February 2013 News

In The News articles are short summaries written by our postdoctoral fellows of recently published work or news events that are relevant to Postdoctoral, graduate, or faculty research

Contributor(s): Jessica Barnes
In an article upcoming in Nature Climate Change, YCEI Postdoctoral Associate, Jessica Barnes, and Deputy Director of the YCEI, Michael Dove, examine the role that anthropology can play in the study of climate change. The article is coauthored by a group of anthropologists who participated in a...
Contributor(s): Thomas Crowther
Respiration by plants and microorganisms is primarily responsible for mediating carbon exchanges between the biosphere and atmosphere. Climate warming has the potential to influence the activity of these organisms, altering the exchanges between carbon pools. Traditionally, the respiratory release...
Contributor(s): Harish Padmanabha
Early models of the effects global warming on mosquito-borne disease assume that increased temperature in the 18-30C range will favor mosquito development without detrimental costs, ignoring the fact that increased temperature is more energetically demanding for ectotherms that do not maintain...
Dust-on-snow events may not sound like a big deal, but they have a major impact on the Colorado River Basin watershed, which serves approximately 27 million people. Fresh snow reflects over 80% of sunlight back into space, according to UCLA atmospheric scientist Tom Painter. But when dark particles...
Contributor(s): Peter Douglas
Methane, a greenhouse gas second in importance only to carbon dioxide, has built up rapidly in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution due to human emissions.  It was believed that prior to the 19th century, changes in atmospheric methane were mostly caused by natural emissions from wetlands...