Associate Professor Michael Pfrender works with ND-ECI on the Environmental Genomics project. Researchers in the project are working to develop species-detection devices and ecosystem monitoring technologies. Assistant Professor Jason McLachlan is part of the Paleoecological Observatory Netwrok (PALEON), an international collaboration developed by ND-ECI. PALEON research hopes to answer important questions, such as "How will forests across the country respond to coming changes in climate?" The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Director, Lindsay Chadderton, works in close partnership with ND-ECI to develop and implement the eDNA monitoring method to detect Asian carp in Lake Michigan. Associate Professor Jessica Hellmann uses the greater Chicago area asa "test bed" for developing climate forecasting tools. ND-ECI has a program devoted to climate adaptation that focuses on how humans might help reduce the consequences of climate change for entire ecological communities. Galla Professor Jennifer Tank is the principle investigator for the land use and water quality program. The ND-ECI researchers on this project are investigating the "two-stage ditch" method for managing nutrient run-off, which will create a win-win situation for both farmers and fish.
University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge discusses invasive species on a special segment of CBS Sunday Morning
Jessica Hellmann on NBC's Changing Planet series discusses adaptation of butterflies.
The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.
February 20, 2014 • Author: Nina Welding, Notre Dame News
The American Society of Civil Engineers has named Joannes J. Westerink the inaugural recipient of the Orville T. Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award. Westerink is the Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering and Henry J. Massman Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. The award will be presented at the 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Seoul, South Korea, in June.
Established by the ASCE in 2013, the Magoon Award recognizes outstanding contributions to sustainable engineering practices in managing shorelines and coastal infrastructure through research, design, construction or management of both natural and built environment in coastal zones. It is named for Magoon, a coastal engineer who served the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1952 to 1985 and was an early leader in sustainability.
Focusing on the development, analysis and application of coastal ocean hydrodynamic and transport codes and models, Westerink has pioneered the successful development of unstructured mesh coastal ocean models that integrate a wide range of scales — from ocean basins, continental shelves, coastal flood plains, estuaries and rivers to channels, and integrating a wide range of processes such as tides, winds and waves. Application areas include the western North Atlantic Ocean; the Gulf of Mexico; the Caribbean Sea; the Pacific Ocean; the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean; the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and Alaska; and the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In particular, his work is focused on the physics of tides and hurricane waves and surge in coastal regions.
February 10, 2014 • Author: Melissa Giresi, Southern Fried Science • Categories: Climate Change Adaptation
On Thursday, I tweeted “Name the most influential female ecologist (alive today) that you can think of.” After it was re-tweeted by several of my much more twitter-savvy colleagues and friends, I received an overwhelming number of responses. In retrospect, I should have created a hashtag to keep track of the responses. Forty-five influential female ecologists were named in this search, some of whom responded to the question themselves, naming their colleagues (but never naming themselves). The most influential female ecologists (alive today) according to the twitter-verse are listed in the table below in alphabetical order by last name.
The accomplishments of the women on this list are incredible and innumerable. This list includes a the former NOAA Administrator, former president of the Ecological Society of America, a Laureate for the Tyler Prize in Environmental Achievement, Time Magazine’s Hero for the planet, a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, several members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of the Emminent Ecologist Award and the Hubbard Award, just to mention a few. The women on this list include paleoecologists, entomologists, icthyologists, soil biologists, microbial ecologists, fungal ecologists, wetland ecologists, community ecologists, climate change ecologists, landscape ecologists, phylogeneticists, population geneticists, and anthropologists. Their work spans from studying hydrothermal vents in the abysmal ocean to characterizing communities in rainforest canopies; from examining methods of pre-copulatory sexual selection to determining mechanisms of speciation; from examining community structure on small scales to characterizing effects of climate change on biodiversity on global scales.
February 07, 2014 • Author: WNIT Outdoor Elements • Categories: Land Use and Water Quality and ND-LEEF
The Teachers as Scholars program hosted a two-part series with ND-LEEF faculty and staff in October 2013. The seminar focus was The Effects of Environmental Change on Freshwater and presented by Dr. Jennifer Tank and Brett Peters. WNIT's Outdoor Elements, with host Evie Kirkwood, featured this program in their latest episode.