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Tundra fires become more widespread

Tundra fires are important because they have the potential to switch regions from being climate-cooling – thanks to their reflective white surface – to climate-warming. With this in mind, Adrian Rocha at the University of Notre Dame, US, and colleagues have sought to estimate how the carbon footprint of Alaskan...

Political science course draws on real-time research

Bringing her latest research into the classroom, Debra Javeline, associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, is helping undergraduate students make a connection between politics and biology. Javeline’s new course, “The Politics of Adapting to Climate Change,” was born of the work she is doing...

Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific...

How to Build a Cooler City

As global temperatures rise, urban areas are facing challenges in keeping their infrastructure and their residents cool. Chicago is tackling that problem with a green design makeover. This report is part of the PBS NewsHour Coping with Climate Change series. Dr. Joseph Fernando, investigator on the ECI Climate Change Adaptation...

Turning Point: Jessica Hellmann

Conservation biologist Jessica Hellman studies the effects of climate change at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She was inspired by her one-year fellowship from the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Stanford, California to do something that few scientific laboratories do — create a mission and vision statement for...

Bugging Out: Could Climate Change Make the Insect Instinct Go Haywire?

In a recent submission to Planet Forward, Jessica Hellmann discussed her efforts to encourage "assisted migration" in some bug populations threatened by the rapidly changing climate. Hellmann constructed climate-controlled biospheres in a laboratory environment -- a test tube planet, with chambers representing everything from deserts to marshes and temperate forests....

Adaptation of Butterflies (Video)

NBC's Changing Planet ran a report on the adaptation of butterflies due to climate change. Watch the six minute segment below or see the original story at on NBC's website.  …

Biologist Hellmann named Leopold Leadership Fellow

Jessica Hellmann, associate professor of biological sciences and a national authority on climate change adaptation at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a Leopold Leadership Fellow. The Leopold Leadership Program is the nation’s premier competitive fellowship for outstanding environmental scientists who are also actively engaged in outreach to...

A Hunt for Seeds to Save Species, Perhaps by Helping Them Move

Pitcher’s thistle, whose fuzzy leaves and creamy pink puffs once thrived in the sand dunes along several of the Great Lakes, was driven by development, drought and weevils into virtual extinction from the shores of Lake Michigan decades ago. But in the 1990s, seeds collected from different parts of the...

Spring Gets Out Of Sync

After three decades of warming not seen in more than 1,000 years, spring arrives earlier around the world. As species shift their ranges toward the cooler poles or higher elevations, the season brings unexpected arrivals of migrating birds and mistimed hatchings of insects and flowerings of trees.