Issue 08 | December 20, 2017
Bulletin
Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Happy Holidays from the EOAS Leadership Team!
Dear friends in the EOAS community,

This semester has been a busy one for EOAS, from the Oyster Bar in September to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last week.

Our members have published a remarkable range of research this semester. Just a few examples: Vadim Levin led a team that discovered mantle upwelling underneath New England. Ying Fan Reinfelder led a global analysis of the driving influence of hydrology on root depth and thus, potentially, on ecosystem resilience. Andra Garner projected the way changing storms and sea-level rise may amplify future coastal flood risk in New York City. Alan Robock contributed to a study demonstrating the relationship between tropical volcanic eruptions and El Niño events, while Ben Lintner helped model the effects of deforestation on hot, dry summers

Meanwhile, Juliane Gross embarked for the Transantarctic Mountains, where she and the three other scientists in her team are searching for meteorites. You can keep up to date with her adventures through her team's blog, posted by satellite uplink. We look forward to welcoming her back to civilization in February.

Our members have also received prominent awards. Sonia Tikoo-Schantz won the Darcy Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award from the Geological Society of America, while Scott Glenn was named a fellow of the Marine Technology Society.

One of the pillars of EOAS’s mission is leveraging science to promote wise stewardship of the Earth system. Toward that end, the Institute and our members have been actively engaged in New Jersey’s policy discussions. Working with the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Eagleton Institute, we brought to campus Matt Platkin, now chief counsel for Governor-elect Murphy, for a discussion about climate policy in New Jersey. EOAS member Jeanne Herb is participating in Governor-elect Murphy’s transition team as a member of its energy and environment committee. The five graduate students in the Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience graduate program's first cohort helped the town of Union Beach develop a resilience strategy; the initiative also welcomed its second cohort of graduate students, more than twice the size of the first.

We are excited by the new faculty hiring within the EOAS community. A search for an assistant professor in marine social science/policy is ongoing, with candidates visits completed this week. New searches in atmospheric chemistry and physical oceanography just launched, with application deadlines at the end of January. (Please encourage potential candidates to apply!) And we are in the final stages of preparing a search committee for a senior hire, the Henry Rutgers Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. 

EOAS’s call for postdoctoral fellowship proposals opened this month, and remains open through the end of January. Our goal with the fellowships is to catalyze new, interdisciplinary research in the Earth system sciences, carried out in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of EOAS faculty mentors. Please encourage strong candidates to apply!

Internally, our strategic planning process is moving toward completion; it is our goal to synthesize the committee reports many of you have worked diligently on and produce a public review draft early next semester. Meanwhile, as many of you may have noticed, Matt Drews has done excellent work revitalizing EOAS's web presence.

We have much more work to do in the semester to come. As you plan your end-of-the-year giving, we ask you to please consider including EOAS.

Thanks to all of you for your support. Happy holidays and happy new year!

Bob and Lynne

Happy holidays and safe travels from EOAS's canine leadership too!
UPCOMING EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences Colloquium
11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Wright Labs Auditorium
Dr. Claude Herzberg, Rutgers University

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018
Department of Geography Seminar
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Tillett Hall — Room 246
Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, the Ohio State University

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
5:00 pm - 6:30pm, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Thomas A. Burke, MPH

Please send event announcements to Lynne Trabachino .
NOTABLE OPPORTUNITIES & INITIATIVES AT RUTGERS
1-CREDIT SEMINAR COURSE FOR SPRING 2018: NEW FRONTIERS IN EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE - POLAR RESEARCH
The  Spring 2018 New Frontiers in Earth System Sciences   Seminar  will focus on  Polar Research , to complement the new polar research group forming at the University. The course will expose you to the diverse approaches used to study polar science, introducing different Earth Systems Science disciplines and generating conversation on cross-disciplinary collaboration. The seminar is organized as four units, with each unit comprised of two related faculty lectures followed by a discussion session facilitated by Lynne Trabachino and Christina Kaunzinger. Read more...
Graduate Traineeship Program

C2R2 will be accepting 10-15 Masters’ and Ph.D. students, five of whom will receive up to 2 years of funding. All trainee candidates must be in research-based programs and be incoming Masters’ students or within the first two years of pursuing their Ph.D. Trainees will learn to conduct research that integrates natural, socio-economic, and engineered elements of coastal systems. They will also gain practice communicating effectively with coastal stakeholders to define research problems, conduct research, and apply research to address real-world resilience challenges.
Graduate Certificate Program

This new graduate-level certificate program focuses on the theories, methods, practical skills and contextual knowledge needed to work productively on coastal resilience and climate change. This innovative and interdisciplinary program integrates existing coursework offered in several graduate programs with a few new courses. Students who complete this certificate will be well equipped to work on coastal risk and resilience issues within their own home disciplines.
Prospective graduate students interested in the traineeship program should apply through their graduate program director. Applications should include a statement explaining the applicant’s professional interest in coastal climate risk and resilience, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of support (these letters can be the same as those from their grad application). All materials should be sent to Carrie Ferraro . We will begin reviewing applications beginning on January 16, 2018

For additional information on these program, please contact Carrie Ferraro or see the C2R2 website.
OTHER NOTABLE OPPORTUNITIES & INITIATIVES
2018 EUROPEAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The abstract deadline for the EGU General Assembly on 8–13 April 2018 in Vienna is upcoming. If you would like to present your research at this event, please submit your abstract before 10 January 2018, 13:00 Central European Time. Read more...
2018 AFS ANNUAL MEETING
The American Fisheries Society, President Steve McMullin and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter extend a warm invite to attend the 148th AFS Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, August 19 - 23, 2018. Read more...
SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE 2018 STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
Schmidt Ocean Institute seeks to provide college, undergraduate, and graduate students with a chance to take part in seagoing scientific research aboard  Falkor  in coordination with our organization and the principal investigators leading at-sea research projects. The Student Opportunities Program enables us to support training of the next generation of ocean scientists and technology developers and ignite the spark of passion for ocean exploration in their minds. Student berthing space may be made available if a science party has unused berthing. Students will work alongside a science team already scheduled to conduct research aboard  Falkor . Applicants should possess knowledge in at least one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography, or marine technology (e.g. engineering, software, etc.).
 
The  application  is now available online, all submissions including supplemental information must be received by end of day  Friday December 29, 2017 . You can view  frequently asked questions here   and previous  Student Opportunities participants here .
FUNDING FOR ARCTIC SYSTEM CHANGE WORKSHOP, BOULDER CO, APRIL 2018
Early career scientists (graduate students and individuals within 4 years of their PhD) are invited to apply for funding to attend an Arctic system change workshop at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO from April 9-12, 2018. The application deadline is January 14, 2018.

The workshop will address the natural and anthropogenic drivers of Arctic environmental change. This will include a system-wide perspective on the changing Arctic environment, the influence of local and remote controls, and the importance of coupled interactions. A primary goal of the workshop is to provide new insights on how to better integrate observing and modeling approaches to enhance understanding of Arctic system change. The meeting will include participants from the atmospheric, terrestrial, land ice, sea ice, and oceanographic communities.

To apply for early career scientist funded travel, please fill out the following form.
MIDDLEBURY SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMT
Please inform your students about this opportunity to earn nine Middlebury College credits doing environmental science and studies course work during summer 2018 in Yunnan China.

What is the Middlebury School of the Environment?
  • A six-week environmental studies program for college undergraduates. In 2018 the program will be based in Yunnan Province, China, with dual sites in Kunming and Dali.
  • The equivalent of three college courses (nine semester-hours of credit) offered within a specially designed immersive curriculum that includes core course work, electives, leadership training, and field experiences.
  • A program featuring nationally recognized faculty and environmental leaders from the US and China.

INTERNATIONAL GEOBIOLOGY COURSE 2018
Now entering its 15th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it's biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques, learn from a broad team of eminent scientists in the field, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.

The 2018 session runs from June 12 to July 15. Applications due February 9. Read more...
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - RULES OF LIFE: FORECASTING AND EMERGENCE IN LIVING SYSTEMS

NSF seeks to highlight the importance of research that forecasts the direction and dynamics of change in living systems. The robustness and reproducibility of processes associated with the emergence of complex properties in biological systems suggests the existence of underlying general principles ("rules") across the spectrum of biological phenomena. Identification and application of these fundamental rules would be of high value to both the scientific community and the Nation. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes an initial opportunity to identify areas where such rules may exist, to catalyze approaches toward their discovery, and to focus efforts on using these rules for prediction and design of useful biological systems. Activities supported via this DCL include Conferences, EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs), and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) grants to create opportunities for enabling predictive capability. Read more...

Please contact Bob and Lynne if you would like EOAS's assistance in helping organize a response to this Dear Colleague Letter.
SEA GRANT'S 2018 AQUACULTURE FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (FFO)

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI).The objectives of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture
Initiative (NAI) are to: 1) address the needs of the U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by supporting research, technology transfer, and best practices related to the sustainable aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes fish, shellfish, or algae species (including state- and federally managed species), 2) increase production of such species in federal waters and the coastal zone of state waters (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes), and, 3) address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, regulatory/policy and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.). Sea Grant's 2018 Aquaculture FFO is available via grants.gov opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489.
DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE RELEASES EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER SOLICITATION

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has finally released the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for its Early Career Research program. This is considered DOE’s most prestigious early career research program. The program supports talented university and National Laboratory researchers early in their careers with the long-term goal of nurturing a scientific workforce capable of meeting SC mission needs. The program is applicable across all six SC program offices, and the full FOA outlines specific needs within each that proposers must address. SC intends to allocate $30 million for the program—$6 million above the FY 2017 FOA—to support 30-40 researchers. Individual award sizes will likely average $750,000 over five years. Pre-applications are due January 25, 2018

The full FOA is available here .
JOB OPENINGS
To submit an announcement, research highlight, event, or other opportunity of interest to the EOAS community, please contact Lynne Trabachino at lynne.trabachino@rutgers.edu. Submissions for consideration must be received by noon on Thursday for the following Monday's publication.