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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

08/27/2015 -

What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common? They're often draped in tendrils of fog. That makes them prime sites for collecting fog water samples. And there's something else that can be found at those sites: mercury, according to atmospheric chemist Peter Weiss-Penzias of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

UDaily: UD researchers look at sweet corn damage caused by stink bugs
08/26/2015 -

Cooperative Extension agents and researchers at the University of Delaware are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers throughout the state. The research was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Coordinated Agricultural Project, and the findings were recently published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

08/25/2015 -

Thunderstorms are a hallmark of summer in the mid-Atlantic. Warm, wet air makes the atmosphere unstable, bringing thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain to the region -- sometimes several times a week. Delaware has seen some particularly memorable storms in recent months -- and they're making quite an impression. In our latest installment of iSeeChange, Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik finds out why.

UDaily: UD scientists receive funding to study tropical storm impacts on water quality
08/21/2015 -

University of Delaware researchers have been awarded a $475,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study how large tropical storms impact stream water quality and aquatic ecosystems, specifically the amount and fate of sediment-associated carbon and nitrogen that is eroded and deposited in streams following such intense weather events. 

Shreeram Inamdar, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC) in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the water science and policy graduate program, and Rodrigo Vargas, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences, will lead the project for UD. They will be joined on the project by Jinjun Kan, a microbial ecologist from the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) in Avondale, Pennsylvania. 

UDaily: UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment hosts manned submersible Cyclops 1
08/19/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) will host Cyclops 1 – one of OceanGate's manned submersibles – on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes during the fall semester as a pilot for a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration, Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of the college, has announced. OceanGate is a privately held company that provides manned submersible assets and expertise for industry, research and exploration.

UDaily: UD students explore 19 states and geological wonders of American West in field course
08/14/2015 -

Sixteen students in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and College of Engineering recently took the ultimate summer road trip through the American West. Field course Geology 306 took the phrase “field trip” to the next level as students traversed 19 states and 6,500 miles over four weeks, experiencing America’s natural wonders and reading the lines in the sand that tell the country’s geological past.

08/14/2015 -

In a world where a growing number of people lack food, water and sources of energy, providing these resources has become a challenge. To find new answers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded 17 grants, totaling $1.2 million, to support workshops on the interactions of food, energy and water, or FEW. Additionally, $6.4 million will supplement existing grants, enabling scientists to conduct additional research.

UDaily: UD professor, students educate public about roots and soil at US Botanic Garden
08/13/2015 -

Representatives from the University of Delaware spent a recent Saturday at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., educating visitors about the important roles that healthy soils and soil microbes play in ensuring robust plants during a “Roots Festival” held in conjunction with the garden’s exhibit “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots.”

Janine Sherrier, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), led the team that included Cherish Warner, a doctoral student in biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences who works in Sherrier’s laboratory, and Simone Jimenez, a visiting undergraduate student in the laboratory from Florida International University (FIU) who is taking part in the CANR Summer Institute

UDaily: UD researchers deploy weather station on Petermann Glacier in Greenland
08/13/2015 -

University of Delaware oceanographer Andreas Muenchow and doctoral student Peter Washam are part of an international research team that successfully drilled through a floating Greenland glacier this week and deployed the first UD ocean sensors underneath. 

The UD researchers are part of a U.S.-Swedish expedition working to document changes in the grounded Petermann Glacier, which connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean. 

UDaily: UD's Buler recognized for work with radar ornithology
08/12/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Jeff Buler has been presented the 2015 H.R. Painton Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society for his paper “Radar Analysis of Fall Bird Migration Stopover Sites in the Northeastern U.S.,” which was published in the society’s journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The award is named for Harry R. Painton, one of the four founders of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1893, who bequeathed funds to establish an award that recognized original and significant ornithological research.