Category: Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has spoken to numerous media outlets about the ecology of Narragansett Bay and recent attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to censor scientists’ presentations.
- “EPA yanks scientists’ conference presentations, including on climate change” (Washington Post)
- “EPA flap overtakes report on the state of Narragansett Bay” (Providence Journal)
- “Les scientifiques dénoncent une nouvelle « censure » sur le climat” (Les Echos)
- “Narragansett Bay’s Ecology Changes Worry Fishermen” (ecoRI News)
- “Fishermen: Bay cleanup might be doing harm” (Providence Journal)
Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, is the international honor society of science and engineering, founded in 1886.
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Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the meeting, Claudia engaged in trainings where she learned how to develop research programs that use these vehicles and networked with scientists actively involved in deep-sea research. Claudia hopes to use the skills she learned from this meeting to conduct research on nitrogen cycling in sediments off the continental shelf and in the deep sea.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quantifying the impacts of the changing climate and decrease nutrient loading are Narragansett Bay’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Click here to download her presentation, and read more about the event here.
PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. “Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry,” they note. “However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter greenhouse gas emissions.” Read the full article in Ecosphere.
Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has been invited to open a special issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, devoted to the work and impact of G. E. Hutchinson. “His career spanned numerous disciplines from community and historical ecology to taxonomy and geology,” Dr. Fulweiler writes. “He transformed the fields of ecology, biogeochemistry, and limnology.” Read the article here.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Robinson W. Fulweiler, who has been named to the 2016 fellows program of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. She will be honored at the February Aquatic Sciences meeting in Honolulu.
PhD student Emily Chua, Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler, and their co-authors have published “A Review of the Emerging Field of Underwater Mass Spectrometry” in Frontiers in Marine Science. Mass spectrometers are versatile sensor systems, owing to their high sensitivity and ability to simultaneously measure multiple chemical species. Over the last two decades, traditional laboratory-based membrane inlet mass spectrometers have been adapted for underwater use. Underwater mass spectrometry (UMS) has drastically improved our capability to monitor a broad suite of gaseous compounds (e.g., dissolved atmospheric gases, light hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds) in the aquatic environment. This article provides an overview of the progress made in the field of UMS since its inception in the 1990s to the present.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has co-authored “Low ratios of silica to dissolved nitrogen supplied to rivers arise from agriculture not reservoirs” in Ecology Letters. Read about the research through the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, and find the full article at Ecology Letters.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler delivers keynote at Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium
Earth & Environment associate professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The SWMS seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field.