Terrestrial ecosystems in the Antarctic

first_imgThe composition of the terrestrial Antarctic flora and fauna and the distribution patterns of a number of species and of the principal vegetation types is now reasonably well established, at least in outline, for the Antarctic Peninsula region and the areas about McMurdo Sound as well as for some areas around the coastal ranges of East Antarctica. Detailed research at Signy Island has provided information concerning the biomass and productivity of certain vegetation types, decomposer organisms, microbivores, and invertebrate herbivores and predators. The main pathways of energy and nutrient within the terrestrial study sites can be regarded as reasonably established. Net annual production locally reaches very high levels (up to 800 g m-2). Only a tiny part of this productivity is consumed by herbivores, the greater part passing to the decomposers or persisting as peat. Most of the animals are microbivores, or graze on fungi, and in turn sustain the small number of invertebrate predators. Analysis of the range of habitats even on Signy Island indicates however that the sites for which detailed ecological information is available represent only a part of the range of environmental and ecological variation. The island is in fact characterized by a very high level of within-site diversity, some of it on a very small scale. Similarly, recent research which permits ecological comparisons with the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and Macquarie, and with the McMurdo area, confirms that Signy Island displays only a small part of the very large range of diversity within the Antarctic regions as a whole. It is a reasonably representative sample of the maritime Antarctic zone in the Antarctic Peninsula region where conditions are particularly favourable for terrestrial life. Its ecological features resemble most closely those of the South Shetland Islands (except over permeable volcanic rocks) and the Palmer Archipelago on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Very different plant and animal communities occur over much of the McMurdo Sound region and in the inland ranges of East Antarctica. Some general statements can now be made about the relationships between terrestrial Antarctic eco-systems and climatic, edaphic and historical factors. There is a clearly marked attenuation of the vegetation and fauna and simplification of the ecological systems as one moves towards cold, arid continental conditions. But the biota of the maritime Antarctic and the sub-Antarctic islands is more impoverished than ecological factors alone would indicate, because of the isolation of these land habitats, many of which have only recently been deglaciated. If present environmental conditions persist, a slow increase in the complexity of these ecological systems is to be expected and in some areas, especially the subantarctic islands, this process is being accelerated by human influence.last_img read more

Sensitivity of Pine Island Glacier to observed ocean forcing

first_imgWe present subannual observations (2009–2014) of a major West Antarctic glacier (Pine Island Glacier) and the neighboring ocean. Ongoing glacier retreat and accelerated ice flow were likely triggered a few decades ago by increased ocean-induced thinning, which may have initiated marine ice-sheet instability. Following a subsequent 60% drop in ocean heat content from early 2012 to late 2013, ice flow slowed, but by < 4%, with flow recovering as the ocean warmed to prior temperatures. During this cold-ocean period, the evolving glacier-bed/ice-shelf system was also in a geometry favorable to stabilization. However, despite a minor, temporary decrease in ice discharge, the basin-wide thinning signal did not change. Thus, as predicted by theory, once marine ice-sheet instability is underway, a single transient high-amplitude ocean cooling has only a relatively minor effect on ice flow. The long-term effects of ocean-temperature variability on ice flow, however, are not yet known.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Signs Las Vegas Star Thursday

first_img Written by April 15, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Signs Las Vegas Star Thursday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon announced the Thunderbirds signed one of the brightest stars in Nevada high school basketball.The No. ranked player in the state of Nevada is officially a Thunderbird!Welcome to #TBirdNation Anthony! pic.twitter.com/4rGP3rjG6C— SUU Men’s Basketball (@SUUBasketball) April 15, 2021The 6-6, Anthony Swift, who is entering his senior season at Desert Pines High School of Las Vegas, averaged 20.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this past season for the Jaguars.Simon expressed his appreciation for the Swift signing, citing his versatility and competitiveness. Simon confirmed that Swift has been well-coached and can make an immediate impact at SUU.center_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Retirement housing back to “normal trading conditions”

first_imgRetirement housing builder McCarthy & Stone says demand for its homes increased by 10% during its most recent financial year and that most every aspect of its business is performing well including revenue, completions, average selling price and profits.The company built 2,299 homes between August 2015 and August 2016, a 20% increase on the previous financial year, while its average selling price increased by 8% and its gross profits increased by 15%.It’s been a good year for the company overall. It it was re-admitted to the FTSE 250 in March this year after leaving the Stock Exchange in 2006 and later experiencing difficulties during the financial crisis. In 2013 it was sold to Goldman Sachs and private equity group TPG by its banker Lloyds following an earlier debt-for-equity deal.Financial matters could not be more different now. It currently has a land bank of 10,186 plots, plans to build 3,000 homes this financial year and £52.8m in the bank compared to £44.4m of debt the year before.Despite the improved position, McCarthy & Stone says its order book is down by 13% and although it blames this drop on the EU Referendum, the company says it has seen improving customer sentiment and “a return to normal trading conditions”.“We continue to capitalise on the attractive demographic opportunity and structural shortage of supply of retirement housing in the UK,” says John White, the company’s Group Chairman (pictured).“I was greatly encouraged by our flexibility and resilience shown in response to market uncertainty surrounding the EU Referendum result in June.”retirement homes McCarthy & Stone John White Final year results 2016 November 15, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Retirement housing back to “normal trading conditions” previous nextLand & New HomesRetirement housing back to “normal trading conditions”All the dials on McCarthy & Stone’s business are increasing, says full financial year reportNigel Lewis15th November 20160554 Viewslast_img read more

Department of Biology Adjunct Instructor (Rolling Pool) 2020-2021

first_imgAnticipated Hiring Range$1,144 per credit hour Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Organizational Overview Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Normal work hours All applications should include the following submitted online viahttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/: 1) a vitae or resume and 2)“Other documents” include contact information for two professionalreferences. For information or questions about the position,contact [email protected] For more information about the Departmentof Biology at VCU, visit our website at: http://biology.vcu.edu/.Only application materials submitted through vcujobs will beconsidered. Job Open Date06/25/2020 Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99560 CampusMonroe Park Campus Position NumberJ00001 DepartmentBiology Additional Information Hours/Week Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Nocenter_img Sensitive PositionNo Resource CriticalNo Description of the Job The Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciencesat Virginia Commonwealth University is recruiting a pool ofapplicants for the Fall 2020 semester and onward for possibleadjunct teaching positions. The Department of Biology will contactpersons in the pool whose credentials match our teaching needs inany given semester. This pool will be accessed only when an openingarises. Your credentials will remain active for one year from thisposition’s posting date. After that time, if you are stillinterested in adjunct teaching, you must reapply to the pool. Note,we are unable to hire applicants who are not already in thepool. Posting Details Required Qualifications Special Instructions to Applicants Job Code/Title Normal work days Remove from posting on or before06/30/2021 M.S. OR PH.D. IN A BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE OR OTHER RELATED NATURALSCIENCE AT THE TIME THE APPOINTMENT BEGINS . PRIOR TEACHINGEXPERIENCE IS STRONGLY PREFERRED . Minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology, Cellular and/or MolecularBiology, Developmental Biology (Animal or plant), Molecular,Molecular Genetics, Biology or a closely related degree with classwork in General Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology or arelated field from an accredited institution of highereducation. Open Until FilledNo Working TitleDepartment of Biology Adjunct Instructor (Rolling Pool)2020-2021 Preferred Qualifications Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Reference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Optional Documentslast_img read more

Evansville Companies Offer Incentives For New Hires

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TwitterFacebook You may have seen many help wanted signs from different companies across Evansville. Many are offering good salaries and wages or even bonuses for applying.Employers want you to know there are jobs out there but you just need to find them. There are agencies that can help you find the job that fits your skill set and depending on your abilities, you may find some extra money in your pocket before you even start working.Sara Worstell of Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce said, “Indiana has a labor force participation rate that is higher than the nation, however, companies that have seen a decrease in their applicants have become more creative in how they attract talent.”Employers want you! Companies all across the Tri-State are hiring. One of them is brake supply – a company that makes parts for the mining industry.They are seeking out welders, mechanics, and machinists. Skilled labor which is hard to find.Rick Barron Director of Human Resources for Brake Supply said, “We’re fairly successful in recruiting, the company has a good reputation in the community and we’re a good employer, low turnover but we still struggle to find some of the skilled labor.”Some companies have found other ways of attracting future employees.Through signing or retention bonuses. Brake supply offers a 1000 dollar signing bonus for certain skilled positions.Barron said, “We found that we had to do that in this type labor market to try to compete with other employers so we’re doing whatever we can to lure good applicants to break supply.”Throughout town, you can find various companies advertising similar incentives.Barron said, “We’ve had to do other means to recruit such as billboards, radio and different things like that and it’s been fairly successful but we could use more people.”Work-one offers you a chance to meet with professionals that will help you identify your skills – free of charge.They also have a large job database they can search – to help you find the right fit.Worstell said, “We can help you do interviewing, job search techniques, and prepare you for your next career.Greg Wathen President and CEO of Economic Development Coalition Southwest Indiana says recent ground breaking’s like Post House and the new YMCA are just a few things the city is doing to attract others to the job market.center_img Evansville Companies Offer Incentives For New HiresAUGUST 18TH, 2018 CHRIS MASTROBUONO EVANSVILLE, INDIANAlast_img read more

All Invited to International Surfing Day Saturday in Ocean City

first_imgA first ride during surf lessons at International Surfing Day in Ocean City in June 2014.The International Surfing Day Festival in Ocean City will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (June 20) on the beach at Seventh Street.The free event is observed throughout the world on or near the summer solstice. It celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.The South Jersey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host the event in Ocean City for the 11th year. The event will be held at Seventh Street Beach for the second year after moving from the beach at 59th Street.Some of the activities include:Beach Yoga: Sessions will be led by different studios at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.Nature Walk: A guided tour will leave at 11 a.m.Watercolor Painting: An art activity for kids starts at noon.Water Safety Session: The Ocean City Beach Patrol will hold a water safety session at 1 p.m.Surfing Lessons: Anybody who participates in the water safety class or in a beach cleanup (open to all ages) will be eligible for free surfing lessons between noon and 3 p.m.The event also will include live music, free snacks and drinks (bring a refillable container) and more.The event is free and all are invited and encouraged to bring boards to surf.See more information on the International Surfing Day Festival event page.The forecast for Saturday calls for cloud cover with a high near 79 degrees. The surf is expected to be small (one to two feet) with light southeast winds. The ocean water temperature on Friday was 70 to 71 degrees.last_img read more

Crowds Hooked on O.C. Seafood Festival

first_imgEd Aleszczyk, of Spadafora’s Seafood Restaurant, says customers love the chowders. He spent the day scooping the homemade soups into cups at the seafood festival on the Music Pier in Ocean City Sunday. By Maddy VitaleEd Aleszczyk scooped out a hearty helping of New England clam chowder and handed it to a very pleased customer Sunday during Ocean City’s Seafood Festival.The patron was one of many who lined up to order fresh seafood from Spadafora’s Seafood Restaurant, one of a few local eateries featured at the festival on the Music Pier.“This is one way of going out for the season. We go out with a bang giving everyone a last taste before the season ends,” said Aleszczyk, an employee at Spadafora’s.Bob Park, of Philadelphia, happily takes his chowder and crab cake from Spadafora waitress Emily Sorochynskyj.The menu at the different vendors consisted of all things seafood. Customers had their choice of broiled, fried, steamed or raw. There was something for all seafood foodies. It seemed chowders and crab cakes topped the list.Seafood salads, chowders, lobster bisque, shrimp, oysters, lobster tail sandwiches, clams and even grouper made up some of the other tantalizing fare.Bob Park, of Philadelphia, ordered crab cakes and a cup of New England clam chowder.He and his family come to Ocean City several times during the summer.“We’ve been to the seafood festival a bunch of times,” Park said. “We love it.”The seafood festival is part of the city’s Indian Summer Weekend celebration, which is spread out on the Boardwalk and in the downtown shopping district along Asbury Avenue. On Saturday, the city boasted 40,000 people for the Fall Block Party. Many of the seafood festival customers were visiting for the holiday weekend.Pennsylvania residents Denise Hall, of Norristown, Ang Freed, of Collegeville, and Megan Briggs, of Lansdale, make the seafood festival a must-do every year.Denise Hall, of Norristown, Pa., and her friends Ang Freed, of Collegeville, Pa., and Megan Briggs, of Lansdale, Pa., visit Ocean City for the block party and seafood festival every year. They come down with about 15 other women for a church retreat.Hall was happy to see the seafood festival, one of her favorite parts of the trip, was still going strong.“I was disappointed when I heard Spadafora’s was closed for the season,” Hall noted. “I am glad they are here for the seafood festival.”She was spooning out tastes of her lobster bisque soup, which she described as delicious, while she waited for her main course to be ready.“I just ordered the lobster tail sandwich,” Hall said. “I never tried it before.”Freed, meanwhile, was all set to have scrumptious lump crab cakes as her lunch.Patrons line up to get their seafood entrees.Unlike Hall and her friends, Jayne Kranjec and her daughter Jen Kranjec, both of Philadelphia, came down for a quiet mother-daughter weekend, and continue a special family tradition.Jayne Kranjec used to visit Ocean City for the Indian Summer Weekend with her mother, Sylvia Huss, of Philadelphia. They would shop together and grab a bite at the seafood festival.When Huss passed away 10 years ago, Jayne Kranjec stopped coming down. But this year she decided it was time for her and her daughter to make it a weekend getaway.“My mom and I did it for 15 years,” Jayne Kranjec said.When asked why they decided to pick up with the tradition again, Jen Kranjec said, “Why not?”The duo sat on a bench, laughed and chatted before they began nibbling on their seafood entrees.Jayne Kranjec, of Philadelphia, and her daughter, Jen Kranjec, are carrying on a family tradition by going to the seafood festival.Jayne Kranjec took a bite of her shrimp salad. “It’s what mom always got,” she noted. “We are doing things the same way she and I did it. We are even staying at the same place.”Jen Kranjec bit into her fish tacos and said they were really good. She hopes that one day, when she has a daughter, she will carry on the tradition her grandmother and mother began so many years ago.The seafood festival continues into Monday. In addition, shops along the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue featured their merchandise on tables with additional discounts.For more information about this and other events in Ocean City visit www.ocnj.usGina Leary and her mother, Angela Leary, both of Yardley, Pa., and a home in Ocean City, enjoy their crab cakes and chowder soup.last_img read more

Poster Day features work of students, postdocs, researchers

first_imgResearch from 74 students, postdocs, and research associates was on display April 8, 2017 at the third annual Harvard Chan Poster Day. More than 200 filled Kresge Cafeteria to learn about research on topics ranging from the health of Roma women in Marseille to end-of-life care conversations in Delhi to cancer risk and mortality in Reykjavik.The event was sponsored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Postdoctoral Association and Student Association, with support from the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, and Dean Michelle Williams.Williams gave opening remarks at the event. Emcee was Christian Suharlim, M.P.H. ’14, research associate in the Center for Health Decision Science and president of the Postdoctoral Association.The following awards were presented:• Best Overall Poster: Paola Abril Campos Rivera• Best Postdoc and Research Associates Poster: Lindsay Kobayashi• Honorable Mention, Postdoc and Research Associates Poster: Manja Koch• Best Student Poster: Vidit Munshi• Honorable Mention, Student Poster: Lacey Gibson• Audience Favorite: Laila Al-Shaar• Poster Day image contest winners: Laurence Bernard and Dilpreet SinghFind the abstract book and a compilation of posters here. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Snow Day: University closed

first_imgNotre Dame and Saint Mary’s closed due to inclement weather Monday and will remain closed until Tuesday evening.Only essential employees are required to remain on the College’s campus, according to its emergency announcement. In Notre Dame’s emergency notification email, the University instructed snow-essential personnel to contact their supervisors.John Ning As of press time, the dining halls at Saint Mary’s will remain open during their normal operating hours.According to a campuswide email from University spokesman Dennis Brown, Notre Dame’s dining halls will operate on a limited schedule Tuesday. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The LaFortune Student Center and limited eateries will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for students seeking shelter and food.South Dining Hall manager Marc Poklinkowski said the University’s closure challenged dining hall staffs to maintain services.“The staff has been doing a really good job. … It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation,” Poklinkowski said. “We were getting killed today. Some student staff are staying from the breakfast shift [to help with] the dinner shift tonight.“There’s been a lot of confusion with the University closing. It doesn’t mean we don’t have to come in. We are emergency staff members.”The weather emergency that St. Joseph County authorities declared Monday prompted the University’s closure, according to a message sent to students via ND Alert, the University’s emergency messaging service.Under the weather warning, drivers on the roads after 7 p.m. Monday, except for those with emergency reasons, will be ticketed and finedAccording to a Jan. 7 report in The South Bend Tribune, South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent said this fine might total 500 dollars if individuals are cited under the state statute that says ignoring a city’s emergency declaration is a misdemeanor.Lt. Matt Blank of the St. Joseph County Police Department told the Tribune that drivers are more likely to be cited under a county ordinance violation, which carries a fine of up to 2,500 dollars. A representative from the South Bend Police Department said, however, that South Bend police officers plan to work off of the city ordinance regarding emergency declarations, which would levy a 25 dollar fine against driversTags: closing, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, weather, Weather Emergency, WInterlast_img read more