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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: UD researchers monitor conditions in Delaware Bay aboard Cape May-Lewes ferry
07/31/2015 -

The ferry serves a dual purpose: as it carries commuters and tourists across the bay, it measures water quality parameters like temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll, as well as atmospheric properties like pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speed. 

07/29/2015 -

Curiosity was piqued at a Delaware marina Friday – a day after a manatee was spotted in its waters near the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. "They're a fascinating creature," said A. Ralph Woodrow, who was at Summit North Marina on Friday morning in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Florida manatee. "Have you seen one? Do you know anything about them?

07/29/2015 -

This week, young coastal scientists from all over North America flocked to University of Delaware to present the latest research in their field. Alina Pieterse, a PhD student at UD, has been studying tidal marshes, or wetlands. They play a critical role in acting as barriers to incoming waves, reducing the impact of floodwaters on coastal areas. Pieterse finds Delaware’s tidal marshes interesting partly because they cover more of the state than its beaches, unlike in her native Netherlands.

UDaily: Serviam Girls Academy students learn about soils at inaugural camp at UD
07/29/2015 -

The inaugural Soil Is Life summer camp was held July 10 as 45 students from Serviam Girls Academy spent time on the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus learning from Angelia Seyfferth about the importance of soils. The camp was funded by a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award that Seyfferth received in 2014.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassador alum finds career with Thomson Reuters
07/29/2015 -

Recent University of Delaware graduate Radhika Samant always envisioned herself beginning her career in the environmental field but when she was offered a job to work at Thomson Reuters in New York City following Commencement, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

07/20/2015 -

The Nanticoke River, considered among the most pristine of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries, continues to suffer from high levels of bacteria and nitrogen pollution. The latest report card for the watershed, released Thursday by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, gives the river an overall grade of a B-, a slight improvement over last year. The creeks that feed the river had slightly better overall water quality, and they received an overall grade of a B. The report card results will be posted on the organization’s website.

UDaily: UD scientists develop new water quality collaboration with researchers in France
07/18/2015 -

Shreeram Inamdar, professor in the University of Delaware’sDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the water science and policy graduate program, has developed a new collaboration with researchers in France concerning water quality.

Inamdar is working with Anne Jaffrezic and Laurent Jeanneau, scientists at the University of Rennes and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

07/17/2015 -

Jennifer Stewart, a researcher at the University of Delaware, has been perfecting a way to feed algae greenhouse gases, boosting the plant's growth while preventing pollution. It is all thanks to an enzyme Stewart discovered while researching harmful algal blooms a few years ago. The enzyme was found in Heterosigma akashiwo, a type of algae.

UDaily: UD's Badiey among researchers selected to share in Defense Department funding
07/17/2015 -

University of Delaware professor Mohsen Badiey is among 225 university researchers at 111 academic institutions selected to share in $67.8 million in new funding, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) news release. The awards will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which supports the purchase of state of the art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting edge defense research of importance to national defense.

UDaily: Study investigates use of solar on hybrid fuel cell shuttle buses
07/17/2015 -

Solar panels are popping up everywhere from rooftops and roads to highway signs and even cars. At the University of Delaware, a team of researchers has begun to investigate the use of solar power on the fuel cell bus fleet as a way to reduce operating costs without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.