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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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 CASC 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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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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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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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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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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How the Timing of Physical and Biological Processes are Changing in the Gulf of Maine

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Atlantic puffins. Photo: M Staudinger

How is the timing of all things changing in the Gulf of Maine? That is the question that has been the focus of a 30 person working group stemming from last year’s Annual Science Meeting of the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM).

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New Publication on the Effect of Climate Change on the Distribution of North American Birds

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Wood Thrush.  Photo:  Dave King

Researchers at NE CSC looked at data on 49 bird species from the last three decades to examine the effect of climate change on population growth and occupancy. Joel Ralston, former NE CSC Fellow, NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Bill DeLuca and NE CSC Affiliated Investigator, Dave King found that population growth influences the birds’ niche in response to climate change.

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Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Montane Birds

Monday, July 18, 2016

NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Tim Duclos, spends a lot of time at high elevation.  He composed a peice for the Early Career Climate Forum on his observaitons about conserving montane birds in the face of climate change.

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Notes From the Field: Don’t Count All Your Eggs Until They Hatch

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Photo: M. Staudinger

Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC Science Coordinator recently traveled to visit two coastal National Wildlife Refuges in New England: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, located off of Chatham, Massachusetts, and Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

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Notes from the Field: Putting Structured Decision-Making to Work

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Structured Decision Making workshop participants. Photo: T Bonnot

In 2013, NE CSC sent Graduate Fellow Thomas Bonnot to the National Conservation Training Center to learn how to lead others in structured decision-making (SDM).  He is now putting that training to use to help guide regional conservation.

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Indigenous Planning Summer Institute

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Kyle Whyte, MSU, speaks about "Indigenous Planning as a career" at the Woodhenge outdoor learning site on the CMN campus in Keshena Wisconsin.  Photo: C. Caldwell

The 2nd annual Indigenous Planning Summer Institute (IPSI), hosted by the NE CSC consortium institution, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), was held May 31 - June 3.  

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Early Career Climate Forum Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

See what has culminated in a steady stream of resources for early career climate scientists.  "When we relaunched the ECCF a year ago, we wondered how our products would be adopted by the Climate Science Center community. A year later, we are pleasantly surprised by our success and can’t help but thanking all of you for the support and enthusiasm that has fueled our accomplishments,”  writes NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger

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Notes from the Field: Understanding Connecticut River's Floodplains

Friday, July 1, 2016
Dan Miller calibrating the sidescan sonar. Photo: A Ericson

NE CSC Graduate Fellows Abigail Ericson and Daniel Miller, accompanied by Bogumila Backiel (graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst) and Joseph Pellegrino (intern at The Nature Conservancy), recently traveled to a northern section of the Connecticut River as part of a survey for the NE CSC project, Reconnecting Floodplains and Restoring Green Space as a Management Strategy to Minimize Risk and Increase Resilience in the Context of Climate and Landscape Change.

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Notes from the Field: Camping in Snow in June

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Photo: Carol Patton

NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli recently took a trip to Devils Postpile National Monument, part of a climate change refugium in the Sierra Nevada of California.  

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