NE CASC Newsletter 12.10.18

Monday, December 10, 2018


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**THIS WEDNESDAY 12pm EST**  NE CASC Brown-Bag Talk on Wildlife Adaptation      On Wednesday, December 12 at 12:00 pm eastern,  Olivia LeDee, the acting USGS director for NE CASC, will share a new menu for adaptation options for the management of wildlife.  Olivia will update us on the literature review of adaptation actions that her team conducted, how they distilled more than 3000 recommendations to a list of 90 on-the-ground management actions, and how they reached out to stakeholders for input for the tool’s final format.  Olivia will present from Minnesota.  You can join remotely, or see the talk in room 134, Morrill Science Center, on the UMass Amherst campus.  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 >> 


Project Completed: Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation     NE CASC affiliated investigator Ben Zuckerberg from the University of Wisconsin issued a final report for the project “Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability Using Demographically-Informed Species Distribution Models.” Read More >> 


NE CASC Scientists Contribute to Fourth National Climate Assessment    The NCA4 was released November 23rd. Six of our NE CASC researchers contributed to the final report by authoring and editing chapters such as the Northeast and Midwest chapters, forests, ecosystems, Tribal and Indigenous communities, and the climate science special report.  Read More >>


New Publication: Interpreting Regional Climate Change Projections     NE CASC Post-doc Fellow Ambarish Karmalkar addresses uncertainty in climate modeling projections.   He evaluated new methods, and recommends drawing from a number of models and sources.  Read More >> 


Fellows Highlight: Meaghan Guckian     NE CASC Graduate Fellow Meaghan Guckian at UMass Amherst reflects on her work creating the Early Career Climate Communications Forum. Read More>>  


Notes from the Field- Nigel Golden     NE CASC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden shares his adventures in the Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve.  Read More>> 


Slow the Flow for Coastal Climate Resilience     NE CASC and collaborators held the second Slow the Flow workshop for coastal climate resilience on October 10.  Participants in the Michigan joined participants in Massachusetts for this live-stream simulcast meeting. Agenda and presentations are available on the project page. Read More >> 


NE CASC Maple Project Flyer Selected for Communications Best Practice     The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) climate communications expert work group selected the two-page handout on “Maple Syrup: Climate change impacts on production and adaptation strategies”  as a winning example of shared resources.  Read More >>


NE CASC Seeking Abstracts for NE Fish and Wildlife Conference     Abstracts are due December 19 for the special symposium, “From the Seas to the Mountains, Momentum is Building to Support Fish and Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change.”  This symposium will convene land managers, wildlife biologists, and climate scientists to learn from each other about the greatest challenges in addressing climate change threats and the most recent findings to inform best practices.  April 14-16, Groton, CT.  Read More >> 


Recent Publications by the NE CASC 

Upcoming Presentations by the NE CASC

  • NE CASC Presentations at 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting, December 10-14. Read More >> 
  • NE CASC Affiliated Investigator Bethany Bradley will give a presentation on impacts assessments for range shifting species to the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) in December 2018.



Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference     Abstracts due December 19 for symposia, including the by NE CASC co-hosted symposium, “From the Seas to the Mountains, Momentum is Building to Support Fish and Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change.”  April 14-16, Groton Connecticut.  Read More >>

The Beaches Conference: Our Maine and New Hampshire Beaches and Coast     Field Day, 13 June 13, conference, June 14, Kittery, ME.  Proposals to present due December 14.  Read More >> 

Climate Change Listening Sessions and Needs Assessment    NIACS and Forest Stewards Guild have teamed up to listen to the current needs for climate information among natural resource professionals, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, and other land management groups. December 14 in Burlington, VT as part of the FEMC conference. Read More >>  Also December 19 in Smithfield, RI.  Read More >> 

Tribal Adaptation Workshop     Culturally Relevant Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Tribes and Tribal Partners January 23-24th at the Cloquet Forestry Center, MN.  Register by January 4th.  Read More >>  

Online Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices course: Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians Regions     Join weekly online working sessions to develop your own climate adaptation project, receiving coaching and feedback along the way. January 8 - February 9, 2019. Read More >> 

Online Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices course: New England and New York     Join weekly online working sessions to develop your own climate adaptation project, receiving coaching and feedback along the way. Jan. 21 - March 11, 2019.  Read More >> 

Climate Academy 2019     This eight week USFWS National Conservation Training Center online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills.  Begins in January.  Read More >> 

Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference     As a part of the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, NIACS will be co-hosting a day-long adaptation workshop for wildlife managers. The workshop will take place on Sunday, January 27 before the start of the main conference agenda. Cleveland, OH - January 27-30.   Read More >> 

Climate Change Adaptation for Wildlife Managers: A Hands-on Workbook Process     NE CASC, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, and partners are organizing this workshop in January 27 in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More >>




Invasive Species and Climate Change Summary Documents     NE CASC Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) network have added a third publication in their series of “Management Challenges” aimed at summarizing existing science on invasive species and climate change.  “Why Native?  Benefits of planting native species in a changing climate” highlights both the benefits of native plants in our urban and suburban landscapes as well as the costs of non-native plants. Knowing that invasive plants are primarily introduced as ornamentals, this resource aims to help you communicate the importance of planting native to your stakeholders.  You can find links to download the “Why Native” document as well as the previous summaries on sleeper species and warming waters on the RISCC website resources page.  Read More >> 


————OTHER NEWS——————

Tribal Adaptation Menu Featured in GLIFWC Mazina'igan     This newsletter includes vulnerability assessment information as well as other cool stories.  The “GLIFWC & NIACS Tribal Adaptation Menu: A tool focused on stewardship through an indigenous lens” is featured on page 6.  Read More >> 

Importance of Small Fish the North Atlantic     Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the NE CASC, highlights the importance of the relationship between the abundance of sand lance and humpback whale health on page 8 in the Oceanographic Society magazine "Oceanography.”  Read More >> 

NE CASC Contributes to Climate Knowledge for Farmers     Research shared by Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS research ecologist with the NE CASC, is being further incorporated into extension materials and outreach (page 2).  Read More >> 

Puffins: Harbingers of Climate Change     NE CASC graduate fellow Keenan Yakola, and science coordinator Michelle Staudinger, are featured in this article on these proverbial canary in the coal mine for oceans.  Read More >> 

One of the Wettest Autumns on Record is Observed in New England     NE CASC Affiliated Investigator Michael Rawlins was featured on WAMC Northeast public radio sharing his expertise on the unusual precipitation in 2018. Listen here >> 

Ragweed Even More Problematic with Climate Change     A new predictive model developed by NE CASC affiliated investigator Kristina Stinson of UMass Amherst suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward.  Read More >> 



Assisted Migration Synthesis Resource     The USFS’ Climate Change Resource Center provides a summary of tools, reading, and information to assist in forest adaptation.  Read More >>

SWAPS and Climate Change Review     New report from SE CASC project, Climate Change and Conservation in the Southeast: A Review of State Wildlife Action Plans Final Report.  Read More >> 

New Adaptation Demonstration Projects    Recent additions and updates to NICS’ network of adaptation projects: The Trustees of Reservations' Notchview Reservation, and David Manski's Forest Management Plan.  Read More >> 

USGS Report on Greenhouse Gas Emissions     This new report details Federal Lands Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sequestration in the United States.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Tribal Visualization Tool     This tool is designed to help tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin understand how the climate is expected to change in places that they care about.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Wetlands Adaptation     Restoration of wetlands in Jamaica Bay, a eutrophic urban estuary, through sediment addition and plantings, addresses marsh elevation loss consistent with methods to address sea level rise.  Read More >>  

Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network      The second annual conference, featuring regional conservation managers sharing collaborative approaches to climate adaptation, was held October 30. Read More >>

GLIFWC Vulnerability Report     Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Integrating Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.  Read More >> 

Vulnerability in Oceans      From Marine Ecosystem and Management, a new index for assessing the vulnerability of ocean planning and blue economy to climate change (and some preliminary results).  Read More >>



Job Opportunity: Tribal Natural Resources     The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences invites applications for a newly-established tenure-track position. Deadline January 7, 2019. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Faculty in Earth Systems    The University of California, Irvine, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position focused on the effects of global environmental change on natural or managed terrestrial ecosystems.  Review begins December 21. Read More >> 

Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity: Bridging the Disconnects Between Science and Decision Making      This Mendenhall position will be within Core Science System’s Science Analytics and Synthesis Program. Read More >> 

Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity: Coastal Resilience     University of Connecticut seeks applicants to provide support for activities associated with the development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). Position posted until filled.  Read More >> 

Student Opportunity: Research Internship     The SOARS Program is a multi-year paid research internship aimed at increasing diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences, based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (NCAR), Boulder, CO. Read More >>  

Research Opportunity:  Masters/PhD Assistantships    Protected Areas Research Collaborative (PARC) at Pennsylvania State University. Read More >> 



Tuesday, December 11, 2pm EST

SE Climate Adaptation Science Center Fall 2018 Skills-building Webinars

Social Science Tools for Making Science Actionable

Alison Meadow, University of Arizona - Institute of the Environment

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Tuesday, December 11, 3pm CST

Nobel Peace Prize Institute

How to Solve the Climate Crisis?

Keynote speaker Al Gore

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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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Wednesday, December 12, 1:00-3:00 pm EST

National Conservation Training Center

Species' Assessments of Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Need to Consider Adaptive Capacity and Uncertainty

Alisa Wade and Brian Hand; University of Montana

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Thursday, December 13, 12pm EST

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Dynamic Responses of Coastal Wetlands to Sea Level Rise

Karim Alizad, University of South Carolina

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Friday, December 14, 1pm EST

Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.

NE SWAP Database Training and Technical Support Webinars 

Karen Terwilliger, Elizabeth Crisfield, and Peter Good

To join, visit: Meeting number (access code): 622 743 095, Meeting password: DFVJUdYB 


Monday, December 17, 2pm EST

One NOAA Science Seminar Series

Fishing for Solutions: A Science Briefing on Ocean Change and Fisheries 

Malin Pinsky, Michael Luisi, Roger Griffis, Heather Mannix, and  Stephen Posner

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Tuesday, December 18 9:30am EST

NOAA's Eastern Region Climate Services

Northeast Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment

Mary Stampone, UNH 

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Wednesday, December 19, 10am EST

Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.

NE SWAP Database Training and Technical Support Webinars

Karen Terwilliger, Elizabeth Crisfield, and Peter Good

To join, visit:, Meeting number (access code): 628 163 799, Meeting password: MrgJPhnD 

Wednesday,  January 9, 3pm EST The Forest-Climate Working Group Forest Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for US Landowners?  Dylan Jenkins, Vice President of Portfolio Development at Finite Carbon To join, visit: