Pinsky Post-docs don’t stop

What do Pinsky post-docs do in hour 18 of a 36 hour trip? Work of course. Pictured here are half of our 2018 Philippines field work team hard at work in the Hong Kong airport while waiting for a connecting flight. This is only the first leg of our multi-leg journey to reach our study site in Leyte so stay tuned for more updates.

COMPASS Science Communication Workshop

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!

Welcome Lisa, Zoë, and René!

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.

NJ Sea Grant Consortium announces funding recommendations!

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.