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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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.

05/15/2017 -

A multi-institutional team led by United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists is nearing the end of a nine-day research cruise aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp — the University of Delaware’s 146-foot coastal research vessel — to explore methane seeps in the Atlantic Ocean.

05/11/2017 -

The University of Delaware Green Grants program funds faculty, student and staff projects that promote sustainability on campus.

Following a partnership with the Environmental Case Competition, the Green Grants program is opening the spring and summer application window.

The winners from the Environmental Case Competition automatically apply for Green Grants, but other members of the UD community are also encouraged to apply.

UD’s Webb Farm hosts 22nd Envirothon high school competition
05/05/2017 -

High school students from throughout the state of Delaware descended on the University of Delaware’s Webb Farm to take part in the 22nd Envirothon, a team-based outdoor academic competition.

The competition challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, air quality, special environmental topics and public speaking.

Mapping deep reefs produces valuable data for researchers, conservationists
05/04/2017 -

A study authored by University of Delaware professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs — known as mesophotic reefs — near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.

While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba “diver’s paradise” because it contains some of the most well-preserved coral reefs in the Caribbean basin.

Earth Month event to feature film, panel discussion on coastal water issues
04/12/2017 -

A special film screening and panel discussion at the University of Delaware on Friday, April 21, will highlight some of the complex issues involving water that coastal communities face in an era of climate change and sea level rise.

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, the latest film by Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, will be shown at 1 p.m. in 101 Brown Laboratory.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion at approximately 3 p.m. and a reception with refreshments at 4 p.m. in the Brown Lab lobby. The event is free and open to the public.