. arrow_right.png read more 03/01 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. arrow_right.png read more 02/28 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. arrow_right.png read more 02/24
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. arrow_right.png read more 01/14 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. - arrow_right.png read more 01/14