Bowdoin Scientist and Research Partners Add Surprising Chapter to Climate Change Story

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Zicheng Yu, Phil Camill and David Beilman have found that Arctic peatlands may play a more beneficial role in the global carbon cycle than previously thought.

After four years of conducting research in the peat bogs that cover much of the Arctic, biogeochemist Phil Camill, Bowdoin’s Rusack Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science, and his research partners are sharing an important finding that could add another layer to the story of climate change.

They’re suggesting an alternative climate change hypothesis, one in which certain ecosystems in the Earth’s biosphere may take up carbon and store it in a way that could help counteract some of the causes of global warming. Read more.

Interactive: Music Generated by Planet Orbits (Wired)

outer space, galaxy, universe, In cool things on the internet, here is a flash site that lets you create music using the different orbits of the planets. Featured in Wired, this solar-system-generated music box lets you adjust the speed, echo, bass, flutter and scale of space to create cool etherial jams.

‘A Guide for the Perplexed': Ambassador Pickering ’53 on the Iran Nuclear Agreement (Tablet)

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Thomas R. Pickering ’53, H’84

Former Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering ’54, H’84 breaks down the components of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, describing the treaty, exploring the arguments against it, and summarizing the views of experts on how to evaluate it.

“This guide is provided to be helpful in understanding its key elements and importance,” writes Pickering in this piece for Tablet. “Politics and emotion are left to the individual reader.”

Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in U.S. Foreign service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.

A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Prizes

weather-vane-horizontal-500x366Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. See the full list.