NECSC News

Advertisement for Post-Doc in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work in the areas of in hydro-climatology, surface water hydrology, climate science, and the evaluation of climate change impacts in the Northeast Climate Science Center and/or the CEE Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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Cancelled: World Food Prize Laureate to Speak on Water in a Changing Climate at UMass Amherst

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CANCELLED: AMHERST, Mass. – Daniel Hillel, professor emeritus of soil physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Israeliwater and soil scientist who developed micro-irrigation to improve agriculture in the Negev desert, will speak on “Water supplies, water requirements and agricultural water use efficiency in a changing climate”

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Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

Thursday, March 27, 2014

For millennia, Eastern Hemlock trees have held irreplaceable cultural value and created unique forest habitat across New England. Today, they are disappearing from our forests, falling by the tens of thousands as prey to an exotic insect foe. Drawing from a century of long-term studies at the Harvard Forest, the authors explore what hemlock's modern decline can tell us about the challenges facing nature and society in an era of habitat fragmentation, climate change, and shifting human priorities.

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Too warm for your fried perch dinner? Project highlighted on NPR

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


NE CSC funded investigator, Richard Kraus (GLSC, Sandusky, OH) was interviewed by Jennifer Jordan of National Public Radio on-board the R/V Muskie on September 6, 2013 about GLSC science on Lake Erie.

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New Post-doc in forest adaptation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dr. Alessandra Bottero will be starting in early March as a new postdoctoral fellow with the UMN Consortium. Dr. Bottero will be working with scientists from UMN, the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (Brian Palik), USGS (John Bradford), and University of Maine (S. Fraver) on a project examining potential adaptation strategies for forests across the northeastern US.

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NE CSC Director Participates in Midwest Regional Climate Meeting

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On March 12-13, Mary Ratnaswamy, Federal Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, participated in the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting. The objective of this meeting is to gather individuals doing applied climate work in the Midwest region to elevate awareness of climate activities, projects, services and understand how best to coordinate activities in these areas. Attendees at the meeting included the new Midwest USDA Hub, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, nonprofits, and many other agencies and partners. Dr.

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NE CSC’s 2nd Anniversary

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On Monday March 10th, the Northeast Climate Science Center celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. NE CSC staff members and fellows mingled with University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty and students from the Geoscience, Environmental Conservation, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology Departments. Dean Goodwin of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment was also in attendance and spoke words of praise and future endeavors alongside Federal and University Directors Mary Ratnaswamy and Rick Palmer. Chocolate cake was enjoyed by all!

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SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change’ meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.

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NE CSC Strategic Science Agenda Finalized!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Northeast Climate Science Center’s Strategic Science Agenda defines the context for climate impacts in the NE CSC region, describes the anticipated role and interactions of the NE CSC among its partners and stakeholders during the first five years (2013-2018) of our tenure, and establishes the seven science priorities (listed below) that the NE CSC will address through consortium and competitively funded research activities, as well as collaborations with regional partners.

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Save the Date: Shifting Seasons Summit: Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Training in the Northeast

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute will host a 3-day summit October 15th-17th 2014, focused on different levels of climate change adaptation training for Tribes. 

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NE CSC Fellow attends climate communications workshop

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel recently attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on communication, policy, and outreach.  Ethan's research involves climate models and extreme weather events and human systems.  He also has a strong interest in communications and public outreach, and writes for Northwestern's Science in Society Blog.    Here's what Ethan says about his experience at the workshop:

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NE CSC Fellow attends ETPBR LCC meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Jaymi LeBrun, attended the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers (ETPBR) Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee Meeting

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposes Co-Location of State Climatologist at NE CSC

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Subject to the legislative approval of funding for transportation vulnerability assessments and public health initiatives, Governor Patrick recently proposed a plan for the Energy and Environmental Affairs office to partner with UMass Amherst’s Northeast Climate Science Center in appointing a state climatologist

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Project Highlight: Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the project, Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes, Dr. Richard Kraus (USGS - Great Lakes Science Center) and his team are examining seasonal food web changes and analytical metrics that can serve as synoptic measures of the effect of climate forces on food web structure and fishery resources in the Great Lakes.

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Spring 2014 NE CSC Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The NE CSC will be continuing our webinar series for the spring semester under the theme, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future".  We'll be hosting

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New Wildlife and Climate Studies for the NE CSC

Monday, January 6, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced recently that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center is awarding just over $800,000 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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Grassland Bird Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Meeting

Friday, December 20, 2013
On Dec 4-5, a group of NE CSC-funded scientists met with managers involved in grassland bird conservation to begin to build a demographic database for a select group of grassland bird species.

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Interior Announces Funding for New Scientific Studies as Part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Research Designed to Fill Knowledge Gaps, Provide Land and Wildlife Managers with Tools to Adapt to Climate Change

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New publication: Effects of forest thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the effectiveness of forest thinning treatments at reducing the impacts of drought events on red pine forest ecosystems in the upper Great Lakes region. 

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Student creates website about the NE CSC

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UMass Amherst Journalism major, Despina Durand, featured the Northeast Climate Science Center community for a multimedia project this semester.  The project is contained on a website called, "Facing the Future", and includes two video interviews

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Fellows present at AGU!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Several of our NE CSC Fellows are traveling to San Francisco this week to participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  There will be a variety of NE CSC presentations on climate modeling, ecosystems, and natural resources across the Northeast region.  If you're at AGU this week, stop by and say hi!

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New publication: Effects of temperature on nest predation

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nest predation can be the largest source of mortality for many bird populations, and nest predation is great enough in many landscapes to limit population or cause population declines.

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New publication: Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics - ecohydrological implications

Friday, November 15, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the impacts of SLR on groundwater and vegetation on barrier islands, demonstrating the interdependence of groundwater response to island morphology. 

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Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment focuses on climate change impacts on ecological systems

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A national assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services will be the focus of an open-access Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to be released in November, 2013

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Rising from the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chippewa National Forest—Scan the horizon of this vast, open swamp and forest land and you’ll see black ash trees. Millions and millions of black ash, and not much else.

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