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Grad student aboard expedition exploring Mediterranean seafloor
09/21/2010 -

Underwater landslides, deep-sea corals, ancient archaeological sites -- these are just a few of the cool phenomena that Adam Skarke, a graduate student at the University of Delaware, may get to see firsthand in the Mediterranean Sea aboard an expedition led by famed explorer Robert Ballard.

Skarke, who is working on his doctorate in geological sciences at UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, is now aboard the 211-foot expedition vessel Nautilus, doing research with Ballard's team in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Israel.

He is the third graduate student from the laboratory of Art Trembanis, UD assistant professor of geological sciences, to take part in the expedition, which began in June. Nicole Raineault and Stephanie Nebel participated in earlier legs of the expedition in the Aegean Sea.

Natural resource management internships sprout successful alumni
09/16/2010 -

For students with an interest in the environment, the natural resource management (NRM) major, introduced in the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1997, opened up a cutting-edge program that combined science, economics, and public policy.

Now, current students and graduates in the NRM major are relaying their skills into successful internships and employment with companies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Delaware Water Resources Center, IFC International and the Peace Corps.

Coast Day lectures cover wide variety of marine topics
09/16/2010 -

Editor’s note: If you attend Coast Day this year, be sure to stop by DENIN’s booth to test your knowledge about the environment, spin the “Wheel of Science” and win a prize.

If you love the ocean and want to learn more about it, there's no better opportunity than Coast Day, held Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The free event offers lectures on a range of topics sure to capture your interest, from oil spills to photography.

Kicking off the Focus on the Coast lecture series at noon will be Jonathan Sharp, professor of oceanography, who will present “Is Climate Change Altering the Behavior of the Delaware Bay?”

09/16/2010 -

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) has unveiled a new version of its website. The site is designed to encourage users to explore content they wouldn't otherwise look for while allowing them to easily find specific information they need.

DGS, a state agency formed in 1951, is administratively assigned to the University of Delaware and is a research unit in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

09/15/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 320
Contact: Lara Allison, Watershed Assessment, 302-739-9939; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Photos available by contacting: 302-739-9902

09/15/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 318
For more information, please contact Bill Miller, Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, 302-739-9403, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

09/09/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), the University of Delaware's interdisciplinary environmental science, engineering and policy research institute, will host a number of free seminars for the UD community and the general public this fall.

DENIN's fall seminar series includes experts from around the country in the general area of environmental geochemistry. All seminars take place at 1 p.m. in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Room 102, unless otherwise noted. A podcast of each talk will be available on iTunes U following the presentation.

09/08/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 311
Contact:  Dr. Robert Scarborough, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) research coordinator, 302-739-3436; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Medallions mark environmentally sensitive catch basins
09/08/2010 -

While taking a stroll through the University of Delaware, you may have come across one of hundreds -- 844, in fact -- of small metal medallions located on the numerous catch basins on campus and wondered what they are doing there.

Andrew Homsey, an associate policy scientist at the UD Institute for Public Administration's Water Resources Agency (WRA), said the medallions, which are purchased through the Department of Environmental Health and Safety's (EHS) stormwater program, serve as a way to track the locations of all of the catch basins in the area, as there were previously issues with accuracy as to where they were. The purchase of the medallions was made in order to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

09/07/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 307
For more information, contact Bonnie Arvay, Delaware Coastal Programs, 302-739-9283, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.