NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Notes from the Field     The NE CSC has been receiving reports from our researchers on their summer activities.  From your desk, you can live vicariously through a snowy cold snap in the Sierra Nevada mountains, applied facilitation training for structured decision-making in Missouri, and paddling on the Connecticut river.

Putting Structured Decision-Making to Work     In 2013, the NE CSC sent Graduate Fellow Thomas Bonnot to the National Conservation Training Center to learn how to lead others in structured decision-making (SDM).  He is now putting that training to use to help guide regional conservation.   Thomas, with a team of partners, piloted a process for combining population viability and landscape modeling with SDM to overcome uncertainty and reduce the complexity of management decisions. The models project the impacts of climate and landscape change and habitat restoration on the Ozark Highlands populations of focal species.   Read More >>

Understanding Connecticut River’s Floodplains     NE CSC Graduate Fellows Abigail Ericson and Daniel Miller, accompanied by Bogumila Backiel (graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst) and Joseph Pellegrino (intern at The Nature Conservancy), recently traveled to a northern section of the Connecticut River as part of a survey for the NE CSC project, "Reconnecting Floodplains and Restoring Green Space as a Management Strategy to Minimize Risk and Increase Resilience in the Context of Climate and Landscape Change".  There, they collected bathymetric and ecological data to determine the behavior of floodplains due to land use changes and climate impacts.  Read More >>

Camping in Snow in June     NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli recently took a trip to Devils Postpile National Monument, part of a climate change refugium in the Sierra Nevada of California.  Under freezing temperatures (and eventually sleet and snow), she and researchers from U.C. Berkeley, USGS, and the National Park Service camped and conducted surveys of the resident small mammals, such as the high-elevation Belding's ground squirrel.  Read More >>

Indigenous Planning Summer Institute    The 2nd annual Indigenous Planning Summer Institute, hosted by the NE CSC consortium institution, College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute, was held May 31 - June 3 in and around Keshena, Wisconsin.  Twenty-six undergraduate and graduate students explored concepts of indigenous planning, case studies of community development and natural resources management with contributions from invited speakers from New Mexico, Michigan, the Menominee Nation, Oneida Nation, and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.  Read More >>

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Blog: Ancient Murrelet in Maine     What’s a seabird from the Pacific Northwest doing off the coast of Maine? In this blog post on the Early Career Climate Forum, Keenan Yakola, a Graduate Fellow with NE CSC, describes how a surprise sighting of an ancient murrelet near Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge – thousands of miles from its typical home – could be a harbinger of changing climate. Read his ECCF blog "Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change”.  Read More >> 

The New Early Career Climate Forum Celebrates its One-year Anniversary!     See what has culminated in a steady stream of resources for early career climate scientists.  "When we relaunched the ECCF a year ago, we wondered how our products would be adopted by the Climate Science Center community. A year later, we are pleasantly surprised by our success and can’t help but thanking all of you for the support and enthusiasm that has fueled our accomplishments,” writes NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger.   Read More >> 

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Thomas Bonnot Presents a Webinar on July 20    If you are a conservation planner or resource manager, then you will be interested in the long-term planning approach developed in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC-sponsored project entitled "Guiding Regional Conservation Under Climate Change", recently completed by NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Thomas Bonnot at the University of Missouri.  Why?  Because this approach integrates habitat and population models with climate projections and structured decision making.  It can be used to help you better conserve wildlife populations amidst global change. Read More >> 


Recent Publication from the NE CSC

•WJ Wang, HS He, FR Thompson III, JS Fraser, WD Dijak.  2016.  Landscape-and regional-scale shifts in forest composition under climate change in the Central Hardwood Region of the United States.  Landscape Ecology 31 (1), 149-163


Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC

•July 27, 2016.  Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, Forestry Sub-committee meeting.  Chris Caldwell (NE CSC PI).

•August 8, 2016.   Ecological Society of America.  Decision analytics in ecology: Introduction and application to research and conservation.  Rachel A. Katz (NE CSC RFP-funded), Evan H. Campbell Grant (NE CSC Affiliated Investigator) 

•August 8, 2016.   Ecological Society of America. Decision Analytics in Ecology: Applications to Solving "Wicked and Nasty" Research, Ecosystem, and Conservation Problems. Rachel A. Katz (NE CSC RFP-funded), Evan H. Campbell Grant (NE CSC Affiliated Investigator) 

•August 10, 2016.  Indigenous Student Research Symposium & Community Report Out Sessions. Chris Caldwell (NE CSC PI).

•August 10, 2016.  Ecological Society of America. Phenology and the short-term temperature response of photosynthesis and respiration in a temperate forest.  Mary Heskel (NE CSC Fellow) and Jianwu Tang (NE CSC Affiliated Investigator)

•August 10, 2016.   Ecological Society of America. Forest structure and management influence trait-based growth in northern forests across the northeastern United States. Miranda Curzon (NE CSC Fellow), Anthony W. D'Amato (NE CSC PI), Jane R. Foster (NE CSC Fellow), Alessandra Bottero (recent NE CSC Fellow), and other co-authors.

•August 12, 2016.  Ecological Society of America.  Response of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to climate change in the Northeast (poser). Mary Ratnaswamy (USGS Director, NE CSC)

•August 16, 2106.  North American Ornithological Conference.  Application of climate response models to bird conservation in the Americas.  Ben Zuckerberg. (NE CSC Affiliated Investigator) 

•August 16, 2016.  North American Ornithological Conference. Conservation decisions for multiple species with multiple uncertainties. Frank Thompson (NE CSC PI) and Thomas Bonnot (NE CSC Fellow)

•August 17, 2016.  North American Ornithological Conference.   The direct and indirect influences of climate on bird species abundance along elevation gradients in the northern Appalachians”. Tim Duclos (NE CSC Graduate Fellow)

•August 20, 2016.  North American Ornithological Conference.   Population trends influence climate niche breathe and the ability to track climate change for North American birds. Bill DeLuca (NE CSC Postdoc Fellow)


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Interactive Maps for New York Natural Resources and Climate Change  

•The Natural Resource Navigator offers natural resource managers and planners easy access to data on the current condition, future threats, and climate change exposure and sensitivity for natural resources across New York and its watersheds. The Climate Adaptation Guidebook helps managers use this web map as a structured decision support tool to select the most appropriate climate adaptation options for their particular area or interest.  Read More >> 

•New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse is a gateway for policymakers, local planners, and the public to identify and access documents, data, websites, tools, and maps relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across New York State.  You can browse by sectors, such as agriculture, coastal zones, or ecosystems.  The Clearinghouse offers an interactive map of climate change and related data for New York State.  Read More >> 


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North Atlantic LCC:

            FWS Director Dan Ashe presents award to Connect the Connecticut leadership team           

            MARCO and NWF collaborate to remove barriers for practitioners in the field of coastal resilience

Appalachian LCC

            Interior, Agriculture & Defense Team Up To Conserve Landscapes and Wildlife, Bolster Rural Economies, and Ensure Military Readiness

            FY2017 Brook Trout Conservation Funding Opportunity

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            At a Glance: The Rapid Ecological Assessment for Grassland-Prairie-Savanna 

            Register now for up to THREE of the latest GCPO LCC Project Webinars in July/early August

            New CPA Datasets & Galleries now available!

            Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Meet to Discuss Gulf Coast Conservation Next Steps


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Climate Change Adaptation Planning Course     Offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) on September 13-15, 2016, in Nebraska City, NE.  Applications due July 27.  Read More >> 

AGU Sessions Related to Climate Science Centers Missions     Abstracts due August 3.

"Climate-Influenced Species Range Shifts: Where Are We Headed?"   Co-convened by NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli. Read More >> 

"Towards More Effective Decision Maker-Scientist Engagement"  Co-facilitated by Philip Mote, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (NW CSC).  Read More >>  

"Ensuring coordination and collaboration across climate science entities: toward effective stakeholder engagement for science-informed decisions"   Read More >> 

"Linking climate drivers to biological response from species to ecosystems”  Read More >> 

Tribal Lands and Environment Forum     Among the topics are water (water quality, drinking water, and habitat restoration), and climate change (focus on land and water issues). Mohegan Sun Resort  Uncasville, Connecticut August 15-18 Read More >> 

New England Graduate Student Water Symposium  All presentations will be by undergraduate and graduate students, but post docs, alumni, faculty, and industry representatives are welcome to attend.  The UMass student organizers are asking for abstracts on water quality, water resources, environmental engineering, water and wastewater treatment, water chemistry, water microbiology, nanotechnology, water management, water policy, etc.  Hosted at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA from September 9  – 11.    Read More >> 


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In Hot Water: Climate Change Is Affecting North American Fish     Climate change is already affecting the growth, reproduction, and geographic range of inland fish across North America. Scientists supported by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center document a variety of climate change related changes in fish in four synthesis studies published in a special issue of Fisheries.  Read More >> 

Manuscripts Solicited on Climate Change and Fish     Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on the current state of climate change and fisheries, a companion to the 2016 World Fisheries Congress. Abigail Lynch, Research Fisheries Biologist with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, is acting as Lead Guest Editor for this issue. Submissions are due August 15. Read More >> 

The Amphibian Crisis is Worse Than You Think     Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, including NE CSC affiliated investigator Evan Grant, said there is no "smoking gun" to shut down the direct cause of their crumbling population all at once, as the new study revealed that reasons for amphibians' population decline varies across regions.  Read More >> 

Can a Highway Underpass Help a Frog Survive Climate Change?     A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that man-made "corridors" could be key to getting heat-stressed wildlife to move north or to higher elevations where temperatures are more bearable.  Read More >> 

Climate Change Impacts on Boston     Rob DeConto, UMass Amherst Department of Geosciences, who recently won the 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, contributed to a city-commissioned report for “Climate Ready Boston”.  He says climate change could have profound effects on Boston if sea levels rise by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century. Read More >> 

Old Growth May Help Protect Northwest Forest Birds from Climate Change     Northwest CSC scientists recently found air temperatures in old growth forest to be a surprising 2.5 degrees cooler than in similar closed canopy plantations that were logged 60 years ago. This research suggests that old growth forests could help buffer cool temperature associated bird species from anticipated warming.  Read More >> 


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Connecting the Connecticut     It started two years ago as an experiment in combining big data with a big conservation vision for the 11,250 square-mile Connecticut River watershed. Today the experiment has evolved into Connect the Connecticut, a collaborative effort among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and more than 30 partner agencies and organizations to conserve a network of lands and waters that sustain wildlife and people for generations to come.  Read More >> 

How to Talk to Your Parents About Climate Change     SE CSC’s Aranzazu Lascurain contributed to this terrific science communication online resource, Buzz, Hoot, Roar.  Read More >>

CAKE Highlight: New Publication     "Operationalizing ecosystem-based adaptation: harnessing ecosystem services to buffer communities against climate change”.  Read More >> 

New Publication: The Most Hopeful Place on Earth for Climate Change     "Northeastern North America as a potential refugium for boreal forests in a warming climate”.  Read More >>     

New Publication: LCC Prioritization Models     "Benefits and Limitations of Using Decision-Analytic Tools to Assess Uncertainty and Prioritize Landscape Conservation Cooperative Information Needs”.  Read More >> 

New Publication: Another Reason to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint     "Statements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice affect their credibility and the impact of their advice” Read More >> 

Global Warming Visualization    Unraveling spiral, a striking and effective infographic posted on Twitter recently by climate scientist Ed Hawkins, shows the change of global temperature in an innovative way.  Read More >> 

National Academies Press Climate Change Publications     This year marks the 5th anniversary of America's Climate Choices. These titles, designed to inform and guide responses to climate change across the nation, are still relevant and important to the state of our climate. Check out the associated resources that elaborate on this suite of studies. Read More >> 

NOAA’s Regional Climate Impacts and Outlook     Two-page reports on regional climate impacts with an overview of recent and forecast conditions now available for the Eastern region, Gulf of Main region, and more. See what La Niña will bring for the summer.  Read More >> 


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NE CSC Review Team Member Solicitation     The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University are soliciting members for a team to conduct a review of the North Central CSC in Fort Collins, Colorado in early 2017.  Read More >> 

New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse Seeks Volunteers for Task Force    Partners behind a new regional gateway for accessing data and information relevant to climate change, adaptation, and mitigation in New York state is recruiting members for a task force that will focus on outreach and advocacy for climate change science.  Read More >>

Postdoc & Graduate Student Positions      Freshwater Mussel Conservation  Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Environmental Science Officer     Pew Charitable Trust, Washington D.C.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Postdoc     Pacific RISA will be hiring a 2-year social scientist post-doc funded by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center to examine migration and the links to climate change in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands.  Announcement closes July 31.  Read More >>   

Job Opportunity:  Postdoc      The Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Great Lakes Science Center are recruiting for a postdoc to lead development of an adaptive approach to the selection of restoration project portfolios targeted at Great Lakes restoration.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Adaptive Management Program Specialist     The work focuses on invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin, and the position is located in Ann Arbor MI.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  USAID Environment Foreign Service Officer.     Washington, DC.  Application deadline is July 29.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: USAID Climate Smart Agriculture Position     USDA Foreign Agriculture Service to serve with Bureau for Food Security    Washington, DC.  Application deadline is August 1.  Read More >> 

Global Video Competition      The Film4Climate Global Video Competition invites filmmakers between the ages of 14-35 years old from all over the world to showcase their talents and create a public service advertisement or a short film about climate action.  Due September 15.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  BIA Climate Liaison     The BIA has posted a solicitation to fund the identification and hiring of three regional tribal climate science liaison. Announcement number BIA-CLIMATE-16000-0001-0030.  Due August 19. Read More>> 

Funding Opportunity: Migratory Birds     "Best Management Practices for Evaluating and Managing Anthropogenic Disturbances to Migrating Shorebirds on Coastal Lands in the Northeastern United States” from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Announcement number F16AS00314.  Due August 29.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: National Science Foundation     Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events.  Letters of intent due July 29.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service     Marine Communities Impacted by Extreme Climate Events.  Statement of interest due August 1.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative      Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area Request for Application (RFA).  Due November 17.  Read More >> 

Opportunity to Comment:  Northeast Regional Action Plan     NOAA Fisheries released a draft climate science action plan for the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Ecosystem and is seeking comments through July 29. The draft plan outlines a strategy and specific actions for increasing understanding of, preparing for, and responding to climate change effects on the region’s species and the people who depend on them. 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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Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 am CDT

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks project webinars

Guiding Regional Conservation Under Climate Change 

Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow with the University of Missouri

To register, visit:


Thursday, July 21, 3:00pm EST

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents

Co-producing Science and Tools for Drought Preparedness with the Wind River Reservation's Tribal Water Managers

Shannon McNeeley, Colorado State University 

To register, visit:


Thursday, July 21, noon-1:30pm EST

C2ES Solutions Forum

Financing Climate Resilience – What Are Our Options?

Bruce Ciallella, Managing Director for HUD Programs (Office of Recovery), New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank

Shalini Vajjhala, Founder & CEO, re:focus partners

Katy Maher, Science Fellow and Resilience Project Coordinator, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Fatima Maria Ahmad,Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

To register, visit:–-what-are-our-options?


Tuesday, July 26, 11:00am CDT

North Central Climate Science Center

Interactive visualization of climate data though R

Marian Talbert (USGS and NC CSC)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2:00pm CDT

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks project webinars

Grassland Habitat Management for Diverse Taxa and Stakeholders

Dr. Conor McGowan of Auburn University/USGS Co-op Unit and and Eric Lonsdorf of Franklin & Marshall College.

To register, visit:


Wednesday, July 27, 1:00-2:30pm EDT

Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series

Natural Defenses in Action: Harnessing Nature to Protect our Communities

Stacy Small-Lorenz from the National Wildlife Federation

To register, visit:


Tuesday, August 2, 1:00 pm CDT

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks project webinars

Combined Presentation of Desired Forest Condition Metrics & Wildlife Habitat Models for Open Pine Habitat & Species

Rickie White, Project Manager/Ecologist with NatureServe and Mike Conner PhD, Wildlife Ecologist and Lora Smith PhD, Associate Scientist, both of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center.  

To register, visit:



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