Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's mission is to advance the application of science and related disciplines to improve decision-making, interdisciplinary collaboration, and educating policymakers and the public about conserving renewable natural resources.

RNRF recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resources base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving using biological, physical and social sciences, and design and engineering disciplines.


North Atlantic Right Whales are Near Extinction. We can Avert It.

Bill Greene/The Boston Globe, via Getty

For the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, the year has begun badly. One young whale that had become entangled in fishing lines was found dead in January off Virginia. Worse, not a single newborn has yet been spotted by scientists flying over the whale’s calving grounds off Florida and Georgia.

Last year wasn’t good, either. Only five calves were known to have been born, and at least 17 whales died.

Only about 450 of these whales remain. Once decimated by commercial whaling, the right whale had been thought to be making a slow return in recent decades, with its numbers rising to about 480 in 2010 from approximately 270 in 1990. But their recovery has since faltered and their numbers are declining. If we don’t act now, in a little over 20 years, the breeding females alive today may all disappear, leaving little hope for the species. How did this happen, especially since the right whale has been protected from hunting for decades?

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AMS Announces New Program to Nurture Early Career Science Leaders


The American Meteorological Society (AMS) announced the launch of a new program, Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA), which seeks to build and sustain a diverse network of early careers leaders across the weather, water, and climate (WWC) science community. Each year, this program will bring together a select cohort of early career professionals to help them enhance their leadership skills and share valuable experience with one another. The program is specifically geared toward women and underrepresented minorities working in atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences, including education and policy. ECLA participants will explore critical issues in the context of WWC. The program will feature speakers who will share their expertise on topics such as adaptive learning and leadership, strategic doing, building trust, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

It is hoped that ECLA alumni will bring their experiences back to their professional environments to drive change in their respective organizations as well as more broadly across the community. “Science is the one of the most international enterprise where people from different disciplines, nationalities, and cultures work together toward a shared goal,” says Donna Charlevoix, chair of ECLA Advisory Board. “It is exciting to launch a professional development opportunity that will help early career scientists capture opportunities related to the plurality of the scientific enterprise, be more effective in their leadership roles, and empower each other.” The 2018 ECLA class was selected after a thoughtful and rigorous evaluation process. Over the period of three months, 34 early career professionals will participate in two remote sessions on February 23 and March 30, 2018, as well as an in-person meeting on April 26–27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The ECLA participants will also be engaged in facilitated conference calls for small group peer mentoring. The ECLA is made possible by the generous support of IBM.

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