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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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Westerly conservationist named distinguished fellow of URI Coastal Institute

By: URI Communications and Marketing  Date: 03/06/2014
Tags: Biodiversity

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. 


URI professor discusses this seasonís winter weather, climate change

By: URI Today  Date: 02/26/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Living Green

URI Oceanography Professor John Merrill describes the science behind the 2013-2014 season’s wintry weather and its relationship with climate change.


URI oceanographer: As climate changes, Alaska fisheries may depend on winter survival of plankton

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 02/24/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Water

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Robert Campbell, a member of the Bering Sea Project, is working with a large team of scientists whose research suggests that, as the climate warms, the productivity of the fisheries will be increasingly dependent on the survival rate of plankton through the winter months. 

 


URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags:
Energy Transportation Waste Water

More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary. 


Snowy owl invasion puts natural resources professor in spotlight

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/09/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity

Natural Resources Science Professor Peter Paton has been in the news a great deal this winter providing expert commentary about an unprecedented invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic into the Northeast and Midwest. 


Biodiversity - Making Headlines:


Snowy owl invasion puts natural resources professor in spotlight

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/09/2014
Tags: Biodiversity

Natural Resources Science Professor Peter Paton has been in the news a great deal this winter providing expert commentary about an unprecedented invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic into the Northeast and Midwest. 



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Westerly conservationist named distinguished fellow of URI Coastal Institute

By: URI Communications and Marketing  Date: 03/06/2014
Tags: Biodiversity

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. 


URI professor discusses this seasonís winter weather, climate change

By: URI Today  Date: 02/26/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Living Green

URI Oceanography Professor John Merrill describes the science behind the 2013-2014 season’s wintry weather and its relationship with climate change.


URI oceanographer: As climate changes, Alaska fisheries may depend on winter survival of plankton

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 02/24/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Water

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Robert Campbell, a member of the Bering Sea Project, is working with a large team of scientists whose research suggests that, as the climate warms, the productivity of the fisheries will be increasingly dependent on the survival rate of plankton through the winter months. 

 


URI, Nature Conservancy develop tool to predict sites with greatest biodiversity in 2100

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 12/12/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity

Scientists from the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island office of The Nature Conservancy have developed a series of tools that identify sites in the state that are likely to contain the greatest biodiversity in the next century.


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 


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URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI celebrates opening of new pharmacy courtyard, Youngken Medicinal Plant Garden

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 04/26/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water Living Green

It was a beautiful day for the re-dedication ceremony of the College of Pharmacy's medicinal garden


Department of Environmental Economics and College of Business Introduce Green Business Dual Degree

By: CELS News  Date: 02/20/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Living Green

The Department of Environmental Economics and The College of Business are now offering one of the first double majors aimed at sustainable business practices. 


URI Engineering Professor Rethinks Manufacturing

By: URI's Big Story  Date: 02/18/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Transportation Living Green

URI engineering professor Manbir Sodhi wants to move beyond sustainable energy and food. He thinks it's about time we started making our everyday products, from computers to cars, more sustainable. 


Students sing praises of new residence hall

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 10/26/2012
Tags: Buildings Energy Waste Water Living Green

What's it like to live in the greenest dorm on campus? Students tell us how this building will enhance their learning experience.


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URI oceanographers: Wind speeds in southern New England declining inland, remaining steady on coast

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 12/05/2012
Tags: Energy

Oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island have analyzed long-term data from several anemometers in southern New England and found that average wind speeds have declined by about 15 percent at inland sites while speeds have remained steady at an offshore site.



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URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags: Energy Transportation Waste Water

More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary. 


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


Department of Environmental Economics and College of Business Introduce Green Business Dual Degree

By: CELS News  Date: 02/20/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Living Green

The Department of Environmental Economics and The College of Business are now offering one of the first double majors aimed at sustainable business practices. 


URI Engineering Professor Rethinks Manufacturing

By: URI's Big Story  Date: 02/18/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Transportation Living Green

URI engineering professor Manbir Sodhi wants to move beyond sustainable energy and food. He thinks it's about time we started making our everyday products, from computers to cars, more sustainable. 


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CRC, Sea Grant leading effort to develop Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/16/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Food Water

The University of Rhode Island is continuing to play a leadership role in helping the state plan for the future of its shellfishing resources through the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan. 

 



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Indonesian officials visit URI for course in sustainable fisheries management

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 10/31/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Food Water

A delegation of Indonesian officials studied sustainable fisheries management at URI in September and returned home with the knowledge, skills and a commitment to craft their nation’s first fisheries management plan. 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


Recycle, buy local, sustainability are mantra of URI dining hall operations

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/18/2012
Tags: Energy Food Transportation Waste Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Rhode Island’s Hope Commons dining facility has been recognized for excellence by the National Association of College & University Food Services. 


An edible forest takes root at Peckham Farm

By: Rudi Hempe  Date: 06/27/2012
Tags: Biodiversity Food Water Living Green

Tyler Desmarais is the creator of a unique project at URI called the “Edible Forest Garden” and his base of operations is a section of Peckham Farm surrounding a small man-made pond.


URI Research project aims at rescuing bluefin tuna fishery

By: Rudi Hempe  Date: 01/16/2012
Tags: Biodiversity Food

Dr. Terence Bradley from the Blount Aquaculture Lab at the Bay Campus is setting up a unique project to try to breed bluefin tuna in captivity. If they succeed, it will be the first such operation in the country.

 

 


Transportation - Making Headlines:


URI student circles Iceland to study newly discovered currents

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 10/24/2011
Tags: Transportation Water

When Stefanie Zamorski was looking for an opportunity to spend time aboard a research ship to meet the requirements of her master’s degree at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, she said she wanted “the full experience.”



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URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags:
Energy Transportation Waste Water

More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary. 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI design professor ponders what to wear in space

By: Elizabeth Rau  Date: 05/30/2013
Tags: Transportation Living Green

You’re packing for a long trip to Mars and suddenly the anxiety hits: What to wear? You could suit up in bulky white duds or consider the advice of a University of Rhode Island professor: washable, recyclable clothes.
 
Karl Aspelund, an assistant professor of design at URI, says we should start thinking about what kinds of clothes astronauts will need for decades-long space missions, considered the next phase of exploration to infinity and beyond.

URI Engineering Professor Rethinks Manufacturing

By: URI's Big Story  Date: 02/18/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Transportation Living Green

URI engineering professor Manbir Sodhi wants to move beyond sustainable energy and food. He thinks it's about time we started making our everyday products, from computers to cars, more sustainable. 


Dredging up Global Solutions

By: Maria V. Caliri  Date: 10/10/2012
Tags: Energy Transportation

It was February 1978 when civil engineering major David Simonelli ’78 attended a presentation on dredging by recent grad Jim Beattie ’77, who was wearing shorts and sporting a great tan.


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URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags: Energy Transportation Waste Water

More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary. 



More News:


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI oceanographer appeals for legislation to reduce chemical pollution in oceans

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/29/2013
Tags: Energy Waste Water

An oceanographer at URI is pushing congress to pass a bill that would help keep our oceans free of toxic chemicals. 


URI scientists edit, author new book on restoration of salt marshes

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/28/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Waste Water

Nearly half of the salt marshes in the Northeastern United States have been destroyed by human development. A new book, co-edited by a URI scientist and including chapters written by URI affliates provides the basic foundation and guidance to restoring the marshes. 


\'Toxic or Not?\' URI freshman find answers and share information on twitter

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 01/23/2013
Tags:
Waste Living Green

Last semester, a new class challenged students to combine scientific research and social media to educate themselves and others about hazardous materials. 


Students sing praises of new residence hall

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 10/26/2012
Tags: Buildings Energy Waste Water Living Green

What's it like to live in the greenest dorm on campus? Students tell us how this building will enhance their learning experience.


Water - Making Headlines:


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 



More News:


URI oceanographer: As climate changes, Alaska fisheries may depend on winter survival of plankton

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 02/24/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Water

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Robert Campbell, a member of the Bering Sea Project, is working with a large team of scientists whose research suggests that, as the climate warms, the productivity of the fisheries will be increasingly dependent on the survival rate of plankton through the winter months. 

 


URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags:
Energy Transportation Waste Water

More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary. 


Indonesian officials visit URI for course in sustainable fisheries management

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 10/31/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Food Water

A delegation of Indonesian officials studied sustainable fisheries management at URI in September and returned home with the knowledge, skills and a commitment to craft their nation’s first fisheries management plan. 


The Ocean Runs Through It: URI facility can emulate nearly any marine condition

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 09/25/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

Scientists seeking to study ocean life around the world – or even the seawater itself – are often faced with deciding between the expense of conducting their studies at sea or the complexities of trying to replicate ocean conditions in a laboratory. 


URI scientists leading effort to identify why starfish are dying

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/23/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

Starfish from New Jersey to Maine are dying and researchers at URI are leading a collaborative effort to find out why


Living - Making Headlines:


URI design professor ponders what to wear in space

By: Elizabeth Rau  Date: 05/30/2013
Tags:
Transportation Living Green

You’re packing for a long trip to Mars and suddenly the anxiety hits: What to wear? You could suit up in bulky white duds or consider the advice of a University of Rhode Island professor: washable, recyclable clothes.
 
Karl Aspelund, an assistant professor of design at URI, says we should start thinking about what kinds of clothes astronauts will need for decades-long space missions, considered the next phase of exploration to infinity and beyond.


More News:


URI professor discusses this seasonís winter weather, climate change

By: URI Today  Date: 02/26/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Living Green

URI Oceanography Professor John Merrill describes the science behind the 2013-2014 season’s wintry weather and its relationship with climate change.


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 


URI Outreach Center to host fall festival, gardening, composting, wellness programs

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 09/17/2013
Tags: Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Outreach Center invites Rhode Islanders to celebrate the fall season with a variety of events and programs designed for eco-minded folks, gardeners, and lifelong learners. 
 

URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI celebrates opening of new pharmacy courtyard, Youngken Medicinal Plant Garden

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 04/26/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water Living Green

It was a beautiful day for the re-dedication ceremony of the College of Pharmacy's medicinal garden


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