NE CASC Regional Science Meeting 2017

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center's Regional Science Meeting

Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast

May 15-17, 2017 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Since the inception of the NE CASC in 2012, our stakeholder partners have been guiding our science directions and priorities so that together we can improve the way our climate science informs decisions and actions in adapting to a changing climate. For our Regional Science Meeting, we gathered our scientists and partners to reflect on our collaborative work to incorporate climate science in the management of natural and cultural resources in the Northeast and Midwest and determined future directions and needs for our region. 



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Goals of the Regional Meeting:

  • To share NE CASC research and discuss emerging themes for future work.
  • To provide a forum for and build collaborations among resource management professionals applying climate-related information and researchers who are currently engaged in climate-related projects to discuss inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional research topics.
  • To identify opportunities and improve directions in actionable science, science communication, and advancing adaptation plans for resource professionals.


Specific Outcomes and Output:

  • An understanding of the science produced by the NE CASC and applications in natural resource management through presentations, breakout focused discussions, panel discussions, and displays of tools and projects.
  • Identification of adaptation strategies that are being applied or incorporated into management action plans.
  • Discussion of next steps in research and the application of climate science.
  • Refinement of the metrics used to gauge success in producing actionable science and climate adaptation.
  • Prioritization of emerging actionable science projects, outreach, and collaborations.
  • Broadening the NE CASC network; increase engagement between stakeholder-scientist partnerships in the NE CASC community.
  • Development of a project storyboard that includes the problem, situation, tools used, examples of decisions made and actions implemented, lessons learned, etc.


NE CASC Regional Science Meeting Presentations

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Key Note Address

Tuesday, May 16 - 9:15am

Bruce Stein, National Wildlife Federation, “Preparing for Change—Ecological and Institutional”  

Bruce Stein from Addie on Vimeo.

Climate Science in the Northeast and Midwest with Federal Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 16 - 10:00am

Ray Bradley, NE CASC and UMass, Amherst, “How has climate in the NE U.S. changed? What can we expect in the future?” with Ambarish Karmalkar.

Conservation Across Landscapes: Aquatic Connectivity

Tuesday, May 16 - 11:15am 

Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst and USFS, The climate around aquatic connectivity: defining the science and management framework in the northeastern region”

Melissa Ocana, Program Manager, UMass Amherst, “The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC):  Climate-Ready and Critter-Friendly Culverts” Scott Jackson, UMass, Amherst, and Jessie Levine, TNC Canada.

Ben Letcher, Ecologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center USGS, Aquatic Connectivity”

Planning Under Uncertainty 

Tuesday, May 16 - 12:30pm

Tom Bonnot and Ambarish Karmalkar, NE CASC Post-doc Fellows -“Planning Under Uncertainty”

Conservation Across Landscapes: Terrestrial Landscape Conservation Design

Tuesday, May 16 - 1:45pm

Scott Schwenk, Science Coordinator, NA LCC  “Collaborative Landscape Conservation Design from Maine to Virginia.” 

Frank Thompson, NE CASC Co-PI and US Forest Service Northern Research Station:  “Linking Climate, ecosystem and landscape models to inform vulnerability assessments and landscape conservation design.”

Tom Bonnot, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Missouri School of Natural Resources:  “Application of landscape and wildlife models in a structured decision framework for landscape conservation design in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative.”

Integrating climate science into state conservation planning and actions: Opportunities and challenges

Tuesday, May 16 - 3:00pm

Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator, DOI NE CASC, Integrating and implementing climate change into Northeast and Midwest SWAPs”

Davia Palmeri, Climate Change Coordinator, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, “SWAP Implementation: A National Perspective »

Brad Potter, Coordinator, Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Working on State Wildlife Action Plan Priorities Across Multiple Midwest States”

Elizabeth Crisfield, Strategic Stewardship Initiative, Climate Change and State Wildlife Agencies  with Karen Terwilliger.

Sally Ann Sims, Consultant, Terwilliger Consulting, “2015 Northeast SWAPs: Climate Change:  Impacts and Adaptation in the Northeast Exploring Regional Priorities for Action”

Rebecca Quinones, Aquatic Biologist, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, SWAP’ing into action: Examples of Climate Adaptation in Massachusetts

Dustin Bronson, Forest Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, ”Wisconsin perspectives on integrating climate information into the WAP”

Scenario Planning: Managing for a Range of Possible Futures

Tuesday, May 16 - 3:00pm

Alex Bryan, USGS/ NE CASC Climate Postdoc Fellow- “Scenario Planning: Managing for a Range of Possible Futures”

Collaboration in Action: Tribes and the NE CASC Network

Tuesday, May 16 - 4:30pm

Chris Caldwell, Sustainable Development Institute Director, College of Menominee Nation, Collaboration in Action: Tribes and the NECSC“

Tansey Smith, Climate Change Specialist, 1854 Treaty Authority, The 1984 Treaty Authority”

Asha Ajmani, Ecology Program Manager, Sipayik Environmental Department, "Passamaquoddy Tribal Climate Change Program”

Floodplains, Wetlands, and Water Resources

Wednesday, May 17 - 9:00am 

Richard Palmer, University Director of NE CASC , UMass Amherst, and Christian Marks, Floodplain Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, “Restoring Floodplains in the Connecticut River Basin: A Collaborative Approach to Flood Management” Abigail Erickson, Bogumila Backiel, Christian Marks, Keith Nislow.

Gwen White, Coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie LCC (presenting remotely), “Mississippi Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative: Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5”

Robb Jacobson, Supervisory Research Hydrologist, USGS, “Exploring Common Ground between Agriculture and Ecological Restoration in Large-River Floodplains

Colin Gleason, Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst, “Supraglacial Rivers and Sea Level Rise: An Overlooked Control”

Wildlife Vulnerability to Climate Change & What To Do About It

Wednesday, May 17 - 9:00am 

Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS Research Ecologist with the NE CASC, and Rebecca Quinones, Aquatic Biologist, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Using Decision Tools to Assess Vulnerability and Inform Management of Wildlife in the Northeast” “Decreasing Vulnerability of Coldwater Fishes in Massachusetts”

Ben Zuckerberg, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison- "Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds"  with Lisa A. McCauley and Christine A. Ribic 

Evan Grant, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Climate Change Uncertainty is NOT a Primary Impediment to Stream Conservation”

Dan Pendleton, New England Aquarium, How and why is the Timing and Occurrence of Seasonal Migrants in the Gulf of Maine Changing due to Climate?”

Mike Schummer, Visiting Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Oswego, “Weather Severity Indices for Projecting Changing in Autumn-Winter Distributions of Dabbling Ducks in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways During the 21st Century”


Great Lakes Coastal Resilience

Wednesday, May 17 - 10:30am

Pete McIntyre, NE CASC Co-PI, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Current NECSC-related projects, and priorities for the future”

Brian Irwin, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, “Viewing Fisheries from a Decision-Analytic Perspective”

Karen Murchie, Shedd Aquarium, presenting remotely, Monitoring Fish Migration Timing and Cues in Great Lakes Tributaries via Citizen Science”

Atlantic Coastal Resilience

Wednesday, May 17 - 10:30am

Erika Lentz, Research Ecologist, USGS, “A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Coastal Landscape Change”

Taj Schottland, Coastal Adaptation Specialist, National Wildlife Federation, Adaptation Planning: A Case Study From the Great Marsh of Massachusetts”

Megan Tyrrell, Research Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, “Thresholds Synthesis to SLR and Storm Threats for Focal Species Along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts” 

Managing Climate Change Refugia 

Wednesday, May 17 - 11:45am

Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS Research Ecologist with the NE CASC, "Managing Climate Change Refugia"

Forest Management and Adaptation

Wednesday, May 17 - 1:00pm

Anthony D’Amato, University of Vermont and co-PI with NE CASC, “Forest Management and Adaptation: NECSC Research and Partnerships”

Fish and Fisheries Management

Wednesday, May 17 - 1:00pm

Brian Irwin, GA Coop F&W Research Unit,Spatial and Temporal Variation in Fish Populations

Gretchen Hansen, MN DNR,Climate Change impacts on Lake Thermal Habitat and Fish Communities in the Upper Midwest”

Craig Paukert, MO Coop Research Unit, “FishTail: A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats of the NE CASC Region”

Adrian Jordaan, UMass,Coastal Fish Migrations and Seasonal Change”

PDF icon NE CSC Science Meeting Program .pdf2.31 MB
PDF icon NE CSC Regional Science Meeting Proceedings.pdf5.73 MB
PDF icon Ajmani_CollaborationinAction.pdf931.34 KB
PDF icon Bonnot_LandscapeConservationDesign.pdf10.58 MB
PDF icon Bonnot_Karmalkar_PlanningUnderUncertainty.pdf3.14 MB
PDF icon Bradley_HowHasClimateintheNEChanged.pdf1.9 MB
PDF icon Bryan_ScenarioPlanning.pdf3.33 MB
PDF icon Caldwell_CollaborationinAction.pdf479.91 KB
PDF icon Crisfield_SWAPs.pdf579.31 KB
PDF icon D'Amato_ForestManagementandAdaptations.pdf4.2 MB
PDF icon Deegan_CoastalResilience.pdf468.76 KB
PDF icon DeLuca_LandscapeConservationDesign .pdf693.53 KB
PDF icon Grant_WildlifeVulnerabilitytoClimateChange.pdf2.81 MB
PDF icon Hansen_FishandFisheriesManagement .pdf1.19 MB
PDF icon Irwin_FishandFisheriesManagement .pdf2.71 MB
PDF icon Irwin_GreatLakesCoastalResilience.pdf2.1 MB
PDF icon Jacobson_Floodplains,Wetlands,andWaterRecources.pdf3.41 MB
PDF icon Jordaan_FishandFisheriesManagement .pdf1.88 MB
PDF icon Lentz_AtlanticCoastalResilience.pdf2.37 MB
PDF icon Letcher_AquaticConnectivity.pdf953.65 KB
PDF icon McIntyre_GreatLakesCoastalResilience.pdf5.97 MB
PDF icon Morelli_ManagingClimateChangeRefugia.pdf48.06 KB
PDF icon Morelli_Quinones_WildlifeVulnerabilitytoClimateChange.pdf3.18 MB
PDF icon Murchie_GreatLakesCoastalResilience.pdf4.43 MB
PDF icon Nislow_AquaticConnectivity.pdf3.86 MB
PDF icon Ocana_AquaticConnectivity.pdf642.23 KB
PDF icon Palmer_Floodplains,Wetlands,andWaterResources.pdf4.46 MB
PDF icon Palmeri_SWAPs.pdf928.04 KB
PDF icon Paukert_FishandFisheriesManagement.pdf1.23 MB
PDF icon Pendleton_WildlifeVulnerabilitytoClimateChange.pdf1.58 MB
PDF icon Potter_SWAPs.pdf1.72 MB
PDF icon Quinones_SWAPs.pdf1.24 MB
PDF icon Schottland_AtlanticCoastalResilience.pdf2.32 MB
PDF icon Schummer_WildlifeVulnerabilitytoClimateChange.pdf17.97 MB
PDF icon Schwenk_LandscapeConservationDesign.pdf1.87 MB
PDF icon Sims_SWAPs.pdf1.7 MB
PDF icon Smith_CollaborationinAction.pdf640.29 KB
PDF icon Staudinger_SWAPs.pdf2.78 MB
PDF icon Stein_PreparingforChange.pdf3.42 MB
PDF icon Thompson_LandscapeConservationDesign.pdf1.02 MB
PDF icon Tyrrell_AtlanticCoastalResilience.pdf754.3 KB
PDF icon White_Floodplains,Welands,andWaterResources.pdf1.44 MB
PDF icon Zuckerberg_WildlifeVulnerabilitytoClimateChange.pdf1.58 MB