Submitted by Lee McDavid on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:12am
April 20, 2017 | Dartmouth News | Bill Platt
Just back from his final trip to Antarctica as an investigator for the Long Term Ecological Research Program, Professor Ross Virginia breaks off a conversation and strides across his office to pull out a hundred-year-old volume of Robert Falcon Scott’s The Voyage of the Discovery.
“This is his first expedition. It’s just a treasure,” says Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science.
“I’m just amazed and fascinated by all of this,” he says as he thumbs through the collected journals of the British explorer who, in 1912, was the second man to reach the South Pole (achieving the feat just 34 days behind Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen).
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:32pm
April 29, 2016
In the wake of the Ebola epidemic, governments have mobilized resources to support the development of vaccines and other biomedical countermeasures to emerging disease threats. Kendall Hoyt, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dickey Global Health Affiliated Faculty, has published an opinion piece in Nature Biotechnology about the need for effective governance structures to coordinate countermeasure development
Hoyt, and her co-author Richard Hatchett, Acting Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), argue that lessons from US biodefense programs can inform global efforts.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:34pm
EurekAlert AAAS | March 16, 2016
Warmer, wetter conditions in the Arctic are accelerating the loss of carbon stored in tundra and permafrost soils, creating a potential positive feedback that further boosts global temperatures, a Dartmouth College study finds.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 8:19am
July 19, 2015
Greenland is ground zero for climate change research, and Dartmouth was there when a CBS Evening News crew flew from the US to Greenland to report on the rapid warming and melting taking place there.
Lauren Culler, an ecologist, and the postdoctoral fellow and outreach coordinator at the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, was interviewed for producer T. Sean Herbert's Reporter's Notebook segment online about melt ponds near the Greenland Ice Sheet that are drying up. "Out of the 10 or so ponds that I have been keeping track of, about three of them have completely disappeared since 2012," said Culler.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:01am
US Department of State: Diplomacy in Action
Office of the Spokesperson
April 21, 2015
Seventeen researchers from Arctic Council nations, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden will engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research over the next 18 months as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative. The diverse group of scholars will explore public-policy research questions and offer innovative solutions through a variety of disciplines ranging from geology and biology to law, sociology, global health, and art. See more information on the scholars, including their names and affiliations, here.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:00pm
October 22, 2014 Dartmouth Now
Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative. His work focuses on climate change and the effect of rapid warming on the polar regions.
Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, and Professor Michael Sfraga, a geographer and vice chancellor for university and student advancement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will take lead roles in the new Fulbright Arctic research program, which will fund interdisciplinary work for some 16 scholars from the eight countries that sit on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of the eight member states that border the Arctic Circle.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:25pm
September 23, 2014
Research published by Lauren Culler, a Postdoctoral Arctic Fellow at the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, shows fear as well as warming temperatures may encourage insects to "eat more and grow faster."
Culler tells Entomology Today, "In other words, it's less about temperature and more about the overall environmental conditions that shape the growth, survival, and distribution of insects." Culler was lead author of the study, published in the journal Oecologia.
Read about her research at Entomology Today, Nature World News, and Science Daily.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:34pm
December 17, 2017
In 2016, Assistant Professor of Studio Art Christina Seely was invited by The Harvard Museum of Natural History through an ongoing collaboration with the Canary Project, to create a series of new works in conversation with the museum collections and to produce a multi-part exhibition focused on an emotional understanding of the pressing topic of species extinction. The invitation evolved into the exhibition entitled "Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through The Artist’s Lens" made up of new works, the Next of Kin portraits, a set of large-scale kinetic reflective portraits of endangered species found in the museum’s collection, that accompany Species Impact, a set of ten daguerreotype portraits of species impacted by climate change that Seely photographed in the wild between 2012-2016.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:10am
December 15, 2016 | Dartmouth Press Release
Fulbright Arctic Initiative Establishes Innovative Research Model for a Sustainable Arctic Future
Scholars From Arctic Nations Focus on Communities and Policy Relevant Research
Dec. 15, 2016 – As the Arctic continues to experience climate change, resource development and globalization, the policy challenges that Arctic peoples face are many and extend beyond environmental protection and energy to issues of indigenous rights, health and wellness, governance and infrastructure. Seventeen inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative researchers and two co-lead scholars from all eight Arctic nations (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States) tackled these Arctic issues through 18 months of research on energy, water, and health and infrastructure, and recently concluded their work with a week of public events in Washington, D.C.
Submitted by Lee McDavid on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:09pm
November 11, 2016
Over 50 scientists from 10 different countries met at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies 15-16 November 2016 for the inaugural meeting of the Network for Arthropods of the Tundra (NeAT). NeAT is an international group focused on studying arthropods in Earth's rapidly changing polar regions. They hope to build collaborative capacity over two days of scientific presentations and discussions.
Keynote speakers included Jane Uhd Jepsen from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Peter Convey from the British Antarctic Survey. These keynote speakers framed a meeting that explored arthropod science at both poles, including aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, invasion ecology, ecosystem function, and responses to environmental change.