A number of scientists across the university study the various aspects of climate, food production and water management. Many University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members are fellows with the Daugherty Global Water for Food Institute, which seeks to better manage scarce resources to meet the food needs of a growing global population. Our experts also include scientists who have studied drilling cores from the Antarctic, to glean the history of ancient ice sheet behavior and to predict the future.
Harwood’s research interests involve the studies of Cenozoic and Cretaceous paleoenvironments and paleoclimates of the southern high latitudes and the Antarctic continent. He says marine diatoms and other siliceous microfossils provide a record of paleoenvironmental climate change and marine productive, reflecting large-scale changes in the Antarctic ice sheet, sea ice and paleooceanographic conditions in the Southern Ocean. He serves as research director for the Andrill Science Management Office, which is the center of international and U.S. science efforts to better understand the history of past ice sheet behavior as a guide to future ice sheet response to elevated global temperatures.
Shulski serves as state climatologist and director of the Nebraska State Climate Office. Her research interests are in the areas of climate variability and change and climate impacts. This involves understanding the causes and drivers of variability and how this variability influences historical trends, as well as observing how these changes impact our society and the environment. Each fall, she teaches NRES 104- Climate in Crisis, an introductory survey of our changing climate.