Massachusetts Envirothon

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NE CSC Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger, and Mike Rawlins, NE CSC Affiliate and Manager of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst hosted two workshop sessions as part of the Massachusetts Envirothon  team-based competition for high school students

held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday, November 5th.

As part of the Envirothon program, students received an environmental challenge on a current issue in sustainability and the environment. After researching the issue, students gave a presentation to a panel of judges, proposing a solution to the problem they studied. During the year, teams attend environmental education workshops, and during the Envirothon, teams visited four “ecostations”--focusing on forestry, soil, water, and wildlife—and were tested on these issues. Many teams participate in a related service project, for which they can win a Community Award.

The “Biodiversity in a Changing Climate” workshop, hosted by Michelle Staudinger, provided an overview and case studies on how plants, fish, wildlife, and ecosystems have already responded, and are predicted to respond to climate change across Massachusetts and the greater Northeast region. The “Earth's Climate, The Carbon Cycle, and Recent Climate Changes Across the Northeast US” workshop hosted by Mike Rawlins, explored the connections between atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and climate, and surveys the recent climate changes observed across the region.