NE CASC Newsletter 1.21.20

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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NE CASC Receives $1 Million Funding Increase    The federal government has increased its support for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC), hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, by approximately $1 million over the next year. This expanded funding is part of a new $13 million investment in the eight-member Climate Adaptation Science Center network. Read More >>

Take the NE CASC Communications Survey!     Please participate in a brief survey to help assess NE CASC communications materials. Your feedback will play an integral role in guiding the redevelopment of our website and enhancing other communications materials, including our newsletter and annual report. Read More >> 

Call for Statements of Interest: FY 2020 Research Awards     The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) invites statements of interest for Fiscal Year 2020 Research Awards. Principal investigators affiliated with either a CASC University Consortium member institution or the U.S. Geological Survey are eligible to compete for this funding, which has been significantly augmented since the awards were originally announced in December. Statements of Interest are due by 5:00 pm ET on January 31. Read More >> 

New Publication: The Fate of Madagascar’s Rainforest Habitat     A new paper by NE CASC researcher Toni Lyn Morelli and an international team of collaborators details the severe impacts of deforestation and climate change in Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot  and habitat to two critically endangered species of ruffed lemur found nowhere else in the world.  Read More >> 

NE CASC Researchers Awarded Inaugural UMass ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grant     Two NE CASC researchers, graduate fellow Amanda Davis and science coordinator Michelle Staudinger, are part of a multidisciplinary team that has won one of UMass Amherst’s inaugural ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grants, NSF-funded awards that promote innovation and gender equity. Team members will use their grant to examine climate change-related challenges to New England’s seafood industry while also investigating how the fishing industry can be supported through a better understanding of sustainable fishing practices and consumer seafood choices. Read More >> 

Interview: Invasive Species and Southern California’s Wildfires     National Public Radio’s Morning Edition recently interviewed NE CASC principal investigator Bethany Bradley as part of a story on the role invasive species and climate change are playing in Southern California’s wildfires—and how unconventional fire prevention methods, including herds of grass-eating goats, are being deployed to combat this problem. Read More >> 

Project Completed: Implications of Climate Change Induced Shifts in Phenology of Coastal Fish and Wildlife Species in the NE CASC Region     Adrian Jordaan and Michelle Staudinger have released the final report on their work investigating the ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology, the timing of recurring life events such as migration and reproduction, among marine species in the Northeast. Read More >> 

Project Update: Assessing Climate Change Threats and Actions in Northeast State Wildlife Action Plans     An interim report has been released for this project, which synthesizes and prioritizes climate change threats and associated adaptation strategies for regional species of greatest conservation need to support coordinated conservation and adaptation by NEAFWA states. Read More >> 

New Resource: Taking Action to Manage invasive Species in the Context of Climate Change     This new information sheet succinctly outlines strategies for incorporating climate change into invasive-species management along with examples of tools that can inform proactive decision-making. Read More >> 

————Recent NE CASC Publications————

Beaury, E.M., Finn, J.T., Corbin, J.D., Barr, V, and Bradley, B.A. 2019. Biotic resistance to invasion is ubiquitous across ecosystems of the United States.  Ecology Letters, December 25. Read More >>

Cook, T.L., Snyder, N.P., Oswalt, W.W., and Paradis, K. 2020. Timber harvest and flood impacts on sediment yield in a postglacial, mixed forest watershed, Maine, USA. Anthropocene 29. Read More >> 

Toczydlowski, A. J. Z., R. A. Slesak, R. K. Kolka, R. T. Venterea, A. W. D'Amato, and B. J. Palik. 2020. Effect of simulated emerald ash borer infestation on nitrogen cycling in black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands in northern Minnesota, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 458:117769. Read More >> 

Ma, W., G. M. Domke, C. W. Woodall, and A. W. D'Amato. 2020. Contemporary forest carbon dynamics in the northern U.S. associated with land cover changes. Ecological Indicators 110:105901. Read More >> 

Millspaugh, J.J., C.T. Rota, R.A. Gitzen, R.A. Montgomery, T.W. Bonnot, J.L. Belant, C.R. Ayers, D.C. Kesler, D.A. Eads, and C.M. Bodinof Jachowski.  2020.  Analysis of resource selection by animals. In: D. Murray, B. Sandercock (eds) Population Ecology in Practice: Underused, Misused, and Abused Methods. John Wiley & Sons. Read More >>


Tuesday, January 28, 12:00 pm ET
CCRUN Webinar Series
A Practical Stochastic Weather Generator for Exploring Variability in Projected Precipitation Time Series
Mark Maimone, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith
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Wednesday, January 29, 3:00 pm ET
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Webinar Series
Ecosystem Services and Community Resilience
David Yoskowitz, Harte Research Institute, & Tracie Sempier, MS-AL Sea Grant/ Gulf of Mexico Alliance
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Tuesday, February 4, 12:00 pm ET
CCRUN Webinar Series
Using Pressure Change to Stochastically Disaggregate Hourly Precipitation Series from Temperature Projections of Climate Change in The Northeast U.S.
Ziwen Yu, University of Florida
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Tuesday, March 3, 12:00 PM ET
Climate Change Response Framework Forest Adaptation Webinar Series
Climate Refugia
Toni Lynn Morelli, NE CASC & Rebecca Quinones and Brian Hawthorne, MassWildlife
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Call for Applications: Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis     The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has created this fellowship to bring new, diverse voices (especially women and people of color) into the national climate conversation via training in op-ed writing and thought leadership. More Information >>

Call for Proposals: 2020 ACES Conference     The 2020 ACES (A Community on Ecosystem Services) conference, which will take place from December 14-17 in Bonita Springs, FL, has issued a call for session and workshop proposals. The submission deadline is February 26. More Information >> 

————Other News————

Dangerous New Hot Zones Spreading      A Washington Post analysis of multiple temperature data sets found numerous locations around the globe that have warmed by at least 2 degrees Celsius over the past century. That's a number that scientists and policymakers have identified as a red line if the planet is to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences. But in regions large and small, that point has already been reached. Read More >> 

How Oglala Lakota People Are Standing Up to Extreme Weather     A recent Scientific American article details how residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are using politics, economics and culture to build resilience against the impacts of climate change. Read More >> 

Climate Change Devastating New England Fishing Economies     A new report shows that unusual North Atlantic oscillations result in lower wages, fewer jobs, and decimated economies. Read More >>