NE CSC Newsletter

Friday, January 5, 2018

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Four New Papers Moving the Concept of Translational Ecology Forward     NE CSC's Research Ecologist with the USGS, Toni Lyn Morelli, and co-authors have recently published in a special edition of Frontiers in Ecology describing novel ways we can improve our roles as researchers. Read More >> 


USGS Deputy Director Leads Adaptation Training in Minnesota     NE CSC Federal Deputy Director Olivia LeDee led training  to increase climate literacy of professionals and support the integration of the best available climate science in programs, plans, and operations. The trainings for for MN Department of Natural Resources personnel were held in in St. Paul and Duluth, MN.  Read More >> 


Project Completed: Projecting Changes in Great Lakes Region for Wildlife Adaptation Planning     This project, led by Michael Notaro, University of Wisconsin-Madison, focused on anticipated effects of 21st century climate change on winter severity, snowpack, and lake ice across the Great Lakes Basin and the response of wildlife populations, namely white-tailed deer and dabbling ducks. The final report is now available:  “Development of Dynamically-Based 21st Century Projections of Snow, Lake Ice, and Winter Severity for the Great Lakes Basin to Guide Wildlife-Based Adaptation Planning, with Emphasis on Deer and Waterfowl.” Read More >> 


Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Phenology     Why would someone who studies how climate change affects the time when plants begin flowering spend a semester studying the timing of fish species migration? Check out this week’s blog by Becky Dalton, NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) fellow from Duke who spent the fall with the NE CSC.  Read More >> 


Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•Curzon, M.T., A.W. D'Amato, S. Fraver, B.J. Palik, A. Bottero, J.R. Foster, and K.E. Gleason. 2017. Harvesting influences functional identity and diversity over time in forests of the northeastern U.S.A. Forest Ecology and Management 400:93-99. 

•Enquist, C. et al. 2017. Foundations of translational ecology. Front Ecol Environ 2017; 15(10): 541–550, doi:10.1002/fee.1733 

•Gleason, K.E., J.B. Bradford, A. Bottero, A.W. D'Amato, S. Fraver, B.J. Palik, M.A. Battaglia, L. Iverson, L. Kenefic, and C.C. Kern. 2017. Competition amplifies drought stress in forests across broad climatic and compositional gradients. Ecosphere 8:e01849-n/a.

•Hallett, L., Morelli, T. et al. 2017.  Navigating translational ecology: creating opportunities for scientist participation. Front Ecol Environ 2017; 15(10): 578–586, doi:10.1002/fee.1734

•Littel, J.. Terando, A., Morelli, T. 2017. Balancing research and service to decision makers. Front Ecol Environ 2017; 15(10):598–598, doi:10.1002/fee.1739

•Shwartz, M. et al. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce. Front Ecol Environ 2017; 15(10): 587–596, doi:10.1002/fee.1732

•Youngquist, M.B., S.L. Eggert, A.W. D’Amato, B.J. Palik, and R.A. Slesak. 2017. Potential effects of foundation species loss on wetland communities: a case study of black ash wetlands threatened by emerald ash borer. Wetlands 37: 787-799.


Upcoming Presentations by NE CSC

•January  10, 2018.  Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, New Bedford, MA. “Can Under-appreciated Species be Part of New England’s Restaurant Markets?” Poster presented by Amanda Davis, NE CSC Graduate Fellow.

•January 12, 2018.   Climate Adaptation Forum Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Insurance Industry “Moving from Science to Action: UMass’ role in MA Climate Adaptation Efforts.” Richard Palmer, University Director NE CSC 

•January 30, 2018   78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. “Back to the Future: Fish and Wildlife Research in an Era of Rapid Change.” Symposium organized by Olivia Ledee (Deputy Director, NE CSC).  Read More >> 

•January 30, 2018.  78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. “Modeling oxythermal stress of cisco across the landscape to inform management of cold-water fish habitat.” Magee, M.R. (NE CSC Postdoc Fellow), Rypel, A., Read, J.S., McIntyre, P.B. (NE CSC Co-PI). 



Rising Voices     The 6th annual workshop, Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions, will be in Duluth Minnesota, April 11-13.  Application information will be announced in January. Read More >>

NOAA’s 16th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW)       Integrated theme: "Impact-based Decision Support Tools and Applications for Climate Services.” May 22-24, Fargo, North Dakota. Call for abstracts due January 36.  Read More >> 

Flow 2018 Instream Flow Council     Managing rivers, reservoirs, and lakes in the face of drought.  Fort Collins, CO, April 24-26 2018.  Read More >>

Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action    Online course covers the basics of climate change, from science to action, and will assist you in developing a consistent climate message. January 23-February 12. Registration deadline January 22. Read More >> 

Introduction to Structured Decision Making     This course provides participants with a foundation in structured decision making in the context of natural resource management problem.  February 5-9, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. Read More >> 



Highlights of the Findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report     The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) is designed to be an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States, to serve as the foundation for efforts to assess climate-related risks and inform decision-making about responses.  Much of this report is written at a level more appropriate for a scientific audience, though the Executive Summary is intended to be accessible to a broader audience. Read More >>


————LCC NEWS———————

North Atlantic LCC 

New tool will help conservation planners strategize around development risks

For Regional Conservation Partnerships, Nature’s Network offers new perspective on familiar places

Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database

How healthy are coastal habitats?

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC 

Kicking Crickets, Communicating with Millennials, and Other Issues for LCCs

GCPO LCC Has Enhanced Presence on USGS Science Base

Eastern and Tall Grass Prairies LCC 

Mark Your Calendar for New Prairie Reconstruction Initiative Webinar Series in 2018


————OTHER NEWS——————

Guest Editorial and Article on Refugia in Mountain Climate Pub     The Winter 2017 issue of CIRMOUNT’s periodical, Mountain Views Chronicle features refugia writings by NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli.  Read More >> 

SDI Newsletter Opening Message Highlights Hope     College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute Director (and NE CSC co-PI), Chris Caldwell gives a moving editorial in last month’s newsletter.  Read More >> 

Upper Midwest Warming Faster than Most     Climate Central has an article with maps and graphics describing this trend.  Read More >> 



Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network for Massachusetts     Working on natural resources adaptation in Massachusetts?  Join Mass ECAN, a community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation in Massachusetts.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples     A synthesis of current impacts and experiences.  Read More >> 

The Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT)     Map viewer and case studies helps resource managers monitor broad patterns of vegetation change in order to understand dynamic landscapes and their capacity to provide ecological services and benefits. Read More >> 

La Nina Impacts and Outlook     Regional summaries of impacts of this year’s La Nina conditions.  Read More >> 

Climate Attribution Map     An online interactive map shows 144 extreme weather events across the globe for which scientists have carried out attribution studies. Read More >> 

Managing for a Changing Climate Videos     South Central Climate Science Center put together a series of instructional videos featuring staff and PIs (and pretty neat graphics!). Read More >> 

Publication on Communicating Climate Change Facts      “Scientific agreement can neutralize the politicization of facts" from Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. Read More >> 

Publication on Network Theory to Aid in Habitat Protection     Researchers developed a method to integrate uncertainty in climate and land-use change projections with the latest developments in network-connectivity research and spatial, multipurpose conservation prioritization. Read More >> 

The Weather Channel series: United States of Climate Change     50 States 50 Stories. Explore how people are dealing with climate change in your state. Read More >> 

Vulnerability Assessments for Wisconsin's Natural Communities     The WICCI Plants and Natural Communities Working Group has released a series of short climate change vulnerability assessments for Wisconsin's natural communities.  Read More >> 

American Meteorological Society Explaining Extreme Events     The sixth edition of Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective presents 27 peer-reviewed research papers that examine episodes of extreme weather across six continents and two oceans during 2016.  Read More >> 

Resilience and Adaptation in New England     RAINE now includes 214 New England communities & more than 500 documents. Including thirty documents that were published in 2017.  Read More >>



Seeking Montane Climate Change Articles     Submit your article to Climate Change Responses - "Mechanisms underlying climate change impacts of montane ecosystems and species" special issue. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Citizen Science     US Forest Service announces a competitive funding opportunity for citizen science projects. All USFS units and partners are invited to apply for up to $25,000/project.  Applications due January 31.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Great Lakes Restoration     Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) provides assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Application due January 8.  Funding opportunity #: F18AS00012. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Technical Assistance to Tribes     Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations can submit proposals for projects and activities that develop, manage, and protect tribal water and related resources. Funding opportunity #: BOR-DO-18-F001. Eligibility includes federally recognized Native American tribal governments and organizers (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). Application due January 17.  Read More >>  

Travel Grants Available    Travel grants are available for municipal employees, elected or appointed municipal decision-makers, county government employees, regional planning council personnel, and other local decision-makers for “Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference,” April 30-May 2, 2018, Manchester, NH. Read More >>  

Summer Student Internships     The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation has openings for two undergraduate interns to study tree seedling ecology and soil, groundwater, or streamwater projects. Application Due January 31.  Read More >> 

Paid Summer Research Internship Opportunity – SOARS Program     SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate research internship program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences, based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, Colorado). Application due February 1.  Read More >> 

Student Summer Internships    The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change program of the National Park Service provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work on diverse issues related to emerging management issues driven by global drivers of change and related effects in national parks. Applications due January 26. Read More >> 

Internship in France     National Science Foundation-funded International Research Experiences for Students program “Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France— Research Training in Paleoclimate.”  Seeking more Native American undergraduate applicants for the summer course. Applications due March 1st. Read More >> 

Job Opportunities:  Biologists with The Bureau of Indian Affairs - Midwest Region     One position is located at Bloomington, MN and and one is located at Ashland, WI. These positions will serve as program specialists for the BIA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Read More >>  

Job Opportunity:  Assistant Professor, Coupled Natural-Human Systems     The College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. Search for position number 00106225. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Climatologist with LSU     This is a position in the Department of Geography and Anthropology for a Climatologist. Read More >> 



Tuesday, January 9 @ 12:00 pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Eutrophication will increase during the 21st century as a result of precipitation changes

Eva Sinha, Phd candidate, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, and Anna M. Michalak, Faculty member, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, CA

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Tuesday, January 16 @ 8:00pm EST

National Climate Assessment Webinar for Public Comment

To join, visit:, US callers: (605) 475-5606, Passcode: 9663019548#


Thursday, January 18 @ 12:00pm EST

Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC)

How do invasive species interact with other forms of global change?

Dr. Jenica Allen, UNH

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Thursday, January 25 @ 2:00 pm EST

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Decision Support Tools and a Framework for Climate-smart Restoration

Isaiah Thalmayer and Thomas Gardali, Point Blue Conservation

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Tuesday, January 30 @ 9:30am EST

NOAA Eastern Region Climate Services

Argonne Lab Downscaling Work

Tom Wall and Yan Feng

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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