NE CASC Newsletter 11.25.19

Monday, November 25, 2019

————NE CASC NEWS————
Upcoming Brown-Bag Talk: Wednesday, December 4th, 12:00 pm ET     Diane Borggard, the Right Whale Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, will discuss “Scenario Planning and Protected Species: NOAA Fisheries Case Studies to Inform Recovery in a Changing Environment”. Scenario planning, a structured process developed to explore and prepare for the future, is often used by natural resource managers to gauge the uncertainty surrounding changing environmental conditions and understand the potential impact of these changes on natural resources. This presentation will focus on how NOAA Fisheries are deploying scenario planning for two endangered species, Atlantic salmon and North Atlantic right whales, while highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary groups to the process. Read More>> 

Two Openings for CASC Network Researchers: Apply by 11/27   The NE CASC is delighted to announce the availability of two research positions that will play a key role in advancing the CASC network's mission, the cultivation of information and tools to facilitate climate adaptation for natural and cultural resource management. Applications are now being accepted for an ecologist in the Northeast CASC and a physical scientist or geographer in the Southeast CASC. Interested researchers should apply by November 27th. Read More>>

College of Menominee Nation Continues Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshop Series     The College of Menominee Nation, an NE CASC consortium institution, recently partnered with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) to host the fourth in a series of Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshops that commenced in early 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. These events have been organized to help Tribal natural resource managers identify priorities, challenges, and areas of concern as they create action plans for adaptation and resilience. Read More >>

New Resource: Climate Resilience Tools for the Midwest     NE CASC Federal Deputy Director Olivia LeDee contributed to the recent launch of the Midwest information and tools section on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website. Covering Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, this addition provides a wide range of resources for anyone interested in climate planning, adaptation, regional tools, and case studies. First-time users are encouraged to watch a brief video on the Climate Resilience Toolkit home page to receive an overview of the site. Read More >> 

New Resource: Double Trouble—Understanding Risks from Invasive Species + Climate Change      Individually, invasive species and climate change pose major threats to ecosystems around the globe. Combined, they are even more formidable, presenting a host of new challenges for resource managers. Before effective management strategies can be designed in response, though, we must understand how these two disparate forms of global change interact. To facilitate this understanding, a team led by NE CASC PI Bethany Bradley has produced a guide that outlines the “double trouble” arising from the convergence of invasive species and climate change. Read More >> 

New Publication: Northern Forest Winters Have Lost Cold, Snowy Conditions Important to Ecosystems and Human Communities     A team of researchers including NE CASC Tribal liaison Casey Thornbrugh has found clear signs of a decline in snow-covered days and other indicators of winter that could have lasting impacts on ecosystems, water supply, the economy, and human health. The recently published Ecological Applications study draws from a century of weather station data spanning northern forests across the United States and Canada.  Read More >> 

New Publication: Incorporating Climate Change into Invasive Species Management—Insights from Managers      Interactions between invasive species and climate change present new challenges for resource management. The concerns, strategies, and research needs of resource managers as they face these issues have, however, gone largely undocumented. A new article authored by NE CASC fellow Evelyn Beaury and her collaborators bridges this knowledge gap through a nationwide survey of 200+ resource management professionals. Read More >> 

NE CASC Contributes to Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium     The recently held Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium brought together  environmental, economic, social, and institutional perspectives on resilience in the Gulf of Maine. NE CASC researchers contributed to several aspects of the program, which consisted of more than 50 presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. Read More >> 

————Recent NE CASC Publications————

Dymond, S. F., A. W. D'Amato, R. K. Kolka, P. V. Bolstad, S. D. Sebestyen, K. Gill, and M. T. Curzon. 2019. Climatic controls on peatland black spruce growth in relation to water table variation and precipitation. Ecohydrology 12:e2137. Read More >> 

Jevon, F. V., A. W. D'Amato, C. W. Woodall, K. Evans, M. P. Ayres, and J. H. Matthes. 2019. Tree basal area and conifer abundance predict soil carbon stocks and concentrations in an actively managed forest of northern New Hampshire, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 451:117534. Read More >> 


Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference     Two NE CASC researchers, PI Anthony D’Amato and research ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli, will lead working group discussions at this meeting, which will both explore ways to monitor the impacts of climate change and investigate methods for evaluating management of those impacts. December 13, 2019, Burlington, VT.  Read More >> 

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Conference     This event will assemble the Minnesota climate adaptation community to discuss adaptation tools and planning, water resources and flooding, collaboration and community engagement, agriculture, forest management, Tribal responses to climate change, and natural resource management. January 22, 2020, St. Paul, Minnesota. Read More >>


Job Opening: Assistant Professor—Chesapeake Biological Laboratory     The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in coastal or estuarine ecosystems. Read More >> 

Job Opening: Staff Scientist—National Climate Assessment 5     ICF seeks a National Climate Assessment Staff Scientist for the U.S. Global Change Research Program NCA team.  Read More >> 

Switzer Fellowship: Call for Applications     The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year, $15,000 fellowships to talented environmental studies graduate students in New England and California. The application deadline is January 6, 2020.  Read More >> 


December 3, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
What Can Successful Communication Look Like in Actionable Science? Examples from the Climate Adaptation Science Centers
Kristin Timm, George Mason University & Leslie Platt, U.S. Geological Survey
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December 4, 2019, 12:00 pm ET
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Scenario Planning and Protected Species: NOAA Fisheries Case Studies to Inform Recovery in a Changing Environment
Diane Borggaard, NOAA Fisheries
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December 5, 2019, 12:00 pm ET
Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
NCA5 Webinar Series—The Southeast: Economic and Health Risks for Rural Communities
Kristin Dow, University of South Carolina 
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December 10, 2019, 1:00 pm ET
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
The Art of Knowledge Exchange – Lessons from World Bank Experience and Applications for Marine Conservation
Phil Karp, Principal Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank Social/Urban/Rural Development and Resilience Global Practice
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