In the 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): Xavier Levine
A headline-making article by Sherwood, et al. in the January issue of Nature ascribes the wide spread in climate sensitivities reported by global circulation models (GCMs) to how they account for atmospheric convective mixing, a process that controls cloud formation in the lower troposphere.  The...
Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
Solving the world’s climate crisis requires collective action. Ideally, all nations would invest equally in new technologies and reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, some willingly commit resources to abate climate change while others take a free ride. Research published in Nature...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
Satellite images allow Earth System scientists to monitor changes in vegetation, map species distributions, and even measure surface temperatures.  The amount of data available for such efforts is enormous; the U.S. government’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometers (MODIS), whose polar...
Contributor(s): Thomas Crowther
Community ecology seeks to untangle structural patterns and underlying biological mechanisms across time and space. Though developed for studies above ground, community ecology provides an equally relevant framework for looking at the below ground world, a realm that’s now understood to store and...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
People’s views on climate change, whether believers or deniers, can be strongly entrenched and fiercely defended. But how do people’s views on climate change develop in the first place? Does personal experience with potentially climate change-related events (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, floods,...
Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
Climate scientists predict that climate change will lead to increased variability in precipitation over much of South America.  Research by Carlton et al (2013) on residents of northwestern rural Ecuador who rely on streams and rivers for their drinking water shows how those changes might impact...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
Modeling ecological processes at global scales is complicated by the fact that available underlying spatial and temporal data often incorporate enormous uncertainty.  For example, the WorldClim data set (which has been cited over 2000 times) offers 1-kilometer resolution globally whether the pixel...

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