Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers

MAR 14, 2016     KEISHA BAHR The beauty of a healthy, thriving coral reef community is astonishing. These ‘rainforests of the sea’ are unique and their beauty is unmatched. While coral reefs only occupy less than 1% of the world’s ocean floor, they support more than 25% of all marine species. An estimated 85% of the United States’ … Continue reading Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers

Bye Bye Birdie: The Disappearing Avifauna of Hawaiʻi

FEB 29, 2016     LAUREN R. KAISER Critically Endangered ʻAkekeʻe (Loxops caeruleirostris) Photo Credit: Jim Denny As an isolated island archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands have become home to many endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Hawaiʻi provided a unique place for ecological divergence, leading to the evolution of … Continue reading Bye Bye Birdie: The Disappearing Avifauna of Hawaiʻi

Fieldwork Letters from the Gulf Coastal Plain: Dendrotempestology

 FEB 22, 2016     CLAY TUCKER Dendrotempestology (it’s a mouthful I know!) is the study of the effects of hurricanes on trees. When people hear this, they normally spout something like, “Well, hurricanes kill the trees! Duh!” I quickly attempt to note that though the trees surrounding their houses may suffer substantial damage, many ecosystems are adapted … Continue reading Fieldwork Letters from the Gulf Coastal Plain: Dendrotempestology

From Paris to the Class Room

 FEB 8, 2016     TONI KLEMM Climate negotiations, like last December in Paris, are complex, complicated, and not always fruitful. Last year, an innovative class for undergraduates at the University of Oklahoma gave students hands-on experience of how climate policy is made. This fall the class will go online for everyone around the world to participate. Here … Continue reading From Paris to the Class Room

ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change

AUG 3, 2015     LINDSEY THURMAN The Ecological Society of America is having its 100th Anniversary Conference August 9-14 in Baltimore. The organizers of this year’s centennial meeting have challenged us to put together talks and symposia that celebrate 100 years of advancements in ecological research and peer into the future of 21st Century challenges. This has … Continue reading ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change

Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

 JUL 30, 2015     ALEX BRYAN Example output generated from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM) developed by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what … Continue reading Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Southeast Climate Science Center’s New Course on Climate Science

 JUL 27, 2015     ADAM DALE Photo: Adam Dale This morning I’m sitting on my porch with my computer in my lap, sipping coffee from my Star Trek mug and enjoying the beautiful morning sky. I’m staring out over a temperate deciduous forest surrounding a beautiful lake, all beneath patches of clouds, the blue sky, and a … Continue reading Southeast Climate Science Center’s New Course on Climate Science

Working With Downscaled Datasets

 JUL 23, 2015     ADRIENNE WOOTTEN This post originally appeared on May 20, 2013 and is part of our throw-back series. One of the projects I’m involved with for the Southeast Climate Science Center involves synthesizing the information available from several datasets created from downscaled climate change projections.  In the process of working on this project I was … Continue reading Working With Downscaled Datasets

Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers

A pika in its natural habitat. Photo: Johanna Varner  JUL 16, 2015     JOHANNA VARNER A decade ago, I would have NEVER have believed that I would write the following words, but here they are: I love working with 7th graders! My twenty-something self would have further cringed at the idea of leading dozens of boisterous middle schoolers … Continue reading Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers