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ECCN News – June 2021 ☀️
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We chatted with Katharine Hayhoe about her plans with TNC, scientists’ role in driving climate action, and where we are in tackling climate change. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.
Seminars, Webinars, Lectures & Resources
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Municipalities across the U.S. are increasingly challenged to fund and perform systematic tree pruning activities that enhance urban tree health and longevity, maximize ecosystem service benefits, improve climate and storm resilience, and minimize public risk. Only (46%) of 667 U.S. communities surveyed in 2014 reported completing tree pruning on a systematic basis. Hear from experts on forest health and resilience, forest management, and more.
Climate Change Research in the News
Columbia Climate School
“Top-down modeling approaches can contribute to a climate determinism that minimizes the potential for human ingenuity to find creative, locally appropriate solutions. Privileging likely future climate impacts can also come across as tone deaf in communities that have suffered redlining and racist land grabs.”
When the climate shifted at the end of the last ice age, the postglacial rebound in the land surface caused lakes in Norway to be cut off from the ocean. Species in the lakes either adapted or died off. Researchers were able to sequence the genome of a 12,000 year old stickleback fish skeleton and found that during a time of brackish water (mix of saltwater and freshwater, meaning the lake was in the process of being cut off), the species already had traits that allowed it to survive in freshwater. They can compare this genome to modern day species to learn more about evolution and adaptation of such species.
Jobs, Internships, MS & Ph.D. Positions
Start date January 2022
A position for a PhD candidate in palaeoclimatology/dendroclimatology is available at the National Laboratory for Age Determination, NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. The PhD candidate at NTNU will focus on the climatic part of the research. The successful candidate will research the climate development in Norway during the Little Ice Age (1500-1800). The work will be based on already published material from multiple proxies as well as on dendroclimatological material gathered during the project. Particular attention should be paid to extreme events (both in the historical and climatic sense). Some of the results can contribute to an exhibition.
Apply now – target hire date 9/1/2021
The successful candidate will collaborate on projects generally relating to reconstructions of northeastern Pacific climate from bivalves and trees. However, the specific direction of the work is flexible and could focus on multi-proxy synthesis, exploring isotopic proxies in bivalves (Pacific geoduck), or some combination depending on interest and experience. There will also be multiple opportunities to collaborate on other projects that integrate among marine, terrestrial, freshwater, and climate datasets, as time and interest allow.
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