NE CASC News

Position Opening: Research Fellow

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is seeking a PhD student to conduct research on the interactive effects of climate change, recovery from acidification, and changes in trophic status on bioenergetics and contaminant bioaccumulation in stream fishes of the northeastern US.

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Project Completed: Mapping Climate Change-Resistant Vernal Pools in the Northeastern U.S.

Friday, June 12, 2020
Vernal Pool

The research team of Jennifer Cartwright, Toni Lyn Morelli and Evan Grant have completed the project, "Mapping Climate Change Resistant Vernal Pools in the Northeastern U.S.," which investigated existing management concerns that climate change may cause some vernal pools to dry earlier in the season than they have historically. 

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Combating Racism, Pursuing Justice: NE CASC Statement on Recent Events

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in its commitment to eradicating white supremacy and pursuing an inclusive, equitable, and just society. We condemn the systemic racism and bigotry that have plagued American society for centuries and remain a malignancy within our most powerful institutions. 

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Project Completed: Biological Thresholds and Mechanisms for Species Responses to Climate Change

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Lynx

A team led by Curtice Griffin recently completed the NE CASC project, "Mechanisms for species responses to climate change: Are there biological thresholds?"

This work responds to the widespread impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems across the NE CASC region along with the accompanying need to better equip natural resource managers with information that will help them maintain ecological function and species persistence as climate change becomes more intense. 

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Life in the (Biodiverse) Slow Lane: CASC Refugia Research Featured in Special Issue of Top Journal

Monday, June 1, 2020

As countless scientific studies and news stories have documented, anthropogenic climate change is expected to have profoundly negative impacts on wildlife, habitats and ecosystems around the globe. In the coming decades, multitudes of species will be subjected to increasing environmental stress, and biodiversity may significantly decline.

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New Publication: Prioritizing Range-Shifting Invasive Plants Based on Impact

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Range-shifting Invasive Plant

Invasive species are shifting their ranges in response to climate change.  The Northeast has been identified as a ‘hotspot’ where up to 100 warm-adapted, range-shifting invasive plants could establish before 2050. But, effectively monitoring and managing for 100 species is an impractical and unrealistic strategy. Writing in Biological Invasions, a team of NE CASC researchers led by Bethany Bradley has recently identified a more practical number of species to manage by using an IUCN recommended impacts assessment called the Environmental Impacts Classification of Alien Taxa (EICAT).

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Project Completed: Development of a Wildlife Adaptation Menu for Resource Managers

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A team lead by NE CASC deputy federal director Olivia LeDee has completed the project "Development of a Wildlife Adaptation Menu for Resource Managers".

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New Publication: The Role of Sand Lances in the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem

Sunday, April 26, 2020
A parent tern and chick feed on a sand lance.

Though it is a comparatively small aquatic creature, the sand lance plays a significant role in sustaining the dynamic ecosystem of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes described as a “quintessential forage fish,” the sand lance serves as a food source for myriad predators, including marine mammals, seabirds, and larger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod, and bluefin tuna. Despite its ecological importance, however, most aspects of the sand lance’s ecology, population dynamics and vulnerability to current and future stressors in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (NWA) are poorly understood.

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