Funded by the NE CSC in 2012, the first stakeholder-directed research project is completed. Researchers with U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Centers in Iowa, Kansas and Massachusetts collaborated to conduct a comprehensive literature search of both published and ongoing research (2000-present) that sheds light on the interactions between climate change, agriculture and water quality across the combined geographies of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC and neighboring Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC.
The Northeast Climate Science Center recently produced its 2012 Annual Report, the first since the CSC was established in March 2012. The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the Priority Science Themes
On August 8th, the NE CSC hosted the first Monthly LCC-CSC Coordination Call. The purpose of this call was to have an open discussion on joint CSC-LCC science priorities, and the potential role of the NE CSC in pairing the expertise of our Consortium members and institutions with the LCCs to address outstanding science questions.
NE CSC Consortium Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday August 2nd. She toured the Ecosystems Center, where Center Director Chris Neill and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo briefed her on environmental and global change research. Melillo discussed the comprehensive effort by the U.S.
Consortium member, Tony D'Amato from University of Minnesota was appointed to Upper Midwest and Great Lakes (UMGL) LCC Forest Focal Area Work Group. D'Amato participated in work group call on July 24 to discuss strategies for linking forest conservation efforts throughout region with ongoing, related work being led by UMGL LCC and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Tony D'Amato (UMN) co-lead a tour of the Chippewa National Forest on July 10 examining adaptation strategies for addressing climate change and disturbance effects on lowland hardwood and upland pine ecosystems on the National Forest.
Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator for the NE CSC attended a successful fisheries science meeting in Providence, RI on July 23, "Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: Key research needs and future directions".
The NE CSC is featured in UMass Magazine's summer 2013 issue in an article titled, "Climate Change Clarified". The article highlights past, present, and future of climate change research at UMass Amherst. NE CSC Graduate Fellow Lynn Brennan is featured on the cover!
If you are attending the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this year, August 4-9, be sure to check out some of the sessions and talks that will feature researchers from the NE CSC and other Climate Science Centers! A few are listed here.
"With Memories of capture the flag, jumping from the high dive, and midnight Sun Drop raids, how can we forget the time spent at UW-Madison’s Kemp Research Center? High school students, community members, scientists, undergraduate and graduate students all gathered for the Forest and Climate Leaders Research Retreat in Woodruff, WI from June 21st to June 24th.
Richard Stanton was partially funded by the NECSC to complete his M.S. research and prepare two publications titled “Patch Occupancy By Brown-Headed Nuthatch Along A Range Extension Front Is Not Predicted Solely By Patch Quality” and “Cost-Sensitive Resource Selection In A Cooperatively-Breeding Resident Bird.”
NE CSC consortium-member Columbia University released Climate Risk Information (CRI) 2013, in support of New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), 2013. The climate analysis and projections presented in CRI are one of the criteria being used to inform multi-billion dollar post-Sandy decisions in New York City.
NE CSC Graduate Fellow Tom Bonnot and co-authors published a recent paper in Biological Conservation. The authors use landscape-based population viability models to demonstrate the potential for large-scale conservation to restore and sustain regional bird populations.
The NE CSC is pleased to welcome Michelle Staudinger to the UMass Amherst office as our new Science Coordinator. Michelle joined our team after completing a postdoctoral position with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston, VA.
A group of graduate students and early career researchers affiliated with Climate Science Centers around the country recently released a new website and blog called the Early Career Climate Forum. The objective of the effort is to build a national network of early career climate researchers and professionals centered around the Climate Science Centers.
Dr. Richard Feldman, a post-doctoral fellow, will be joining the UMass NE CSC team on July 1. Dr. Feldman’s research will be focused on understanding how best to predict the response of birds to shifts in spatiotemporal variability of the environment. More specifically, he will evaluate the spatial relationships of migratory bird movements throughout the Gulf of Maine
A meeting was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison on May 23rd and attended by coordinators from the Plains and Prairie Potholes, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie LCCs and members of NE CSC Consortium Insitutions, Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin and the College of Menominee Nation. The objectives of the meeting included
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals website states, "Climate change affects us all, but tribes have been particularly hard-hit by the impacts of atmospheric warming and the myriad changes it brings. It isn't just Alaska Natives who experience these changes; tribal members living close to the land in the lower 48 states are also seeing dramatic changes in the world around them.
The U.S. Department of the Interior Northeast, South Central, and Southwest Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are seeking proposals for FY 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CSC science priorities.
As part of the continuing collaboration between the NE CSC and the UMass Climate System Research Center, PhD student Greg de Wet will spend the summer working on a project focused on compiling existing paleo-limnological data from lakes throughout the Northeast. Through collaboration with Dr. Deb Willard of the USGS, the goal of this project is to create an editable database of existing chronologies and proxy data. This resource can then be accessed and added to by any paleo-limnologists working in the region.
Radley Horton, an NE CSC Principal Investigator, attended several meetings in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation challenges in the Northeast region. On April 24 he presented at a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Hearing in DC, and on May 8 he attended a Hurricane Sandy Task Force event and met with John Holdren in NYC. In mid-May, Radley contributed to a State Department briefing on sea level rise in DC.
"Climate change affects us all, but tribes have been particularly hard-hit by the impacts of atmospheric warming and the myriad changes it brings. It isn't just Alaska Natives who experience these changes; tribal members living close to the land in the lower 48 states are also seeing dramatic changes in the world around them.
The Climate Science Center Academic Directors and their principal colleagues met last week, May 16 and 17, at the Fish & Wildlife Service office in Arlington, VA. There was a full agenda of discussions on cross-cutting themes, meetings of working groups, and strategic planning for future directions. Although travel restrictions prevented most USGS partners from participating, staff from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) joined the meeting to discuss both administrative and strategic topics. A good time was had by all!