NE CASC Newsletter 7.19.18

Thursday, July 19, 2018


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Announcing New NE CASC Projects     UMass Amherst-based researchers were awarded small grants for short-term NE CASC projects. After six years of funded research, UMass Amherst PIs sought to fill gaps in our program and build on existing work.   One project, led by Jon Woodruff of the Department of Geosciences, addresses vulnerability of tidal marshes and erosion potential due to extreme rainfall events.  Bethany Bradley, NE CASC PI in the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECO), will prioritize the threat of range-shifting invasive plants, which will be used to inform proactive management strategies.  Melissa Ocana with UMass Extension at ECO will examine vectors of information dissemination of NE CASC products and inform best practices for new audience outreach.  Rob DeConto, Geosciences, will further refine and extend sea level rise risk information for coastal adaptation planning in our region.   Read More >> 


NE CASC Welcomes Four New Fellows     We are excited to welcome new UMass Amherst Graduate Fellows to join us in our mission to work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Eve Beaury    Hailing from Pennsylvania, Eve honed her interest in botany while a student at Colorado University in Boulder. She is a PhD candidate studying plant invasions with Bethany Bradley in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Read More >> 
  • Ruthie Halberstadt   A PhD candidate working with Rob DeConto in Geosciences, Ruthie studies the impact Antarctic ice sheet dynamics will have on the coastal systems of the Northeast US.  A native of North Carolina, Ruthie earned her bachelor’s and master’s from Rice University before coming to UMass. Read More >> 
  • Caroline Ladlow   Caroline also hails form Pennsylvania where she got started on understanding earth systems and how to adapt to climate change.  She is a Master’s student at UMass working with John Woodruff in Geosciences, studying marsh systems near Boston and the Hudson River.  Read More >> 
  • Brittany Laginhas   Brittany got interested in understanding why things are distributed the way they are in space, and using this information to better understand an organism's’ ecology after taking landscape ecology as an undergraduate. A PhD candidate in Bethany Bradley’s lab, she combines this interest with a drive to manage invasive plant species.  Read More >> 


Project Completed: Factors that Drive Participation in Conservation in the Midwest     Led by NE CASC affiliated investigator Jack Waide with the USGS, this project investigated the social drivers that optimize conservation practices.  Landowners in the Mississippi River basin contributed to this study that address Gulf Hypoxia and declining wildlife populations impacted by extreme climate events.  This addresses major conservation challenge through collaborative action. Read More >> 


Project Completed: Adaptive Capacity of a Forest Indicator Species     This project illuminates local and region-wide changes in forest ecosystems by studying the red-backed salamander, a species that is a strong indicator of forest conditions. This study identified habitat and forest characteristics that improve the resiliency of forest dwelling amphibians and other wildlife to climate change.  Led by Evan Grant with the USGS.  Read More >> 


Fellows Highlight: Madeline Magee     NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow Madeline Magee studies how Wisconsin lakes are changing under the effects of climate change and land use.  Madeline joined the NE CASC Fellows in July 2016, brining a civil and environmental engineering background to better understand lake dynamics.  Working with NE CASC PI Pete McIntyre, she explores the engineering and management choices for climate adaptation in lakes.  Read More >> 


Incorporating Climate Change Refugia into Climate Adaptation in the Acadia National Park Region     Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CASC Research Ecologist with the USGS, and Jenny Smetzer, a student contractor with the USGS and soon to be a Second Century Fellow at Schoodic Institute, recently attended a meeting in Maine to bring climate science to refugia planning for the Park Service. The objectives of the meeting were to bring together local natural resource managers to continue dialogue about climate change adaptation in the Acadia National Park region and derive a list of candidate species to pilot a regional climate change refugia management strategy for the Acadia National Park region.  Read More >> 


Connecticut River Flow Restoration Study Released     A report assembled by the US Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy bridges the needs of nature and people along the Connecticut River.  Part of an ongoing NE CASC project, “Evaluating the impacts of climate change in the Connecticut River Basin” led by NE CASC's University Director, Richard Palmer, the new report evaluates the feasibility of operational changes at large dams throughout the Connecticut watershed to benefit ecological health and function while maintaining the important services.   Read More >>


New Study Addresses the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion   Led by NE CASC Principal Investigator Anthony D'Amato, a new publication addresses the urgency of the threat of emerald ash borer and gives insight to new adaptive management strategies. Stemming from a  long-term collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR, this publication includes three manager partners as co-authors. One key takeaway points is that adaptive management efforts should include retention of mature, seed-bearing black ash to maintain its unique ecological functions prior to EAB arrival and provide opportunities for natural resistance and reestablishment after invasion.  Read More >> 


2018 Fellows Retreat     Since the first retreat on Plum Island in 2013, the NE CASC has assembled the fellows annually throughout our region.  This year’s retreat, in northern New Hampshire, featured typical spring conditions of the north woods: a day of rain, a day of sun, and black flies dropping by for dinner.   While visiting ecological research stations in the White Mountains, the NE CASC Fellows heard from stakeholders and scientists who have long-term adaptation research and management initiatives that address climate impacts in a high-elevation forested ecosystem. First year PhD student Jamie Mosel from the University of Minnesota shares her experience in an Early Climate Career Forum blog.  Read More >>


New Publication Improves On-the-Ground Snow Estimates     Lead author Alexej Siren, NE CASC Graduate Fellow, and a team including several NE CASC colleagues report on a novel camera trap method to evaluate the accuracy of gridded snow data in a mountainous region of the northeastern US. Read More >>


Recent Publications from the NE CASC


Upcoming Presentations by NE CASC

Toni Lyn Morelli is hosting a session at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America on August 9 entitled, “The Science of Resistance: Climate Change Refugia in the Face of Heat, Droughts, Floods, Fires, and Forest Pests.” She will be giving one of the talks on "Climate change refugia and habitat connectivity promote species persistence" and is coauthoring three other presentations on boreal refugia, translating climate refugia science, and mapping coldwater refugia for Massachusetts.




Online Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management    Offered by Michigan State University.  Fall 2018. Read More >> 

NCASC Sessions at AGU     Colleagues from across the country representing NCASC.  All abstracts due August 1.  Read More >> 

2018 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum     Three days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program. Sept 24-26, 2018. Ann Arbor, MI. Travel scholarship applications deadline is August 3, early bird registration until August 17. Read More >> 

ITEP Conference: 8th Annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum     Conference theme: A National Conversation on Tribal Land and Water Resources.  Spokane, WA, August 13-16.  Read More >>  

Resilience Dialogues Community Meeting     The Community Meeting will be held from 8:00-9:30 AM PT on Wednesday August 29, at the California Adaptation Forum in Sacramento, CA.  Remote participation will be available, and you need not be registered for the Forum in order to attend. Read More >> 

Decision Analysis for Climate Change Online     NCTC course explores climate change in the context of decision analysis. January 10- February 14.  Read More >> 




USFS Climate Change Resource Center     The CCRC provides information about climate change impacts on forests and other ecosystems, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation in forests and grasslands. The website compiles and creates educational resources, climate change and carbon tools, video presentations, literature, and briefings on management-relevant topics, ranging from basic climate change information to details on specific management responses. The resource is a joint effort of Forest Service Research and Development and the Office of Sustainability and Climate.  Read More >> 


————OTHER NEWS——————

Slow the Flow for Climate Resilience    Summary report on the first workshop “Managing the Connecticut River Watershed in an Uncertain Future,” are now available.  Read More >> 

2.0 version of the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network     Updates to the NICRN include new resources, updates on events, and more information about Tribes in the Northeast.  Read More >>  

Resilient MA Climate Clearinghouse     Website provides access to new statewide climate change projections developed by researchers at NE CASC.  Read More >> 



Tribal Webinar Recording     From NW CASC: Best Practices for Collaborative Climate Adaptation Research Between Tribal and Non-tribal partners.  Read More >> 

10 Things You May Not Know About Our Coasts     Scientists with the National and Regional CASCs are actively working to understand and monitor changing conditions and related impacts on our coasts to inform the important adaptation decisions that natural and cultural resource managers need to make.  Read More >> 

NOAA's Quarterly Regional Climate Impacts and Outlook Reports     Northeast, Gulf of Maine and Midwest outlooks from June 2018.  Read More >> 

Resiliency Evaluation Guide     Practical Guide to Collaborative Project Evaluation: How Resilient is Your Project?  Released by SAGE- Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment- to help communities consider green infrastructure projects.  Read More >> 

ITEP Tribal Climate Change Google Calendar     This is a great resource to find announcements, events, and other tid-bits that get posted between ITEP newsletters.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Publication    A Window of Opportunity for Climate-Change Adaptation: Easing Tree Mortality by Reducing Forest Basal Area.  Read More >> 

Phenology Network's 2017 Annual Report     Special highlights from the annual report include how Nature's Notebook data were used in a study of mistletoe phenology and in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge's battle with invasives. Read More >> 

Using Climate Info to Make Decisions Today     Summary graphics of surveys of Midwest, Missouri River and Great Lakes Basin climate adaptation practitioners. Read More >> 

New Interactive Mapper Showcases Hudson Valley Natural Resources     NY DEC has released the Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper, an online, interactive tool to identify important natural features, habitat, water resources, and recreation areas in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Read More >>  



Request for Proposals: Three Regional CASCs     Call for applications to host the Northeast, South Central, and Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Centers.  The National Climate Adaptation Science Center will host two conference calls/webinars on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 3 PM EDT and Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 5 PM EDT.  Proposals due September 21.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity: NOAA RESTORE Science Program     Studies on long-term trends in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.   Pre-proposals, which are required, are due by July 30 and the deadline for submitting a full application is October 29, 2018.  Read More >> 

Postdoc Opportunity:  The Nature Conservancy     NatureNet Science Fellows Program, including Understanding Human Responses to Coastal Flooding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Decision Making).  Applications due September 1.  Read More >> 

Opportunity to Provide Input: Research on Invasive Species    UMass Amherst NE CASC researchers are conducting a study on what invasive species managers need from invasive species researchers.  Help identify research priorities of managers related to invasive species and climate change.  Read More >> 

Opportunity to Provide Input: Adaptation Planning   Are you a natural resource, fish, wildlife or land manager trying to incorporate climate change into your management plans? If so, please share your climate change adaptation planning efforts.  Read More >> 

Opportunity to Provide Input: Climate Explorer     From the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP)- a public private partnership to increase the usability and accessibility of data for climate adaptation and resilience planning.  Read More >> 



Thursday, July 19, 12-1 PM ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Detection and Attribution of Climate Change from the Climate Science Special Report-US Perspective 

Thomas R. Knutson, NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

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Monday, July 23, 2-3 PM ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Marine Protected Areas

John Bruno, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Thursday, July 26, 12-1 PM ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Droughts, Floods, and Wildfire

Michael Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Tuesday, July 31, 9:30 AM ET

NOAA Eastern Region Climate Services

USGS New England Water Science Center- Drought Activities

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Thursday, August 2, 12-1 PM ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Climate Potential Surprises - Compound Extremes and Tipping Points

Radley Horton, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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