Information on the 2020 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is now available at https://at.virginia.edu/2u00VsP. The 10-week program begins the first week of June. REUs are provided a stipend plus on-site lodging and research support administered through the University of Virginia. Students need to be undergraduates with at least an additional semester of schoolwork to be completed prior to graduation. The application is available at: https://bit.ly/2QPc20P
With the goal of making VCR data accessible to stakeholders in the community and to eventually facilitate bringing VCR data into the classroom, VCR Graduate student Sean Hardison has created a new data visualization app for interactively viewing data from the Oyster Meteorological and Tide Stations http://vcr.uvadcos.io/ . The interactive app allows you to view up to two variables simultaneously vs time. The variables available for viewing include, temperature (air and water), relative tide level, wind speeds and precipitation events. They can be aggregated by the month, week, day and hour. The underlying technology is the open source Shiny R package that generates on-the-fly visualizations from the latest VCR/LTER data.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/ecologist-thinks-coastal-wetlands-can-outrun-rising-seas-not-everyone-s-convinced has an article on the controversy regarding the response of salt marshes to sea-level rise that features VCR/LTER researcher Matt Kirwan and several other researchers and students working at the VCR/LTER.
The Coastal & Estuarine Research Foundation Newsletter recently highlighted a paper by Matt Oreska, Karen McGlathery, Pat Wiberg, Robert Orth and David Wilcox on the seagrass restoration project on the Virginia Coast. You can read the summary at: https://cerf.memberclicks.net/cesn-march-2021#Article4 and read the paper at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-020-00881-3 ,
Scott Doney, the Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor in Environmental Change at the University of Virginia gave a podcast on Coastal Water Quality. You can view it at: https://soundcloud.com/user-648419957/coastal-water-quality
WVTF (“RadioIQ”) has a piece about the 20-year Seagrass Restoration (the world’s largest) in the coastal bays of the Virginia coast. VCR/LTER PI Karen McGlathery was interviewed for this piece: https://www.wvtf.org/post/seagrass-meadows-restored-eastern-shore#stream/0
The UVA Arts & Sciences Magazine has a story about VCR/LTER Graduate Student Victoria Long and her family history on the Eastern Shore, extending back 400 years and its relation to rising sea level. You can see it at: http://give.as.virginia.edu/news/story/sea-change-eastern-shore
The LTER Network News features a new story on “Can seagrass meadows mitigate climate change?” that focuses on VCR LTER research examining how seagrass impact the global carbon cycle. The article is at: https://lternet.edu/stories/seagrass-meadows-climate-change
VCR/LTER graduate student Ian Reeves will receive the Jaia Syvitski Student Modeler Award for 2020, and will be giving a keynote presentation at the CSDMS meeting. The award is given by the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) at their annual meeting in Boulder CO, May 19-21, 2020 and recognizes outstanding achievement in surface modeling, with a focus on how modelling is used to address scientific and societal challenges. Entries were judged on the basis of ingenuity, applicability, and contribution toward the advancement of geoscience modeling.
An article on recent “King Tides” (i.e., spring tides) featuring Cora Johnston is available at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/qa-coastal-researcher-discusses-shocking-flooding-during-king-tide