NE CASC News

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, NE CASC researchers have 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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New Publication: Multi-Species Occupancy Models

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Over the past decade, newer technologies such as drones and trail cameras have revolutionized wildlife monitoring, particularly by facilitating multi-species community studies. While this work has great potential to inform conservation planning, a new paper analyzing 92 such projects suggests that their reliability may be undermined by methodological flaws or misapplication of analytical tools.

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Investigating the Impact of Declining Lake Ice: Hilary Dugan's Research Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Hilary Dugan's research team prepares to conduct an experiment on a frozen lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin.

Over the past century, ice cover in many Wisconsin lakes has declined by an average of one month during winter. Yet the consequences of this pronounced shift are unknown. The research of Hilary Dugan, an NE CASC principal investigator, aims to unravel this mystery by exploring the implications of ice loss for the health of Wisconsin lakes and the aquatic life inside them.

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NE CASC Receives $1 Million Funding Increase

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The federal government has increased its support for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC), hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, by approximately $1 million over the next year. This additional funding, which supplements the five-year, $4.5 million grant renewal awarded to the center last fall, will advance its mission of developing the knowledge and tools necessary to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

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Take the NE CASC Communications Survey

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The NE CASC invites all members of the climate adaptation community to help us assess our communications efforts by participating in a communications survey. Your feedback will play an integral role in guiding the redevelopment of our website and enhancing our expansive collection of other materials, including our newsletter and annual report.

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New Publication: The Fate of Madagascar's Rainforest Habitat

Friday, January 3, 2020
Ruffed Lemur

Species around the world are facing habitat degradation resulting from overharvesting, overhunting, invasive species, and pollution, in addition to climate change. A new paper by NE CASC researcher Toni Lyn Morelli and her collaborators details the severe impacts of deforestation and climate change in Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot and habitat to two critically endangered species of ruffed lemur found nowhere else in the world. These lemurs are indicators of overall rainforest health and play a critical role in seed dispersal across the ecosystem.  

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Call for Statements of Interest: Fiscal Year 2020 Research Awards

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) is pleased to announce a call for statements of interest regarding Fiscal Year 2020 Research Awards. Please note that the eligibility criteria and submission deadline for statements of interest relevant to the Midwest have recently been revised. Read below for details. 

Available funding for the Northeastern region is $800,000-$1,000,000. Funding for individual projects will not exceed $390,000.

Available funding for the Midwestern region is $3,000,000. Funding for individual projects will not exceed $600,000.

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Project Update: Assessing Climate Change Threats and Actions in Northeast State Wildlife Action Plans

Monday, December 9, 2019

Karen Terwilliger has released an interim report detailing results from the first year of her work on the NE CASC project "Assessing Climate Change Threats and Actions in Northeast State Wildlife Action Plans". This research synthesizes and prioritizes climate change threats and associated adaptation strategies for regional species of greatest conservation need as identified in recent State Wildlife Action Plans to support coordinated conservation and adaptation by Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) states.

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College of Menominee Nation Continues Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshop Series

Monday, November 25, 2019
Group photo of participants in Keshena Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshop

The College of Menominee Nation, an NE CASC consortium institution, recently partnered with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) to host the fourth in a series of Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshops that commenced in early 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. These events have been organized to help Tribal natural resource managers identify priorities, challenges, and areas of concern as they create action plans for adaptation and resilience. 

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NE CASC Contributes to Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium took place November 4-8 in Portland, Maine. Sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and its partner organizations, the meeting succeeded in bringing together environmental, economic, social and institutional perspectives on climate resilience in the Gulf of Maine. NE CASC researchers contributed to several aspects of the program, which featured more than 50 presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. 

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New Publication: Incorporating Climate Change into Invasive Species Management--Insights from Managers

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Emerald Ash Borer

Interactions between invasive species and climate change present new challenges for resource management. Prior to a new study by NE CASC fellow Evelyn Beaury and her collaborators, however, it was unclear what the common concerns, strategies, limitations, and research needs were for managing invasive species in a changing climate.

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CASC Network Job Openings: Two Research Positions Available

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Members of the NE CASC

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is delighted to announce the availability of two research positions that will play a key role in advancing the CASC network's mission—the cultivation of information and tools that facilitate climate adaptation for natural and cultural resource management. The CASC network provides an engaging work environment that is highlighted by a vibrant, collegial, and collaborative community of students, faculty, and staff. Interested researchers are enthusiastically invited to apply after reviewing the position descriptions.

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New Publication: Developing a Decision-Support Process for Landscape Conservation Design

Thursday, October 31, 2019

NE CASC PIs Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson have worked with a wide range of partners to complete a new report that facilitates planning for sustainable landscapes. Their publication, Developing a decision-support process for landscape conservation design, accomplishes this goal by integrating dynamic-landscape metapopulation models (DLMPS) and structured decision making (SDM).

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Project Completed: Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Brook Trout

A team led by Benjamin Letcher has released the final report for the recently completed NE CASC project Does Variation in Life History and Evolutionary Response Affect Species Vulnerability to Climate Change? Implications for Management.

This project provides a new understanding of how vulnerable species may adapt to climate change, which poses a variety of threats to biodiversity.

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New Publication: Forest Carbon--An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Cover Image of Forest Carbon Publication

NE CASC PI and University of Vermont faculty member Anthony D'Amato collaborated with Paul Catanzaro, a colleague at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on the recently released publication, Forest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change. This guide was developed to help woodland owners and managers consider how their forest management strategy affects the carbon within their forest and thus the forest’s ability to mitigate climate change.

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Project Examines Emerging Challenges Related to Climate Change, Disease, and Wildlife Health

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
A school of non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, is leading a one-year project to understand and prepare for emerging challenges related to fish and wildlife health, disease, and climate change across North America.

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An Appetite for Sustainability: NE CASC Fellow Investigates Name Bias in Seafood Consumption Patterns

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Could eliminating “name bias” in consumer seafood selection prove essential both to supporting food sustainability and to boosting the New England fishing industry? Amanda Davis, a NE CASC fellow and University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student, has assembled a diverse team of UMass collaborators—including representatives from environmental conservation, food science and campus dining services—to investigate this question.

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David Reidmiller Named Acting Federal Director for NE CASC

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is pleased to announce that the United States Geological Survey has appointed Dr. David Reidmiller as the center’s Acting Federal Director. In this capacity, Dr. Reidmiller will play a major role in advancing the mission of the center by helping shape its vision, develop its strategic plan, and increase engagement within its expansive network of partners. Reidmiller has also recently assumed duties as the Acting Federal Director for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

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Caldwell, Smith Receive Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Tribal Adaptation Menu Team

Two members of the NE CASC, principal investigator Chris Caldwell and Midwest Tribal resilience liaison Sara Smith, recently joined a diverse group of collaborators in receiving the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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Fellows Highlight: Amanda Davis

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Amanda Davis holding a scup

NE CASC Research Fellow Amanda Davis investigates how climate change is affecting the New England seafood industry and how to support consumers in making climate-smart seafood buying decisions. 

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UMass team hosts NE CASC for another 5 years!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is pleased to announce that a consortium of universities, led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been chosen to host the NE CASC for a 5-year cycle!  Following our previous seven successful years, the center is funded until 2024.  We look forward to continuing to provide our expertise to address the region's most pressing climate adaptation challenges for natural and cultural resource managers.

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NE CASC Brown-bag Talks Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

We are excited to announce our fall series for NE CASC Brown-bag Talks! These talks provide brief updates on NE CASC research and outreach followed by the opportunity to join in discussions and get your questions answered.  All NE CASC Brown-bag Talks will be recorded and posted on our webinars archive.  

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