MACH Director, Dr. Robert Kopp, named 2024 Guggenheim Fellow

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

The Director and Principal Investigator of the Megalopolitan Transformation Hub (MACH), Dr. Robert Kopp, has been named a 2024 Guggenheim Fellow for the field of Geography and Environmental Studies. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation “offers fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possibleconditions”. Dr. …

New Study Aims to Improve Equity in Flood Risk Management

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

The MACH-supported study “Developing more useful equity measurements for flood-risk management” was published in Nature Sustainability this April. It is the product of four MACH team members: Adam Pollack, Casey Helgeson, Carolyn Kousky, and Klaus Keller. The study results may “help decision-makers around the world achieve more equitable outcomes from environmental public policy”. Adam Pollack, first author on the study …

Victoria Ramenzoni and DeeDee Bennett Gayle represent MACH at the UN Ocean Decade conference in Barcelona, Spain

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

On April  9, 2024, Dr. Ramenzoni and Dr. Bennett-Gayle joined the UN Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona, Spain to be honored as Women Ocean Leaders. Late last year four Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) members, including Rutgers University staff and faculty members Victoria Ramenzoni, Jeanne Herb, Lisa Auermuller, and  University at Albany, SUNY faculty member DeeDee Bennett Gayle, were selected …

MACH Administrative Director, Lisa Auermuller, featured as a convergence educator in educational film

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

The short educational film, Tools of Science: Creativity, explores how creativity is an essential part of the scientific process. It emphasizes the importance of “train[ing] scientists early to think creatively together” to generate innovative ideas that stem from cross-discipline collaboration. The MACH Administrative Director, Lisa Auermuller, is featured in the film as a convergence educator. Lisa teaches a course at …

MACH Administrative Director, Lisa Auermuller, presents at the 2024 New Jersey Coastal and Climate Resilience Conference’s plenary panel

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

On March 12, Lisa Auermuller, Administrative Director of MACH, presented during the plenary panel. Lisa’s talk discussed how MACH aims to bring together researchers and stakeholders to effectively inform the critical challenges of equitable climate risk management.  Hosted by the New Jersey Coastal Resilience Collaborative and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the 2024 New Jersey Coastal & Climate …

MACH researchers attend NOAA’s Social Coast Forum in Charleston, SC

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

From February 12th to 15th, a few of MACH researchers attended NOAA’s bi-annual Social Coast Forum in Charleston, South Carolina. Lisa Auermuller, the Administrative Director of MACH, joined a panel of seven other of the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and Peoples grant participants to discuss lessons learned since 2019 when NSF began the CoPe program. The session was entitled “Lessons …

MACH students and postdocs present at the 2023 AGU meeting in San Francisco

Zoë Linder-Baptie2024

MACH-funded and MACH-affiliated students and postdocs Adam Pollack, Ariadna Martin Oliva, Javed Ali, Pravin Maduwantha, and Sara Santamaria-Aguilar, attended and presented their work at the 2023 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Robert Kopp, Director of MACH, presented virtually at the meeting as well. The AGU meeting brings together a “diverse community of scientists, students, journalists, …

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MACH members selected as 2023 NSF-KADF Ocean Decade Champions  

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

Four Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) members, including Rutgers University staff and faculty members Victoria Ramenzoni, Jeanne Herb, Lisa Auermuller, and University at Albany, SUNY faculty member DeeDee Bennett Gayle, were selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation (KADF) to serve as NSF-KADF Ocean Decade Champions. NSF and KADF have joined together to empower 31 women scientists associated with …

Rutgers-Led MACH Group Visits Rutgers University Marine Field Study

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

In August of this year, Lisa Auermuller, the Administrative Director of the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, led a group of 17 graduate students, postdocs, and staff on a week-long tour of New Jersey’s diverse shorelines. As part of the tour, the group visited the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS), and heard from Director Oscar Schofield about RUMFS’ history, future …

Using Evidence From Last Ice Age, Scientists Predict Effects of Rising Seas on Coastal Habitats

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

The rapid sea level rise and resulting retreat of coastal habitat seen at the end of the last Ice Age could repeat itself if global average temperatures rise beyond certain levels, according to an analysis by an international team of scientists from more than a dozen institutions, including Rutgers. In a study published in Nature, scientists reported how ancient coastal habitats …