NE CSC Newsletter

Friday, September 29, 2017

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**NEXT WEEK**  NE CSC Webinar on Wednesday, October 4, 3:30pm ET     Join us for our first webinar of the fall seminar series presented by NE CSC affiliated investigator Michael Notaro, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Michael Schummer from SUNY Oswego.  Their presentation on the implications of climate change on wildlife in the Great Lakes region will illustrate a collaborative approach to conducting actionable science to guide decisions made by resources mangers.  Read More >> 

NE CSC and SE CSC Welcomes Casey Thornbrugh, Tribal Climate Science Liaison     Casey is the Northeast / Southeast Tribal Climate Science Liaison hired by the United South Eastern Tribes. Based out of UMass, Amherst, Casey will provide current climate science information to Tribal Nations in the NE CSC and SE CSC regions. Joining our Midwest liaison, Sara Smith (based in Minneapolis), Casey will identify climate research needs and priorities, and provide climate adaptation planning support for the Tribes in the East coast and in Gulf Coast states.  Welcome!  Read More >>


New Publication: Tipping Points of Coastal Fish, Wildlife, and Plants     Published in Ocean & Coastal Management, “A synthesis of thresholds for focal species along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts” offers insights on strategies for managing coastal resources to help managers make the most effective decisions today to protect natural systems that sustain wildlife and the health and well being of people and communities.  Read More >> 


Project Completed: Coastal Species and Habitats Response and Adaptation   The NE CSC project, “Critical Thresholds and Ecosystem Services for Coastal Ecological and Human Climate Adaptation,” has recently wrapped up.  This multi-agency initiative led by NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger, resulted in a comprehensive compilation of adaptation options that will inform conservation and management actions for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Read More >> 


Launch of the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network     The Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network is a new online resource for tribal members, scientists, and supporting partners to connect and find climate change and adaptation research, resources, and capacity building opportunities. The tool was developed by the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation. Read More >> 


Announcing the Northeast Refugia Research Coalition     The Northeast Refugia Research Coalition (NE RRC) officially kicked off at the NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting in May. The goal of the group is to bring together natural resource managers and scientists from across the region who are interested in using (or just learning more about) climate change refugia management as a tactic for conserving species in the face of climate change.  Read More >>


NE CSC Welcomes a Cadre of Fellows     Seven new NE CSC Fellows are joining a group of ~30 graduate students and postdocs from around the Northeast and Midwest US who work on climate change adaptation research from a variety of disciplines. 

  • Rebecca Dalton, a Duke University NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) Fellow, is examining phenological shifts with NE CSC’s Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger at UMAass Amherst.  A native of Pittsburgh, Becky spends her free time hiking and gardening. Read More >>  
  • Benjamin Jette, a Master’s student with NE CSC University Director Richard Palmer, is studying water resources and climate change at UMass Amherst.  Ben got hooked on civil engineering during his high school calculus and physics courses.  He’s a Massachusetts native.  Read More >> 
  • Corey Lesk is pursuing a Ph.D. degree with NE CSC PI Radley Horton at Columbia University.  He studies how extreme events affect agricultural and ecological systems.  Corey grew up in Montreal.  His childhood paddling the waterways of northern Quebec led him to his interest in climate impacts on natural systems. Read More >> 
  • Jamie Mosel, a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, will be examining effects of climate change on forest health. Originally from Minneapolis, she balances her two passions; the outdoors (hiking, long-distance trail runs and camping) with academics.  Jamie is a student of NE CSC PI Anthony D’Amato. Read More >>
  • Mason Saleeba is a Master’s student with NE CSC’s University Director, Richard Palmer.  He is interested in developing water management practices that are responsive to climate change.  He spent the last two years as an Americorps Teach for America high school math teacher. Read More >> 
  • Lisa Zaval has joined NE CSC affiliated investigator Ezra Markowitz’ group at UMass Amherst to apply psychology in understanding how decisions are made for climate-concsious choices. Lisa, originally from Boston, was most recently at Columbia University as a Ph.D. student and postdoc researcher.  Read More >> 
  • Marketaa Zimova, a Ph.D. candidate in wildlife biology, collaborates with NE CSC’s Federal Director, Mary Ratnaswamy and USGS Research Ecologist, Toni Lyn Morelli.  Marketa is furthering our understanding of how animals who camouflage to snow backgrounds are impacted by reduced snow cover and duration. Hailing from Prague, Marketa studied biology in Montana and was also a SE CSC fellow at NC State University.  Read More >> 


Recent Publications from the NE CSC



2017 Natural Areas Conference     The event will include sessions on:  Managing in light of climate change, Ecological restoration in the Anthropocene, wildland fire use, and more.  Fort Collins, CO, October 10-12, 2017.  Read More >> 

Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM)     Registration is open for the 2017 annual meeting in Portland Maine, October 12, 2017.  Read More >>



i-Tree Landscape     This state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of trees and forests, and the environmental services that trees provide.  Read More >>


————LCC NEWS———————

North Atlantic LCC

            In New York, priorities for public safety and conservation converge at road-stream crossings

            NFWF announces more than $12.6 million in grants from Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

            New conservation vision emphasizes vital roles for working lands and communities

            Maryland Trout Unlimited earns Gold Trout for conservation work in Chesapeake Bay watershed

            Experts outline framework to monitor projects that use nature-based features

            Nature’s Network helps open new doors to climate corridors in Maine

            New report will help towns prioritize road-stream crossing upgrades in coastal watershed

Appalachian LCC

            Recovery: Farm Bill Provides Hope for the Cerulean Warbler 

            U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Updates Federal Endangered Species Act

            Northeast States Release Report on Hellbender Distribution     

            “Report Card” to Assess Current Conditions, Ecological Health of Natural Resources in Tennessee River Basin

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

            Landscape View: Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks

            An Aquatic Connectivity Assessment that Includes Culverts

            Turning “Bad” High Water into “Good”: A private floodplain reconnection project along the lower Mississippi

Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCC

            LCC Back-to-School Week

————OTHER NEWS——————

ECCF Blog by NE CSC Graduate Fellow Meaghan Guckian     The Early Career Climate Forum blog, “The winds of change? Extreme weather events and public opinion on climate change” explores how recent hurricanes affecting U.S. mainland might change people’s perceptions.  Read More >> 

Data in Estuaries Match Climate Projections     A feature story in The Falmouth Enterprise by NE CSC PI Chris Neill looks at the volunteers who test water in estuaries in Falmouth each week as part of a long-term study of water quality and temperature variation. Read More >> 

Remote Sensing Picture of the Week     Postdoctoral Fellow Val Pasquarella’s 2016 and 2017 gypsy moth maps were featured as the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center image of the week.  Read More >> 


New Publication on Stressors in Lakes     Authors of a new study were able to separate out two major ecological stressors affecting lakes: climate change and eutrophication. Both have had large effects on fish.  Read More >> 

NOAA’s Quarterly Regional Climate Impacts and Outlook Reports     The latest release of the NOAA Regional Climate Services Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook reports are available for the Gulf of Maine, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest and more.  Read More >>

CAKE Highlight: Flood Resilience Checklist     The Maine Flood Resilience Checklist is a simple and practical self-assessment tool designed to assist communities evaluate how well prepared they are for existing and future flood hazards. Read More >>

NOAA Climate Data Snapshots     These climate maps developed by NOAA comprise a range of easy-to-understand maps and descriptions in a single interface.  Read More >> 



Job Opportunity     Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is seeking a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead a growing research and education organization located amid the breathtaking scenic beauty of Acadia National Park’s Schoodic District in Winter Harbor, Maine.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity     Assistant Professor Paleoclimatology/Geochemistry at Montclair State University.  Deadline October 20.  Read More >>

Research Assistantship Opportunity     Native American Research Assistantships:  The U.S. Forest Service is sponsoring a research assistantship program for Native American students.  Deadline October 18.  Read More >>

Postdoc Opportunity     University of California, Santa Cruz is seeking a Paleoceanography postdoc.  Deadline October 31. Read More >> 

Postdoc Opportunity      Postdoctoral Research Associate in ecology and coupled human and natural systems at Harvard Forest. Read More >> 

Postdoc Opportunities     Three postdoctoral researcher positions in management strategy evaluation.  The postdocs will work with a team of experts in the study of climate impacts on fish and fisheries and the application of MSE. Read More for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute Positions >>  Read More for the UMass Dartmouth Position >> 

Funding Opportunity     Midwest Glacial Lakes Fish Habitat Partnership.  Submit a proposal to conserve fish habitat through assessments, outreach, restoration, and protection. Proposals due October 15. Read More >> 



Wednesday, October 4, 1pm ET

AWRA Webinars

Miami Beach’s Aggressive Action Toward Climate Change Adaptation, Part 1

Speakers: Elizabeth Wheaton, Bruce Mowry, Carlos Tamayo

For more information, visit: 


Wednesday, October 4, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

Wildlife Implications of Changing Winter Severity in the Great Lakes Basin: Collaborative Investigation to Guide Regional Adaptation Planning

Michael Notaro, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michael Schummer, SUNY Oswego

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Wednesday, October 4, 4pm ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series 

Economic and social dimensions of urban adaptation strategies 

Speakers: TBA 

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Friday, October 6, 11am ET

First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs)

Considering forest and grassland carbon in land management

Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

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Tuesday, October 10, 3pm ET

American Society of Adaptation Professionals

Climate Resilient Communities

Huron River Watershed Council

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Wednesday, October 18, 1pm ET

AWRA Webinars

Miami Beach’s Aggressive Action Toward Climate Change Adaptation, Part 2

Speakers: Elizabeth Wheaton, Bruce Mowry, Carlos Tamayo

For more information, visit: