On May 15, friends and families came together to celebrate the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences' Class of 2017 convocation. Over 750 degrees were awared and the ceremony was held at Passion Puddle. Dean of Academic Programs Rick Ludescher served as Master of Ceremonies while Executive Dean Bob Goodman addressed the Class of 2017. After the ceremony, graduates of the Marine and Coastal Sciences Department were invited to the building for refreshments and pictures with faculty/staff.
Rutgers Marine Sciences was well represented at the recent Delaware Estuary Science Summit in Cape May, NJ. Ben Horton was an invited keynote speaker to speak about his research on sea level rise. One of his messages to the audience was that “It takes 10,000 years to form the Antarctic ice sheet and 50 years to undo it”. Daphne Munroe, who also attended, was well represented by her students: Mike Acquafredda, Sarah Borsetti and Joe Caracappa all presented great student posters about their work on surfclams, oyster spat and blue crab larvae. Joe was awarded best student poster for the conference - congrats Joe!
Ben’s keynote address on sea level rise and how it will affect the Delaware estuary.
Joe Caracappa’s winning poster on this research on blue crab larvae.
Mike Acquafredda discussing his research on Atlantic surf clams, while enjoying a beverage. That’s what networking is all about!
Sarah Borsetti has only just started her Masters, but already has some interesting results from her research on the Wild Eastern Oyster - a keystone species in the Delaware Bay.
RU 29, Challenger, is back in the water after the completion of the South Atlantic Circumnavigation for our next mission: to go from Perth, Australia to Sri Lanka, to South Africa and back to Australia over the course of the next 3 years.
Prior to deployment, the lab at University of Western Australia had a number of esteemed visitors to see RU29 off before she began the mission. For good luck, the group re-christened the glider Challenger (RU29) with Indian Ocean water at the University of Western Australia’s glider port before deployment on its first leg of a planned Indian Ocean circumnavigation.
L to R: Chip Haldeman, Rutgers glider pilot; Nick D’Adamo, Head – Perth Programme Office of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and IOC IIOE-2 Coordinator; Scott Glenn, Rutgers Professor; Charitha Pattiaratchi, University of Western Australia Professor; Dr. Christopher Back, Liberal Senator for Western Australia and Chair, Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense & Trade Legislation Committee; and Dennis Stanley, UWA Glider Pilot. On board the glider are flags from participating nations, including the United States, Australia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Spain, Germany, Brazil and South Africa, plus a challenge coin from NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.
The glider was deployed out of Perth on Nov 4th by Chip and Scott from Rutgers and Chari from University of Western Australia while shore support was provided by teams at UWA and Rutgers.
UWA produced the following video to support the mission:
For the latest information on the Challenger Mission, check out the Mission Blog