New Brunswick, N.J. (Sept. 25, 2019) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Malin Pinsky and Rutgers coastal expert Lisa Auermuller are available to comment on a new United Nations report on climate change and ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems.

More than 100 scientists from 30-plus countries worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere released today. The scientists looked at the latest science and impacts of climate change and the human communities that depend on these ecosystems. The scientists also evaluated vulnerabilities, the ability to adapt and options for climate-resilient development.

“Ocean animals are the canaries in the coal mine for climate impacts – highly vulnerable and responding fast,” said Pinsky, an associate professor in Rutgers’ Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources who is a sabbatical professor at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. “This new report is a critical step forward in helping everyone, including policymakers, understand this.”

“Rutgers is on the cutting edge of putting climate science into the hands of New Jersey’s coastal decision-makers,” said Auermuller, assistant manager at the Rutgers-administered Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. “It is only through informed adaptation choices that New Jersey will remain resilient into the future.”

Pinsky can be reached at [email protected]

For an interview with Auermuller, please contact Todd Bates at [email protected]                   


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