NECSC News

Announcing the Spring 2017 Talks from NE CSC

Thursday, January 26, 2017

From February to April, we will host talks by researchers and resource managers who have increased our understanding of the impact climate change will have on natural and cultural resources and how to improve decision making and adaptation planning. 

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What a Historical Investigation Can Tell Us About Human Resiliency Today

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A new paper by scientists at the NE CSC and colleagues describe how human response to a climatic event 200 years ago set in motion a profound shift in fishing practices and consumption in the Northeast.  

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New Study Looks at Timing and Consequences of Reaching 2°C

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Northeast is expected to reach 2°C (3.6°F) sooner than most and therefore experience dryer summers and warmer, wetter winters.

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Save the Date: NE CSC Regional Science Meeting May 15-17, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2016

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast    

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NE CSC Welcomes Olivia LeDee as Deputy Director

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Olivia LeDee is joining us as the Deputy Director of the NE CSC based in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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Climate Change Postdoctoral Research Positions with the NE CSC

Friday, December 9, 2016

The UMass Amherst Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and The Ecosystem Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory are seeking post-docs to advance our understanding of the impacts climate change will have on natural systems. 

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Updates on Two Network-Wide Initiatives: Climate Refugia and Invasive Species

Friday, December 9, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative meeting.  Photo: VMC

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist with the USGS continues to advance network-wide work to improve adaptive capacity of species and ecological systems in the face of climate change.  

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New Resource for Decision Makers in Forest Management

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anthony D'Amato, NE CSC Principal Investigator, Paul Catanzaro of UMass, Amherst, and Emily Silver Huff with the USDA Forest Service have created a guide for land owners and forest managers to improve the way we adapt to a changing climate.  The publication "Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future" was written for forest decision makers in New England who are taking action to increase resiliency of our northern forests.

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National CSC Training Brings 70 Students and Early Career Professionals Together

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Campus Center at UMass Amhesrt

Virginia Burkett, Associate Director of Climte and Land Use at USGS, Alison Meadow, Staff Scientist - Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, and Ezra Markowitz of UMass Amherst were the featured speakers at this event.

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Final Report Now Available: Climate Change Effects on Food Webs in the Great Lakes

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Rachel Wirick holding a Yellow Perch. Photo: R Kraus, USGS

In the recently completed Northeast Climate Science Center project, "Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes", Richard Kraus (USGS Lake Erie Biological Station) and partners addressed regional climate change effects on aquatic food webs in the Great Lakes.

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Using Satellites to Examine Invasive Species

Sunday, October 9, 2016

NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Valerie Pasquarella, shows us the extent of this last summer's gypsy moth invasion in New England using novel techniques in satellite imagery.

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Announcing Four New Projects Funded by the NE CSC

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Connecticut River Photo: Abigail Ericson

The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded just over $1,000,000 to NE CSC consortium institutions, universities and other partners for research to guide managers cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Drought in the Northeast and Implications for Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After a year of exceptionally high temperatures and near-record low precipitation, many of us are thinking about drought in the Northeast and Midwest.

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Expanded Collaboration with LCCs for Coastal Resilience

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Coastal Gulf of Maine.  Photo: M Staudinger, NE CSC/ USGS

The NE CSC and the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NA LCC) are embarking on a new collaboration to synthesize information about climate change impacts on coastal habitats and species and to make this information easily accessible to local decision-makers as part of the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool.

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New Study Points to Sharp Decline in Sub-Freezing Days

Friday, September 16, 2016
Change in the frequency of freezing days across North America, derived from air temperature from the NARCCAP models and the WATCH Forcing Data set. Darker areas are projected to experience the greatest declines in freezing day frequency, as modeled by climate scientists at UMass Amherst and elsewhere.

Michael Rawlins, Affiliated Investigator with NE CSC and Manager of the Climate Systems Research Center (CSRC) at UMass, Amherst, with Raymond Bradley, NE CSC's Principal Investigator and Director of the CSRC, have released a study showing a projected decline in the number of days that drop below freezing across North America.  

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Historic Jamestown: Assessing the Climate Change Impacts on North America’s First European Settlement

Friday, September 16, 2016
Harsh winters, such as this painting (by Sidney King) of the 1607-1608 winter, challenged the survival of the early colonists at Jamestown (Image credit: NPS/COLO).

NE CSC climate scientist and postdoctoral fellow, Alex Bryan, assisted Colonial National Historic Park with identifying the climate stressors most relevant to preserving the Park's historic resources, and provided a suitable set of climate model projections to aid in adaptation planning.  

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New Interactive Tool Looking at Rising Temps in Midwestern Lakes

Friday, September 16, 2016
Explore the interactive web tool "Shifts in fish habitat under climate change"

A NE-CSC funded decision-support tool and interactive website, Shifts in fish habitat under climate change, visually demonstrates new data on lake temperature changes and consequential effects on walleye and largemouth bass populations in Wisconsin. 

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Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: A Network of Networks

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Photo: T Bonnot

The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will take place October 5-7, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the NE CSC.

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Announcing the Fall 2016 Webinar Series

Thursday, September 1, 2016

This fall the NE CSC presents a six-seminar series highlighting the research from our funded projects, with Rob DeConto of UMass Amherst as our featured speaker. Come check it out in person or tune in remotely!

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Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Communicating Under Comic Pressure

Monday, August 29, 2016

NE CSC's Toni Lyn Morelli was put to the test to convey the importance of her reserach in a unique setting:  A stand-up comedy show!  Paula Poundstone visited Northampton, Massachusetts, where she asked Toni Lyn to explain what she does for a living before a sold-out crowd.

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Summer Youth Outreach: NE CSC's Toni Lyn Morelli Works with Girls, Inc.

Monday, August 22, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking with girls about wildlife and climate change.  Photo: Susannah Lerman, USFS

This summer, NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and US Forest Service Research Ecologist Susannah Lerman, both UMass Adjunct Assistant Professors, worked with a a group of middle school girls for two days in an activity to band songbirds and talk about the effects of climate change on urban wildlife.

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Climate Change and the Conservation of Freshwater Species

Monday, August 22, 2016
Baby freshwater mussel reared for restoration

NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger is part of a new initiative to assess the status and develop cooperative conservation and adaptation strategies for threatened freshwater mussels in the Northeast.  

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NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden Engaged Urban Partners In Monarch Conservation

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This summer, NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden (graduate student in UMass, Amherst's Department of Environmental Conservation), participated in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (USFWS DFP) in the Ecological Services Chicago Field Office as part of a larger tri-national effort to help develop a conservation strategy for monarch butterflies (Daneus plexippus). 

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NE CSC Hosts Workshop on Climate Change and Invasive Species in the Northeast

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hotspots for future invasive species distribution.  Image: Allen and Bradley

The first Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Workshop (initially called the Northeast Invasive Species and Climate Change, or NISCC, workshop) was held on July 21, 2016, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. It was convened by NE CSC, the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NY ISRI), and UMass Amherst.  

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New Publication: Managing Climate Change Refugia to Protect Wildlife

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Scientists and natural resource managers are working together to understand how safe havens from climate change might be identified and conserved to protect species and cultural traditions. Photo courtesy National Park Service/Sarah Stock.

NE CSC’s Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and colleagues have a new paper describing how scientists and natural resource managers are working together to understand how safe havens from climate change might be identified and conserved to protect species and cultural traditions.  

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