The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center works with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information, and tools for climate change adaptation.

 

UMass Amherst Master's student Keenan Yakola has been working to understand the impacts climate change will have on nesting seabirds in the Gulf of Maine.  He recently was awarded Best Student Paper at the Pacific Seabird Group annual meeting.

Photo: Earl Johnson

NE CASC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows assembled in the north woods of New Hampshire to learn about climate science, co-production and building multi-disciplinary research relationships.

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (note our new name!) is proud to present its 2017 annual report.  Recent projects, events, research activities, and Fellow’s work are highlighted.  

NE CASC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Madeline Magee studies how Wisconsin lakes are changing under the effects of climate change and land use. After receiving her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she continued her works as a postdoctoral research...

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast took place May 15-17, 2017 on the UMass Amherst Campus.    Click READ MORE for the proceedings. 

Photo: Toni Klemm

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who recieved a Master’s in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.

Take a trip with Paul and his team into the field!  We’ve updated our highlight of Paul with a neat video that paints a picture of one aspect of his Ph.D. investigation into how brook trout are affected by and adapt to climate change.  

Photo: Andy Castillo

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. 

NE CASC Graduate Fellow Pearl May works with a team at the University of Wisconsin to help Dane County, WI officials understand the potential flooding risks in the area.  Their storm transposition tool assesses the potential impacts of a known storm transposed on a different location - in this case the city and infrastructure of Madison, Wisconsin.

Photo: Dana O'Shea

The 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships.

Photo: Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow

The NE CASC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

NE CSC Fellow David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change.

Photo: David Johnson

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NE CASC Appoints Three Graduate Assistants to Advance DEI Goals

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Acting on our commitment to help dismantle environmental racism and pursue a more just society, NE CASC recently appointed three graduate assistants who will lead projects designed to advance the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. 

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NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh Wins 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Casey Thornbrugh

NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh recently received a 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award. This marks the second consecutive year that an NE CASC representative has claimed this prestigious honor.

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The Return of the Brown-Headed Nuthatch: NE CASC PIs Help Restore Ecosystem, Evaluate Conservation Technique

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Extirpated from Missouri's Ozark Highlands more than a century ago, the brown-headed nuthatch is now poised for a comeback in this area thanks in part to the work of NE CASC principal investigators Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson. Their project will help restore the native ecosystem and evaluate a conservation technique known as assisted migration. 

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Morelli Organizes Special Session on Climate Change Refugia at NACCB Symposium

Friday, September 4, 2020

NE CASC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and colleagues from the Refugia Research Coalition organized a session on "Innovative Approaches for Identifying and Managing Climate Change Refugia" at the recently held 2020 North American Congress for Conservation Biology Symposium. Presentations for the session were recorded and are available for viewing. 

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Understanding Translational Invasion Ecology: NE CASC Organizes Session at ESA

Friday, August 28, 2020
Water Chestnuts

NE CASC researchers Bethany Bradley and Toni Lyn Morelli organized a session at the recent Ecological Society of America annual meeting to help members of the invasive species community better understand the paradigm of Translational Invasion Ecology. Session talks were recorded and are ready for viewing! 

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Project Completed: Slowing the Flow for Climate Resilience

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Connecticut River

Principal Investigators Richard Palmer and Keith Nislow have completed their final report for the project "Slowing the Flow for Climate Resilience: Reducing Vulnerability to Extreme Flood and Drought Events".This research underscores the importance of riparian conservation and restoration in providing ecosystem services such as flood risk mitigation under a climate-altered future. 

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NE CASC Fellow Nigel Golden Delivers Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture on Diversity & Inclusion

Monday, August 10, 2020

Nigel Golden, an NE CASC fellow and a doctoral student in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently presented the 2020 Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture on Diversity and Inclusion in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Registration Open for Online Workshop: Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Adaptation

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NE CASC invites members of the climate adaptation community to participate in our upcoming online workshop, "Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Adaptation. This event will take place on October 7-8, 2020. 

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