NE CASC Newsletter 10.17.18

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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**NEXT WEEK**  NE CASC Brown-Bag Talk on Tribal Climate Resilience     On Wednesday, October 24 at 12pm EST,  Sara Smith, Midwest Tribal Resilience Liaison, and Casey Thornbrugh, Northeast and Southeast Tribal Climate Science Liaison, will update us on the current initiatives in tribal climate science and adaptation in our region.  The BIA Tribal resilience liaisons
provide a communication, engagement, and research link between Indigenous peoples and the CASCs. Meet our Tribal Liaisons for the NE CASC and learn about some of their recent activities.  Casey will present from UMass Amherst (Morrill Science Center, room 134), and Sara will present remotely.  Their presentation will take place the first half of the hour, then there will be opportunities to join in discussions and get your questions answered.  The talk will be recorded and posted on our webinars archive.  Read More >> 

We’re Hiring!  Seeking a USGS Director for the NE CASC      The position of the federal director of our center based in Amherst, Massachusetts is open.  University and USGS staff are co-located with the host university staff and principal investigators on the UMass Amherst campus.  In addition to the position for the NE CASC, the USGS is seeking federal directors for four other regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers: Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, and the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center. Come work with us! Applications are due October 23.  Read More >> 

Fellows Highlight: Alex Bryan     NE CASC’s Alex Bryan reflects on lessons learned after four years as Climate Assessments and Scenario Planning Postdoctoral Fellow.  Alex’s role as an ‘outreach scientist’ was designed with the idea of meeting directly with natural and cultural resources managers to help interpret downscaled climate change data to meet their needs. He fulfilled the Center’s vision for an individual who would serve as a climate scientist with the capability to develop models and understand climate phenomena, but whose purpose was to engage with managers.  He was a science translator, scenario planner, facilitator, educator, and more.  Read More >> 

Great Lakes Adaptation Forum was Innovative and Inspiring     NE CASC co-sponsored this regional forum where practitioners and scientists discussed the ways adaptation is moving forward for the Great Lakes states and Canada.  Several people from our center attended the GLAF in September and shared their impressions.  Read More >> 

New Projects Funded by the NE CASC    Research projects with CASC consortium institutions, USGS collaborators, and other partners will advance science and adaptation tools to inform cultural and natural resource management.   These projects range from vernal pool resilience, feasibility of assisted plant migration, and the impact of climate-driven stressors and disease on the health of wildlife.  Projects will apply adaptation science to better inform planning and conservation for the upper Mississippi watershed as well as northeast forests and birds, and assist states with next steps for their wildlife action plans. Additionally, we will be developing new scopes of research for our coastal seasonal migrants project as well as vulnerability and adaptation measures for northeast wildlife.   Read More >> 

Upcoming Presentations by the NE CASC

  • Toni Lyn Morelli will deliver an overview talk at the New Hampshire Fall Climate Change Workshop focused on how climate change will impact wildlife. UNH, December 7.
  • Toni Lyn Morelli will give the plenary talk at the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative annual meeting in Burlington, VT on December



Mass ECAN Conference 2018     Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network is a community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers working in Massachusetts and interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation. October 30, Framingham State University.  Register by October 23. Read More >>

2018 EPA Region 1 Tribal Environmental Conference     Topics will include climate change (impacts on moose and sugar maple operations), Northeast water quality, and other environmental issues impacting Tribes. Hosted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe-Indian Township in Jackman, Maine, October 31-Nov 1. Read More >>

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference     Designed for local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners and others who want to know more about climate adaptation strategies. November 14, St. Paul MN. Read More >> 

Energy and Climate Conference       Feature presentations by more than a dozen scholars and experts in climate communication, science, and policy.  December 1, Morgantown, WV. Read More >>  



Free Climate Short Courses     Each week, participants in the South Central CASC organized short courses will watch short educational videos, read additional supplemental material, and conduct discussions online. All participants will be evaluated through online quizzes and upon completion of a short course, each participant will receive a personalized certificate. The “Physical impacts of climate change & adaptation strategies” course takes place
October 22 - November 26. Read More >>     


————OTHER NEWS——————

Supporting Native and Indigenous Community Climate Adaptation Efforts Across the Country     In recognition of the recent Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 8, we’re exploring the different ways in which the Climate Adaptation Science Center network is supporting and partnering with Tribal nations and Indigenous communities to address science needs, build capacity, and inform climate adaptation planning. The CASCs do this via research projects, training
workshops, stakeholder meetings, and other activities.  Read More >> 

News from the Tribal Resilience Liaisons     Liaisons are dedicated to increasing CASC engagement with Tribal nations, Tribal consortia, and Tribal organizations so that the CASCs can further understand and meet their information needs. Meet the Tribal Liaisons and learn about some of their recent activities.  Read More >> 

Field Assist for Puffins     Check out NE CASC science coordinator Michelle Staudinger’s coastal phenology research and pictures from a recent visit to NE CASC Fellow Keenan Yakola’s project site in the Gulf of Maine.  Read More >>

New Research Shows Soil Moisture can Diminish Drought Effects, Depending on the Plant Species      Researchers and managers alike have highlighted a need for a greater, faster understanding of the vulnerability of regional vegetation to drought so that land management actions can be implemented at the right place and time. Read More >> 

GLAF Tackles Inclusion in Climate Adaptation     Dan Wildcat delivered a keynote talk on efforts to bridge gaps between different people working in climate adaptation.  Read More >> 

Climate Change Will Hit U.S. National Parks Twice as Hard     For the first time, a new study has quantified the magnitude of climate change on all 417 national parks in the United States.  Read More >>  

AFWA Landscape-scale Conservation     The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies passed a resolution in support of landscape conservation during their 108th Annual meeting in September.  Read More >> 



CAKE Highlight:  The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region     A brief overview of key climate change impacts and a review of the prevalent work occurring on climate change adaptation.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Water Quality and Climate Change     Case study on “Incorporating Climate Change into TMDL Decisions for Lake Champlain.”  Read More >> 

Latest IPCC Report     The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report detailing a grim future for the planet within 25 years. Read More >>  

Impacts of Climate Change at 1.5C, 2C and Beyond     The Carbon Brief has created this interactive page to summarize regional climatic changes and their impacts on natural and human systems based on hundreds of papers that went into the IPCC report.  Read More >> 

Resilience Dialogues Reports     Synthesis reports on three community dialogues with Anchorage, AK, Carlisle, PA, and Nashua, NH are now available. Read More >> 

Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design     For practitioners looking to develop, facilitate, or participate in a LCD process, the new guide leverages the knowledge, years of experience working on landscape-scale conservation issues, and the legacy of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.  Read More >> 



Job Opportunities: Five USGS Director Positions     Federal director of Climate Adaptation Science Centers in the Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, South Central and Pacific Islands.  Applications due October 23.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Biologist with the USGS     Term-limited biologist position at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.  Applications due October 22.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunities: USGS Office of Grants and Acquisition     Two grants specialists positions are now open.  Applications due October 25.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Wildlife Habitat Ecologist     Tenure-track, assistant professor position in spatial ecology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. Application deadline is November 16.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunities:  Two Tenure-Track Positions in Environmental Science     At Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Applications due October 31.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Deputy Director of Climate Impacts Group     To support and advance CIG’s innovations in connecting science and practice to increase climate resilience.  Review begins November 1. Read More >>  

Job Opportunities:  Three Positions at ITEP     The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is hiring an events coordinator, program coordinator, and Tribal waste and response program coordinator (which will be available online soon).  Applications due October 23. Read More >> 

Tribal Undergraduate Opportunity:  Practicum in Field Environmental Biology     This program promotes understanding of environmental field biology and how field research is conducted. Native American students are prepared for advanced studies in environmental biology, so they can better manage their lands. Application deadline is November 9. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: NOAA’s Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise     To evaluate and quantify the ability of natural and nature-based approaches to mitigate the effects of sea level rise and inundation (storm surge, nuisance flooding, and/or wave run-up) on coastal ecosystems and communities through integrated field research and advancement of predictive modeling applications. Due January 16. Read More



Tuesday, October 23, 12pm EDT

Southwest CASC 

Linking Remote Sensing and Bird Behavior Data to Understand the Impacts of Drought on Waterfowl

Michael Casazza and Elliott Matchett, USGS Western Ecological Research Center

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Wednesday, October 24, 12pm EST

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Brown-bag Talks

Tribal Climate Science and Adaptation in the Midwest and Northeast

Sara Smith, Midwest Tribal Resilience Liaison, and Casey Thornbrugh, NE & SE Tribal Climate Science Liaison

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Thursday, November 1, 12:00-1:15pm EST

Southeast CASC

Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities

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Thursday, November 1, 11am PST

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Methods and Measurement: How to Assess Vulnerability and Advance Adaptation

Anna Palmer and Derek Kauneckis 

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Wednesday November 7th @ 3:00 PM EST

Forest Climate Working Group Learning Exchange Working Group

Using Big Data to Inform Land Conservation and Park Development that Address Climate Change

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Tuesday, November 13, 11am PST

Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Skills-Building Webinar Series 

Understanding Organizations Using Ethnographic Field Methods 

Alison Meadow, University of Arizona

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Wednesday, November 14 @ 12pm EST

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Brown-bag Talks

Novel Approaches for Estimating and Visualizing Climate Vulnerability for Aquatic Systems

Ben Letcher, USGS

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Thursday, November 15 @ 12pm EST

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Marine Heatwaves under Global Warming: Discovering Risks for Marine Ecosystems

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Wednesday, November 28 @ 1pm EST

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Featured Presentation

Adaptation Measures for Boston

David Cash, Sustainable Solutions Lab of UMass Boston

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Wednesday, December 12 @ 12pm EST

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Brown-bag Talks

Wildlife Adaptation Synthesis 

Olivia LeDee, Acting Federal USGS Director of NE CASC 

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