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UDaily: Lecture series concludes with talk about shipping innovations, environment
08/08/2014 -

In the current global economy, trans-oceanic shipping is vital for transporting goods from their sources to where the demand is highest.

As demand for goods from foreign countries increases and shipping across the ocean grows, a host of issues arise, both economic and environmental. These issues revolve around the growing concern for reducing negative environmental impacts of human activities.

The University of Delaware’s James Corbett, professor of marine science and policy, began studying shipping policy in 1995 and has been working for the past 14 years in order to find opportunities for technological and policy innovation in the global freight network, and improving environmental policy on global shipping.

Corbett will wrap up the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s 2014 Ocean Currents Lecture Series with a talk about how shipping has changed over the last century and how the global freight network will continue to change in the coming years.

His talk, titled “Shipping Impacts and Innovation in the Marine Environment,” will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, in Room 104 of the Cannon Laboratory at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus, located at 700 Pilottown Road in Lewes.

UDaily: Students to present findings from summer research at event Aug. 14
08/06/2014 -

The fifth annual celebratory symposium for the University of Delaware's Summer Scholars program will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Clayton Hall.

The event marks the culmination of the 10-week summer program and will consist of poster sessions and oral presentations throughout the day.

Leading up to it, more than 350 UD students have collaborated with their faculty mentors and, in many cases, with other undergraduate and graduate students, exploring and creating knowledge and learning how original research takes place.

Many students have worked with a wide range of external partners, translating research into action that both benefits community agencies and provides the students themselves with deepened understandings of the ways in which they can both contribute and learn from their service.

UDaily: Research set-aside helps sustain Atlantic sea scallop fishery
08/05/2014 -

A recent article in Nation’s Restaurant News calls the scallop “the mollusk of the moment,” but just 20 years ago, the U.S. fishery for Atlantic sea scallops was unsustainable, with the population near record lows and fishing at a record high.

Fortunately, the industry underwent a complete turnaround in the late 1990s through the collaborative work of scallop fishermen, scientists, fishery managers, and environmentalists. Now, a research set-aside program, funded entirely by proceeds from selling a portion of the annual sea scallop quota, is helping to ensure that the fishery remains healthy.

07/30/2014 -

DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) have announced the August 4 launch of the Joint Green Energy Program with the intention of increasing small-scale photovoltaic installations in Delaware through the state’s Green Energy Fund. Other Green Energy Fund-related incentives and grant applications are being revised to become effective on the same date.

UDaily: UD alumna provides wildlife conservation education for Philadelphia Zoo
07/30/2014 -

When Kristen Lewis-Waldron attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate student, she had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Philadelphia Zoo. It turned out to be a perfect fit, and 18 years later Lewis-Waldron is still combining her love of animals and education at the zoo.

Now the director of conservation education and integration, Lewis-Waldron is responsible for integrating conservation messaging across all of the Philadelphia Zoo’s platforms. She works with all departments, from the marketing and development team to the social media unit, and directs messaging at the exhibits in the education area.

07/30/2014 -

Fourth-generation farmer Travis Hastings found a silver lining in Hurricane Arthur's recent brush past Delaware's coast. ¶ The fast-moving tropical system dumped nearly 3 inches on Laurel Airport in two hours on July 4, enough to temporarily break an alarming dry spell and allow a shut-down of the big, pivot irrigation system running on a nearby cornfield.

"Even with that, we've been so dry we were back pumping water on some pivots on Sunday, and most of them by Monday," said Hastings, who farms about 1,500 acres in the area.

UDaily: UD to co-host 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference
07/30/2014 -

The Delaware Water Resources Center (DWRC) at the University of Delaware will be one of several National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) that will co-host the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference.

The conference will take place Sept. 24-25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

07/30/2014 -

A small shorebird that visits Delaware Bay beaches for only a couple of weeks a year could hold the key to protecting a wide expanse of shoreline and coastal wetland from future mega-storms and rising seas.

The red knot, which stops off at this southern Delaware harbor and other bay beaches on its epic migration from South America to Arctic Canada every spring, is arguably the most important reason that Mispillion Harbor was selected in mid-June for $4.5 million in federal funds for post-Sandy restoration.

The bird, which weighs less than 5 ounces, has been the focus of vigorous conservation efforts since biologists discovered in the early 2000s that its numbers were plummeting because of the over-harvesting of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are the knot’s favorite food.

Although the population seems to have stabilized in recent years thanks to strict limits on horseshoe crab fishing, the bird now appears to be threatened by rising seas and storms that are eroding beaches and diminishing the crab’s spawning grounds.

UDaily: UD doctoral student conducts research on tick-borne diseases
07/30/2014 -

Delaware has one of the nation’s highest rates of Lyme disease per capita and the University of Delaware’s Solny Adalsteinsson is conducting a study that seeks to identify important ecological factors that contribute to the large number of infections.

Adalsteinsson, a doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, is conducting her research as part of the Forest Fragments in Managed Ecosystems (FRAME) study. 

Looking at a group of forest fragments around New Castle County, Adalsteinsson is sampling ticks, mice and birds to determine factors in the forest fragments that influence tick-borne disease transmission and human disease risk.

UDaily: NSF's summer undergraduate research program gets underway at UD
07/30/2014 -

Every year, a handful of universities around the country host prestigious National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, pairing the best and brightest undergraduate students with research scientists.

This year the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment enters its 27th year as an REU site, welcoming 10 interns to the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to conduct research alongside faculty in the School of Marine Science and Policy.