Members of the Pinsky Lab helped to organize a COMPASS Science Communication Workshop for Rutgers grad students, researchers, and faculty. Participants were introduced to the “Message Box”, an organizational tool for communicating science, and had the opportunity to practice delivering an elevator pitch on their current work. The trainers included Nancy Baron (COMPASS), Kendra Pierre-Louis (New York Times), Maddy Sofia (NPR), David Malakoff (Science), John Upton (Climate Central), and Rick Weiss (SciLine), We had a great time!
We’re hitting the road this week: Jennifer Hoey will talk about population genomics of summer flounder at the NYAPOPGEN meeting on Wednesday at Stony Brook (Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn is also going), and Malin is giving the Bevan Series lecture on Thursday at the U. Washington on adapting to climate change in marine ecosystems and fisheries.
Great meeting of northeast US researchers working on various types and applications of species distribution models at Yale today. Becca, Emily, and Malin attended and presented.
Malin was out in San Francisco last week to talk on a panel, “Can We Save the Oceans from Ourselves?” at the World Conference of Science Journalists. He came back inspired by a room full of science journalists inspired to tell stories about not only the problems facing the ocean, but also the solutions.
Fall here in New Jersey, and time for apple picking!
Zoë Kitchel, René Clark, and Lisa McManus joined this fall as new PhD students (Zoë and René) and as a new postdoc (Lisa). We’re excited to welcome them on board! Zoë’s interests are on the impacts of climate change and variability on marine ecosystems and will joining our NSF Coupled Natural Human (CNH) systems project in the California Current. René is fascinated by conservation genetics and will likely help with our NSF PIRE project examining century-scale genomic changes in heavily exploited marine fishes. Lisa is working on eco-evolutionary models for coral reefs, in collaboration with Daniel Schindler (U. Washington) and the Coral Reef Alliance.
Just had a wonderful couple days in Lacawac Sanctuary for a writing retreat with our lab and the Jensen lab. Beautiful setting, good food cooked by all, and productive space for thinking and collaborating!
Jennifer, Malin, and Chris Chambers of NOAA Sandy Hook received funding from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium for their project, “Quantifying the effects of a changing climate on summer flounder recruitment.”
Marine species that occupy a wide thermal gradient may be able to adapt to their local environmental conditions, and may be differentially resilient to climate change. This grant from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will allow us to assess how ocean warming may alter growth, development and survival of young summer flounder, an important fishery species along the east coast of the United States, under future climate scenarios. To do this, we will be quantifying the thermal performance curves of embryonic, larval, and juvenile summer flounder from parents that resided in different thermal conditions in the species range.
Nice interview with Becca on her research showing that warming is transforming predator-prey interactions in the Northeast US:
2017 field season was a big success, with Michelle, Katrina, Allison, Malin, Gerry, Apollo, and Rodney. Check out some photos here.