Regional Effort on Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management

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Invasive species and climate change represent two of the five major global change threats to ecosystems.  An emerging initiative of the Northeast Climate Science Center aims to develop management-relevant research to improve invasive species management in the face of climate change.  Through working groups, information sharing and targeted research, this project addresses the information needs of invasive species managers in the context of climate change. RISCC Management is collaboratively led by the Department of Interior Northeast Climate Science Center, the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, and the University of Massachusetts to address the question “How can we manage for upcoming biological invasions in the light of climate change?”  The working group combines climate and invasive species scientists with invasive species managers and policy makers from the northeast to promote a two-way dialogue to 1) share regional knowledge about current management strategies and scientific insights; and 2) identify and address planning and information needs of managers related to invasive species and climate change.

Partners on this project include:  New York Invasive Species Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Maine Natural Areas Program,iMap Invasives/Natural Heritage Program, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Adirondack Park Partnership for Invasive Species Management, USA National Phenology Network, North Atlantic LCC, The Nature Conservancy, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Supply, Vermont Department of Forests Parks & Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, NEIWPCC

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  • Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Workshop Presentation: "Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species" by Alex Bryan and Bethany Bradley, UMass Amherst,  July 2, 2016.
  •  Entomological Society of America Eastern Branch meeting:  "Update on gypsy moth outbreak in New England” by Valerie Pasquarella and Hannah Broadley on behalf of Prof. Joe Elkinton on March 21 in Newport, RI. 
  • Association of American Geographers 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA: "Improved mapping of forest composition using spectral-temporal Landsat features" by Valerie Pasquarella, April 5-8, 2017.
  • Valerie Pasquarella "Using Landsat time series for large-scale mapping of invasive species distributions" The 17th Annual National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb 27- March 3, 2017).
  • Annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, Palmer, MA: "Climate Change and the Backyard Gardener" by Toni Lyn Morelli, Jan 21, 2017.
  • Northeast State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinators Meeting in Amherst, MA: "The connections between invasive species and climate change" by Toni Lyn Morelli, March 21, 2017.
  • Bethany will give a presentation on "The effect of climate change on species invasions" at the 2017 RISCC Management Symposium
  • Bethany will lead a workship on "Brainstorming a review of paper of invasives and climate change in the Northeast" at the 2017 RISCC Management Symposium
  • Toni Lyn will lead a workshop on "Emerging threats -- managing climate migrants" at the 2017 RISCC Management Symposium
  • Valerie Pasquarella "A comparison of approaches for mapping forest composition using FIA plot data and Landsat spectral-temporal features" at the 2017 FIA Stakeholder's Meeting in Park City, UT
  • Valerie will lead a workshop on "Brainstorming multi-scale, multi-species interactions at the 2017 RISCC Management Symposium
  • Valerie will give a talk on "Monitoring forest pest disturbances with remote sensing" at the 2017 RISCC Management Symposium
  • Valerie was invited to sit on a plenary panel at the Pecora 20 in Sioux Falls, SD
  • Valerie was invited to present at the Annual Gypsy Moth Review in Savannah, GA