Indigenous Planning Summer Institute

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Kyle Whyte, MSU, speaks about "Indigenous Planning as a career" at the Woodhenge outdoor learning site on the CMN campus in Keshena Wisconsin.  Photo: C. Caldwell

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.  

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Early Career Climate Forum Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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

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Notes from the Field: Understanding Connecticut River's Floodplains

Friday, July 1, 2016
Dan Miller calibrating the sidescan sonar. Photo: A Ericson

NE CSC Graduate Fellows Abigail Ericson and Daniel Miller, accompanied by Bogumila Backiel (graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst) and Joseph Pellegrino (intern at The Nature Conservancy), recently traveled to a northern section of the Connecticut River as part of a survey for the NE CSC project, Reconnecting Floodplains and Restoring Green Space as a Management Strategy to Minimize Risk and Increase Resilience in the Context of Climate and Landscape Change.

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Notes from the Field: Camping in Snow in June

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Photo: Carol Patton

NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli recently took a trip to Devils Postpile National Monument, part of a climate change refugium in the Sierra Nevada of California.  

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Puffin Cams are Live on Seal Island, Maine!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Puffin Burrow Cam

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

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Fellows Highlight: Matthew Clement- Improving Models to Estimate Changes in Bird Distribution

Monday, June 13, 2016
Matthew Clement

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.

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Contributions Made by Our Communications Interns

Friday, June 10, 2016
Project Map Created by Emma Thomas

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.  

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FishTail: June 9 Webinar on Conserving Stream Fish Habitats

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


FishTail, a decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the NE CSC region, will be demonstrated on a webinar on Thursday, June 9, 2pm EST.  

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2015 Annual Report Now Available!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
NE CSC Consortium PI Meeting, 2015 Photo: Molly Patterson

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its 2015 annual report. Events, research activities, and projects are highlighted for the last year.

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Effect of Climate Change on Spruce-fir Ecosystems

Friday, May 6, 2016
Montane Spruce-Fir Ecosystem. Photo: D’Amato

Final Report now available: Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Spruce-Fir Forest Ecosystems and Associated Priority Bird Populations
PI: Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont

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Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Northeastern Forest.  Photo: Andy Castillo

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)

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Fellows Highlight: Katie Booras

Friday, May 6, 2016

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.

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Learning from the Land National Workshop

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Learning from the Land workshop flyer

June 7-9, 2016: A national workshop for sharing Indigenous ways of teaching and learning in sustainability science, co-hosted by NE CSC Consortium institution, the College of Menominee Nation.

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Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Snowshoe Hares

Friday, April 29, 2016

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. 

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Northeast Coastal Response to Rising Seas

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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.  

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State-level Climate Projections

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
NY State Climate Projections

NE CSC Principal Investigator, Ray Bradley, with NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Ambarish Karmalkar have created individualized reports for 22 states of the Northeast and Midwest of climate projections and impacts.

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Changing Faces of the NE CSC’s PIs from the University of Wisconsin

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pete McIntyre of the UW Center of Limnology has joined the Northeast Climate Science Center team of principal investigators representing our seven consortium institutions. 

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Climate Change Impacts on Marine Species of Conservation Concern

Thursday, March 10, 2016
North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo: NEAq

NE CSC Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger, and USGS Director, Mary Ratnaswamy met with scientists at the New England Aquarium (NEAq) in Boston to discuss shared priorities for addressing climate change impacts on coastal and marine species of conservation concern.

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Uncertainty is Information, Too

Friday, February 5, 2016
A group of researchers, scientists and managers examine forest conditions and habitat suitability. One of the uncertainties they face is how alternative fuel management practices could reduce fire risk. By looking at various scenarios and the associated uncertainty, the team can develop risk metrics to help them compare the practices under consideration.

NE CSC’s Frank Thompson of the University of Missouri and his Graduate Fellow Tom Bonnot explain how accounting for doubt helps inform decision making.

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Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents. More than 60 scientists took part in the research, including NE-CSC-funded investigator Jordan S. Read and NE CSC’s new Principal Investigator, Pete McIntyre.

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Announcing the Spring NE CSC Webinar Series!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mark your calendars for an eight-webinar series this spring from the NE CSC, highlighting research from our funded projects, an early career showcase, and a featured presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS.

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Understanding Heat Stress and Preparing for the Future

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The work of Ethan Coffel, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at Columbia University was featured in several news outlets following the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in San Fransisco.  By later this century, parts of the world where the population is expected to rise the most will experience an increase in the worst heat events — 

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Announcing the Latest Stakeholder-Driven Research Projects

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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NE CSC Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Sugar Maple in a Changing Climate

Monday, January 4, 2016
On December 7th, the Acer Climate and Socio-Ecological Research Network (ACERnet) held a workshop on “Sugar Maple in a Changing Climate” at the Northeast Climate Science Center with 20 partners present at UMass Amherst and up to 20 participants joining remotely.

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Opportunity: Postdoc in Climate Science and Working with Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Michigan State University (MSU) and the NE CSC consortium insititution College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invite applicants for a research associate (postdoctoral research fellow) under a National Science Foundation grant. 

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