NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, March 14, 2016

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Early Career Showcase Double Feature!
The next NE CSC webinar on Wednesday, March 23 at 3:30pm EST will feature two NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellows sharing their work as up-and-coming climate and natural resource scientists.  Wen Wang from the University of Missouri will present “Forest Biomass and Species Distributions Under Climate Change in the Northeastern U.S: Accounting for Population Dynamics and Harvest Effects” followed by a talk by Dan Hocking of the USGS on "Climate Effects on Brook Trout Populations”.   Each talk will be about 20-25 minutes.  Read More >>

Archived Videos of Two Recent NE CSC Webinars Are Now Available
See the recording of "The Designing Sustainable Landscapes Project: Piloting Landscape Conservation Design in the Connecticut River Watershed” webinar presented on February 10 by Bill DeLuca of UMass, Amherst.  Also available is "Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species” by Jane Foster of the University of Minnesota presented on February 24.  Read More >>

New Ties Formed with the New England Aquarium
NE CSC Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger, and USGS Director, Mary Ratnaswamy met with scientists at the New England Aquarium in Boston to discuss shared priorities for addressing climate change impacts on coastal and marine species of conservation concern. Discussions centered around science needs and potential collaborations to better understand climate-induced shifts in phenology, or the timing of recurring life events such as migration and reproduction, in marine fishes, invertebrates, marine mammals and seabirds. Read More >>

Welcome, Alexandra McIntyre!  NE CSC's Newest Graduate Fellow
Alex is a Master’s of science candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst.  She will be working with Dr. Richard Palmer, University Director of the NE CSC on a project to forecast skill in predicting the onset and severity of drought in the Susquehanna River Basin.  Alex is from an island off the coast of South Carolina.  Growing up surrounded by nature and water and a love of math and science steered her to study engineering at Clemson University and then continue with graduate work at UMass with Dr. Palmer.  Read More >>

Recent Publication from the NE CSC

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Climate Change Projections for Individual Tree Species in the Northwoods
Tree species will likely respond individually to climate change, depending on their particular silvics and ecological tolerances. New handouts summarize general climate change projections for tree species across several large landscapes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Sources of information include NIACS vulnerability assessments and tools like the Climate Change Tree Atlas. General expectations can be combined with local knowledge and management experience to judge risk on a particular site. Read More >>  

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The Multi-LCC Online Spatial Analysis “Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.0” Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative 

Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin Gulf Hypoxia Initiative Science Base Data Layers

North Atlantic LCC:

            New Permanent Database will Guide Conservation of Temporary Wetlands

            Webinar: Vernal Pool Data Cooperative

            What Lies Beneath Lakes and Ponds

            New Tool Directs More Effective Actions to Restore Aquatic Habitat 

Appalachian LCC

            2016 Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative - Mined Land Reforestation Conference 

            Service and Partners Announce Science-based Tool to Help Prioritize and Target Fish Habitat Conservation

            Power Companies, Tribe, Agencies Take Steps to Save Rare Fish

            USDA, Partners to Invest $720 Million in Large-Scale, Targeted Conservation Projects across the Nation

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            Read the Latest GCP LCC Newsletter February 2016

            The Teddy Bear is Back: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Louisiana Black Bear Due To Recovery  

            USFWS Director Recognizes 4 Gulf LCCs for "Transformational Conservation Science”

            Hell and High Water - Masterful Journalism Highlights Key Vulnerabilities for Texas Coast 

            Coarse, Fine, and Connected: Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Landscape Conservation Design Approach Explained

            Getting a GRIP on Grassland Declines in Texas

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

            March 2016 Steering Committee Meeting

            Agricultural Drainage Management Task Force 


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NOAA’s 14th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW)
Burlington, VT, March 22-24.  Read More >>  

Forestry Roundtables
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Forestry Working Group is holding three forestry roundtables around the state of Wisconsin in April 2016.  Read More >> 

Plum Island Ecosystem Marsh Modeling Symposium
A one day symposium at Parker River Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to examine the various salt marsh modeling approaches to be applied in the Plum Island Ecosystem.  April 11.  Read More >>

Climate Change & Northeast Ohio Urban Forests Workshop
The first day will increase awareness of local climate change impacts and adaptation concepts for urban forest managers, and the second day will focus on using an adaptation process to develop real-world strategies for climate adaptation. Holden Arboretum, Willoughby, OH, April 20 & 21.  Read More >>

Learning from the Land National Workshop
College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute is offering this workshop for sharing indigenous ways of teaching and learning for sustainability science.  Keshena, WI, June 7-8.  Read More >>

Rising Voices 4 Workshop
Rising Voices is a growing network of engaged Indigenous and scientific leaders and promotes and facilitates culturally diverse science and cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to high impact weather and climate events, climate variability, and climate change. The theme of the fourth workshop is “Storytelling for Solutions” held on the Big Island, Hawaii, July 6-8.  Read More >> 

2016 Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative - Mined Land Reforestation Conference
Perspectives on the forest reclamation approach. Knoxville, TN August 2-3.  Read More >>

IUCN World Conservation Congress
NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli is organizing a session the congress entitled "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Biodiversity Conservation".  All scientists, conservation practitioners, and resource managers are welcome to participate to discuss how a climate adaptation strategy focused on managing areas buffered from climate change could be implemented on the ground. Honolulu, HI, September 1-20. Read More >> 

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Death of an Ice Cap
Ray Bradley, NE CSC Principal Investigator and Director of the Climate System Research Center at UMAss Amherst remembers fondly Canada’s Hazen Ice Cap.  He reflects on research he and a team of students conducted in the early ’80’s in the Canadian High Arctic.  Read More >>

A Better Approach as Biologists
Linda Deegan, NE CSC Principal Investigator from the Marine Biological Larboard in Woods Hole co-authored a NY Times op-ed, "T-Shirt Weather in the Arctic".  As the planet warms, we need new approaches to identify which species and ecosystems are most at risk. Read More >>

Invasive Plants Benefitting from Climate Change
Bethany Bradley of UMass Amherst comments in a story about how invasive plants can benefit from climate change. She says these plants don’t look dangerous, but they are. “Invasive plants don’t look like the killer plant from Little Shop of Horrors,” she says. “They’re more insidious, you follow their movements almost like looking at time lapse photography. It’s like the effect of watching someone losing weight very slowly over time.”  Read more >>

Todd Ontl, New USDA Climate Hub Fellow
Todd joined NIACS in January as the USDA Climate Hub Fellow with the Northern Forests Climate Hub.  His work focuses on utilizing the array of 160+ forest adaptation demonstration projects developed through the Climate Change Response Framework to understand decision-making for climate adaptation actions in forest management.  Read More >>

Midwest Drought Outlook and Early Warning System
Federal, state, and local agencies, academic partners and stakeholders are advancing strategies to improve early warning capacity and resilience to drought and high precipitation events.   Read More >>

My Minnesota Woods Monthly Webinars on Forestry
The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative and the University of Minnesota have teamed up to create a monthly series of forestry webinars. Read More >>

Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Get $48 Million to Move Off Disappearing Louisiana Island
This Louisiana tribe will be first community of official climate refugees in the nation.  Read More >>

Group Launches Three-Year Study of Humanity's Impact on Nature
The 124-nation Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services launched a three-year assessment of human impact on nature, to improve our understanding of anthropogenic impacts and better protect plants and animals against pollution and climate change.   Read More >>


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Story Map of Climate Information
Northwest Climate Science Center’s online interactive tool Story Map allows users to explore, interact with, and access data on a number of climate change-related topics, such as sea-level rise, loss of mountain snowpack, and the vulnerability of spotted owl, sage-grouse, bull trout, and whitebark pine to climate change. Read More >>

CAKE Highlight: Policy-Ready Projections
This resource shows us how to make climate models more useful to planners.   Read More >> 

Midwestern Regional Climate Center’s Updated Climate Summaries
The summaries highlight temperature, precipitation, snowfall, and growing season data, including averages and extremes by month, season, or year.  Read More >> 

What is the Public’s Trust in the Science Produced by Federal Agencies?     Among the many fascinating papers in the journal Public Understanding of Science is the March 8 paper “Predictors of trust in the general science and climate science research of US federal agencies" (unfortunately USGS was not one of the sample agencies!).  Read More >> 

New Journal for Climate Research     Climate Services, a new scientific journal from Elsevier, features papers on science-based and user-specific information on past, present and potential future climate. Read More >> 

Guide for Community Resilience Building Workshops     A flexible approach that could be applied anywhere at any scale to get communities, corporations, organizations, and agencies further down the resilience path. Read More >>

Guide to Non-academic Conservation Careers     Article in Conservation Biology: Graduate Student's Guide to Necessary Skills for Nonacademic Conservation.  Read More >> 

Chicago Nature Museum Weather and Climate Exhibit     The exhibit will present in an accessible way the fundamentals of weather and climate, the science behind climate change, and what actions people can take to reduce our own impact.  Read More >> 

Podcasts on Climate Adaptation     Climate change is calling. The adaptors are responding.  Stories brought to you twice a month. Read More >>  

What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have to do With Climate Change?     This video describes a project that is looking at the log books of Arctic whaling ships to help understand climate changes today. Watch the Video >> 

Turning Science into Policy     What scientists should (and should not) do when talking to policy-makers.  Read More  >> 

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Funding Opportunities: The Administration for Native Americans     Announcing 2016 funding opportunities.  Applications due April 6.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: EPA's Human Health and Ecosystem Services     Grant to fund community-based research of integrating human health and well-being with ecosystem services.  Applications due April 21.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Climate Adaptation Fund     From the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Applications due April 8.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity: The Science for Nature and People Partnership     For multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations to synthesize existing data, with the goal of developing a clear path for specific and well-articulated actions. Proposals are due April 25. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Southeast Grants     The Open Space Institute is now inviting proposals for two complementary land conservation grant funds in the Southeast: Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund and Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund.  Application deadline April 11.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Community-based Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants    Opportunity from NOAA to promote healthy ecosystems and resilient coastal communities.  Applications due April 6.  Read More >>

Internship Opportunities with the Midwestern Regional Climate Center     Two paid summer internships located at the University of Illinois. Read More >> 

Internship Opportunity with the National Geographic     Summer internship, application due April 8.  Read More >>

Postdoc Fellowship Opportunity: Rutgers University     Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Application open until position filled.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Senior Research Scientist in Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability     Climate Change Science Institute. Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Content Management at the Climate Change Resource Center     The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Assistant Director for Science and Research with the Center for Ocean Solutions     The announcement and application directions are linked on the Center's webpage.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Climate Change Scientist, National Climate Assessment     U.S. Global Change Research Program, Straughan Environmental, INC.  Read More >>  

Opportunity for Stakeholder Input:  Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment     Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, scientists and decision makers from across the state are working together to develop the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. Read More >> 


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Thursday, March 17, 12:00-1:00pm EST
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The North Atlantic Vernal Pool Data Cooperative: A Regional Framework to Advance Conservation Planning
Steve Faccio, Vermont Center for Ecostudies; Sean MacFaden, University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
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Thursday, March 17, 12:00pm ET
OneNOAA Science Seminar Series & NOS Science Seminar Series present
New York Opens the Gates on Geospatial Information used in Regional Marine Planning
Jeff Herter and Liz Podowski-King, Division of Community Resilience and Regional Programs, NY Department of State, Office of Planning & Development
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Tuesday, March 22, 12pm ET
OneNOAA Science Seminar Series & NOAA's National Ocean Service present
Coastal Erosion and Shoreline Conservation Practices in Maryland - Walking that Fine Line between Shoreline Protection and Habitat Enhancement
Kevin M. Smith, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, MD DNR
Claudia Donegan, Community Restoration Program, MD DNR
To join, visit:


Wednesday, March 23, 12:00pm ET
OneNOAA Science Seminar Series & NOS Science Seminar Series present
Ecosystem and Fishery Impacts of Rapid Warming in the Gulf of Maine
Andrew J. Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
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Wednesday, March 23, 1pm ET
North Pacific LCC & The National Adaptation Forum present
The Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Adaptation Planning
Margaret Hiza Redsteer, US Geological Survey
Preston Hardison, Tulalip Natural Resources
Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University
To register, visit:


Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 pm EST
Northeast Climate Science Center: Early Career Showcase
Forest Biomass and Species Distributions Under Climate Change in the Northeastern U.S: Accounting for Population Dynamics and Harvest Effects by Wen Wang (University of Missouri)
Climate Effects on Brook Trout Populations by Dan Hocking of the USGS
Each talk will be about 20-25 minutes. 
To join, visit:


Thursday, March 24, 1pm ET
The Conservation Biology Institute presents
Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour
Tosha Commendant, CBI
To register, visit:


Thursday, March 24, 2pm ET
Restoration Webinar Series presents
Incorporating Nongame Habitat Features into Stream Restoration Projects
Jeff Hastings, Trout Unlimited
To register, visit:


Tuesday March 29, 9:30-10:30 am EST
NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars
Spring Flooding Outlook
Ed Capone, of the National Weather Service's Northeast River Forecast Center
To register, visit:


Wednesday April 6, 3:30 pm EST
Northeast Climate Science Center presents
Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S.
Julio Betancourt, USGS
To join, visit:“patterns-causes-and-consequences-spring-onset-timing-variations-and-trends-us”


Thursday, April 14, 1pm ET
The Conservation Biology Institute presents
Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour
Tosha Commendant, CBI
To register, visit:


Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 pm EST
Northeast Climate Science Center presents
“Climate Change and Loss of Tributary Connections in the World's Great Lakes”
Pete McIntyre, University of Wisconsin-Madison
To join, visit:“climate-change-and-loss-tributary-connections-worlds-great-lakes”


Wednesday, April 27, 3:30 pm EST
Northeast Climate Science Center presents
A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Coastal Landscape Change
Erika Lentz, USGS Woods Hole
To join, visit:“-research-and-decision-support-framework-evaluate-coastal-landscape-change”


Wednesday, April 27, 1pm ET
Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents
Understanding the Energy Policy and Regulatory Environment
Speakers TBA
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Thursday, April 28, 9:30-10:30 am EST
NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars
Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast
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Northeast Climate Science Center


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

College of Menominee Nation

Columbia University

Marine Biological Laboratory

University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Minnesota

University of Wisconsin - Madison