Dec 23 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

–––––NE CASC NEWS–––––

Katherine Smith Appointed NE CASC Federal Director   
NE CASC is delighted to announce that the U.S. Geological Survey has appointed Dr. Katherine Smith as the center’s Federal Director. In this capacity, Smith will play a major role in advancing the mission of the center by helping articulate its vision, formulate its long-term strategic plan, and enhance collaboration with its expansive network of partners. Read More >> 

Save the Dates: Spring 2021 Webinar Series     
NE CASC is pleased to announce the lineup for our Spring 2021 Webinar Series. Please mark your calendar to ensure that you don't miss any of these exciting talks! Read More >> 

NE CASC Holds Successful “Biological Thresholds” Workshop     
More than 160 members of the climate adaptation science community participated in a three-day NE CASC science planning workshop, “Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Change, ” which took place via Zoom on October 7th, 8th, and 27th. Designed to identify resource management priorities in addressing the potential climate change-induced crossing of biological thresholds—the points at which minor alterations in climatic conditions produce disproportionately large and undesirable responses in species or ecosystems—the workshop attracted representatives from 50 federal or state agencies spanning 21 states. Read More >> 

New Publication: Rapid Tidal Marsh Development in Anthropogenic Backwaters   
A new study led by NE CASC researchers Brian Yellen and Jonathan Woodruff demonstrates that Hudson River Estuary marshes are growing upward at a rate two to three times faster than current sea level rise, suggesting that they should be resilient to accelerated sea level rise in the future. Concluding that tidal marshes can be developed relatively easily and quickly, this work provides a framework for guiding land trusts and state agencies in their implementation of land acquisition and land conservation strategies. Read More >> 

New Publication: Preparing Wildlife for Climate Change—How Far Have We Come?      
Published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, a recent article authored by NE CASC Deputy Federal Director Olivia LeDee and her collaborators finds that management recommendations for helping wildlife adapt to climate change tend to focus on broad-scale approaches, such as establishing protected areas, rather than on tactics that can be applied at local or regional scales by on-the-ground resource managers. Consequently, while scientists often make recommendations for minimizing the effects of climate change on wildlife, it is unclear how well these suggestions fit the needs of modern wildlife managers. Read More >> 

New Publication: Hydrologic Variability in Black Ash Wetlands & Vulnerability to Emerald Ash Borer     
While black ash wetlands are prevalent in the Great Lakes region, their future is threatened due to impending spread of the invasive emerald ash borer, which causes tree mortality, suppresses transpiration, and may potentially cause ecohydrologic shifts to wetter, non-forested conditions. While susceptibility to such shifts varies according to local hydrologic regimes controlled by landscape settings, the exact nature of this site-dependent vulnerability is unknown. In a new Hydrological Processes article, NE CASC PI Anthony D'Amato and his collaborators identify the factors determining vulnerability to such shifts and provide a potential tool to target relevant areas for active management efforts. Read More >> 

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Workshop Proceedings Page: “Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Change”
Did you want to attend the NE CASC “Biological Thresholds” Workshop but missed out on doing so? Or did you participate in the workshop but would like to watch some of the presentations or discussions again? Then the “Biological Thresholds” Proceedings Page is for you! The page contains recordings of all the major workshop presentations and conversations as well as a summary of overarching conclusions from the workshop (along with other useful information). Read More >> 

Fall 2020 Webinar Series Recordings
NE CASC recently concluded a highly successful Fall Webinar Series, which witnessed a record number of participants log on to hear four outstanding presentations from Hilary Dugan, Jordan Read, Beth Larry, and Peter McIntyre & Rob Mooney. If you missed these talks the first time around, now is a great time to catch up! Read More >> 

–––––Upcoming Webinars & Other Online Events–––––

Tuesday, January 19, 12:00 PM ET
SE CASC Science Seminar Series
Assessment of Water Availability and Streamflow Characteristics in the Southeast for Current and Future Climatic Conditions

Jacob LaFontaine, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center
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Wednesday & Thursday, January 20-21, 12:30-5:00 PM ET
Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change Network Symposium

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Wednesday, January 27, 12:00 PM ET
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group Webinar Series
Building Climate Resilience During Covid-19 Recovery

Panel Discussion
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Wednesday, February 24, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Breaking Down Barriers to Proactive & Consistent Risk Assessments of Invasive Plants in the Northeast

Bethany Bradley, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 PM ET
Sustainable Agriculture at College of Menominee Nation

Frank Kutka, College of Menominee Nation
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Wednesday, April 14, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
The Future of Aquatic Flows: Connecting Future Hydrologic Extremes to Aquatic Needs

Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Monday-Wednesday, April 19-21
Shifting Seasons Summit 3

Presented by the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network
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Wednesday, May 5, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Refugia Are Important But Are They Connected? Mapping Well-Connected Climate Refugia for Species of Conservation Concern in the Northeast

William DeLuca, National Audubon Society & University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Research Position, University of Minnesota  
The University of Minnesota's Department of Forest Resources and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station are seeking a postdoctoral scientist to lead research dedicated to evaluating outcomes of forest adaptation plantings across a range of vulnerable forest ecosystems using 30+ existing forest adaptation experiments and demonstration areas in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This position is part of a larger project whose primary goal is to generate a comprehensive understanding of the effectiveness and regional potential for adaptation plantings to sustain and restore forest cover in the face of climate, disturbance, and invasive species impacts in the northern Lake States. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, ecosystem ecology, or strong interest in working with Tribal communities. Send questions directly to Dr. Rebecca Montgomery ( Review of applications begins January 1. More information >>

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Research Positions, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, University of California, Merced
The Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California-Merced invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Scholars in Spatial Analysis and Priority Planning for advancing environmental monitoring and natural resources management in California. The Institute is seeking two motivated postdoctoral researchers interested in a project aimed at understanding forest management and restoration needs using transparent and defensible water balance and vegetation and analysis in support of prioritization of investment opportunities to enhance and maintain ecosystem function. The project will involve blending and aggregating ground-based and remotely sensed indices of ecosystem assets using Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and other tools for forest management planning. Review of applicactions begins January 6. More information >> 

Call for Applications: NextProf Science—Virtual Future Faculty Workshop
The University of Michigan will offer a NextProf Science workshop, May 3-May 6, 2021. The workshop is aimed at encouraging talented scientists and mathematicians with a demonstrated commitment to diversity to consider academia as a career.  Participants will develop strategies to prepare them to pursue academic careers. The workshop is targeted at scholars ready to take the next step—postdoctoral fellows and very advanced doctoral students. Underrepresented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline for submission of the application and reference letter is January 25. More information>> 

Call for Applications: Director of Climate Resilience/Program Manager, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Climate Resilience, Program Manager VI. This position reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship and is charged with developing an agency framework that ensures that climate change considerations are incorporated into agency initiatives and projects.  The Director shall build collaboration with all areas within the agency as well as the Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and other state agencies.  The Director will manage projects, contracts and budgets, direct and indirect staff reports, and meet project deadlines to accomplish established goals. More information >>