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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Tim Duclos, spends a lot of time at high elevation. He composed a peice for the Early Career Climate Forum on his observaitons about conserving montane birds in the face of climate change.
In 2013, NE CSC sent Graduate Fellow Thomas Bonnot to the National Conservation Training Center to learn how to lead others in structured decision-making (SDM). He is now putting that training to use to help guide regional conservation.
The 2nd annual Indigenous Planning Summer Institute (IPSI), hosted by the NE CSC consortium institution, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), was held May 31 - June 3.
See what has culminated in a steady stream of resources for early career climate scientists. "When we relaunched the ECCF a year ago, we wondered how our products would be adopted by the Climate Science Center community. A year later, we are pleasantly surprised by our success and can’t help but thanking all of you for the support and enthusiasm that has fueled our accomplishments,” writes NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger.
Keenan Yakola, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is examining the impacts of climate change on seabirds and coastal fishes in the Gulf of Maine. He’s back on Seal Island in Maine conducting research for the NE CSC project
To better understand how birds will be impacted by a changing climate, researchers from the USGS, including NE CSC’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Matthew Clement of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (also a USGS Mendenhall Fellow), improved statistical methods for estimating presence and abundance in the face of imperfect detection during point counts of the Breeding Bird Survey.
Two of our communications interns, Emma Thomas and Sarah Muellejans graduated from UMass this spring. Both of these students were instrumental in the behind-the-scenes communications and information management in the NE CSC, having a hand in creating several products that came from the center.
Final Report is now available: Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S. Under Alternative Climate Scenarios
PI: Frank R Thompson, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (University of Missouri)
Katie Booras is a NE CSC Graduate Fellow who just completed her Master’s with NE CSC's University Director, Richard Palmer 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.
How are snowshoe hare populations responding to a changing climate and predation increases? Check out a New Hampshire Wildlife Journal article and new ECCF blog post from NE CASC fellow Alexej Siren as he discusses his research investigating the population dynamics of boreal forest species and how changes to snowpack and climate may mediate these relationships.
NE CSC Affiliated Investigators Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler, of the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, along with NE CSC PI, Radley Horton of Columbia University and co-authors have produced a comprehensive sea level rise study of the Northeast’s coasts incorporating the dynamic responses different coastlines are expected to have to changing conditions of land and ocean.