NECSC News

Early Career Climate Forum Showcases New Blogs

Friday, September 18, 2015
See what our early career scientists and professionals are saying about their work, opportunities and experiences in an updated posting of contributed blogs on the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF). In addition to the latest blogs you can also find lots of interesting climate news, and job opportunities coming through this online forum - including a recent blog posts about last year’s NE CSC Fellows’ Retreat.  

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NE CSC Fellow Alexendra Norpel Attends Structured Decision Making Course at the National Conservation Training Center.

Friday, September 18, 2015
Alex Norpel, a new NE CSC Fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison recently attended the Introduction to Structured Decision Making (SDM) course at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  

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Northeast Habitat Map for US and Canada is Now Ready!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

An interactive web-based habitat map for the Northeast is now available for use in ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. Developed by The Nature Conservancy

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Announcing Fall 2015 Webinar Series!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mark your calendars for a five-webinar series this fall from the NE CSC, highlighting research from our funded projects and an invited presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS.

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New Study Encourages Inclusion of Adaptive Capacity when Assessing Vulnerability

Monday, August 10, 2015

A new paper led by U.S. Geological Survey Ecologists Erik Beever (Research Ecologist, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center) and Michelle Staudinger (Science Coordinator, Northeast Climate Science Center) addresses the importance of including adaptive capacity of species as a fundamental component when assessing vulnerability to rapid climate change.

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Fellow Highlight: Assessing Vulnerability through Storm Transposition

Monday, July 20, 2015

In June of 2008, the village of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, along with other areas of the Midwest, was devastated by a massive precipitation event, known infamously throughout the state as the “Lake Delton storm”. Extensive flooding resulted as over a foot of rainfall drowned the area, collapsing a dam, breeching levees and causing serious damage to local infrastructure. Thankfully the Lake Delton area has a relatively small population; however, this storm left the rest of the state concerned about their own vulnerability.

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New tool visualizes phenological changes occurring at Acadia National Park (and beyond)

Monday, July 13, 2015

NE CSC PI Curt Griffin is involved in a project that is releasing a website called “Whenology”.  The website is the only one of its kind to combine the multiple datasets needed to understand the effects of climate change on fall migration of birds. Users accessing the site will see recent trends in temperature, “brown-down” (i.e. when plant productivity starts declining as summer transitions to winter), and the timing of fall migration.

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NE CSC Releases Report to Help State Wildlife Managers in the Northeast and Midwest Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change on Species and Ecosystems

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Department of the Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest United States

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Communications and Outreach Job Opportunity with the NE CSC

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Northeast Climate Science Center is seeking applicants for a full time Communications and Outreach Manager located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for organizing outreach in line with the mission of the NE CSC as well as coordinating and executing the major elements of our Communications and Outreach Plan.

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RE-launch of the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) website and listserv

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This week an expanded and redesigned Early Career Climate Forum(ECCF) will be launched as part of the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) funded project “Early Career Climate Communications and Networking”.

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New Climate Science intern at College of Menominee Nation

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wendy Dorman is a zoologist and ornithologist with an MS in biology from Winthrop University. She is currently working on a second MS in Geographic Information Science at Eastern Michigan University.

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NE CSC Avian Ecologists Combine Bird Survey Data to Identify Vulnerable Boreal Species

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Continent-wide bird surveys play an important role in conservation, says avian ecologist and NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Joel Ralston at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but they can miss rare or isolated species whose habitat is off the beaten path, such as at high elevation or in a dense bog. Now Ralston and colleagues report for the first time how combining data from several local point counts offers a new picture of how birds in hard-to-reach habitats are faring.

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Register now! Training: Climate Science Communication

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Calling all scientists who are interested in improving their climate science communication skills!  Please join us for a half-day training on “Communicating Climate Science” at UMass Amherst on June 15th, 2015.  The training, led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-sponsored by the Northeast Climate Science Center and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, will focus on

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Fellow Highlight: Jack Pine Forest Dynamics and Climate Adaptation in the Upper Great Lakes Region

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jack pine forests are ecologically and economically critical in the upper Great Lakes region and regeneration of these forests has been increasingly challenging in range margin populations due to drought, land conversion to agriculture, and other stressors

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Fellow Highlight: Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Learn about our new project, Climate Assessments and Scenario Planning, led by NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Alex Bryan.  Got a question about climate information?  Give Alex a call!

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Massachusetts Communities: Please Take this Survey!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are you worried about the impacts of climate change on the wildlife, natural resources or infrastructure you care about ?  Do you feel overwhelmed by the information available but still not sure what local actions you can take to help prepare for the changes ahead?

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Dynamic Dead Zones Alter Fish Catches in Lake Erie

Monday, April 20, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.  

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Storm model brings climate preparations to local decision-makers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How society should respond to climate change may be a global-scale debate, but NE CSC PI Kenneth Potter and Affiliate Investigator David S. Liebl know that preparing for climate change’s impact on weather is a profoundly local problem.

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A Complex Landscape has both Vulnerabilities and Resilience to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new report on the vulnerability of Central Appalachian forests is now available online, co-authored by NE CSC PI Frank Thompson:  "Central Appalachians forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework project."

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NE CSC Fellow Speaks to Forest Managers in West Virginia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NE CSC postdoctoral fellow, Alex Bryan, presented to state forest managers at the Climate Change and West Virginia's Forests adaptation workshop at West Virginia University on April 14. Topics included projected climate changes for West Virginia and guidelines for using climate models in forest management.

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New Project Flyer: TranStorm Tool

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Check out this new flyer for the TranStorm Tool, led by NE CSC PI Ken Potter.  The tool allows communities to identify vulnerability to high runnoff flows and flodding from extreme rainfall events, before damage occurs.

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NE CSC Co-PIs Palmer and Bradley visit MA State House

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On March 25th, Drs. Richard Palmer and Ray Bradley of UMass Amherst visited the Massachusetts State House for a Forum on Climate Change & Resiliency.  They were invited as part of a team of UMass system climate researchers

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TranStorm Tool Featured on US Climate Resilience Toolkit

Friday, March 20, 2015

An extreme precipitation event in 2008 cost one town more than a million dollars in infrastructure repairs. Now, other municipalities can simulate how their homes, businesses, and facilities might fare if they experienced a similar event.

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Fellow Highlight: Designing Sustainable Landscapes in Partnership with Stakeholders

Friday, March 20, 2015

With the inevitability of climate change and an evolving public perspective on its severity, it is reassuring to see scientists providing critical information to aid decision makers. Usually there are two major roadblocks obstructing the scientific community’s impact

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Newest intern at College of Menominee Nation

Friday, March 13, 2015

The College of Menominee Nation's Sustainable Development Institute has engaged an undergraduate intern to assist with NE CSC-funded project, "Collaboration in Action: Using the Menominee Model of Sustainability to Assess, Plan, and Build Capactiy for Tribal Communities

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