Jason Munshi-South, Director of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center, describes ongoing efforts to develop white-footed mice (and a few other species) in New York City as models for examining the evolutionary implications of urbanization. Also discussed are potential similarities between evolutionary responses to climate change and urbanization. Jason’s lab integrates complementary approaches from landscape ecology, urban ecology, and population genomics.
As the climate warms, all species will either need to find new habitats with similar temperatures to those they currently occupy or evolve new thermal tolerances. Recent research by Araujo and colleagues suggests that some species may be able to adapt to new, higher temperatures better than others. Specifically, the authors analyzed the heat and cold tolerance capabilities of 2740 terrestrial…
Karen Hussey is Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) where she undertakes research on policies, institutions and governance for sustainable development. She leads several projects assessing the effectiveness of Australian laws and policies for supporting adaptation to climate change.
The Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Bridgeport discusses the city’s innovative reconstruction plans in the face of rising sea levels, how they would be complemented by a regional climate assessment, and the benefits for other cities along the Connecticut coast.
Rebuilding communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in a way that prevents similar damage from recurring is a job for the world’s best architects, engineers and scientists. So last year the federal government…
Since the 1980s scientists have been alarmed about a massive global die-off of amphibians. In the intervening years chytid fungus infections, whose spread is linked to global warming, have been identified as the chief culprit. A new study by Hoden, et al (2014) suggests that Nikkomycin Z may be useful …
Alex Felson discusses examples of ecological land use planning and site-level green infrastructure in seaside Connecticut communities that represent mitigation and adaptation strategies in anticipation of climate change. Dr. Felson has joint appointments with Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture.
Connecticut-born Marion McFadden, Chief Operating Officer of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task describes the history of the task force and how it’s helping the region rebuild “smarter and stronger than before” with science as the foundation of the world. Her presentation was part of a YCEI-sponsored town hall meeting entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explored how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.
By Elizabeth Tellman
Densely populated, and with 80% of its area located on a floodplain within 8 meters of sea-level1, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most flood-prone nations. As such it’s an appropriate setting for a series of two United Nations University Resilience Academies that convene experts in research, policy and practical applications to help developing nations deal with the effects of climate change.
Clouds, air pollutants, and the underlying landscapes all impact Earth’s energy budget in complex and competing ways. Atmospheric scientists from Yale and Tokyo’s Todai University gathered at a YCEI sponsored forum in September to share how they use climate models to study how humans affect this nuanced system—and how we can possibly counteract global warming by manipulating cloud formation.