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Position announcement: Assistant Professor in environmental engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in environmental engineering working at the interface of atmospheric science, air quality, and sustainability, with a focus on local and regional air quality issues related to atmospheric conditions and climate change.

Here is the full announcement.

Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University has recently been awarded four Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN).

We are currently recruiting applicants that are US citizens or permanent residents that wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in all areas of Environmental Sciences including the Environmental Engineering and Exposure Science options. All are encouraged to apply, with particular emphasis on students from underrepresented groups (including minorities and women).

Fellowships will start in the Fall Semester 2022 and will cover up to three years of stipend (up to $34,000/year), tuition, and fees. Subject to satisfactory academic performance, students will be supported until they receive their Ph.D. For more information on this opportunity, visit our website and/or contact Professor Lisa Rodenburg at

Rutgers Receives NOAA Honored Institution Awards for 125 Years of Service

NOAA’s National Weather Service has selected Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as a recipient of the 2021 Honored Institution Awards for 125-Years’ Service for 125 years of distinguished service to the Nation through the Cooperative Observer Program (COOP program). Read more at the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom

Mercury in Tuna as a Global Pollution Index

Professor John Reinfelder is an author on a study published in PNAS showing that mercury accumulation rates in bluefin tuna may be used as a global pollution index that can reveal patterns of mercury pollution and bioavailability in the oceans, natural and human caused emissions and regional environmental features." See the story here: Bluefin Tuna Reveal Global Ocean Patterns of Mercury Pollution

Rutgers Climate Institute on Hurricane Ida's Historic Flooding

Professor Anthony Broccoli, co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute was recently interviewed by NJN News and discussed Hurricane Ida's historic flooding, climate change and more. See the interview here: Devastating Storms are Happening More Often. Why?

4+1: Get your B.S. and M.S. degrees together in only five years!

Find out about 4+1 programs:
Meteorology/Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Bioenvironmental Engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences is Awarded a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

The Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Education.

The award ceremony was held on Monday, December 14, 2020. Here is the video of the acceptance speech delivered by Dr. Donna Fennell, Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, for the NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

DES Centennial Celebration

As part of the Centennial Celebration of the Department of Environmental Sciences (1920-2020), we convened a virtual symposium Environmental Research: The Next 100 Years. This symposium was held on six Fridays from Oct 2-Nov 13, 2020 and culminated with a virtual panel discussion, Past, Present and Future Trends in Environmental Issues on November 18th, 2020 at 7pm.

In conjunction with its centennial, the Department of Environmental Sciences is offering items through All Colors with the new Centennial logo for purchase. Click here for the Centennial Store. Thank you!

Weather Radar on Our Campus!

Visitors from NBC Universal joined faculty and students from SEBS and the Meteorology Undergraduate Program to celebrate the new weather radar on our campus. This celebration was featured on WNBC as shown here.

Storm Chasers!

students taking photos of a storm

Students experienced a 3-credit course taught by Steve Decker. The "Severe Weather Field Trip" was featured on Rutgers Focus. The "storm chasers" could predict, observe, and analyze storms understanding the dynamics and thermodynamics leading to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth.