NE CASC Newsletter 10.31.19

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Upcoming Brown-Bag Talk: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 pm EST     Jon Woodruff and Brian Yellen from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will discuss the NE CASC project, “Stakeholder guidance helps to identify major misconception regarding dam removals”. Efforts to bolster Hudson River Estuary fisheries have focused a great deal on tributary dam removals. However, concern for sediment impacts often forestalls these projects. In close collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, the project team has generated results that help to negate common misconceptions regarding dam removals for the Hudson and likely the greater Northeast region. Read More >>  

David Reidmiller Named Acting Federal Director for NE CASC The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is pleased to announce that the United States Geological Survey has appointed Dr. David Reidmiller as the center’s Acting Federal Director. In this capacity, Dr. Reidmiller will play a major role in advancing the mission of the center by helping shape its vision, develop its strategic plan, and increase engagement within its expansive network of partners. Read More >> 

Caldwell, Smith Receive Climate Adaptation Leadership Award    Two members of the NE CASC, principal investigator Chris Caldwell and Midwest Tribal resilience liaison Sara Smith, recently joined a diverse group of collaborators in receiving the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Caldwell, Smith and their fellow team members were recognized for their development of Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Adaptation Menu, which provides a framework for integrating Indigenous knowledge, history and language into climate adaptation planning. Read More >>

Project Completed: Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change     A team led by Benjamin Letcher has released the final report for the recently completed NE CASC project Does Variation in Life History and Evolutionary Response Affect Species Vulnerability to Climate Change? Implications for Management. Read More >> 

New Publication: Forest Carbon--An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change     NE CASC PI and University of Vermont faculty member Anthony D'Amato collaborated with Paul Catanzaro, a colleague at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on the recently released publication, “Forest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change.” This guide was developed to help woodland owners and managers consider how their forest management strategy affects the carbon within their forest and thus the forest’s ability to mitigate climate change. Read More >> 

New Publication: Developing a Decision-Support Process for Landscape Conservation Design  NE CASC PIs Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson have worked with an expansive group of partners to complete a new report that facilitates large-scale planning for sustainable landscapes. Read More >> 

An Appetite for Sustainability: NE CASC Fellow Investigates Name Bias in Seafood Consumption Patterns     The research of NE CASC fellow Amanda Davis was recently featured on the website of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is a graduate student in environmental conservation. Davis has assembled a multidisciplinary research team to investigate whether or not eliminating “name bias” in consumer seafood selection might be essential to food sustainability and the New England fishing industry. Read More >> 

Project Examines Emerging Challenges Related to Climate Change, Disease, and Wildlife Health     The USGS National Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, is leading a one-year project to understand and prepare for emerging challenges related to fish and wildlife health, disease, and climate change across North America. Managed in part by Olivia Le Dee, deputy federal director of the NE CASC, the initiative will hold a major workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, early next year.  Read More >>


Southeast CASC Regional Science Symposium     The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center invites researchers, resource managers, and the broader resource community to learn about climate exposure, impacts, and adaptation in the Southeast. November 13-15, New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More >> 

Midwest Drought Early Warning System Regional Partner Meeting     The National Integrated Drought Information System will bring together federal, state, tribal, local, academic, and other partners from the Midwest to share information and ideas that advance drought early warning and preparedness. November 19-20, St. Paul, Minnesota. Read More >> 

Tribal Climate Adaptation Plan Writing Retreat     The USET Office of Environmental and Resource Management has organized a writing retreat intended for technical and professional staff working to complete or revise a climate adaptation plan or vulnerability assessment for their Tribal Nation. December 10-12, Rockport, Massachusetts. Read More >> 


November 5, 2019, 2:00 pm EST
Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Better Stories, Bigger Impact: How Scientists Can Engage Effectively with the Media to Share Their Science
Julia Rosen, Science Reporter, Los Angeles Times
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November 7, 2019, 2:00 pm EST
Open Communications for the Ocean
Making Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Climate Savvy
Eric Mielbrecht, EcoAdapt
Sara Hutto, Greater Farallones Association
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November 13, 2019, 12:00 pm EST
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Stakeholder Guidance Helps to Identify Major Misconception Regarding Dam Removals
Jon Woodruff & Brian Yellen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm EST
National Adaptation Forum
Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu for Indigenous-led Climate Adaptation
Sara Smith, College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Rob Croll, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
Stephen Handler, Northern Insitute of Applied Climate Science
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November 14, 2019, 1:00 pm EST
Society for Conservation GIS
A Spatial Planning Tool for Biodiversity Conservation under Climate Change
Andrew Shirk, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
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