Rebecca Irelan

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  • Black and white image of three lightning strikes next to one another.

    A Striking Discovery

    A new study from UNH reveals how lightning actually begins within a storm cloud. 
  • Crescent moon hovers over blue and red sky above the Earth.

    Passings: Professor Robert Harriss

    Professor Robert Harriss, an influential figure in the early growth of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), passed away on Dec. 24, 2021. 
  • John Hughes Clarke headshot

    Ocean Mapping Honor

    CCOM/JHC's John Hughes Clarke has been inducted into the Class of 2021 Hydrographer Hall of Fame.
  • Meghan Howey works with student archaeology students on a dig near Great Bay.

    Unearthing Great Bay's Past

    Researchers have summarized their findings about Great Bay's social and ecological history in an online StoryMap. 
  • Multiple smoke plumes from wildfires are seen from airplane above mountains and lakes.

    Arctic Air

    UNH researchers have received an NSF grant to study the mechanisms of wintertime air pollution in Arctic regions. 
  • A snow-covered mountain near a body of water and autumn foliage in the foreground.

    Converging on Climate Science

    A new graduate traineeship program will help students expand their climate research skills while working closely with Arctic Indigenous people. 
  • In a Class of Their Own

    In a Class of Their Own

    Steve Frolking and Roy Torbert have been elected to the 2021 Class of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union. 
  • Natalie Cook stands on a ship in front of the Thomas Jefferson hydrographic vessel.

    Fantastic Voyage

    Natalie Cook '23 spent 45 days aboard a survey vessel this summer to map the seafloor of the Chesapeake Bay. 
  • Two exhibits featuring posters and computer kiosks at a museum.

    An Out Of This World Experience

    High school students collaborated with UNH scientists to create a museum exhibit about humans in space. 
  • A small glacier and snow-covered mountains in Svalbard, Norway.

    Frozen Commons

    UNH researchers have received a $488,983 grant from NSF to study shared Arctic landscapes and improve their resilience. 
  • van allen belts around the Earth.

    Space Waves

    UNH researchers have received a $1.62 million grant from NSF to study magnetic waves that impact Earth's radiation belts.
  • Watercolor of bow of boat with sun over ocean horizon.

    Artist At Sea

    A new exhibition at the UNH Museum of Art focuses on ocean research and the collaboration between art and science.
  • A Deeper Dive Into Research

    A Deeper Dive Into Research

    Five students from Puerto Rico and Mauritius are taking part in an eight-week internship this summer at UNH to conduct marine and oil research. 
  • Plastic bags hang on tree branches just above Chicago River.

    Tracking the Stream of Plastic

    UNH researchers have received a grant to study how much plastic stays within rivers instead of washing out to sea.
  • An artist's rendering of the R/V Narragansett Dawn

    Narragansett Dawn

    A new ocean-going vessel co-operated by UNH has been given the name Narragansett Dawn.
  • Jaya Roperez and Rochelle Wigley stand on a dock in front of the DSSV Pressure Drop vessel.

    Undersea Discoveries

    When scientists discovered the world’s deepest-known shipwreck and explored the trenches in the lowest points of the ocean this spring, they relied on detailed seafloor maps created by UNH...
  • Class of 2018 UNH marine acoustics short course

    Sound Waves of the Future

    The UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education has received a $750,000 grant to build an ocean acoustics workforce training program.
  • Large red ocean-going vessel sits stationary in a bay.

    Setting Sail for Science

    A remotely operated sailboat that will map the seafloor is about to make its maiden voyage to Hawaii.
  • Autumn forest canopy.

    Seeing the Infrared

    UNH researchers received a $200,000 NASA grant to improve satellite-based estimates of forest growth rates.
  • A Simple Instrument for Outer Space

    A Simple Instrument for Outer Space

    UNH researchers have been awarded $50,000 to design a compact, relatively simple space instrument to measure protons in the solar wind.
  • UNH pier with research vessels on either side of it.

    Dropping Anchor at UNH

    The Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy has found a new administrative home at the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.
  • Evening sky with crescent moon.

    The Air Up There

    NASA's latest mission to explore two unusual atmospheric phenomena will tap UNH faculty and student expertise. 
  • Image of Earth's magnetic field and solar flare from nearby sun.

    Current Events

    Researchers are using artificial intelligence and student-built magnetometers to improve space weather forecasting and prepare for power outages those storms cause.
  • Banafsheh Ferdousi

    Stormy Weather

    Banafsheh Ferdousi, a research scientist in the UNH Space Science Center, has received $800,000 from NASA to study space weather that impacts our technology.
  • Nada Al-Haddad

    Brighter Days Ahead

    Nada Al-Haddad, a research assistant professor in the UNH Space Science Center, has been awarded a prestigious four-year, $690,000 NASA grant to support her solar-based research as an early-career...
  • The Autonomous Surface Vehicle team stands next to a yellow vessel.

    Seas the Day

    A team of UNH scientists won first place in an international competition for virtual autonomous ocean-going robotics.
  • Joe Souney inspects an ice core from Antarctica.

    Core Planning

    UNH scientists received an NSF grant to plan the logistics of ice core research in a remote section of Antarctica.
  • Andy Armstrong aboard research vessel.

    Hydrographic Honor

    NOAA has awarded UNH oceanographer Andy Armstrong a Gold Medal for his contributions to delineate the U.S. extended continental shelf.
  • Coast Watchers

    Coast Watchers

    UNH's Jackson Estuarine Laboratory celebrates 50 years of research on estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems. 
  • Island Life

    Island Life

    A new grant awarded to UNH will help island communities in the Gulf of Maine to improve their energy, freshwater, and economic resilience.
  • Bogged Down By Climate Change

    Bogged Down By Climate Change

    Shrubs are replacing moss in peat bogs due to climate change, which could cause more carbon dioxide to enter our atmosphere. 
  • Igniting a Spark for Space Science

    Igniting a Spark for Space Science

    UNH research professor Charles Smith for the 2020 AGU Carrington Award for excellence in space physics outreach.
  • Northern Lights dance across the night sky

    Night Life

    Researchers have received a new NASA grant to study geomagnetic storms on the night side of the Earth.
  • Image of sun with solar wind

    Solar Explorers

    NASA has selected two teams featuring UNH researchers for its new heliophysics mission concept studies. 
  • New Arctic Ocean map has been released

    A Better View Below

    UNH scientists have helped to publish the most detailed map to date of the Arctic Ocean seafloor.
  • GIS map indicating groundwater rise due to sea level rise

    More Than Maps

    NH GRANIT reaffirms its commitment to curating geographic data, helping communities, and shaping students' careers. 
  • Icebreaker cuts through sea ice.

    Charting a Course Ahead

    The Joint Hydrographic Center has received a five-year, $38.5 million grant to continue their work in ocean mapping.
  • Two CubeSats designed by UNH researchers.

    Solar Focus

    Scientists from the UNH Space Science Center are gearing up to offer students a new hands-on research experience that's out of this world.
  • Diagram of the five Lagrange points in space.

    A New View of Space Weather

    A new satellite bearing a UNH-built magnetometer will help scientists improve space weather monitoring and predictions.
  • Two vehicles drive through flooded road conditions.

    Water, Water Everywhere

    A new document published by UNH provides guidance to help Seacoast communities prepare for increased flood risks due to climate change. 
  • A gamma ray burst aimed at the LEAP space instrument.

    A Leap into Space

    Researchers from the UNH Space Science Center are taking new steps to study gamma-ray bursts in the far reaches of the universe, thanks to a $500,000 grant from NASA.
  • Terry Forbes

    Stellar Fellow

    Terry Forbes, UNH professor emeritus of physics, has been selected as a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
  • Ruth Varner stands on a boardwalk in Abisko, Sweden.

    Arctic Connections

    Ruth Varner has been appointed to a year-long position as a visiting researcher at Stockholm University in Sweden. 
  • Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe near the sun.

    Close Encounters

    UNH researchers are gaining a flurry of insights about the activity coming from our closest star.
  • Illustration of Solar Orbiter near the sun.

    Leading Light

    The University of New Hampshire is heading to the sun with the new Solar Orbiter mission.
  • Larry Mayer sits at dock near a research vessel.

    Ocean Accolade

    Larry Mayer, director for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, has been selected as the first recipient of the Walter Munk Medal.
  • Lindsay Olson

    Making Waves

    Underwater sounds look like the rings inside a tree trunk, wi-fi icons, fat tubes of ziti loosely arranged on a plate. At least they do in the work of artist Lindsay Olson, who collaborated with...
  • Nine students study geosciences at UNH.

    Closing the Gap

    Nine undergrads traveled from the Mid-Atlantic to take part in an intensive geoscience research program at UNH. 
  • Looking Northward

    Looking Northward

    The University of New Hampshire has joined the University of the Arctic, marking an official pledge to continue and expand on its polar expertise.
  • Nell Campbell authored a report for the United Nations.

    A United Effort

    Countries around the world have pledged to adopt new measures that will improve their land and soil health thanks in part to UNH.
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