NE CASC Newsletter 9.27.18

Thursday, September 27, 2018


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Register for the ‘Slow the Flow’ Coastal Workshop     October 10, 9am-3pm EST.  Simultaneous presentations and workshops for Great Lakes and New England land use and hydrology researchers, on-the-ground managers, climate change adaptation experts, and regional strategy coordinators.  This workshop is will compare approaches to coastal science and management fostering an exchange of ideas and experiences to catalyze innovation in each region. Presentations will be seamlessly live streamed to and from each location and cross-pollination of ideas will be facilitated through video conference breakout sessions between the two regions. Read More >> 


Experimental Forest Adaptation     NE CASC principal investigator Anthony D’Amato explores tactics to maintain ecological function of forests in the wake of climate change. The work is part of a national series of field experiments intended to run for decades, and will test ways to help forest ecosystems adapt to impacts of changing climate and disturbances. Read More >> 


Outreach with Tribal Youth     NE CASC science coordinator, Michelle Staudinger and tribal climate science liaison for the Northeast and Southeast, Casey Thornbrugh, engaged tribal youth in land stewardship concepts as practiced by traditional knowledge keepers and environmental scientists. This program, part of the Native Youth in Science – Preserving Our Homelands program, featured activities aimed to help youth understand the implications of climate change and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and how coastal communities such as their own, can adapt and build resilience into their cultural and environmental practices. Read more >> 


Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Symposium     The second annual RISCC Management Symposium was held Thursday July 12, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This one-day symposium featured talks from an international group of invasive species experts, as well as interactive discussion sections designed to connect the research and management communities. The proceedings and links to talks from the symposium are now available on the RISCC website. Read More >> 


Better Choices for Coastal Infrastructure     A new study provides a comprehensive review of how natural infrastructure is being used to improve coastal resilience. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the NE CASC, is a co-author on a new review paper summarizing how natural infrastructure is being used as part of climate adaptation strategies to increase resilience along the United States Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The paper synthesizes information related to four coastal habitats – tidal marshes, beaches and barrier islands, mangroves, and biogenic reefs - and compares the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of implementing natural infrastructure in comparison to grey, and hybrid approaches. Read More >>  


NE CASC Study Investigates Climate Impacts on Grassland Birds     NE CASC affiliated investigator Ben Zuckerberg from the University of Wisconsin modeled the effects of temperature and precipitation on nesting success rates of 12 grassland bird species inhabiting a range of grassland patches across North America. This publication is part of our larger project “Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability Using Demographically-Informed Species Distribution Models.“ Read More >> 


Publication: Impacts of Climate Change on a Songbird Population     A recent study, “Threat of climate change on a songbird population through its impacts on breeding”, led by NE CASC Fellow Tom Bonnot with NE CASC PI Frank Thompson, evaluates breeding productivity and population viability of the Acadian flycatcher in the wake of climate change. The study found that this common species could approach near-extinction level collapse within a century under worst-case scenarios. These results highlight the importance of considering both direct and indirect effects of climate change when assessing the vulnerability of species. Read More >>  


Fellows Highlight: Valerie Pasquarella     NE CASC Fellow Valerie Pasquarella takes a collaborative approach to addressing landscape-scale research by partnering with Mass Audubon and other researchers to pair strength with need. Spatial datasets she has developed from historic maps and time-series satellite imagery have been used for modeling species distribution, tracking forest disturbances, and monitoring the extent and ecological impacts of invasive species outbreaks including the gypsy moth epidemic that began in 2015. Read More >>   


Recent Publications from the NE CASC 

Upcoming Presentations by the NE CASC

  • Alexej Siren, NE CASC Fellow, will present “Interacting Effects of Predation, Density-Dynamics, and Resource Availability on Southern Snowshoe Hare Populations” at the Annual Wildlife Society Conference in Cleveland, OH from October 7-11.
  • Michelle Staudinger, NE CASC science coordinator with the USGS, will give a department seminar on the NE CASC and her marine phenology research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - School for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford, MA on October 24.
  • Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CASC research ecologist, will give 2 talks on the impacts of climate change (on moose and maple syrup) at the 2018 New England Tribal Leaders Summit and Environmental Conference in Jackman, Maine, November 1.



Tribal Water Workshop 2018     This workshop will focus on tribal Water Resource Management and the Clean Water Act. October 2-5, Carter & Crandon WI.  Read More >> 

Online Course: Urban Forested Watersheds Adaptation Planning and Practices     Seven-week course for urban foresters and natural resource managers. Participants will receive coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project, November 6 - December 18, 2018.  Register by October 9. Read More >> 

Slow the Flow Workshop     Simultaneous presentations and workshop broadcast for participants in the Great Lakes region and New England.  October 10, 9am-3pm.  Read More >> 

Regional Meeting of NESTVAL     New England-St Lawrence Valley division of the American Association of Geographers will be held at Keene State University on October 12-13.  Read More >> 

Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists     The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).  October 15-16, Washington D.C. Read More >> 

Indiana Natural Areas Conference     Adapting to Climate Change:  Updating our Approach to Land Protection and Site Management Decisions. October 22, Bloomington, Indiana. Read More >>  

New York Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices Workshop     For management professionals whose focus is on sustainable management of forests and watersheds. October 22-23, Acra NY. Read More >> 

Mass ECAN Conference 2018     Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network is a community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers working in Massachusetts and interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation. October 30, Framingham State University.  Register by October 23. Read More >>

Open Standards Conservation Training     USFWS National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, October 29- November 2.  Read More >> 

2018 EPA Tribal Leaders Summit and Environmental Conference     Topics will include climate change (impacts on moose and sugar maple operations), Northeast water quality, and other environmental issues impacting Tribes. Hosted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe-Indian Township in Jackman, Maine, October 31-Nov 1. Read More >>

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference     Designed for local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners and others who want to know more about climate adaptation strategies. November 14, St. Paul MN.  Read More >> 

Online Course: Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians Regions     Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices seven-week course January 8 - February 19, 2019 with a focus on the Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians.  Register by December 7. Read More >> 




Eastern Turtle Island Climate Change Newsletter     A publication from the United South and Eastern Tribes, College of the Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute, and the Northeast and Southeast CASCs.  This monthly newsletter, compiled by Casey Thornbrugh provides information on climate news, funding opportunities, student opportunities, upcoming events (conferences, workshops, webinars) and current climate conditions and outlooks for eastern Turtle Island (North America).  This is a featured resource found on the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network (NICRN) website.  Read More >>


————OTHER NEWS——————

Sea Level Rise Impacts Mitigated by Increase of Sedimentation     Jon Woodruff, NE CASC affiliated investigator in the geoscience department at UMass, is getting a better understanding of how our coasts will respond to flooding.  Read More >> 

Building Resiliency on the Massachusetts Coast     An event coordinated by Katie Kahl, UMass Extension, empowered community members to understand what coastal resilience means for them, their family, their business and their communities.  Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the NE CASC, presented at the “How Climate Change is Changing Your Life” event in Gloucester.  Read more >> 

USGS Releases Five-Year External Reviews of Climate Adaptation Science Centers     The comprehensive reports are an evaluation of our first 5 years done by a formal review process. Read More >>   

10 Things You May Not Know About Drought     USGS CASC scientists from across the country are working to understand the many different impacts of drought, how they might change in the future, and how we can better predict and prepare for these events. Read More >> 

Best Paper Award for NE CASC-funded Publication     Tiffany Cunningham received the award at the American Fisheries Society Meeting.  Read More >> 

Predicting the Effects Of Global Warming     A team of more than 40 scientists, including from the SW CASC, took a novel approach to predicting the effects of how human-caused global warming will alter ecosystems. Read More >> 



Climate Change Refugia Summary Article     Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CASC research ecologist, and Connie Millar, US Forest Service, developed a new refugia product to build options for minimizing climate change impacts for natural resource managers. Ultimately, a mix of strategies might be the most effective path. Read More >>

NOAA's Quarterly Regional Climate Impacts and Outlook Reports     September 2018 reports available for the Northeast, Gulf of Maine, and the Midwest.  Read More >> 

2nd Annual RISCC Symposium Proceedings     Meeting report and presentations are posted on the RISCC webpage.  Read More >> 

USGS Report on Groundwater     A new publication assesses groundwater recharge simulated at a 1-kilometer resolution with the Soil-Water-Balance (SWB) model for the glacial aquifer system east of the Rocky Mountains, from central Montana east to Maine from 1980–2011.    Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Forest Adaptation Response to Climate Change     “The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Response” examines how forest managers and other landowners in northern Wisconsin apply the Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF). Read More >> 

SAGE Resource: Pathways to Coastal Resiliency   The Adaptive Gradients Framework was developed as a qualitative collaborative process guide for organizations to understand and evaluate more diverse kinds of infrastructural responses to climate-related coastal impacts. Read more >> 

Special Journal Issue on Emerald Ash Borers     A special issue of the journal Forests contains 19 research papers, which address ecological impacts of EAB in forest ecosystems, forest regeneration, biocontrol and insecticide treatment options, and alternative species planting. Read More >> 

Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment Reports     Coordinated by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC), scientists and decision makers from across the state developed a series of reports that shows how a changing climate will affect state and local interests.  Read More >> 

Women in the USGS     A new online book features women in STEM fields throughout the country.  Toni Lyn Morelli (research ecologist at NE CASC) and Mary Ratnaswamy (former federal director of NE CASC) are featured.  Read More >> 

Video Highlights Climate Adaptation Work     NIACS recently produced a video highlighting the work of Ducks Unlimited, the Shawnee National Forest, and Cypress Creek and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuges to adapt central hardwoods bottomland forests to a changing climate.  View Video >>  



Job Opportunities: Five USGS Director Positions     Federal director of Climate Adaptation Science Centers in the Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, South Central and Pacific Islands.  Applications due October 23.  Read More >> 

Volunteer with Resilience Dialogues this Fall     The Resilience Dialogues program is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) for an upcoming round of Community Dialogues this October and November. Read More >> 



Friday,  September 28 @ 11am EDT

Monmouth University

Tour of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals

Jesse Cleary and Corrie Curtice, MDAT/Duke University Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Emily Shumchenia, Northeast Ocean Data Portal/MDAT and Karl Vilacoba, Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal/Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute

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Tuesday, October 2 @ 1pm EDT

US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Network

Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the MACAN and NECAN Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships

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Thursday, October 4 @ 10am PT

Understanding and Using Climate-Adaptation-Related Spatial Data in Regional Conservation Planning

Dr. Carlos Carroll, Klamath Center for Conservation Research

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Friday, October 12 @ 1pm PT

National Park Service

Tribal perspectives on fire management – Climate factors and land management lessons learned

Doe Bietz, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

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Wednesday, October 24, 12pm EDT

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Brown-bag Talks

Tribal Climate Science and Adaptation in the Midwest and Northeast

Sara Smith, Midwest Tribal Resilience Liaison, and Casey Thornbrugh, NE & SE Tribal Climate Science Liaison

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Wednesday, November 14 @ 12pm EST

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Brown-bag Talks

Novel Approaches for Estimating and Visualizing Climate Vulnerability for Aquatic Systems

Ben Letcher, USGS

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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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