Dr. Daphne Munroe pictured with horseshoe crabs.

Rutgers Shellfish Researcher Investigates the Link between Horseshoe Crabs and Oyster Farming in the Delaware Bay


Marine ecologist Daphne Munroe, RCEI affiliate and associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has a deep respect for New Jersey’s Delaware Bay and its unique ecosystem that supports an abundance of life. Munroe, a shellfish researcher working out of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Port Norris, is interested in …

Effects of sea-level rise on the environment will be an important topic investigated by researchers at the new Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute. “Ghost trees,” a signal of climate change, near the Rutgers Cape Shore Laboratory in Middle Township, N.J., are among many groves along the Northeast U.S. coast being killed by saltwater encroachment. Matthew Drews/Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute

Rutgers Launches Climate and Energy Institute With Wide-Reaching Goals


Institute will combine and unify the strengths of three existing institutes on climate, environment and energy research. University leaders are creating an institute designed to elevate the local, national and international profile of Rutgers–New Brunswick as a locus for scholarship on climate change, renewable energy production, energy conservation and their environmental dimensions. The Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute (RCEI) will …

Electron microscope image of diatoms – Nils Kröger at TU Dresden.

Grant Recipients Kay Bidle and Kimberlee Thamatrakoln Pioneer Research in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement for Carbon Dioxide Removal


On September 7, the Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced $24.3 million for research projects on marine carbon dioxide removal strategies that will find solutions to the present climate crisis. The funding comprises $14 million granted by the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act and is the largest climate investment in history. NOAA and its partners …

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Climate Intervention Technologies May Create Winners and Losers in World Food Supply


Analysis by Rutgers scientists shows future techniques limiting global climate change may create uneven benefits, forcing difficult decisions worldwide. A technology being studied to curb climate change – one that could be put in place in one or two decades if work on the technology began now – would affect food productivity in parts of planet Earth in dramatically different …

Alastair Bellany Awarded Fellowship at Prestigious Institute for Advanced Study

Oliver Stringham2023

School of Arts and Sciences scholars to spend academic year at center founded by Einstein and others. Four faculty members in Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, including RCEI Affiliate Alastair Bellany, have been awarded memberships for the 2023-24 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, one of the world’s foremost centers for intellectual inquiry into the sciences and the …

Mapping vertical land motion across the New York City area, researchers found the land sinking (indicated in blue) by about 0.06 inches (1.6 millimeters) per year on average. They also detected modest uplift (shown in red) in Queens and Brooklyn. White dotted lines indicate county/borough borders. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Rutgers University

Localized Uplift, Widespread Subsidence, and Implications for Sea Level Rise in NYC Metro Region


Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Rutgers University, including RCEI Affiliates Ken Miller and Robert Kopp, have published a new study in Science Advances finding that parts of the New York City metropolitan area are sinking and rising at different rates due to various man-made and natural factors which can mitigate or enhance local flood risk associated with sea …

Rutgers Team to Receive $1 Million in Federal Funding for Smart Kids and Cool Seniors Project

Oliver Stringham2023

The National Science Foundation’s CIVIC program helps community-university partnerships combat climate change and improve access to essential resources and services. A team of researchers at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, led by RCEI Affiliates Clint Andrews, Jennifer Senick, and Jie Gong, has been selected to receive a $1 million Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) award for a community-university partnership that combats climate change and improves …

Rutgers Helps to Develop New Mapping Tool to Coordinate New Jersey Coastal Resilience Projects

Oliver Stringham2023

The Department of Environmental Protection announced the launch of an online mapping tool that will help the public, stakeholders and government officials advance work that is needed to bolster the resilience of New Jersey’s coastal areas to climate change. The Coastal Ecological Restoration and Adaptation Planning Tool (CERAP Tool), provides the locations of at-risk areas, coastal resource restoration sites, and …


Summer Weather Takes Bites from School Calendars


A recent article published by the Hill reveals that heat waves have increasingly disrupted the academic calendar in many schools. Rising temperatures, intensified by climate change. have caused hundreds of schools to close early in August. Experts warn that higher temperatures may lead to reduced test scores and learning impacts. RCEI Affiliate, David Robinson explained that northern regions may even experience more snow days …

New Book on Climate Change and Estuaries is the Brainchild of Rutgers Marine Scientist

Oliver Stringham2023

National Estuaries Week, which will be observed this year from Sept. 16-23, is an annual celebration of the environmental significance of estuaries. Established in 1988 as National Estuaries Day, it was expanded to a weeklong observation to increase public awareness of the critical ecological and societal importance of estuaries. The new publication, Climate Change and Estuaries, showcases the value of estuaries …