Javier Dávalos, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA); Cymie Payne, Rutgers University, IUCN; Nilüfer Oral, National University of Singapore, UN International Law Commission; Walter Schuldt, Chief Negotiator, Government of Ecuador; Lisa Levin, Scripps Oceanography; Rebecca Hubbard, High Seas Alliance (photo credit: Phill Williams).

Rutgers University at COP 28


Rutgers University researchers in law, anthropology, geography, policy, and sociology joined diplomats, activists, and industry representatives to work toward solutions to the climate crisis at the 28th annual assembly of signatory nations to the pivotal UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, signifying a collective effort to address the pressing climate crisis which concluded on December 13, 2023.   These RCEI faculty …

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Lily Young Wins Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award


Congratulations to RCEI Affiliate Lily Young for being named the 2023–24 recipient of the University’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award. The award is given each year to a Rutgers University faculty member noted for both outstanding scholarly achievement and exceptional service to the University.

Creative Expression and the Environment Minor

New Minor in Creative Expression and the Environment Established


In Fall 2023, Rutgers undergraduates in the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences are eligible for the new minor in Creative Expression and the Environment.  This is a multidisciplinary program in which students gain familiarity with fundamentals of environmental issues and learn to respond to them through …

Andy Wyendant and Jim Simon with their 2023 Edison Patent Award.

Rutgers Innovators Named Edison Patent Award Recipients in Agriculture, Forensic Science Categories


Basil varieties that are resistant to the deadly downy mildew disease. A computational tool that calculates the probability of the number of contributors in a DNA profile. These two innovations share two things in common: both were developed at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and both received Edison Patent Awards at the Research & Development Council of New …

4-H Program Associate Rodrigo Sanchez Hernandez supports teens in the preparation of their presentations. Photo credit: Jennie Thomas

4-H STEM Ambassadors Participate in Sustainability Summit ‘23 at Rutgers


New Jersey 4-H STEM Ambassadors joined faculty at Rutgers University for the 2023 Climate Sustainability Summit on November 10th, a day of learning, discovery, collaboration and action. The summit, which was attended by 25 youth from New Jersey’s biggest cities, addressed the importance of being sustainable and fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations, …

A van navigates a flooded roadway in Ship Bottom, NJ

New Jersey Town Helping Residents Elevate Homes and Combat Rising Sea Levels


Rising sea levels in Manahawkin, New Jersey, prompt residents to elevate homes against increased sunny-day flooding as proactive measures. RCEI Affiliate, Lisa Auermuller highlights the urgency of addressing sea-level rise. “You can either pretend it’s not happening or choose to do something about it,” said Auermuller. Collaborating with Rutgers, the town addresses climate change with stormwater management, wetland restoration, and …

Two Rutgers underwater robots called gliders being deployed in April 2023 to observe water quality along the New Jersey coastal shelf. Gliders move up and down through the water column, taking measurements every 2 seconds, and can travel up to 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) per day. Photo credit: Chip Haldeman, Rutgers University.

Rutgers Scientists Observe Unusual Ocean Conditions Possibly Linked to Mortality in Marine Life off New Jersey


This article was authored by RCEI Affiliates Grace Saba, associate professor, and Josh Kohut, professor,  faculty in Rutgers University’s Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. From late April to late September, Rutgers researchers used underwater robots, called gliders, to track ocean water quality along the New Jersey coast. Through a series of glider deployments, water …

2023 Rutgers Environmental Stewards present the results of their project to their peers during the poster session.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program Graduates New Cohort from this Transformative New Jersey Volunteer Program


Forty-one new volunteers were certified as Rutgers Environmental Stewards on October 28 at the program’s annual Impact Summit having each completed a project that helped address an environmental issue in their community. These volunteers partnered with 48 organizations across the state, educating close to 4,000 people on pressing issues such as climate change, habitat conservation, water quality protection and reducing …

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Aziz Ezzat Wins A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award


Congratulations to RCEI Affiliate Ahmed Aziz Ezzat for winning the 2023 A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship award! This award is given annually by the Rutgers School of Engineering to an early-career faculty member for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and service.

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Rutgers Contributes to the Fifth National Climate Assessment


The Fifth National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risk, and responses was released by President Biden on November 15, 2023.  The report is mandated by Congress and assesses changes in the climate, its national and regional impacts, and options for reducing present and future risk. NPR mentions this assessment is “the most sweeping, sophisticated …