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 …

More than a dozen students, staff and faculty were honored for their work that supports the achievement of institutional diversity goals. Mel Evans/Rutgers University

Awards Recognize Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access


More than a dozen students, faculty and staff were honored during the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes Awards Ceremony. Laura Luciano, associate director at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance and Marcy Schwartz, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, were presented with 2023 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Awards that recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement …

Distinguished Professor Jim Simon is congratulated by NJ Farm Bureau President Allen Carter. Courtesy of NJFB.

Rutgers Plant Geneticist Jim Simon Wins Distinguished Service to NJ Agriculture Award


Jim Simon, RCEI Affiliate and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology, was presented with the Distinguished Service to New Jersey Agriculture Award for 2023 for outstanding research contributions to New Jersey’s farming industry by the New Jersey Farm Bureau (NJFB) at its 105th Annual Meeting held November 13-14. This prestigious award is presented each year by NJFB, the …

Rutgers scientists are finding ways to help municipalities design land that is more resilient to extreme weather. Tropical storm Ida in 2021 inflicted devastating destruction in the Northeast, such as can be seen on River Road in Hillsborough, N.J. Courtesy of Peter Coady

Here’s How to Make Flood-Prone Areas in New Jersey More Resilient to Climate Change


Rutgers professor creates free, comprehensive guide for municipalities based on extensive research. For years, Rutgers ecologist and RCEI Affiliate Brooke Maslo has studied how to redesign flood-prone landscapes so they can best protect the communities they border from the ravages of swollen brooks and rivers and rising seas. State and federal programs that enable the acquisition of flood-prone properties from …

Fifth-year engineering student Chong Di (left), Professor Jie Gong and Shengyuan Feng, a graduate student studying artificial intelligence, pose with Echo the robot in the Zimmerli Art Museum. Luca Mostello/Rutgers University

Engineering Professor and Students Map Rutgers Art Museum


RCEI Affiliate Jie Gong and a team of university and high school students – along with a robot named Echo – are creating 3D digital models of the Zimmerli. The public may soon be able to open their laptops to venture into the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and explore its galleries via an online virtual tour.  Since …

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Science Friday: “40 Years Of Sounding The Alarm On Nuclear Winter”


RCEI Affiliate Alan Robock discusses the topic of nuclear winter on a new episode of the Science Friday podcast with Ira Flato. The episode covers the science of nuclear winter, how the fear of climate devastation has molded new policies, and what is currently happening with the world’s nuclear arsenal. The full podcast can be accessed here. Released November 3, …