Global Change Fellows in the News – Spring 2019

Our cohort of 2018-2019 Global Change Fellows has gone above and beyond what is expected of them as students and fellows. Some of their outstanding work has recently been highlighted in various media outlets. Featured below, in alphabetical order by first name, are our Global Change Fellows who have been publicly recognized for their activities in research and excellence in and outside the classroom.

Andre Taylor photographed with his second place award in Deadline News Reporting from the North Carolina Press Association.

Andre Taylor was awarded second place in the Division F (daily newspapers over 35,000 circulation) Deadline News Reporting category from the North Carolina Press Association. His article, entitled Family, community say goodbye to five children lost in apartment fire, was featured in a local Greensboro newspaper. You can read Andre’s award-winning article here.

Andre was also a featured panelist at the March 28 Global Change Seminar on Human Impacts of Sea Level Rise. He spoke about the Gullah/Geechee people and the impacts that climate change has had on their community and livelihood. Additionally, he proposed some examples of climate adaptation, mitigation, and awareness approaches that the community has adopted.

Bonnie Myers smiles for a photo while at the Global Change Fellow field intensive.

Bonnie Myers attended the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary Meeting in Paris, France at the beginning of this month. Following this plenary, IPBES released a summary for policymakers of a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services that highlighted sobering evidence on the declining state of nature and its contributions to people. Accompanied by other National Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers and U.S. government colleagues, Bonnie provided technical and logistical support.

Danielle Lawson stands beside her research poster for her project entitled "Examining family dynamics and children's climate change perceptions".
Danielle Lawson stands beside her research poster for her project entitled “Examining family dynamics and children’s climate change perceptions”.

Danielle Lawson’s research was recently published in Nature Climate Change and has attracted attention in several media outlets. Her study, “Children can foster climate change concern among their parents,” demonstrated that children who learn about climate change extend that learning to their parents, resulting in greater concern about climate change. NC State University news distributed a press release about the publication. Danielle also tied for the 3 Minute Thesis award at the College of Natural Resources Graduate Research Symposium. View the announcement here.

Deja Perkins is working on a new project as part of the NCSU Reconciliation Ecology Lab. She has initiated a citizen science project to help monitor the abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitats, specifically within the Research Triangle. This information will be publicly available for local communities to learn more about the biodiversity and ecosystems that reside within their neighborhoods. Additionally, this data can be used to inform urban and land-use planning decisions. Deja is pictured below at a community education event. Learn more about this community effort here.

Emilee photographed with one of her research subjects while conducting field research at the Upper Neuse Watershed in North Carolina.

Emilee Briggs was recognized by the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for her master’s research investigating “city fish”, or the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on freshwater systems. Consistent with prior research discoveries, Emily has concluded that there are differences among fish communities in urban and forested areas. However, she will be elaborating on this finding by analyzing the growth rate of urban fish and performing a GIS analysis of sample streams. Read more about Emilee’s research here.

A headshot photograph of Mike Madden.

Mike Madden was accepted to the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium which will take place in Washington D.C. from June 2 to June 11, 2019. Each year, this program invites a group of earth and atmospheric science graduate students and professionals to immerse in science policy. Mike was awarded funding from the NSF for this trip.

Research by 2016-17 Global Change Fellow, Paul Taillie, was recently published in the journal PLOS One. The paper, “Bird community shifts associated with saltwater exposure in coastal forests at the leading edge of rising sea level,” showed that ghost forests, created when saltwater kills intolerant trees, support different bird communities than the coastal forests they replace. This research was also highlighted here on the NC State University news site.

Shilo holding an oystercatcher.

Research by 2016-17 Fellow Shilo Felton and by 2018-19 Fellow Danielle Lawson was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Coastwatch Magazine, published by NC Sea Grant.

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Mozelewski was awarded the Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Education and Service award from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

We look forward to seeing how these students will build off of their experience as Global Change Fellows and what they will accomplish in the future. Congratulations on your hard work and successes this semester!