Rebecca Irelan

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  • Great Bay marsh in autumn, with brown grasses and orange leaves on the surrounding trees.

    Coastal Buffers

    The autumn may be a time when Great Bay Estuary is particularly vulnerable to the effects of coastal and ocean acidification, according to new UNH research.
  • Solar flare bursts away from the surface of the sun.

    Searching for Answers

    UNH will receive $906,055 from NSF ANSWERS to build on its existing strengths in space weather research and education.
  • Wide angle shot of engineers measuring beach

    Building Momentum for the Blue Economy

    When it comes to the economy, the ocean is a major player — from tourism to energy, seafood to shipping, the world’s marine-related assets tally up to trillions of dollars. But our oceans and...
  • Eric Scheuer sits on an airplane in front of a laptop and data instruments.

    Passings: Eric Scheuer

    Eric Scheuer, a long-time UNH research project engineer, has passed away at the age of 51. 
  • Two Pacific white-sided dolphins leap out of the ocean water.

    Differentiating Dolphin Dialects

    New acoustic technology designed by UNH researchers tracks dolphins' habitat shift to colder waters due to climate change.
  • Kalle Matso smiles in the sunlight.

    Prepping for New Leadership

    Kalle Matso has been selected as the next director for the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership. 
  • Whale tale emerges from ocean surface.

    Winds of Change

    A new collaboration between UNH and Vineyard Wind will focus on the underwater soundscapes near the offshore wind turbines near Martha's Vineyard.
  • Two people stand on a tall metal tower above a forest canopy.

    Plant Nutrient Declines

    A new study indicates that nitrogen levels in terrestrial ecosystems are declining in some regions of the world. 
  • Image of solar flare from the Sun and the Earth surrounded by purple magnetic lines.

    Space Storms

    UNH researchers will receive $1.1 million to study space weather as part of the Center for Geospace Storms.
  • Aerial image of Jackson Estuarine Lab and Great Bay.

    Federal Funding

    UNH is set to receive nearly $5.5 million in federal funding to support research, education, and energy resilience in the region.
  • Photo credit: Justin Hartney

    Rocket Science

    UNH-built instruments aboard a rocket aimed at studying mysterious type of Northern Lights.
  • Rocket launches with smoke and flames behind it.

    Back to Orbit

    A new satellite equipped with a UNH-built instrument will improve weather predictions on Earth and in space. 
  • David Fredriksson stands by the UNH pier in New Castle.

    Sustaining the Seas

    David Fredriksson has been selected to lead the new UNH Sustainable Seafood Center. 
  • Jessica Scheick headshot with icebergs floating on the ocean in background.

    Rising Star

    Jessica Scheick was selected for Geospatial World's 2022 Rising Stars Award for her work in cryospheric science and remote sensing data. 
  • Adrika Dasgupta works on space detectors in a lab.

    Research Snapshot: Space Rays

    Researchers are testing different detector designs to learn how elements form during supernova explosions in space. 
  • 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.
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