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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

07/19/2017 -

Even in sediment cores extracted more than a mile beneath the ocean floor, you’ll find them. Tiny organisms only a cell in size chug along ever so slowly. Jennifer Biddle, a marine microbiologist at the University of Delaware, often wondered why these microbes living deep in Earth’s crust look so similar to microbes up here at the surface, in forests and streams. What would it take these "locals" to adapt to a much slower lifestyle down in the depths?

UD-developed V2G technology to be used in California project
07/18/2017 -

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies developed at the University of Delaware may help clean energy transportation gain a foothold in California.

Nuvve Corp., which licenses the UD-developed technology, announced earlier this month that it has teamed up with University of California San Diego to demonstrate on a large scale how electric vehicles can be turned into virtual power plants, feeding energy back to the grid while connected via a charging platform.

UD and Global Green Growth Institute establish research partnership
07/14/2017 -

The University of Delaware and the Global Green Growth Institute have announced a research partnership to support a global transition toward a green economy.

The overall idea is to foster sustainable economic growth and development in ways that fuel the economy at regional, national and global levels while ensuring the Earth’s natural assets remain available to future generations.

06/15/2017 -

To best understand landscapes and how different ecosystems interact with one another, sometimes it’s necessary to take a bird’s-eye view. It was with that in mind that the University of Delaware’s Jeff Buler took students from his landscape ecology class up in a hot air balloon, so they could appreciate the inner workings of a landscape from the slow-moving confines of a hot air balloon basket.

06/15/2017 -

Estella Atekwana, head of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, has been named the new dean of the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

06/07/2017 -

The University of Delaware joined more than 180 universities, nine governors, 125 city leaders and more than 900 businesses and investors in signing an open letter June 5 declaring a commitment to continue supporting climate action to meet the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The grassroots coalition, “We Are Still In,” is designed to send a strong signal to the international community about the continued commitment of the U.S. to take action on climate change. It comes in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement June 1 to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

NSF grant to support development of cyberinfrastructure tools for precision agriculture
05/31/2017 -

Modern precision agriculture requires an understanding of how climate-related factors such as soil moisture, precipitation, and temperature impact agricultural productivity.

“As we enter an era of growing environmentally relevant data that can, for example, drive water management practices, new cyberinfrastructure tools and big data analytics are needed to extract knowledge and value-added products from the data,” says Michela Taufer, professor of computer science at the University of Delaware.

05/15/2017 -

University of Delaware doctoral candidate Veronique Oldham has been named a post-doctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. It is a highly competitive opportunity awarded to only two individuals per year. Oldham — who graduates later this month with her doctoral degree in oceanography — has been working to understand the cycling of trace elements in the environment.

05/15/2017 -

On first glance, Yakushima Island in Japan and Dorchester County, Maryland, wouldn’t appear to have a lot in common, but a closer ecological look reveals one stark similarity: both are home to populations of sika deer. A new paper by the University of Delaware’s Jake Bowman and David Kalb of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries looks at the history behind the rise of sika deer populations in Dorchester County over the past 100 years.

05/15/2017 -

University of Delaware geography major Haley Stanko flips through a marble notebook filled with interviews, field notes, graphs and flowcharts as she explains the project that has consumed her past year. As an undergraduate, and only a sophomore, Stanko is impressively engaged in the research of Lindsay Naylor, assistant professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.