Environmental Sciences Initiative

ESI scientists publish new findings on thermal pollution impacts in the Mississippi River watershed

Scientists from The City University of New York (CUNY), Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have published a new paper in Environmental Research Letters evaluating thermal pollution, typically addressed in terms of its impact on aquatic habitat and life, with respect to its constraints on electricity production for the first time. The paper — “Thermal […]

Scientists at City University of New York and Harvard University Team Up with UBS Asset Management to Establish a “New Calculus for Sustainable Investing”

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2018 – Scientists at The City University of New York (CUNY) and Harvard University, in partnership with UBS Asset Management, have developed a scientific framework to inform investment decisions that make positive contributions to sustainable environmental stewardship and human well-being. Among the beneficiaries are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals that promote […]

Microbe Cataloguing on a Mega Scale

Microbes are incredibly varied and key to earth’s biodiversity. Cataloging their abundance, composition, and characterization is a daunting task — one that has never been undertaken, until now. A groundbreaking global study of microbial diversity that included researchers with the Environmental Sciences Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, […]

New Study Suggests the United States’ Power Supply Has the Capacity to be More Adaptable to Climate Change than Previously Predicted

NEW YORK, October 30, 2017 — Climate change scientists warn that the continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to cause major disruptions to the global climate system leading to more extreme weather, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss. The changes also will compromise our capacity to generate electricity. In recent decades, capacity losses at […]

Groffman’s Study into Urban Ecosystem Homogenization published in Nature Ecology & Evolution

Expansion of urban, suburban and exurban land in the United States over the past several decades has led to neighborhoods in very different parts of the country featuring patterns of roads, residential lots, commercial areas and aquatic features that are more similar to each other than the native ecosystems they replaced. In research funded by […]

The ASRC’s Environmental Sciences Initiative welcomes its newest members

The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Environmental Sciences Initiative is excited to welcome several new members, each of whom will be working with ASRC Professor Peter Groffman on new research projects. These projects will contribute greatly to our understanding of human-dominated and natural systems, particularly those across the eastern and northeastern U.S. Julie Weitzman, a […]

Andrew Reinmann joins the CUNY ASRC’s Environmental Sciences Initiative as newest faculty hire

The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center welcomes Dr. Andrew Reinmann to its Environmental Sciences Initiative as an Assistant Professor, joining Initiative Director Charles J. Vörösmarty and Professor Peter Groffman as the third of four faculty members with the initiative. Reinmann—who will also hold an assistant professorship with Hunter College’s Department of Geography—has a research focus […]

Inside the CUNY ASRC with Zachary Tessler, PhD

Zachary Tessler, PhD Research Assistant Professor and manager of the Coastal Science Synthesis Facility in the CUNY ASRC Environmental Sciences Initiative A physical oceanographer by training, his work focuses on environmental change in river deltas and implications for natural and human systems in the coastal zone Studies the risk faced by cities and communities on river deltas […]

New results and findings by Environmental Sciences Initiative researchers and affiliates over Fall 2016

CUNY ASRC Environmental Sciences Initiative (ESI) researchers and affiliates were featured in a number of publications that came out over Fall 2016! A few highlights include: ESI Director Charles Vörösmarty served as one of the authors of the latest Arctic Report Card for 2016, which considers a range of environmental observations throughout the Arctic. It […]

Congratulations to Environmental Sciences Initiative Affiliate Ph.D. student Andrea Gomez on her winning poster!

Congratulations to the Wiley poster prize winners @cunyasrc Open House 2016! pic.twitter.com/YMYmpuj2gA — Wiley Polymers (@WileyPolymers) November 21, 2016 Congratulations to ASRC Environmental Sciences Initiative (ESI) Affiliate Ph.D. student Andrea Gomez on winning one of the Wiley poster prizes at the recent ASRC Inaugural Open House on November 17, 2016! The Open House offered researchers […]