NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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NE CSC November 4 Seminar POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING!     The November 4 Seminar, “Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S.” by Julio Betancourt of the USGS, will now take place April 6, 2016.  Read More >>

Webinar November 18:  “Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models”     3:30pm ET.  Ben Zuckerberg and Lisa McCauley from the University of Wisconsin and Christine Ribic of the USGS will present a climate change vulnerability assessment for grassland ecosystems using an obligate species, the Henslow’s sparrow to demonstrate the potential future impacts of climate change and land-use practices on populations through this range.  Read More >>

Video: “Engaging Stakeholders in Complex water Resources Decision Making:  Examples from the Northeast and from Brazil”     Presented October 21 by Richard Palmer of the NE CSC/ UMass Amherst.  Read More >>

NE CSC Fellow Alexej Siren Attends Lynx Listing Meeting     Contributing to a species status assessment for the Canadian Lynx, Alexej joined other experts for a three-day workshop designed to distill the latest knowledge and expert opinion for the protection and recovery of this threatened species.  Drawing upon past experience in Lynx research and a current understanding of the how future climate conditions are projected to affect lynx and their primary prey, the snowshoe hare, Alexej made the case for resource managers finding effective means to protect elevational refugia for wildlife.  Read More >>

Preparing Acadia National Park for Climate Change     Acadia National Park is one of America's most treasured parks. Located on Mt Desert Island on Maine's Atlantic coast, Acadia is threatened by sea level rise, heightened storm surge, and heavier rainfalls, in addition to warming temperatures. Park staff are concerned about what these threats could mean for their coastal and inland infrastructure (e.g., carriage roads, hiking trails), visitation, general park operations, and their ecosystems. In partnership with the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program, DOI Northeast Climate Science Center scientist, Alex Bryan, worked with park managers in scenario planning to help them prepare for climate change as part of a 2-day workshop at Acadia's Schoodic Institute in early October.  Read More >>

NE CSC Welcomes our Newest Fellow!     Justin Mankin, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, is an interdisciplinary climate scientist studying how climate change and climate variability affect people and ecosystems. In his affiliation with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Center for Climate Systems Research, he will focus on two of the major sources of uncertainty in climate impacts assessments: the chaos of the climate system and the complexity of how people and ecosystems respond to climate stress. His research can help inform the adaptation and risk management decisions people undertake in response to the uncertain threats from climate change.  Read More >>

Air Quality and Ozone Pollution Models for Forested Areas May Be Too Simple   Forests often contain a diverse mixture of tree species that vary not only in structure, but also in the types and amounts of gases the trees release that contribute to ozone and aerosol pollution. In a new study, researchers examined a forest in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan containing seven distinct tree species to better understand how diverse forests affects ozone chemistry. The team found that current atmospheric chemistry models may underestimate the role of forest structural diversity when looking at forest contributions to ozone and aerosol precursors. Alex Bryan, postdoctoral fellow with NE CSC is lead author on the publication.  Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Looney, C., A.W. D'Amato, and B.J. Palik. 2015. Overstory treatment and planting season affect survival of replacement tree species in emerald ash borer-threatened Fraxinus nigra forests in Minnesota, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

•       Ning, L., and R. S. Bradley. 2015. NAO and PNA influences over the eastern United States in CMIP5 GCMs.  Climate Dynamics

•       Russell, M.B., G.M. Domke, C.W. Woodall, and A.W. D'Amato. 2015. Comparisons of allometric and climate-derived estimates of tree coarse root carbon in forests of the United States: Implications for the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.  Climatic Change.

Presentations by the NE CSC

            Graduate Climate Conference in Woods Hole November 6-8 Read More >>

•       Ethan Coffel: "Global heat stress in the 21st century"

•       Tim Duclos:  "High-elevation spruce-fir birds: Vulnerability to climate change and prospects for conservation within the Northern Forest” 

•       Lynn Brennan: "Stream Temperature Modeling: A Climate Change Analysis and Assessment for Aquatic Resource Managers"


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Climate Information for the Eastern United States as Well as the Sub-region of the Gulf of Maine     The quarterly Gulf of Maine Region Climate Impacts and Outlook offers a snapshot of recent weather events and anomalies from June, July and August; regional weather impacts on ecosystems and economic sectors; and a forecast for the coming three months. Brought to you from the Northeast Regional Climate Center and NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, the recent and real-time data to help track regional change is listed on the Gulf of Maine Dashboard.  Read More >>


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North Atlantic LCC:

            States join forces to (flow) chart a course for regional conservation

            Finding sweet spots for brook trout in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Appalachian LCC

            Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program Launched by Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative

            Conservation Efforts Successful Thanks to Hunters & Anglers

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            The Interior Least Tern: How a small bird is changing our view of the big picture

            A “Peek” at the Big Rivers Assessment to pique your interest

            Freshwater Species and Landscape Endpoints: An Update on Revisions to the Integrated Science Agenda


------ UPCOMING EVENTS: ----------------------------------------------------

International Marine Conservation Congress   July 30- August 3, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland.  The call for proposals will close November 16. Read More >> 

14th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop     March 22-24, 2016 in Burlington, VT.  Integrated theme: "Climate Services for Addressing Environmental Risks and Hazards” call for abstracts due December 1, 2015.  Read More >>

Rutgers Regional Climate Symposium 2015     November 20, Rutgers University - Livingston Student Center.  Poster abstract submissions due November 9, and registration deadline November 16  Read More >>  


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NCCWSC Annual Report for 2014     The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center moved toward focusing their science funding on several high priority areas and, along with the CSCs, gained new agency partners; contributed to various workshops, meetings, publications, student activities, and Tribal/indigenous activities; increased outreach; and more.  Read More >>  

A Nation Parched for Research on Ecological Drought     While prolonged drought with widespread impacts on food and water supplies for people is among the oldest stories in human history, ecological drought has only been recently recognized as an important climate stressor for fish and wildlife species. Read More >>

Expert Climatologist Does Public Outreach     Michael Rawlins, NE CSC Affiliated Investigator, loves to contribute to local and regional news reports.  Read More >>

Cape Cod and Climate Change    Principal Investigators with the NE CSC, Chris Neill and Linda Deegan are featured in the Cape Cod Times series on climate change.  Read More >>

Northeast Forest Songbird Travels South     A study by NE CSC Fellow, William DeLuca, documented for the first time that the blackpoll warbler completes a nonstop flight ranging from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles in just two to three days, making landfall somewhere in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the islands known as the Greater Antilles. From there they fly on to northern Venezuela and Columbia.  Read More >>

CAKE Seeks Input for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network   The Climate and Energy Literacy Stakeholders Survey was developed to help the network better understand the needs of the broader climate and energy literacy stakeholder community.  Read More >>

El Niño:  Andes Ice Cap Reveals Extreme Weather’s Global Impact     Watch the video of UMass Amherst’s Doug Hardy showcasing their Peruvian long-term weather station.  Read More >>  

Rethinking Extinction     UMass Amherst’s James Boyce gives an historical account of species loss and philosophical view of extinction.  Read More >>

Research Maps Areas Most Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification     NOAA-led research map available from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.  Read More >>

Climate Change Imperils Gulf of Maine    Big changes are occurring in one of the fastest-warming spots on Earth.  See how this interactive news feature brings information and stories to the public.  Read More >>

Higher Temperatures and Changing Rain Patterns Could Affect Cranberry Crops     With the climate expected to warm in the decades to come, farmers can expect more insects and more fungal and other plant diseases. The cranberry grows best in temperate climes and long, hot sunny days produce smaller berries that don’t get top prices. Read More >>  


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Climate  Wisconsin Stories from a State of Change Website  From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, lower lake levels to extreme heat, Climate Wisconsin tells stories from a rapidly changing state.  Read More >>

National Stream Internet Website  The NSI website hosts geodatabases for a national hydrography layer. Read More >>

EPA’s StreamCat     A nationally consistent set of reach and watershed descriptors with 100s of potential predictor variables to choose from.  Read More >>

State Water Agency Climate Practices on EPA Webpage     Featuring climate related practices in state water agencies, including a case study from New Hampshire on considering climate change in the wetlands program plan and review process.  Read More >>


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Inviting Climate Science Center Review Team Members     The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University are leading 5-year reviews of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Deputy Director, Northwest Climate Science Center     Corvallis, OR.  Closes November 6.  Read More >>

Job Opportunities in Ecology     Check out the community Wiki spreadsheet of academic ecology jobs.  Read More >>  

Job Opportunities at Indiana Geological Survey    Database Administrator (Digital Geologic Maps) and Research Environmental Geologist (Entry Level) Read More >> 

Fellowship Opportunity: National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program     Provides Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and round-trip airplane ticket to the host location.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Hydrological and stream temperature changes under climate change     The University of Washington.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) position in Sea Level Rise/Climate Change     The Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University.  Closes December 4 (Job Opening ID 510494) Read More >>

Job Opportunity: National Program Leader     USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is looking for a candidate with a focus on Natural Resources Conservation. Read More >>

EPA Climate Justice Youth Work Group     EPA is seeking young adults, ages 18 to 29, who are involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy.  Due November 30.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program     Advancing Predictive Capabilities to Evaluate Natural and Nature-based Features thru NOAA. Deadline is January 1, 2016. Read More >>


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Wednesday, November 4, 3:30pm

-------NOTE:  This webinar is postponed until April 6, 2016--------

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S.”

Julio Betancourt, USGS


Wednesday, November 4, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents

The Nature and Culture of Oysters in Ecosystem-based Fishery Management

Amy Freitag, Virginia Sea Grant and NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office

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Friday, November 6, 2:00pm EDT

Skellig Foundation in Association with CCI presents

 "Climate Change: Thinking About Solutions”

For a list of talks and to join remotely, visit:


Monday, November 9, 1:15-2:45 PM EDT

Security and Sustainability Forum presents

“Using 'Living' Flood Maps to Prepare Coastal Communities"

Peter Williams with IBM, Heidi Stiller with NOAA, and Karen Prize Bolter with Coastal Risk Consulting

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Monday, November 9, 3pm-4:30pm EDT

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

"Using the Online Adaptation Workbook”

Stephen Handler, Climate Change Specialist, Forest Service

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Tuesday, November 10, 1:00pm EDT

Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium Webinar 

"Climate-informed management of oak ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods region” 

Leslie Brandt of NIACS 

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Tuesday, November 10, 1:00pm EDT

Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University.

"Overview of BIA's Tribal Climate Adaptation Awards Process” 

The speakers will answer live general questions about the scope of the categories: climate adaptation, ocean and coastal planning, and youth internships, the review process, and the past history of awards.

Sean Hart, BIA Climate Change Coordinator and Rachael Novak, BIA Climate Science Coordinator  

To register, visit:


Tuesday, November 10, 1:00pm ET

US EPA presents

Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

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Thursday, November 12, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents

Surveillance and Assessment of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Ed Johnson, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

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Tuesday, November 17, 3:00 pm EDT

NCCWSC Webinar 

"Turning Ecological Stream Classifications into Actionable Science"

Ralph Tingle, Science to Action Fellow with NCCWSC

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Tuesday, November 17, 3:00pm ET

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network presents

Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

Jenny Merriman, BirdLife International

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Wednesday, November 18, 12:00pm ET

Bard College National Climate Seminar presents

COP Paris Preview

Neil Leary, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College

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Wednesday, November 18, 1:00pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

“EPA Clean Power Plan:  What Tribes Need to Know” 

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Wednesday, November 18, 3:30pm EDT

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models”

Ben Zuckerberg and Lisa McCauley, University of Wisconsin

To join, visit:


Tuesday, November 24, 9:00am EDT

NOAA’s regional climate services monthly webinar series

Focus on El Nino

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Northeast Climate Science Center


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

College of Menominee Nation

Columbia University

Marine Biological Laboratory

University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Minnesota

University of Wisconsin - Madison



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