Rebecca Irelan

Rebecca Irelan's Articles

  • 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.
  • Fully thawed fens.

    Mercury Rising

    Arctic communities who bear witness to the early impacts of climate change are grappling with a new challenge.
  • Artist Lindsay Olson next to her textile art.

    The Art of Sound

    A new collaboration between acoustics research and art is set to make waves at UNH this autumn.
  • Prime Time

    Prime Time

    Members from the UNH team who won the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Sept. 18 to discuss their winning design from the international seafloor...
  • Erik Hobbie travels abroad.

    Have Work, Will Travel

    Sometimes an extended trip abroad — or maybe a few — can offer new perspectives for those in the STEM fields. 
  • Toni Galvin and Joe Dwyer.

    Space Fellows

    Two UNH researchers are recognized for their contributions to space science.
  • Abigail Lyon receives award plaque from Gulf of Maine Council.

    Envisioning a Healthier Ocean

    Abigail Lyon '12 '15G is being recognized as a tireless advocate for clean water in the Gulf of Maine.
  • Woman bores small core from tree in forest.

    Adapting to Change

    As carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere, trees across the U.S. are responding by growing more and conserving water when needed. 
  • Illustration of Parker Solar Probe as it approaches the sun.

    Bright Minds

    Students work behind the scenes on NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission.
  • A satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico

    A Glimmer of Oceanic Hope

    In what’s being hailed as the largest single research contract ever awarded to UNH by NASA, researchers will receive $107.9 million to develop a space-based instrument to study coastal ecosystems...
  • Drew Stevens stands in front of large computer screens.

    A New View

    Drew Stevens masters the art of displaying scientific data in a way that people can understand.
  • Listen Up, UNH

    Listen Up, UNH

    UNH is launching a new center that will focus on the science of sound. 
  • Spring pink blossoms on a tree in front of a brick building on campus.

    Seasons Of Change

    One of the leading indicators of climate change — phenology, or nature’s calendar — can provide some insight into past climatic trends as well.
  • Giving Science a Voice

    Giving Science a Voice

    Two UNH graduate students are giving New Hampshire science a national voice. 
  • A reindeer with fuzzy antlers browses for food on the ground.

    Climate (Diet) Change

    As the Arctic rapidly warms from climate change, reindeer are responding by eating different foods available during the longer growing seasons. 
  • Text on a page surrounded by colorful ocean graphics.

    Rising Above The Crowd

    Undergraduates at UNH are leading their own research project sand publishing the data and results, sometimes before they even graduate.
  • An illustration of lightning striking the Earth near an array of antennas.

    Leading the Charge

    New 3D data images have revealed the cause for unusual electrical activity in storm clouds.
  • Three flashes of lightning emerge from the same cloud.

    At Lightning Speed

    In a first-of-its-kind observation, UNH researchers have documented an unusual phenomenon that occurs in the clouds before a lightning flash emerges.
  • Students hold up their country's flags next to white rocket and snow-capped peaks nearby.

    Rocket Power

    Students traveled to Norway to take part in a rocket launch that carried their sampling equipment into the upper atmosphere. 
  • Map of coastal town

    Watershed Wisdom

    When it comes to tackling the complex environmental challenges New Hampshire communities frequently face, developing productive partnerships with academic researchers is often an iterative process.
  • Diane Foster

    Taking the Helm

    Diane Foster, professor of mechanical and ocean engineering, is new leader of UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.
  • Group of researchers gathers around large drone outside on a sunny day.

    The Spirit of Collaboration

    Jennifer Jacobs is passionate about bringing people together to tackle the big issues affecting communities— from our water supply to our roadways, she’s helping to advance the conversation about how...
  • Team of researchers in Antarctica stand in front of a large telescope.

    Stellar Science

    Sometimes you have to go to the extreme reaches of the planet to study the most extreme phenomena in space.
  • Red round invasive seaweed sits amid other green native seaweed species on the bottom of the ocean.

    In The Weeds

    Invasive seaweeds that have found a foothold in the Gulf of Maine could change the way predators and prey interact.
  • Larry Mayer sits on dock near research vessel.

    A World-Class Honor

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has elected Larry Mayer as a foreign member.
  • Kai Ziervogel holds flask of water and thermometer.

    Mighty Microbes

    UNH scientists are taking part in a study to learn more about the microbes that break down contaminants in the ocean and subterranean desert environments.
  • Young man dressed in warm winter clothing stands on frozen lake next to long series of black sediment cores.

    Clues in the Cores

    A UNH graduate student is tracing through the Arctic's climate history.
  • Two young women sit at a table in front of a laptop and smile as they look at colorful graphs on the screen.

    Launching Young Careers Into Space

    The edge of space is as close as Morse Hall for high school and college students looking to launch their science careers.
  • Woman with long brown hair, blue shirt and red life vest stands next to a tank of water while holding a long black cylinder.

    Shaping a Career From Shifting Sands

    Meagan Wengrove ('18G) has carved her career out of water and sand movement, thanks in part to the evolution of the UNH Marine School. 
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
603-862-0990