New UMBC study highlights importance of multinational conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds

“We’ve seen bird populations plummeting in Australia,” says Colin Studds, “but the thing affecting their populations is actually happening thousands of miles away in China.” Studds’ new study explains that mudflats in the Yellow Sea are critical stopover sites during migration—but they’re disappearing. Continue reading New UMBC study highlights importance of multinational conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds

Erle Ellis asserts value of social sciences in defining onset of human impact on Earth

Anthropocene science is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, which requires a variety of voices be at the table, Ellis argues. Answering the question of when and how humans began transforming Earth might guide us, he suggests, toward “more desirable outcomes both for human societies and for non-human nature.” Continue reading Erle Ellis asserts value of social sciences in defining onset of human impact on Earth

UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Will longer growing seasons help slow climate change, or will increased drought speed it up? New research demonstrates a remote-sensing technique has the potential to help us figure that out, and follow-up studies are already putting it to work. Continue reading UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood

Complex meteorological conditions and other factors contributed to the storm that ravaged Ellicott City July 31, but the town is determined to rebound. Jeffrey Halverson explains how “humble rain…quickly turns deadly,” and Pres. Hrabowski addresses the UMBC community. Continue reading Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood

Urban Water Innovation Network connects UMBC students and faculty with research partners nationwide

The Baltimore Sun highlights UMBC as a university that offers students various research opportunities. UMBC undergraduate students are involved in research that impacts UWIN’s goal of creating solutions to help prepare communities to respond to water crises. Continue reading Urban Water Innovation Network connects UMBC students and faculty with research partners nationwide

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UMBC expert examines urban wildlife management questions in New York Times column

Following up on recent sightings of wildlife in the New York City area, The New York Times published an opinion series exploring the question of how urban dwellers should cope with urban wildlife. Dawn Biehler, an associate professor of geography and environmental systems, … Continue reading UMBC expert examines urban wildlife management questions in New York Times column

“Science” article argues Earth has entered a new epoch defined by human impacts on the planet

Robust evidence supports the finding that humanity has entered a new geological era, reports a new paper in Science, co-authored by Erle Ellis, professor of geography and environmental systems. The Anthropocene is defined through the impacts that human activity has … Continue reading “Science” article argues Earth has entered a new epoch defined by human impacts on the planet

NASA’s Operation IceBridge confirms observations on ice shelf collapse, JCET researcher Shuman explains

NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a survey of polar ice, carried out parallel flights in the north and south poles for the first time in seven years. The mission to the Antarctic Peninsula recorded a big drop in height of the two … Continue reading NASA’s Operation IceBridge confirms observations on ice shelf collapse, JCET researcher Shuman explains

UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Local sustainability researchers and thought leaders took center stage on October 16, 2015, at a forum for urban sustainability in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC’s School of Public Policy. The forum was designed to examine how collaborations among government agencies, companies, … Continue reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

For twenty years JCET has brought leading scientists to UMBC in research areas that align with NASA’s Earth science interests, such as climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and solar system sciences, including geophysics. UMBC is now ranked among the world’s top universities for geosciences. Continue reading NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

Andrew Miller, Geography and Environmental Systems, Highlights UMBC’s Role in the Urban Water Innovation Network

UMBC is a founding member and partner of a new consortium of 14 institutions to develop strategies to keep urban water systems healthy and address challenges that threaten them both nationally and internationally. The Urban Water Innovation Network, or UWIN, is led by Colorado State University and will build locally on research by UMBC geography and environmental systems professors Andrew Miller and Christopher Swan, with Claire Welty, a professor of chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering and associate director of research for UWIN, leading UMBC’s participation in the program. UMBC was recently featured in The Daily Record for its role in the project. “In the … Continue reading Andrew Miller, Geography and Environmental Systems, Highlights UMBC’s Role in the Urban Water Innovation Network

Qassim Abdullah, GES, Awarded ASPRS Presidential Citation

Qassim Abdullah, adjunct professor of geography and environmental systems for UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove, was awarded the Presidential Citation from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Presidential Citations are given by the ASPRS President in recognition of contributions to the operation or advancement of the Society and its interests. Abdullah received the award at the 2015 ASPRS Conference on Wednesday, May 6, in Tampa, Florida for authoring “Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geo-spatial Data”. Click here to read more about Abdullah’s award and work. Continue reading Qassim Abdullah, GES, Awarded ASPRS Presidential Citation

Matthew Baker, Geography and Environmental Systems, Publishes Article on Ecological Restoration in Science

A new article published by an interdisciplinary team of scholars in Science calls on policy communities to take up a set of holistic guiding principles for ecological restoration projects. Matthew Baker, an associate professor of geography and environmental systems, is co-author of the article and is part of an interdisciplinary working group on restoration funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). “Bringing their collective perspectives to bear in a series of workshops, the interdisciplinary team determined that restoration projects should be guided by four comprehensive principles to maximize benefits such as conserved biodiversity and sustained livelihoods. The authors concluded that … Continue reading Matthew Baker, Geography and Environmental Systems, Publishes Article on Ecological Restoration in Science

Dawn Biehler, Geography and Environmental Systems, on Science for the People Radio

On May 1, Dawn Biehler, an assistant professor of geography and environmental systems, was a guest on Science for the People Radio to discuss her book Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats (University of Washington Press). “Science for the People” is a syndicated radio show and podcast based in Edmonton, Alberta, that broadcasts weekly across North America and aims to explore intersections among science, popular culture, history, and public policy. During her interview, Biehler examined several topics, including the environment and policies in the early twentieth century which created more disadvantages for low-income city residents in dealing with pest control. … Continue reading Dawn Biehler, Geography and Environmental Systems, on Science for the People Radio

Christopher Swan, Geography and Environmental Systems, Discusses Maryland Green Prisons Initiative in the Baltimore Sun

Christopher Swan, an associate professor of geography and environmental systems, is leading the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Baltimore Office of Sustainability and other local collaborators. As part of the program, Swan works with inmates at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore to spruce up and test wildflowers and grasses in vacant West Baltimore lots. Swan was recently interviewed in the Baltimore Sun about the initiative. “One of the goals of the project is to bring nature into the prison,” he said. “Cities all over the place are having a … Continue reading Christopher Swan, Geography and Environmental Systems, Discusses Maryland Green Prisons Initiative in the Baltimore Sun