NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


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Wednesday, November 18, 3:30pm EST:  “Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models”     Ben Zuckerberg from the University of Wisconsin, Lisa McCauley, The Nature Conservancy (recently with 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 >>

Up Next: “Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool”, NE CSC Webinar December 2, 3:30pm EST     Presented by Scott Jackson with UMass Amherst, John O’Leary of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and NE CSC/USGS’s Michelle Staudinger. The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool is designed to inform and inspire local action to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources in a changing climate. This Tool focuses on providing information for a range of local decision-makers, including conservation practitioners, landowners, municipal agencies, and community leaders, seeking to conduct on-the-ground climate change adaptation efforts.  Read More >>

Recent NE CSC Fellow James Nelson Featured     This recent Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center does a lot of work behind the scenes, but his research on salt marshes is vital to many systems, from the scallops in a Florida bay, to important decision-making agencies on Long Island.  Jimmy’s research involves food-webs, also known as ‘who eats what’ in an ecosystem. In salt marshes, smaller fish are an important part of the food-chain, linking the plants they consume to the fishery resources we depend on for food and recreation. This is why The Nature Conservancy finds the work of Jimmy and his colleagues very useful. Read More >>

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli will Give a Webinar on Climate Refugia     USGS Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli will present "How to Prioritize Key Areas for Conservation Efforts in a Changing Climate: A Look at 'Climate Refugia'” on December 8 at 3:00pm EST.   This is part of the 2015 Climate Change Science & Management Webinar Series, a partnership between the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.  In this presentation, Toni Lyn will summarize the physical processes that create climate refugia, discuss a new framework for locating and managing them, and use examples to illustrate ways to identify and verify climate refugia.  Read More >>

NE CSC Fellow Meaghan Guckian Posts a Blog to the Early Climate Career Forum       Meaghan, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst reflects on her experience at the 3rd Annual NE CSC Fellows Retreat (hosted by the College of Menominee Nation), the foundation of strong stakeholder relationships, and the potential power in merging local knowledge with scientific information.  "Traveling to Suring, Wisconsin for the 3rd annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat marked the first for my time with the consortium institutions.  I was a rookie, if you will. As we crossed underneath the YMCA U-Nah-Li-Ya’s entrance arch, the excitement in the air was palpable; we were going back to camp, bunk beds and all.”  Read More >>

Final Report:  Bringing People, Data, and Models Together to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Stream Temperature     As part of a growing movement to make scientific data more publicly accessible, Austin Polebitski (University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Massachusetts) and colleagues gathered and compiled stream temperature data, and began the process of organizing the data for use by decision makers. The project was supported by the Northeast Climate Science Center.  Read More >>


Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Snyder, Craig D., Hitt Nathaniel P., and Young John A. 2015. Accounting for groundwater in stream fish thermal habitat responses to climate change.  Ecological Applications, 07/2015, Volume 25, Issue 5, p.1397 - 1419,

•       Kuk-Hyun Ahn, Richard N. Palmer.  2015. Trend and Variability in Observed Hydrological Extremes in the United States. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001286

•       DeCristofaro, L. and Palmer, R. 2015. Evaluating the Performance of Multiple Alternative Operating Rules under Climate Change: A Case Study of New York City. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: pp. 2147-2156.

Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC

•       November 21, 2015.  American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO. "Indigenous Networks and Climate Change" Marie Schaefer, NECSC Fellow

•       November 19-20, 2015.  Alex Bryan, USGS climate postdoctoral fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center, will serve on a panel with other scientists and natural resource managers in Philadelphia, PA about an assessment of the vulnerability of coastal forests in the Mid-Atlantic states to climate change that he is developing with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Institute of Applied Science.


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El Niño Impacts and Outlook for Regions in the US     Produced by NOAA, this summary focuses on the upcoming winter season December - February.  An El Niño develops when sea surface temperatures are warmer than average in the equatorial Pacific for more than a season, altering the atmospheric circulation. This is important to North America because El Niño has an impact on our weather patterns, most predominantly in the winter.Outlooks are available for the mid-west, Great Lakes, Missouri Basin region and Northeast.  Read More >>

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North Atlantic LCC:

            Changing trophic structure and energy dynamics in the Northwest Atlantic: implications for Atlantic salmon feeding at West Greenland

Appalachian LCC

            Assessing Future Energy Development across the Appalachians

            Forest Service Report Highlights Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

            BIG DATA as an Engine for Aquatic Information Creation

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment

            NFWF Announces $80 Million for Third Round of Gulf Restoration Projects


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“Twitter Chat” on Wildlife and Climate Change     Wednesday, December 18 at 1pm EST.  Please tune in to DOI’s twitter at that time to join the discussion! Read More >> 

Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community     December 1-2, Hartford, CT  Read More >>

Atlantic Salmon Recovery Meeting- Downeast Focus     December 1, 09:30 AM to 02:30 PM, Schoodic Institute, Maine.  Read More >>

GAEA: Global Awareness, Education and Action A Summit on Climate Resiliency  December 3-4, Dartmouth MA.  Read More >> 

International Water & Climate Forum    December 7-9, Coronado, CA.  Read More >>

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting     December 14-18, San Francisco, CA. Read More >>

Online Course on Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices     January 18 through February 22, 2016.  The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the University of Minnesota are offering a free, online, six-week course.   Participants working in natural ecosystems in the Northwoods and New England will receive coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project. Read More >>  


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Southwest CSC Director Reflects on his Journey from Ph.D. Student to CSC Director.     In a short article published in the “Working Life” section of the AAAS Science Magazine, Steve Jackson speaks to his inspiration, which is sure to inspire!  Read More >>

Nine Animals that are Feeling the Impacts of Climate Change     New blog published by the Department of the Interior.  Read More >> 

Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Inaugural Newsletter Released   In order to better reach their members, partners, and affiliates across the Pacific, the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative have developed a quarterly newsletter, the Pacific Pandanus. Read More >>  

South Central CSC Receives an Environmental Achievement Awards     Dr. Kim Winton and Dr. Renee McPherson from the SC CSC received the DOI’s 2015 award for "Climate Science and Partnerships – Increasing Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation”.  Read More >>

Raymond Bradley’s Huffington Post Column    Ray, a NE CSC Principal Investigator writes a column about how the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is using its power to try to intimidate climate scientists in the lead up to the international conference in Paris next month on carbon emissions. Read More >>

Arctic Carbon Cycle     Michael Rawlins, NE CSC Affiliated Investigator and Manager of the Climate System Research Center at UMass, Amherst, writes about efforts by scientists to find out if the Arctic is moving from a global sink for carbon to a source of carbon. Read More >>

The Northeast Regional Climate Hub Applauds its Champions of Change     Three leaders from the Northeast were honored for their work.  Read More >>

Unexpected Consequences of Climate Change for Fisheries.   Fisheries Blog has a new piece on predicting how fishes may respond to continued warming. Read More >>

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Fellows Video      Ryan Niemeyer, Northwest Climate Science Center  fellow attended this year’s NWCSC Climate Boot Camp. During the workshop, Ryan recorded several fellows talking about climate change impacts they are currently experiencing in their day to day lives. See the Video >>   

CAKE Case Study:  Educating Sportsmen in Montana About the Impacts of Climate Change     The Sportsmen’s Values Mapping Project captures input from local hunters and anglers to delineate the areas they value most for hunting and fishing. This unique project seeks to involve sportsmen directly in issues that affect them in the Rocky Mountain West and ensure that their interests are represented in land-management decisions.  Read More >>  

Whales, Salmons, and Melting Sidewalks!     Rolling Stone publishes “The Point of No Return:  Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here”.  Read More >>  


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CAKE Highlight:  Surging Seas     The purpose of this web tool is to provide a picture of post-2100 sea level rise threatened by different levels of carbon pollution, in order to inform public and policy dialogues about energy and climate. Carbon pollution casts a long shadow. It is expected to persist in the atmosphere long enough to prolong temperature increases for hundreds and thousands of years, long after we stop burning fossil fuels or clearing forest. And the seas will continue to rise.  That’s what these maps are about. Read More >> 

Climate Voices Science Speakers Network  The Climate Voices network brings non-partisan conversations about the research findings of the majority of climate scientists to citizens across the US and Puerto Rico. Scientists and other experts meet with neighbors and community organizations to initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts. Read More >>

Ocean and Climate Change Featured in Science     The special edition is focused on climate change impacts on the oceans. Read More >>

Informative Infographic on Whats Really Warming the World     Just in time for the Thanksgiving table conversation!  Read More >>

Climate Countdown     Web-series that follows the people who are crafting paths toward a pivotal global climate change agreement this December in Paris - COP21.  Read More >>


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Job Opportunity:  Postdoctoral Researcher    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is hiring for research with Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes.  Read More >>  

Job Opportunity:  Postdoctoral Researcher    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is hiring for research with the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) Network.  Read More >>  

Job Opportunity:  Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Communication    University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT.  Develop methods, using social media, that will assess the effectiveness of Science Communication trainings.  Read More >>  

Job Opportunity:  Associate Director with ClimatePlan     Based either in Oakland or the Sacramento office.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: National Program Leader with a focus on Natural Resources Conservation     USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Closes November 23.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  USFS National Program Lead for Bioclimatology and Climate Change (GS-15).  Read More >>

Fellows Opportunity:   USDA Caribbean Climate Hub Fellow     US Forest Service stationed at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in REDo Piedras, Puerto Rico. Read More >>

Internship Opportunities:  Graduate Research Internship Program     Through the National Science Foundation and National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Due December 4. Read More >>  and Here >>   

Funding Announcement:  NOAA’s Dr. Nancy  Foster Scholarship Program     Due December 10. Scholarship covers tuition and a living stipend.  Read More >>


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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, 3:00 pm EST

The Union of Concerned Scientists' Science Network science communication webinars

So. What Do You Do, Exactly? How to Talk about the Value of Your Research

Tom DiLiberto, Meteorologist, Climate Prediction Center, NOAA and Kellen Marshall, PhD candidate, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois at Chicago

To register, visit Here


Tuesday, November 17, 3:00pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

EPA Clean Power Plan:  What Tribes Need to Know

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Wednesday, November 18, 1:00pm EDT

US EPA Connecting Natural and Built Systems for Economic Growth & Resiliency webinar series presents

Tapping into Nature: Bioinspired Innovation

Erika Hanson, Allison Bernett, and Cas Smith, Terrapin Bright Green

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Wednesday, November 18, 1:15pm EDT

Security & Sustainability Forum presents

Climate Security and the 4Ds of Foreign Policy

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Wednesday, November 18, 2:00pm EDT

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network presents

A Community-Based Tool for Designing TURF-Reserves

Sarah Poon, EDF and Jenn Macy Humberstone, formerly UCSB

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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

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Thursday., November 19, 1:00pm EDT

Conservation Biology Institute presents

Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour

Tosha Comendant, Conservation Biology Institute Senior Scientist

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Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm EDT

US Drought Portal presents

Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar

A state climatologist and a NOAA regional climatologist

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Friday, November 20th, 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT


 Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans

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Tuesday, November 24, 9:00am EDT

NOAA’s regional climate services monthly webinar series

Focus on El Nino

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Tuesday, December 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

The Union of Concerned Scientists' Science Network science communication webinars

From Aristotle to South Park: The ABT Framework as a New Tool for Science Communication

Randy Olson, Filmmaker

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Wednesday, December 2, 12:00pm EDT

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents

Potential Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Phytoplankton Communities

Stephanie Dutkiewicz, MIT

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm EDT

The Northeast Climate Science Center presents

Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst; John O'Leary, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC

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Thursday, December 3, 2:00pm EDT

The Restoration Webinar Series presents

Enhancing the Resilience of Riparian/Wetland Ecosystems in Light of Climate Change

Andrew Breibart, BLM

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Friday, December 4, 12:00pm EDT

Bard College National Climate Seminar presents

COP Paris Live

Eban Goodstein, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

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Tuesday, December 8, 3:00 PM EDT

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents

How to Prioritize Key Areas for Conservation Efforts in a Changing Climate: A Look at “Climate Refugia”

Toni Lyn Morelli, NE Climate Science Center

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University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Minnesota

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