NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Next Week:  “Engaging Stakeholders in Complex Water Resources Decision Making: Examples for the Northeast and from Brazil”, Wednesday October 21, 3:30pm ET.    On a recent trip to Brazil, Dr. Palmer participated in a summit to address a water crisis in São Paulo.  Invited to provide examples, lessons learned and participatory planning options, he demonstrated the ways in which scientists and water resource managers can engage the public in water resource management for greater support and participation in water saving measures.  Come hear his presentation on this experience in Brazil and that in the northeast on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30pm in 134 Morrill Science Center as part of the NE CSC seminar series Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation. Read more background and instructions for how to join remotely >>

Recording of the First Seminar of the Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation Series Is Available     Check out the archived webinar recording of “Integrating Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans” presented by Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, and Alex Bryan of NE CSC/USGS given October 7.  Read More >>

Recently Completed WaterViz was Featured on Virginia Water Radio     The four-minute audio feature “Turning Water to Music through Sonification,” brings the audience closer to the realm of science in water measurements.  Listen to a sample of the WaterViz tool with a visit to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.    Read More >>

Report Summarizes Findings from Vulnerability Assessments Conducted Across the Department of the Interior     Vulnerability assessments can inform climate adaptation planning by providing insight into what natural resources are most at risk and why.  Researchers with USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and NE CSC found that the majority of DOI projects did not fully assess vulnerability and to maintain consistency with the IPCC definition of vulnerability. Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Horton R., and Coffel, E. 2015. Projected changes in extreme temperature events based on the NARCCAP model suite. Geophysical Research Letters.

•       Nelson JA, Deegan L, Garritt R. 2015. Drivers of spatial and temporal variability in estuarine food webs. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 533:67-77

•       W.S. Beatty,   E.B. Webb, D.C. Kesler, L.W. Nay.   2015.  An empirical evaluation of landscape energetic models: Mallard and American black duck space use during the non-breeding period. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:1141-1151.

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New user interface for the USGS GeoData Portal      USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics has released new interface allows for easy browsing and selection of available datasets.  The GeoData Portal provides an easy way to subset the available climate and land-use models for the area of your interest (state, LCC boundaries, HUC, etc.). The CSCs and other have made quite a few datasets available and it's our repository of choice for model output (for our funded projects).  Read More >>  

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North Atlantic LCC:

            -New England Cottontail spared from Endangered Species List thanks to science-based collaboration

            -North Atlantic LCC 2014 Annual Report

Appalachian LCC

            - 2014 Annual Report

            -Riparian Restoration Decision Support Tool

            -Assessing Future Energy Development across the Appalachians

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            -Greg Wathen's Blog:  Partnership Pulse Check

            - The GCPO LCC Staff Meeting, SECAS Symposium, and Climate Science Workshop - all at SEAFWA 2015


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6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference November 3-5 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.   The annual NW Climate Conference is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas relating to climate impacts and adaptation.  Read More >>

The Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group     November 5-7, New Orleans, LA at the Hampton Inn Convention Center.  Read More >>

Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices     December 7-8, Wausau, WI.  Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices is an active, hands-on training to help natural resources managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world forest management projects.  Read More >>

Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session     December 9-10, Fort Collins, Colorado.  The Wildlife Conservation Society is offering a two-day Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session for a limited number of project teams at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center.  Read More >>

Online Course:  Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment    Offered by the National Conservation Training Center, this on-demand course supplements a sold out Vulnerability Assessment Training Workshop Read More >>


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New Grant Awarded for Improving Collaboration Between Native Americans and Climate Scientists.     NE CSC Affiliated Investigator Kyle Whyte received the National Science Foundation grant, "Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM in Collaborations between Climate Change Decision-Support Organizations and Indigenous Peoples" Read More >>

CAKE Highlight:  The Salt Marsh Advancement Zone Assessment for Connecticut     This case study by Adam Whelchel reviews the process behind a statewide salt marsh assessment for each of the 24 coastal municipalities in Connecticut.  Read More >>

Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide     The BIA Climate Change Program will be working government-wide to provide better access to climate training & planning resources, data, and networks through development of a website. Read More >>

Can Animal Cams Help Stave Off Climate Change?     Webcams now broadcast the intimate lives of bears, wolves, and other wild animals around the world, to hundreds of thousands of eager viewers. Whether that’s beneficial to conservation efforts is up for debate.  Read More >>

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Newsletter     Climate change is a growing focus within GLIFWC, and they have started several new projects to generate information on how changing conditions might affect resources that are important to the tribes, such as wild rice and paper birch (see page 3 in the recent GLIFWC newsletter).  Read More >>

Video Highlights Adaptation     Sites affected by the oak wilt disease are being reforested using a diverse mix of future-adapted species. New Climate Change Resource Center video highlights adaptation on the Menominee Nation Forest.  Read More >>

Scientists have begun an unprecedented study into how warming temperatures affect ecosystems.  Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climate and Environmental Change Experiment, SPRUCE will measure how peat land ecosystems respond to changing temperatures. Read

SE Climate Science Center’s Annual Report     Global Change report now available!  Read More >>


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Addressing Climate Change in the Water Sector     EPA’s new site directs users quickly and easily to a variety of resources including climate change adaptation tools, organizations, training, and research. Read More >>

Report: Performance of Natural Infrastructure and Nature-based Measures as Coastal Risk Reduction Features     The Environmental Defense Fund has released a report that represents a review of the state of knowledge on the performance of natural and nature-based infrastructure as compiled from existing literature and participant input obtained during an expert workshop. Read More >>

CAKE Highlight:  Improving Conservation Outcomes with a New Paradigm for Understanding Species' Fundamental and Realized Adaptive Capacity     New publication (Beever et al. 2015) identifies ecological attributes contributing to species' adaptive capacity and provides examples demonstrating how the inclusion of adaptive capacity can better inform conservation and natural resource management.  Read More >>

Communicating Science Recorded Webinars     Want to reach more people with your research?  Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability Pop Up webinars are designed to give researchers the tools to engage with a wider audience. Read More >>


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NOAA Sea Grant Knauss graduate fellowship     The February 2017 Fellowship is open for submissions. Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Rockfall Foundation    Due November 19 for work in the Connecticut River watershed.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant     Due November 2.  NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of up $10 million through 2016 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition. Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Urban Waters Small Grants Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Assistant Professor, Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill     With a research focus on biodiversity including how biodiversity is expected to respond in the face of global change. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Stable Isotope Ecologist, Davis California  The U.S. Geological Survey's Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center is seeking to fill a GS-11 (postdoc-level) term biologist/ecologist position responsible for preparing samples and conducting stable isotope analyses to identify the geographic extent of the populations of key species experiencing fatalities at renewable energy facilities in California. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Wildlife Demographer, Davis California  The U.S. Geological Survey's Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center is seeking to fill a GS-11 (postdoc-level) term biologist/ecologist position to will develop, analyze and interpret demographic models built for populations of high-priority avian and mammalian species killed at renewable energy facilities within California. Read More >>

Internship Opportunity:  George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change     The National Park Service Climate Change Response Program is now soliciting internship proposals for the 2016 George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change.  Read More >>

Fellowship Opportunity:  Switzer Fellowship Program     One-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field.  Read More >>  

Fellowship Opportunity: The Climate Hubs Fellows Program     The program will hire fellows as temporary federal employees to work with the regional Hubs and Sub-Hubs to accomplish their mission. The deadline for applications is November 20th. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Postdoctoral Fellowship  The Nature Conservancy is soliciting applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Assistant Professor     Hydrology and Water Resources, U-Mass, Amherst in Civil Engineering  Read More >>


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Thursday, October 15, 3:30pm EDT

Ecology and Evolution Fall Seminar Series at NC State University

"Improving the Forecast for Biodiversity in a Warming World" 

Mark Urban, University of Connecticut

To join, visit:


Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 EDT

Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University.

"Overview of BIA's Tribal Climate Adaptation Awards Process” The speakers will answer live general questions about the scope of the categories: climate adaptation, ocean and coastal planning, and youth internships, the review process, and the past history of awards.

Sean Hart, BIA Climate Change Coordinator and Rachael Novak, BIA Climate Science Coordinator

To register, visit:  


Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 EDT

OneNOAA Science Seminars

"Vulnerability and Adaptation of US Shellfisheries to Ocean Acidification"

Lisa Suatoni, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Wednesday, October 21, 3:30pm EDT

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Engaging Stakeholders in Complex Water Resources Decision Making: Examples for the Northeast and from Brazil”

Dr. Richard Palmer, NE CSC

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Thursday, October 22, 2:00 PM EDT

NCCWSC Webinar

"Moving Toward the Deliberate Coproduction of Climate Science Knowledge"

Alison Meadow, University of Arizona and Dan Ferguson, University of Arizona

To register, visit:


Friday, October 23, 1:00pm EDT

The Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) Program

"Public Participation in Resilience Building: What We Know and Where To Go”

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Albright,  Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

To join, visit: Event number: 662737834 Password: SAGE15


Tuesday, October 27,12:00pm EDT

OneNOAA Science Seminars

"Global Reshuffling of Marine Species with Future Climate Change"

Mike Burrows, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, Scotland, UK and Ben Halpern UC Santa Barbara, California

To join remotely, visit:  Conference number 744925156


Wednesday, November 4, 3:30pm EDT

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S.”

Julio Betancourt, USGS

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Monday, November 9, 3pm- 4:30pm EDT

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

"Using the Online Adaptation Workbook”

Stephen Handler, Climate Change Specialist, Forest Service

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Wednesday, November 18, 3:30pm EDT

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models”

Ben Zuckerberg and Lisa McCauley, University of Wisconsin

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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



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