NE CASC News

Save the Dates: NE CASC Regional Science Symposium

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

NE CASC invites the climate adaptation science community to participate in our 2021 Regional Science Symposium, which will take place online on Tuesday, October 26th, and Wednesday, October 27th. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event!

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New Publication: Translational Invasion Ecology--Bridging Research and Practice to Address One of the Greatest Threats to Biodiversity

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Common Buckthorn

Despite strong socio-political imperatives, the pairing of invasion ecology with stakeholder needs to support effective management and policy is lacking. As a potential solution to this problem, a team of NE CASC researchers has published an article proposing the concept of Translational Invasion Ecology. An extension of translational ecology, this framework is designed to increase collaboration among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers in hopes of reducing negative impacts of invasive species. 

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Save the Dates: Fall 2021 Webinar Series

Sunday, July 25, 2021

We are delighted to announce the lineup for our Fall Webinar Series, which will begin on Wednesday, September 15th, at 4:00 PM with a presentation by NE CASC researchers Jon Woodruff and Brian Yellen.

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New Report: Trade-Offs and Opportunities for Forest Carbon and Wildlife Using a Climate Adaptation Lens

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Barrens

On a warming planet, a key challenge natural resource managers face is how to protect wildlife while mitigating climate change—as through forest carbon storage—to the greatest extent possible. But in some ecosystems, habitat restoration for imperiled species may be incompatible with maximizing carbon storage. A new report from NECASC collaborators Caitlin Littlefield and Anthony D’Amato delves into this management conundrum. 

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Project Completed: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for Projected Changes in Water Quality and Quantity for Protected Areas in the Upper Mississippi Watershed

Monday, July 19, 2021
Black River Delta, Wisconsin

Kristen Bouska and John DeLaney have completed the final report for their NE CASC project, "Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for Projected Changes in Water Quality and Quantity for Protected Areas in the Upper Mississippi Watershed."

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New Publication: U.S. Plant Regulatory Lists Are Reactive and Inconsistent

Thursday, July 1, 2021

More than 500 invasive plant species are currently taking root across the U.S., a number that is expected to increase as climate change allows invasive species to shift their growing ranges and move northward. According to a new article in the Journal of Applied Ecology authored by a team including NE CASC Principal Investigator Bethany Bradley and her collaborators, this problem is compounded by inconsistent regulations within the U.S., where varying state restrictions on invasive species undermine governmental efforts to respond adequately to this threat.

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New Publication: Effects of Timber Harvest on Epigeous Fungal Fruiting Patterns and Community Structure in a Northern Hardwood Ecosystem

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

In this article recently published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research,  NE CASC principal investigator Anthony D'Amato and his collaborators examined the response of fungal fruiting bodies, which constitute an important part of the diet of many mammal and invertebrate species, to adaptation strategies designed to sustain northern hardwood forest ecosystems in northern New England. 

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New Publication: Unraveling the Mystery of New England Beaches

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Although New England beaches are well known to the millions who flock to them during the summer, these sedimentary systems have been, until very recently, shrouded in a geological mystery. Prior to the recent publication of a Marine Geology article by NE CASC Principal Investigator Jon Woodruff, the factors governing the degree of beach slope were largely unknown. The findings from Woodruff's study, which decisively unravel this mystery, are critically important for understanding how New England’s beaches will respond to rising sea levels and increased storm activity.

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Project Completed: Identifying and Evaluating Adaptation Science for Forest Habitats and Bird Communities in the Northeast

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The impacts of climate change and forest diseases undermine the ability of natural resource managers to sustain important forest habitat for wildlife species. While the natural resource management and research communities have a general understanding of what broad climate adaptation strategies may help navigate these challenges, the effectiveness of implementing these broad strategies remains unknown. To address these unknowns, this project sought to identify the science needs of managers and evaluate how well climate adaptation can sustain forest habitat.

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How Climate Change Exacerbates and Complicates Wildlife Management: NE CASC Organizes Special Session at Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference

Friday, May 21, 2021

As part of April’s virtual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, NE CASC and Terwilliger Consulting, Inc., co-organized the special session, "Emerging Threats and Unintended Consequences: How Climate Change Exacerbates and Complicates Wildlife Management."

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Shifting Seasons Summit Brings Indigenous Community Together to Discuss Climate Adaptation Planning

Sunday, May 9, 2021

More than 350 members of the Indigenous and climate adaptation science communities participated in the 3rd installment of the Shifting Seasons Summit, which was organized by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and took place virtually from April 19-21.

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Bethany Bradley Selected for Mercer Award

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Bethany Bradley

The Ecological Society of America has selected NE CASC Principal Investigator Bethany Bradley for the George Mercer Award in recognition of her 2019 PNAS article, "Disentangling the abundance–impact relationship for invasive species.”

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NE CASC Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Friday, April 9, 2021

Over much of the past year, NE CASC has engaged in a wide-ranging discussion to determine how we can best help create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community of scholars, practitioners and stakeholders. This reflection has resulted in a variety of actions to advance our goal. Most recently, we have articulated our vision in a statement that we are now pleased to share publicly.

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RISCC Management Challenge: Forest Pest Risk Is Heating Up

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Gypsy Moth

Insect pests and climate change constitute significant separate threats to forest health. But their combined impact is even greater. In this new handout, RISCC researchers identify several key strategies for managing challenges posed by the convergence of these dangers to many tree species.

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New Publication: Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability of Aquatic-Riparian Ecosystems Using Decision-Relevant Indicators

Monday, March 29, 2021
The eight-state area investigated by Delaney and Bouska along with the area's corresponding Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)-8 watersheds.

A team led by John Delaney and Kristen Bouska recently completed a study, "Mapping climate change vulnerability of aquatic-riparian ecosystems using decision-relevant indicators,"  which has been published in the journal Ecological Indicators

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New Publication: Survival and Growth of Planted Replacement Tree Species in Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) Wetlands Threatened by Emerald Ash Borer

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Black Ash Ravaged by the Emerald Ash Borer

How can the resilience of black ash forests, which serve a central role in the cultural lifeways and traditions of Indigenous peoples, be increased in the face of the threat posed by emerald ash borer? A team of scientists and managers led by NE CASC principal investigator Anthony D'Amato explored this question via a large-scale experiment in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Their results were recently published in Forest Ecology and Management.

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2020 NE CASC Annual Report

Friday, February 12, 2021
Marbled Salamander

NE CASC is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report, which documents many of our accomplishments over the past year by summarizing our recent research, outreach, and educational activities. 

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New Publication: Sediment Supply and Potential Impacts of Dam Removals

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Sediment Trap

A new study by NE CASC researchers Brian Yellen and Jon Woodruff reveals that man-made dams built in the Lower Hudson watershed do not trap as much sediment from riverways as previously believed. These findings are particularly important for the many Hudson River communities seeking to remove existing man-made dams that are no longer needed for industrial use and may negatively impact wetlands or interfere with local river restoration efforts.

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Environmental & Water Engineering Spring Seminar Series

Monday, February 8, 2021

NE CASC University Director Richard Palmer has organized a Spring Environmental & Water Resources Engineering webinar Series for Spring Semester 2021. All members of the NE CASC community are enthusiastically invited to participate!

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NE CASC Position Opening: Deputy Federal Director

Monday, January 25, 2021

NE CASC is seeking to fill an opening for Deputy Federal Director via a detail opportunity available to federal employees and employees of eligible organizations under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. The Deputy Director is responsible for helping develop the NE CASC strategic science agenda and managing all aspects of NE CASC's strategic operations, among other duties. 

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NE CASC Offers "Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science" Course for Five College Consortium Students

Friday, January 15, 2021

A new spring course hosted by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) will highlight Tribal speakers to discuss climate adaptation science. The course, Geology 497K: Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science, will be held virtually on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:15 PM and is open to undergraduate and graduate students within the Five College Consortium.

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New Publication: Rapid Tidal Marsh Development in Anthropogenic Backwaters

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Hudson River Development

A new study led by NE CASC researcher Brian Yellen shows that Hudson River Estuary marshes are growing significantly faster than current sea level rise, suggesting that they should be resilient to accelerated sea level rise in the future. Concluding that tidal marshes can be developed relatively easily and quickly, this work provides a framework for guiding land conservation strategies.

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NE CASC Holds "Biological Thresholds" Workshop

Monday, December 21, 2020
Lynx

160 members of the NE CASC community recently participated in our “Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Change” workshop. Designed to identify management priorities in addressing the potential climate change-induced crossing of biological thresholds, the workshop attracted staff from 50 federal or state agencies. 

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Save the Dates: Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Friday, December 18, 2020
Bethany Bradley

NE CASC is pleased to announce the lineup for our Spring 2021 Webinar Series. Please mark your calendar to ensure that you don't miss any of these exciting talks!

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New Publication: Hydrologic Variability in Black Ash Wetlands & Vulnerability to Emerald Ash Borer

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Emerald Ash Borer

While black ash wetlands are prevalent in the Great Lakes region, their future is threatened due to impending spread of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) and its potential to cause ecohydrologic shifts to wetter, non-forested conditions.  In a new article published by Hydrological Processes, NE CASC PI Anthony D'Amato and his collaborators identify the factors determining vulnerability to such shifts and provide a potential tool to target relevant areas for active management efforts. 

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