9.18.2020 Newsletter

Friday, September 18, 2020

————NE CASC NEWS————

Upcoming Webinar: Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 PM Eastern Time    
NE CASC Principal Investigator Hilary Dugan will discuss “Phenological Whiplash in Lakes.” In northern lakes, extremely early or late lake ice melt has cascading effects throughout the food web. This webinar will discuss how the increasing unpredictability of seasonal environmental cues in lakes will lead to mistimed ecological interactions and evolutionary selection pressures that may reduce the response diversity of ecosystems. Managing for diversity will become paramount for developing resilient aquatic ecosystems. From genes to ecosystems, the impacts of climate change--and the accompanying abrupt changes to eco-evolutionary dynamics that may arise--should be viewed through the lens of climate variability as well as average long-term warming. Read More >> 

NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh Selected for Prestigious Climate Adaptation Honor     
NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh recently received a 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award. This marks the second consecutive year that an NE CASC representative has claimed this prestigious honor. Read More >> 

NE CASC Appoints Three Graduate Assistants to Advance DEI Goals     
Acting on our commitment to helping dismantle environmental racism and pursuing a more just society, NE CASC recently appointed three graduate assistants who will lead projects designed to advance the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Read More >> 

The Return of the Brown-Headed Nuthatch: NE CASC PIs Help Restore Ecosystem, Evaluate Conservation Technique     
Extirpated from Missouri's Ozark Highlands more than a century ago, the brown-headed nuthatch is now poised for a comeback there thanks in part to the work of NE CASC principal investigators Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson. Their project will help restore the native ecosystem and evaluate a conservation technique known as assisted migration. Read More >> 

NE CASC Organizes Session on Translational Invasion Ecology at ESA Meeting     
NE CASC researchers Bethany Bradley and Toni Lyn Morelli organized a session at the recent Ecological Society of America annual meeting to help members of the invasive species community better understand the paradigm of Translational Invasion Ecology. Session talks were recorded and are ready for viewing! Read More >> 

Project Completed: Slowing the Flow for Climate Resilience     
Principal Investigators Richard Palmer and Keith Nislow have completed their final report for the project "Slowing the Flow for Climate Resilience: Reducing Vulnerability to Extreme Flood and Drought Events." This research underscores the importance of riparian conservation and restoration in providing ecosystem services such as flood risk mitigation under a climate-altered future. Read More >>  

Morelli Organizes Special Session on Climate Change Refugia at NACCB Symposium     
NE CASC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and colleagues from the Refugia Research Coalition organized a session on "Innovative Approaches for Identifying and Managing Climate Change Refugia" at the recently held 2020 North American Congress for Conservation Biology Symposium. Presentations for the session were recorded and are available for viewing. Read More >> 

NE CASC Fellow Nigel Golden Delivers Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture on Diversity & Inclusion     
Nigel Golden, an NE CASC fellow and a doctoral student in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently presented the 2020 Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture on Diversity and Inclusion in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Golden was chosen for this honor based on his ability to “challenge the status quo by bringing perspective, knowledge and expertise to the subject of building a more diverse and inclusive community."  Read More >>

————Other News————

Climate Change Reshapes Massachusetts’ Iconic Cranberry Industry
The Boston Globe recently detailed the tumultuous state of Massachusetts’ cranberry industry, which has fallen on hard times due in part to warming winters, which have prevented the freezing of cranberry bogs necessary for crop preservation. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an incentive program that encourages cranberry farmers to convert their bogs to open space, restoring streams, wetlands, and vital habitats. Read More >> 

Apple-Growing Hampered by Climate Change A story in Yale Climate Connections explains how climate change has presented new barriers to growing apples in many areas, particularly the Midwest, where hotter, wetter weather has caused a rise in fungal diseases. As a result, orchard managers are pursuing a variety of adaptation strategies, including shifting their crops to disease-resistant strains like Honeycrisp and developing new growing methods. Read More >> 

————Upcoming Webinars & Other Online Events————

Tuesday, September 22, 4:00 PM ET
Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change Network
Building Community to Address the Threat of Emerald Ash Borer to Northern Forests

Anthony D’Amato, NE CASC & University of Vermont, and Amanda Mahaffey, Forest Stewards Guild
Register Here: https://forms.gle/K7YSq5nZLrhR9YMn8

Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Phenological Whiplash in Lakes

Hilary Dugan, NE CASC & University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Integrative Biology
Join Here: https://bit.ly/2FJdoY9

Thursday, September 24, 3:30 PM ET
OneNOAA Science Seminar Series
Dams and Sediment in the Hudson

Brian Yellen, NE CASC & UMass Amherst, and Sarah Fernald, Hudson River NERR
Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1865879338166282000

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 PM ET
UMass Amherst History Department Feinberg Distinguished Lecture Series
What Does the Earth Ask of Us?

Robin Wall Kimmerer, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Join Here: https://www.youtube.com/umass-history

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Improving Lake Temperature Estimates for Midwestern Fisheries with Process-Guided Deep Learning

Jordan Read, U.S. Geological Survey—Data Science Branch, Water Resources Mission Area
Join Here: https://bit.ly/2FNUKhw

Wednesday, November 18, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Supporting Climate Action in the Northeast and Midwest: Forest Service Research Perspectives and Priorities

Beth Larry, U.S. Forest Service—Northern Research Station
Join Here: https://bit.ly/2ZNf6if

Wednesday, December 9,  12:00 PM ET 
NE CASC Webinar Series
Variation in Nutrient Loading among Lake Michigan Watersheds: Disentangling Land Use and Discharge Effects

Peter McIntyre, NE CASC & Cornell University
Join Here: https://bit.ly/35IyUXM


Call for Applications: Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellowship Program  
Texas A&M University invites applications for its ACES Fellowship, which promotes the research, teaching, and scholarship of early career scholars who embrace the belief that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. Scholars working in the area of climate and environmental science are eligible to apply for this two-year postdoctoral fellowship, which provides an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits. The application deadline is October 1. More Information >>

Call for Applications: NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship    
NOAA seeks applicants for its prestigious Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship. Fellowship recipients focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. A fixed annual salary—plus benefits and allowances for relocation, travel and publications—are provided. The application deadline is January 8, 2021. More Information >> 

Call for Applications: Climate 2021 Travel Awards.   
The application period is now open for the Climate 2021 Travel Awards, which are given to postdoctoral fellows and PhD students involved in climate-related science and education. This prize provides financial support for the winners to attend an international conference held in 2021 focusing on climate processes of the earth. Recipients are expected to hold a presentation, present a poster, or both at the conference. The application deadline is November 30.  More Information >>