NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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NE CSC’s Annual Report of 2015 is Now Available     The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its 2015 Annual Report. Featured highlights include a focus on spruce-fir habitat and the 2015 Graduate Fellows gathering.  Also highlighted are research activities for several projects such as how floodplains can be better managed to reduce risks in the Northeast and the work being done by NE CSC’s affiliated investigators to identify social drivers that influence conservation practices.   Read More >>

Two NE CSC Projects Recently Completed     PIs Frank Thompson and Tony D’Amato have wrapped up far-reaching, stakeholder-identified projects that address NE CSC’s science priorities in applying climate projections and assessments, determining ecological vulnerability and species response to climate variability and change, and climate impacts on land-use and land-cover change.

Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S.     Forests in the Eastern U.S. are changing in response to ecological succession, or variations in species and community structure over time, tree harvest, as well as other disturbances. Climate change has the potential to further impact these forests. A team of researchers led by NE CSC’s PI Frank Thompson predicted the distribution and abundance of common tree species across portions of the Eastern U.S. under alternative climate scenarios of warming by the end of the century. Using a forest landscape change model, they forecast changes in tree abundances and distribution in the North Atlantic region of the U.S. while accounting for climate change, succession, and harvest.   The project report, "Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S. Under Alternative Climate Scenarios” is now available.  Read More >> 

Effect of Climate Change on Spruce-fir Ecosystems     Spruce-fir forests and associated bird species are recognized as some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and species to the impacts of climate change. Tony D’Amato, PI with the NE CSC, capitalized on a rich suite of long-term data from these ecosystems to document recent trends in these forests and their associated bird species, and developed tools for predicting their future abundance under climate change. "Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Spruce-Fir Forest Ecosystems and Associated Priority Bird Populations” project report is now available.  Read More >>

Fellow Highlight:  Katie Booras    Katie is a NE CSC Graduate Fellow who just completed her Master’s with NE CSC's University Director, Richard Palmer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.  As she was pursuing her Master’s, she worked directly with partners in the city of Baltimore to modernize drought management on the east coast, ensuring that management is data-driven.  While droughts are less common on the Northeast Coast, it is imperative to have a cohesive plan in place in the event that one occurs.  Read More >> 

Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Snowshoe Hares     How are snowshoe hare populations responding to a changing climate and predation increases? Check out a new ECCF blog post and a New Hampshire Wildlife Journal article by NE CSC fellow Alexej Siren as he discusses his research investigating the population dynamics of boreal forest species and how changes to snowpack and climate may mediate these relationships.  Read More >> 

Learning from the Land National Workshop     June 7-9, 2016: A national workshop for sharing Indigenous ways of teaching and learning in sustainability science, co-hosted by NE CSC Consortium institution, the College of Menominee Nation.  Join us for a unique opportunity to collaborate with leaders from throughout the higher education community who share your commitment to supporting development of the next generation of tribal scientists and management professionals.  Read More >> 

Recent Publication from the NE CSC

•       Clark, J.S., L. Iverson, C.W. Woodall, C.D. Allen, D.M. Bell, D.Bragg, A.W. D’Amato, F.W. Davis, M. Hersh, I. Ibanez, S.T. Jackson, S. Matthews, N. Pederson, M. Peters, M. Schwartz, K. Waring, and N.E. Zimmermann. The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity.  Global Change Biology. 

•       Foster, J.R., A.O. Finley, A.W. D'Amato, J.B. Bradford and S. Banerjee. 2015. Predicting tree biomass growth in the temperate-boreal ecotone: is tree size, age, competition or climate response most important?  Global Change Biology.

•       Magilligan, Nislow, Kynard and Hackman. 2016. Immediate changes in stream channel geomorphology, aquatic habitat, and fish assemblages following dam removal in a small upland catchment. Geomorphology


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The Climate Web: Delivering Actionable Knowledge     The Climate Web is a uniquely powerful tool for organizing huge amounts of information and for linking this information together in ways that make it easier for you to find “actionable knowledge.”   It curates and organizes the work of hundreds of individuals and organizations producing insightful and actionable information and knowledge.  The Climate Web together information from more than a dozen relevant disciplines. It organizes books, reports, presentations, news stories, and websites as individual “thoughts.” But it doesn’t stop there. It goes further — extracting and linking tables, figures, presentation slides, and even specific ideas into “thoughts” that help you find “actionable knowledge.”   You can find virtually anything relating to climate change in the Climate Web, including hundreds of climate change resources you are unlikely to come across anywhere else.  Read More >> 


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North Atlantic LCC:

            Translating Science into a Sustainable Future for the Great Marsh      

            Momentum Builds for Science Delivery at Spring Steering Committee Meeting 

            Putting Science to Work for Refuge Planning 

            North Atlantic LCC 2015 Annual Report

            Hampshire Gazette Goes Behind the Scenes of Connect the Connecticut

Appalachian LCC

        Applying LCC Tools to Issues Impacting the Keystone State  

        Tennessee River Valley Science Conference 

         Mountain Streams Offer Climate Refuge 

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            Gulf Hypoxia, and a New Conservation Tool on the CPA  

            The Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC 2015 Annual Report 

            Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuges 

            Wrap-up of GCPO LCC-hosted Pine Projects Science Meeting May 9-10, 2016 

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

LCCs from the Mississippi River Basin Unite to Develop Strategies for Reducing Gulf Hypoxia

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

            Coastal Wetlands of the Great Lakes - Bringing People Together to Protect These Unmatched Natural Resources


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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 >>

Online Training: Sedimentation Impacts Under Climate Change     Three-day, instructor-led, online course. Participants will explore methods to scope, conduct, and document an assessment of impacts (with uncertainty) from a changing climate on watershed and channel sedimentation. June 14-16, 9:00-4:00 p.m. MDT.  Read More >>

Training: The Tribal Climate Camp      Supports teams of tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts.  June 19-25, McCall, Idaho – University of Idaho.  Read More >> 

Association of Climate Change Officers’ Climate Strategies Forum     This Forum features a suite of keynote conversations, a women's climate collaborative speed mentoring session,  roundtable sessions, networking events, workshops, panel discussions, working group meetings, and a tools and methodologies showcase. July 18- 22, Arlington, VA. Read More >> 

The Wildlife Society Annual Conference     The conference will include over 500 educational presentations, more than 30 networking events and plenty of engagement and learning opportunities.   October 15-19, Raleigh, NC.  Read More >> 

10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference     The Graduate Climate Conference is an interdisciplinary climate conference run by graduate students, for graduate students, with the goal of assembling a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality research focused on past, present, and future climate change and its impacts. October 28-30, University of Washington. Abstract submission period ends June 1st. Read More >> 

The 77th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference     "Private Landscapes, Public Responsibility," will be held February 5 - 8, 2017 at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. Submissions of symposia proposals are now being accepted until May 31, 2016.  Read More >>  


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Report Available from North Central CSC EcoDrought Workshop     While drought is a naturally occurring phenomenon throughout the North Central U.S., climate change threatens to exacerbate typical drought conditions, resulting in droughts that last longer and cover larger geographic extents. From December 7-8, 2015, 28 scientists, managers, and communicators met in Fort Collins, CO to synthesize the existing knowledge of climate change and ecological drought across the North Central region.  Read more >> 

Strengthening Efforts to Communicate Science and “Coproduce” Knowledge     “Knowledge coproduction” is more than just a trendy term - it’s a new way of doing science with potentially huge on-the-ground benefits. Because coproduction emphasizes close collaboration between scientists and resource managers, effective communication is key to its success. Check out what Southeast CSC Director Jerry McMahon has to say about these topics in a pair of short videos created by the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub! Read More >> 

Climate Science Center Hosting (Re)Competition    USGS has released a Program Announcement (“request for proposals”) to host Climate Science Centers in four regions. Three of these – Alaska, Northwest and Southeast – are re-competitions of the hosting arrangements currently in place in those regions. The fourth is a planned new Midwest CSC.  Read More >>

NW Climate Science Center’s Climate Boot Camp     This annual event, now in its sixth year, is attended by early career professionals from federal and state agencies, tribes, universities and non-profit organizations. Read More >>  

Minnesota DNR Completes Agency-wide Climate Trainings     Over 210 people participated in five separate day-long sessions, which featured presentations on climate impacts, adaptation concepts, and regional case-studies.  Read More >>  

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Pacific Islands CSC Interactive “Story Map”     Catch a glimpse into the climate change impacts to the region and the climate science developing within the center. Using an ESRI platform, this multi-page electronic brochure provides maps, images, and websites to illustrate what is happening at the center.  Read More >>  

The Climate Change Conversation Mapped on Twitter    See the “maps" showing how the influencers within the climate change conversation shift over time.  Read More >>  

New Publication: Children and Climate Change     Children are largely left out of discussions about appropriate responses to climate change. But they ought to be central to such debates because they—as well as future generations have a much larger stake in the outcome than we do.  Read More >>  

New Publication: Some Tidal Marsh Plants Are More Sensitive to Sea-Level Rise     Not all coastal wetland plant species respond similarly to flooding. The researchers’ experimental work suggests that the vegetation composition of coastal wetlands plays an important role in determining the effects of sea-level rise on a specific wetland. Read More >>   

Cake Highlight: Can Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change?      Check out this 5-minute TED Ed Video describing how some animals may be able to evolve to adapt to climate change. A great video for explaining complex concepts related to evolution.  Read More>>  

New Book:  Climate in Context     Read about the RISA program co-production approach over last 20 years.  Read More >>  

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States     This report strengthens our understanding of the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare, and highlights factors that make some individuals and communities particularly vulnerable. Read More >> 

EPA National Water Program Releases 2015 Climate Change Highlights of Progress Report     Includes a summary of major climate change-related accomplishments during 2015.  Read More >>  

Foresters: How to Talk About Climate Change     NIACS Deputy Director Maria Janowiak was presented at the Michigan Society of American Foresters Conference on how foresters can communicate about climate change, a topic that isn't always easy to bring up with clients and peers. Read More >>  

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Funding Opportunity:  USGS Climate Science Centers      The program announcement invites proposals to host each CSC (including identification of consortium partners), and to determine if their proposed science, partnership, and program support activities and strategies are appropriate to serve in these roles.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program    The request for proposals  is designed to assist Tribal Colleges and Universities to conduct research on environmental and climate change issues within their campus and tribal communities.  Read More >> 

Internship Opportunity: BIA Climate Office     Natural resource/biological science intern to work on climate adaptation implementation advocacy for the National Fish Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Postdoc with the USGS     Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University. 3-year funded postdoctoral research position in species' adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change. Read More >>  

Job Opportunity: Postdoc at UW     Develop a computational and visualization tools to translate climate change into biological responses.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Director for Natural Resources and Sustainability     The Trustees in Boston, Sharon, or Beverly, MA office.  Read More >>  

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Thursday, May 19, 2pm ET

Restoration Webinar Series presents, 

An Adaptive Approach to Managing Prairies on Conservation Lands in Minnesota’s Prairie Pothole Region

Sara Vacek, FWS

Daren Carlson, Minnesota DNR

Marissa Ahlering, The Nature Conservancy

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Tuesday, May 24, 3pm EST

NCCWSC webinar series

How Will Forests Affect Mountain Snow Storage in a Warming Climate? 

Susan E. Dickerson-Lange 

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Wednesday, May 25, 1pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

Tribal Business Structures for Financing Projects

Speakers TBA

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Thursday, May 26, 9:30-10:30 am EST

NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars

Panel of Coastal Managers

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Thursday, June 9, 2pm ET

Restoration Webinar Series presents

Evaluating Urban Forest and Marsh Condition in New York City

Clara Pregitzer, Natural Areas Conservancy & Yale University

Christopher Haight, NYC Dept. of Parks & Rec

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Thursday, June 16, 1pm ET

The Conservation Biology Institute presents

Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour

Tosha Commendant, CBI

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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