The University of Rhode Island has been at the forefront of environmental research for decades, helping to develop a greater understanding of ecology while also examining the impact of human activities on ecosystems as varied as the deep sea and suburban backyards. The operations of the campus itself have not always kept up with the advanced research and teaching taking place within its buildings, but that is rapidly changing.
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An ornithologist at the University of Rhode Island who studies the physiological changes that birds undergo to migrate has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate. And he believes that most other animals are […]
Chaplin B. “Chap” Barnes of Westerly has been given the first University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow award, its highest honor, at a reception this evening at the Ocean House in Watch Hill. Chap Barnes is a conservationist and has been instrumental in the protection and stewardship of the Napatree Point Conservation Area. […]
URI Today asked URI Oceanography Professor John Merrill to describe the science behind this season’s wintry weather and its relationship with climate change. An atmospheric scientist, Merrill uses meteorological techniques to study the long range transport of substances in the atmosphere and the impacts of meteorological processes on the environment. He teaches a graduate-level course in […]
URI oceanographers: Antarctic Circumpolar Current carries 20 percent more water than previous estimates
Three University of Rhode Island oceanographers have concluded that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which transfers heat and energy around the globe, carries 20 percent more water than previous estimates. Quantifying how much water the Antarctic Cicumpolar Current carries is an important step in understanding climate change and validating the accuracy of climate and oceanographic models. “It’s important […]
University of Rhode Island oceanographer Robert Campbell, a member of the Bering Sea Project funded by the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation, said that changes in the timing of the melting of sea ice in spring was expected to have far-reaching effects on the health of the ecosystem, but the importance […]
Paton has appeared in the Westerly Sun and Providence Journal and on Rhode Island Public Radio, and this week he was interviewed for a report on the owls on the CBS Evening News. “Snowy owls are highly visible, they’re active during the day, and they’re charismatic, so their appearance in our area has generated some […]