The Northeast Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change in the Northeast region.

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who just completed her Master’s in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.

Take a trip with Paul and his team into the field!  We’ve updated our highlight of Paul with a neat video that paints a picture of one aspect of his Ph.D. investigation into how brook trout are affected by and adapt to climate change.  

Photo: Andy Castillo

This recent Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center does a lot of work behind the scenes, but his research on salt marshes is vital to many systems, from the scallops in a Florida bay, to important decision-making agencies on Long Island. 

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Pearl May works with a team at the University of Wisconsin to help Dane County, WI officials understand the potential flooding risks in the area.  Their storm transposition tool assesses the potential impacts of a known storm transposed on a different location - in this case the city and infrastructure of Madison, Wisconsin.

Photo: Dana O'Shea

The 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships.

Photo: Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its Annual Report.  Research activities and accomplishments are highlighted for a variety of events and projects held over the last year.  Featured events include: the Shifting Seasons Building Capacity for Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Summit, which brought tribes and scientists together...

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Alex Bryan, postdoctoral fellow and climate scientist for the NE CSC, provides such guidance.

Photo: Alex Bryan. Water Vapor Mixing Ratio

The NE CSC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

NE CSC Fellow David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change.

Photo: David Johnson

American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices.  The October 2014 Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Summit in Kashena, WI focused on building relationships between tribes and climate researchers.

Photo: 2014 Summit. Julie Edler, College of Menominee Nation.

Understanding how climate and landscapes affect species demography is critical to forecasting impacts on wildlife.  Productivity of species, such as this Acadian flycatcher sitting on her nest, is affected by weather and patterns in the surrounding landscape. 

Photo: W. Andrew Cox, University of Missouri-Columbia

Developing strategies for addressing global change, including changing climatic regimes, invasive species, and changing land use, is the grand challenge to sustainable management and conservation of forests.  Experimentally girdled black ash within the Chippewa National Forest, MN are being used to anticipate the impacts of emerald ash borer on the vegetation dynamics and...

Photo: Anthony D’Amato, UMN Department of Forest Resources

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New Publication: Managing Climate Change Refugia to Protect Wildlife

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Scientists and natural resource managers are working together to understand how safe havens from climate change might be identified and conserved to protect species and cultural traditions. Photo courtesy National Park Service/Sarah Stock.

NE CSC’s Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and colleagues have a new paper describing how scientists and natural resource managers are working together to understand how safe havens from climate change might be identified and conserved to protect species and cultural traditions.  

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Summer Youth Outreach: NE CSC's Toni Lyn Morelli Works with Girls, Inc.

Monday, August 22, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking with girls about wildlife and climate change.  Photo: Susannah Lerman, USFS

This summer, NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and US Forest Service Research Ecologist Susannah Lerman, both UMass Adjunct Assistant Professors, worked with a a group of middle school girls for two days in an activity to band songbirds and talk about the effects of climate change on urban wildlife.

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Climate Change and the Conservation of Freshwater Species

Monday, August 22, 2016
Baby freshwater mussel reared for restoration

NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger is part of a new initiative to assess the status and develop cooperative conservation and adaptation strategies for threatened freshwater mussels in the Northeast.  

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NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden Engaged Urban Partners In Monarch Conservation

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This summer, NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden (graduate student in UMass, Amherst's Department of Environmental Conservation), participated in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (USFWS DFP) in the Ecological Services Chicago Field Office as part of a larger tri-national effort to help develop a conservation strategy for monarch butterflies (Daneus plexippus). 

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NE CSC Hosts Workshop on Climate Change and Invasive Species in the Northeast

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hotspots for future invasive species distribution.  Image: Allen and Bradley

The first Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Workshop (initially called the Northeast Invasive Species and Climate Change, or NISCC, workshop) was held on July 21, 2016, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. It was convened by NE CSC, the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NY ISRI), and UMass Amherst.  

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How the Timing of Physical and Biological Processes are Changing in the Gulf of Maine

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Atlantic puffins. Photo: M Staudinger

How is the timing of all things changing in the Gulf of Maine? That is the question that has been the focus of a 30 person working group stemming from last year’s Annual Science Meeting of the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM).

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Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: A Network of Networks

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Photo: T Bonnot

The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will take place October 5-7, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the NE CSC.

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New Publication on the Effect of Climate Change on the Distribution of North American Birds

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Wood Thrush.  Photo:  Dave King

Researchers at NE CSC looked at data on 49 bird species from the last three decades to examine the effect of climate change on population growth and occupancy. Joel Ralston, former NE CSC Fellow, NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Bill DeLuca and NE CSC Affiliated Investigator, Dave King found that population growth influences the birds’ niche in response to climate change.

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