Monday, March 27, 2017

Group opposing Transco Williams Pipeline Northeast Expansion Project

[[This is a request from  Laura Transue  ltransue@rutgers.edu for anyone interested in opposing this pipeline.  I provide this message as a public service.  If you are interested please contact her.  Remember, my posting this on my blog does not constitute an endorsement.]]

I'm part of a small group of residents (http://www.safer-nj.org/dev/) that is trying to organize against the building of a new compressor station in Franklin (that will directly impact Franklin, South Brunswick, and Montgomery Townships) and the larger Transco Williams Pipeline Northeast Expansion Project to lay pipe under Raritan Bay.  We are gearing up for the intervenor process once the application is filed (expected on the 27th).


I was wondering if there might be anyone at the Climate Institute (whether faculty, grad students, or student orgs) who would be interested in helping us--- specifically our science team--- with analyzing the application once it is available, and also getting involved more generally.  I'm sure there are people within the Climate Institute community who would be interested in getting involved, especially because many likely live in the local area being directly impacted.

SEBS Scholarship Applications Due Next Friday April 7

Final Reminder: SEBS Scholarship Applications Due Next Friday April 7 ; Do not miss your chance to apply!


Dear SEBS Undergraduate Program Directors, Faculty and Staff,

Please encourage your qualified students majoring in your academic programs to apply. SEBS scholarship process is an excellent way for your deserving students be considered and possibly be awarded for their hard work and accomplishments at SEBS.

Scholarships will be awarded to next year's sophomores (Class 2020), Juniors (Class 2019) and Seniors (Class 2018). SEBS Faculty Scholarship Committee will be meeting later spring and summer for competitive scholarship selections. All scholarships will be awarded in sequence with the term bill deadline/cycle with student accounts to be credited for the 2017-18 academic year.

Thanks for many recommendations letters or recommendation forms (easily accessed through scholarship link below) received every year from the faculty and staff. Your recommendations are very helpful to the SEBS Scholarship Committee selection process. We have already received quite a few recommendations for this coming year 2017-18. Thank you!     


***Please share with your students and staff/ faculty in whatever way best for your programs.*** 


2017-18 SEBS Scholarships:

* SEBS Scholarship Application (Award amounts vary)
- All SEBS students (Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020) are encouraged to complete the SEBS Scholarship Application whereas over 500 scholarships are awarded through this one application. IMPORTANT: ALL ACADEMIC MAJORS ARE ELIGIBLE! All SEBS students are encouraged to apply. For application and information: http://sebs.rutgers.edu/sfa/current/sebs.asp DUE: Friday, April 7   

Important: If  submitting a faculty/staff recommendation (which is optional and not required to complete your recommendation); the recommendation does NOT have to be attached to the application for April 7. Recommendation can be sent in a week later by the professor/staff or dropped off by the student in a sealed envelope. 


Joe Ventola       

Joseph P. Ventola, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean
Office of Academic Programs
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
88 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901

Phone: 848-932-3000
Fax: 732-932-8880
Email: ventola@aesop.rutgers.edu 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2017

Do you have an interest in wildlife, tropical ecology and/or conservation?

Are you looking to gain valuable field experience?

Would you like to learn about other cultures?

Would you like to learn more about yourself?

Danta is pleased to announce our 2017 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2017
Program Fee: $2500
Application deadline: Summer Session: June 1, 2017
Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).


The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).


During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.


Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.
Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: June 15-July 10, 2017
Program Fee: $3500
Application deadline: May 15, 2017
Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Please help us protect this unique region which is of international conservation concern.


The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation,and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.


During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.


Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.
Birds of Costa Rica
Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2017
Program Fee: $2500
Application Deadline: June 1, 2017
Course Description
Costa Rica is justly renowned for its extraordinary bird diversity, and for the depth of study that has focused on the life histories of these delightful animals, often so social, colorful and full of song. We will take advantage of these highlights, with a course designed around the ecology and behavior of some of Costa Rica’s most easily seen (and heard) birds, and the biologists who have studied them. Knowing the history of bird studies in Costa Rica will help us understand these birds more fully, and will also let us see how growth in knowledge of their biology was linked to the vibrant conservation movement that has helped to define this country.
We will base our studies at the remote but comfortable Piro Research Station on Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula, home to some of Central America’s last remaining primary forest and its wildest beaches. Our Piro studies will focus on four key topics:
1. Learning to identify birds by sight and sound. While no one can expect to learn all of Costa Rica’s birds in 2 weeks, students will become familiar with the most common species found on the Osa in early January, at the start of the dry season;
2. Methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging birds. Here we will focus on birds easily seen, designing short but focused studies on such topics as foraging, habitat choice, interactions within flocks, and song (we will have access to basic equipment for recording and analyzing song).
3. Patterns of species diversity: here we will look broadly, and from an ecological and evolutionary perspective, at what kinds of birds are found in Costa Rica. Why, for example, are there dozen of species of hummingbirds and flycatchers, but far fewer parrots, pigeons and quail?
4. Key studies of Costa Rican birds: some of the giants in American ornithology have spent their careers researching Costa Rican birds. We will pick highlights from these studies, gaining an understanding not only of how ornithology is done, but also of what topics emerged from these studies and how they helped shape conservation in Costa Rica.


Students are welcomed from all walks of biology, but a background in biology is not a prerequisite; key is a keen desire to learn more about Costa Rican birds and ornithology. Physical demands in this course are modest but real; students can expect to walk 2-3 kilometers/day, occasionally in uncomfortable weather (heat, rain). Good binoculars are key to studying birds: students are encouraged to bring their own, but a few loaner pairs will be available to those who don’t have them.


During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.


Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.


Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: August 2-17, 2017
Program fee: $2500
Application deadline: June 1, 2017

Course Description

The proximate and ultimate causes of declines of rain forest habitats and biodiversity will be examined through a combination of direct observations in the field, lectures, and critical reviews of the literature. Topics will include the role of hunting, logging, agriculture, disease, predation, expanding human populations and their consumption of natural resources as they affect forest and biodiversity conservation. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions and how today’s human societies can endure in the face of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

The majority of the course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and the Central American squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Students gain hands-on experience through participation in Osa Conservation’s sustainable agriculture, wildlife monitoring and reforestation programs. Problems of various land-use activities will be evaluated with side trips to an oil palm plantation, a coffee plantation, and small-scale agricultural plots.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.


Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scholarships for women

Society of Women Environmental Professionals


New Jersey Chapter Scholarship Program


Purpose of the Scholarship Program:

To encourage women to pursue careers in an environmental field; to mentor students with environmentally-related majors and provide students with connections to NJSWEP’s membership for future internships and careers in the environmental industry.



The Award:

Scholarship money will be granted annually to two female students, one graduate and one undergraduate, who are pursuing environmentally-related studies with an intended commitment to pursue a career in the environmental field. The SWEP New Jersey Chapter will determine the amount of the scholarship based on its fundraising activities. At this time, it is anticipated that the awards will be $2,000 each. The scholarship will be given directly to the student in one lump sum. Also included with the award is a free one-year membership to the SWEP New Jersey Chapter.



Eligibility Requirements:

You must meet all of these requirements to be eligible:

a) I am female.

b) I am a United States citizen or hold permanent resident status.

c) I am currently:

i) Enrolled at an accredited college or university located in New Jersey; OR

ii) A legal resident of New Jersey and enrolled at an accredited college or university located outside of New Jersey.

d) As of September 2017, I will:

i) Have completed 60 credit hours or the equivalent (entering into Junior or Senior year) and will be matriculated as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or university; OR

ii) Be matriculated as a graduate student at an accredited college or university.

e) I have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (scale of 4.0) or its equivalent.

f) I have a declared major in a field related to the environment.

g) I have submitted a complete scholarship application by April 30, 2017.

h) I will be available for an interview conducted by NJSWEP representatives.

i) I am not an immediate family member of a member of the NJSWEP Board of Directors, or NJSWEP Scholarship Selection Committee.



Terms Under Which Scholarships are Awarded:

A. Applications must be submitted on the application form with all required additional information attached.



B. Applications must be mailed to the NJSWEP Scholarship Chairperson. The Chairperson must receive complete applications by April 30, 2017. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Send all applications to:



Katherine E. Suell

NJSWEP Scholarship Chair

Bressler, Amery & Ross

325 Columbia Turnpike

Florham Park, NJ 07932


All applications received by the NJSWEP Scholarship Chairperson will be judged by the NJSWEP Scholarship Selection Committee in order to choose a winning candidate. The committee may interview up to five of the top candidates. The interview process is expected to occur in May 2017, with the winners expected to be announced in June 2017. Checks will be presented to the winners at the 2017 NJSWEP Gala, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2017.


All applicants must meet the minimum grade requirements in order to apply. A complete official academic transcript, which includes the latest grading period, must be provided by April 30, 2017.


We strongly encourage the winners to attend the 2017 Gala to accept their awards. We also request the winners’ attendance at the 2018 Gala to update NJSWEP members on how they benefited from receiving the award. The Gala is typically held in June.



For additional information or questions that are not addressed in this application, please send a message to Katherine Suell, Scholarship Chair, at ksuell@bressler.com or contact info@njswep.org. Please include “NJSWEP Scholarship” in the subject line of your email.


Waterfront Alliance

Greetings from the Waterfront Alliance, a civic organization working to protect, transform, and revitalize the New York and New Jersey harbor and waterfront. We are writing to ask your help in inviting your students—both undergraduate and graduate and from any discipline—to apply to attend our annual Waterfront Conference as part of a group of 2017 Arcadis Waterfront Scholars. This year’s Waterfront Conference will examine the various ways we measure how strong, healthy, and open our waterfronts and waterways are and address how we might prepare to tackle the challenges ahead in the next decade in beyond.  

Now in its second year, Waterfront Scholars brings together a diverse group of students for a day of learning and networking on the waterfront. New this year, scholars will be matched with mentors to provide them with additional guidance, career advice, and connections. In 2016 we selected 100 students from more than 40 institutions in and around New York City (and a handful from as far away as Oregon and Florida!) as the first cohort of Waterfront Scholars.

We are looking for students who can answer, in 250 words or less, the following prompt:

Think about a waterfront somewhere in the world that you have experienced (it could be the waterfront you grew up on or it could be a waterfront you visited only briefly on your travels) and describe what makes it a good or bad waterfront using the framework of access, resiliency, and ecology. Describe at least one challenge you think this waterfront will face during the next decade and how this challenge might be addressed. We encourage you to write from your personal experience as much as possible.

Interested applicants are asked to fill out this short survey by Friday, April 14 in order to be considered for a spot as one of our 2017 scholars. Waterfront Scholars will be invited to attend the Waterfront Conference, held May 10th aboard the Hornblower Infinity at Pier 40 in Manhattan, free of charge, and will be recognized during the day’s activities.

Thank you for sharing this information with your students and we look forward to receiving their applications. Should you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or at 212.935.981 x105. 

Kind regards,

Kate

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Kate McLetchie-Sheldon
Chief Operating Officer

217 Water Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10038
T 212.935.9831 x105
#OurWaterfront 

The Learning Centers at Rutgers University are now hiring Academic Coaches & Writing Coaches

The Learning Centers at Rutgers University are now hiring several part-time Academic Coaches & Writing Coaches to begin in the Summer/Fall 2017. Academic coach positions are open to graduates and professional staff (must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree, with background or experience in education preferred). Academic coaches assist students in areas such as study skills, time management, reading and note taking strategies, test taking, and other non-direct content topics that are crucial to student success. Writing coach positions are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. Coaches have flexible hours and are paid hourly. Please see the attached flyer for further information or visit our website at http://rlc.rutgers.edu .

If you are interested in applying for either or both of these positions, kindly apply here: https://rlc.rutgers.edu/student-info/get-involved/employment-opportunities and forward me your resume and cover letter.

Applications are due by March 31st and interviews will be conducted in April for both Summer and Fall start dates. If you have any questions about our coaching programs or the positions available, please feel free to contact
Lucille Y. Lu, Ed.M

Developmental Specialist, Coaching Programs

Learning Centers

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Rutgers University

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Kreeger Learning Center, Rm 127

151 College Ave., New Brunswick
Phone: 848-932-0570