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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

National leader: Delaware scientists and engineers rank first in publication of research
02/23/2012 -

Among university scientists and engineers, Delaware academic researchers are the most productive in the nation, far out-publishing their peers, according to a report prepared by the National Science Foundation and issued by the National Science Board.

According to Science and Engineering Indicators 2012, Delaware academics top the nation in the publication of research articles in scholarly journals — an important measure of productivity and contributions to scientific knowledge.

02/20/2012 -

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public information forum on the state’s Draft Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeak

On the radar: UD oceanographer Matthew J. Oliver honored as Sloan Research Fellow
02/20/2012 -

When the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships broadened in scope this year to include researchers in the ocean sciences, a UD oceanographer was among the first in the field to be selected for the honor.

Matthew J. Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), received the award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation last week. The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them among the next generation of scientific leaders.

02/14/2012 -

Senior Zach Elfers has not shampooed his hair in nearly three years. His friend, senior Shane Palkovitz, hasn't purchased clothing since high school.
Both students say they developed these habits to reduce their ecological footprints and benefit the environment.
Elfers says his hair used to get greasy if he went one day without shampooing it. He suspected the shampoo was disrupting his hair's natural oils, and after further research, realized he was right. Now, he only uses water to wash his hair.
"You have no idea what's in shampoo," Elfers says. "I don't know—and the cosmetics industry is entirely unregulated in the United States. The stuff that's banned from getting put in your food is in cosmetics."

02/10/2012 -

In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado at Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise

NSF Forum: The challenge of a sustainable future: Long-term ecological research offers new answers
02/10/2012 -

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, NSF will host a symposium titled "How Long-Term Ecological Research Informs Sustainability Science and Action."

The meeting is the 11th such annual NSF symposium to address topics in long-term ecological research.

50 years later: Activities recall devastating '62 Storm that pummeled Delaware coast
02/10/2012 -

In March 1962, a powerful, slow-moving northeaster pummeled the mid-Atlantic coast, bringing huge waves, extreme winds and record-setting tides over the course of three days. Often called “Delaware’s Coastal Storm of the Century,” the catastrophe destroyed homes, flooded communities and killed seven people.

In commemoration of the storm’s 50th anniversary, free public events highlighting coastal vulnerability and sustainability are scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

Bird count: Birds aren't flocking to backyard feeders this winter
02/10/2012 -

What’s in short supply this winter? If you said snow you guessed the first (and obvious) answer. But you may not have noticed what else has been scarce -- birds at backyard feeders.

“Our customers are talking about the fact that fewer birds are coming to feeders this winter,” says Charles Shattuck who, with his wife, Kathy, owns Wild Birds Unlimited in Hockessin. “I’ve heard reports of fewer birds at feeders across the East Coast.”

02/09/2012 -

The Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE) will hold its third conference, which is focused on “Turning the Tide toward Environmental Education,” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Officer’s Club in Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Del.

The one-day conference will kick off with a keynote address by Tom Horton, an award-winning environmental educator and writer. Horton is well-known for writing about environmental issues for the Baltimore Sun and has penned several books on the Chesapeake Bay as well as articles for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines.

More than 100 formal and non-formal educators in the field of environmental education will come together for the conference, which will feature several strands of educational sessions and field trips, as well as exhibits and opportunities for networking and professional development.

DNREC News: World Wetlands Day draws attention to new DNREC website.
02/06/2012 -

DNREC’s Delaware Wetlands website landed with a splash today in coinciding with celebration of World Wetlands Day. The newly revamped website at is replete with online tools, making it possible for all Delawareans to get involved in the ongoing effort to conserve our wetlands – the site is primed to host landowners, educators, volunteers, biologists, and environmental decision makers. “There’s something for everybody to help make a difference for our wetlands and to ensure that Delaware’s wetlands continue contributing to our quality of life,” said Mark Biddle, environmental scientist with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship.