Christine M. Albano is one of a new breed of climate scientists
Southwest Climate Science Center Principal Investigators Dr. Glen MacDonald and Dr. Jonathan T. Overpeck have been selected as 2015 American Geophysical Union Fellows. Being elected a Union Fellow is a tribute to those AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. This honor is bestowed on only 0.1% of the membership in any given year.
New SW CSC research examines patterns of migratory bird abundance and tree flowering in five habitat types of the Madrean Sky Islands of Arizona. Phenological synchrony and overlap were used to detect mismatches between migratory bird stopovers for food and the life cycle events of trees that provide habitat for the insects the birds eat. Although strong patterns of phenological synchrony and overlap between migratory birds and tree flowering at stopover sites was detected, mismatch was also detected. Mismatch was related to interannual climate variation.
Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) Principal Investigator Kelly Redmond received the 2015 Helmut Landsberg Award from the American Meteorological Society for a distinguished career in applied urban climatology. Redmond, who is the Regional Climatologist for the Desert Research Institute's Western Regional Climate Center, has worked on a wide range of topics, including climate variability, climate dynamics, drought frequency, data management, and much more. He has been an active participant in a number of important efforts, including NOAA Regional Climate Center Program, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the CalFed Bay-Delta Program, and others.