NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, June 16, 2016

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

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Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: A Network of Networks     The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will take place October 5-7 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the NE CSC.  The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the Great Lakes Region of Canada and the United States for three days of sharing climate adaptation solutions and products in an engaged learning program. The 2016 Forum will feature high energy and exciting sessions, including ignite sessions, grow-as-you-go working groups, hands-on trainings, as well as presentations and panel discussions.     Read More >> 

Fellows Highlight: Improving Models to Estimate Changes in Bird Distribution     To better understand how birds will be impacted by a changing climate, researchers from the USGS, including NE CSC’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Matthew Clement of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (also a USGS Mendenhall Fellow), improved statistical methods for estimating presence and abundance in the face of imperfect detection during point counts of the Breeding Bird Survey.  Matt has taken a position with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and will be joining the NE CSC Fellows alumni roster. Read More >>

Puffin Cams on Seal Island, Maine     Keenan Yakola, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is examining the impacts of climate change on seabirds and coastal fishes in the Gulf of Maine. He’s back on Seal Island in Maine conducting research for the NE CSC project “Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast CSC region”.  Check out the Audubon puffin cams and his blog posts from the field.  Read More >>

Communications Interns Contributed to the NE CSC Mission   Two of our communications interns, Emma Thomas and Sarah Muellejans graduated from UMass this spring. Both of these students were instrumental in the behind-the-scenes communications and information management in the NE CSC, having a hand in creating several products that came from the center.  Sarah and Emma helped to keep the public informed of what the NE CSC does and the information generated by research projects in our region.  Read More >> 

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•Clement, M.J., Hines, J. E., Nichols, J. D., Pardieck K. L., and Ziolkowski D. J. 2016. Estimating indices of range shifts in birds using dynamic models when detection is imperfect.  Global Change Biology.

•Heskel, Mary A., O’Sullivan, O.J., Reich, P.B., Tjoelker, M.G., Weerasinghe, L.K.,  Penillard, A.,  Egerton, J. J. G., Danielle Creek, Keith J. Bloomfield, Jen Xiang, Felipe Sinca, Zsofia R. Stangl, Alberto Martinez-de la Torre, Kevin L. Griffin, Chris Huntingford, Vaughan Hurry, Patrick Meir, Matthew H. Turnbull, and Owen K. Atkin. 2016. Convergence in the temperature response of leaf respiration across biomes and plant functional types.  PNAS 2016 113 (14) 3832-3837.

•Sirén, Alexej P. K., Pekins P.J., Abdu Peter L., and Ducey Mark J. 2016. Identification and Density Estimation of American Martens (Martes americana) Using a Novel Camera-Trap Method.  Diversity.

•Winter, Jonathan M., Beckage, B., Bucini,  G., Horton, R.M.,  and Clemins, P.J. 2016. Development and Evaluation of High-Resolution Climate Simulations over the Mountainous Northeastern United States.  Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17:3, 881-896.


Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC

•June 20, 2016.  Fish Passage Conference.  "Climate change induced shifts in the timing of migration of alewife (Alosa psuedoherengus) in Massachusetts natal streams".  Michelle Staudinger and Adrian Jordaan.

•July 6, 2016.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. "Development of a novel passive integrated transponder (PIT) vertical telemetry system for studying subterranean movements of woodland salamanders”. Evan Grant, Sean C. Sterrett, Todd D. Dubreuil, and Matt O’Donnell.

•July 6, 2016.  Rising Voices.  Chris Caldwell and Marie Shaefer.

•July 12, 2016.  Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) training: Climate Change Adaptation Planning.  "Overview of climate change and impacts in the region". Alex Bryan.

•July 17, 2016.  North American Congress for Conservation Biology.  "Projected changes in winter severity for the 21st century and implications for the migratory behavior of dabbling ducks in eastern North America".  Michael Notaro


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Coastal Planning Advisor    Decision-making, particularly in a team environment, benefits from using an established process. This guide provides easy-to-use steps for decision-making centered on 12 key coastal management issues, including climate change and land use planning. Use the Coastal Planning Advisor to get teams on the same page, facilitate a collaborative process, assign tasks, and write grant proposals.  Read More >>

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North Atlantic LCC:

            Mass Live calls Connect the Connecticut "major conservation vision"            

            Science delivery heats up as summer approaches

            Mid-Atlantic states work towards regional approach for prioritizing vulnerable wetlands

            Partners launch science-based blueprint for conserving New England’s largest river system

Appalachian LCC

            Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action Program: Realizing the Legacy       

            Amphibians Focus of New Statewide Study

            Understanding Ecosystem Services from a Geosciences Perspective

            Southern Appalachian Forest Water Yield Down since 1970s

            SARP Announces FY 2016 Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Awards

            "Ecosystem Benefits and Risks" Research and Website Support Natural Resource Management across the Appalachians

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            Plenty to ruminate on at the Mid-South Prairie Symposium          

            National Wildlife Federation awarded Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

            Creating a Shared Vision in the GCPO LCC

            Joint GCP and GCPO LCC Steering Committee meeting to address Gulf Coast and bottomland hardwoods science and adaptation planning

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

            From State to Region: Working Together to Help Grassland Birds, Pollinators and Mussels


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Climate Change Adaptation Planning Training in the Great Lakes     The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is accepting applications for a climate change adaptation planning course on July 12-14, 2016 in Red Cliff, Wisconsin.  Read More >> 

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Climate Adaptation Leadership Award     Seven recipients were presented with first Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources, including the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. Read More >>

Eastern U.S. Needs Connectivity to Help Species Escape Climate Change     A new study has found that only 2 percent of the eastern U.S. provides the kind of climate connectivity required by species that will likely need to migrate, compared to 51 percent of the western U.S.  Read More >> 

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CAKE Highlight: New Publication     "Incorporating Climate Resilience into Invasive Plant Management Projects: Guidance for Land Managers".  Read More >>     

EPA Report     "Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes”.  Read More >> 

Drought Publication   Drought rewires freshwater food web interactions.  Read More >> 

Phenological and Traditional Knowledge Publication     "Opportunities to utilize traditional phenological knowledge to support adaptive management of social-ecological systems vulnerable to changes in climate and fire regimes".  Read More >> 

Roadmap for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry     The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released: "Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry," the Department's framework for helping farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners respond to climate change. Read More >>

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Volunteer Positions in Indian Country     Positions with the Americorps VISTA program including opportunities with the College of Menominee Nation, a NE CSC consortium institution.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants     NOAA/NMFS is providing funding to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitats.  Deadline is August 16, 2016.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  FY17 Tribal Wildlife Grants Program  USFWS funding for federally recognized tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.  Deadline is September 2, 2016.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunities:  Summer 2016 Wildlife Grants     Various grants and scholarships.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Program Assistant, EcoAdapt     The CAKE Program Assistant, based in Los Angeles, will provide assistance with user relations, content development, and website functionality. Deadline July 8, 2016.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Researcher (or Postdoc), University of Washington     Climate change biology computation and visualization.  Reach More >>

Job Opportunity:  Water Resource Scientist     The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA.     Read More >>

Fellowship Opportunity:  USGS     Statements of Interest Being Accepted for 2017 Science to Action Fellowship with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.  Read More >> 

Call for Manuscript Submissions     Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries on climate change special issue.  Submissions due by August 15, 2016.  Read More >> 


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Thursday, June 16, 1:00pm EST

The Conservation Biology Institute presents

Navigating the Data Basin Platform:  A Guided Tour

Tosha Commendant, CBI

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Tuesday, June 20, 3:00pm EST

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Understanding Water Availability Across Landscapes in a Time of Increasing Drought

Jason Dunham, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

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Tuesday, June 28, 11:00am MDT

North Central Climate Science Center

Utilizing the USGS Resource for Advanced Modeling

Colin Talbert, Amanda Cravens, Brian Miller and Jeff Morisette (USGS and NC CSC)

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Thursday, July 14, 3:00pm EST


The North Atlantic Oscillation as a driver of rapid climate change in the Northern Hemisphere

Tom Delworth, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

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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