Climate center names 2013-14 Global Change Fellows

Seven N.C. State University graduate students, including one from the College of Agriculture and Life Science have been named Global Change Fellows for 2013-14 by the SE Climate Science Center, based in CALS.

The Global Change Fellowship is a program designed to provide financial, scientific and professional development support for incoming graduate students who are interested in multidisciplinary research related to climate and global change.

The Global Change Fellows are funded by the SE Climate Science Center, a U.S. Department of the Interior research center that integrates science and management expertise to support climate change research and collaborations in the U.S. Southeast.

The students, their departments and research interests are listed below.

Michael Just
Department of Plant Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Just is investigating how climate interacts with fire to regulate wetland vegetation in longleaf pine landscapes.

Steven Grodsky
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources
Grodsky is helping to understand the potential environmental consequences of harvesting wood biomass for use in green energy production.

Ayse Karanci
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
Karanci will be exploring the impacts of sea level rise and vulnerability on coastal landforms.

Jennifer Niemuth
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine
Niemuth is studying the physiologic basis of cold stun in sea turtles. Her work will help to better understand their susceptibility to climate change and predict future cold stuns events.

Kara Smith
Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Smith is focusing on criteria for combining multiple downscaled climate model datasets to produce metrics to be used in ecological models and related management decisions.

Tyson Wepprich
Department of Biology, College of Science
Wepprich is studying how insects will respond to climate change and urbanization.

David Zietlow
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources & Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Colleges of Natural Resources and Science
Zietlow is studying energy and water balances of contrasting forest types in the lower North Carolina coastal plain with a focus on the effects of land use and climate changes on evapotranspiration.

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