NE CSC Newsletter

Friday, January 15, 2016


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Announcing the Spring NE CSC Webinar Series!    Mark your calendars for an eight-webinar series this spring from the NE CSC, highlighting research from our funded projects, an early career showcase, and a featured presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS. Read More >>

•       January 27, 3:30 pm EST: "Climate Change, Uncertainty and Natural Resource Management” James D. Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

•       February 10, 3:30 pm EST: “The Designing Sustainable Landscapes Project: Piloting Landscape Conservation Design in the Connecticut River Watershed” Bill DeLuca, UMass Amherst

•       February 24, 3:30 pm EST: “Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species” Jane Foster, University of Minnesota

•       March 9, 3:30 pm EST: “Leveraging Web-Based Platforms such as the Early Career Climate Forum to Enhance Climate Change Communication and Engagement” Ezra Markowitz, UMass Amherst

•       March 23, 3:30 pm EST: Early Career Showcase with Wen J. Wang, University of Missouri and Dan Hocking, USGS. Two of our NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellows will present on their work as an early career climate and natural resources scientist. TBD

•       April 6, 3:30 pm EST: “Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S." Julio Betancourt, USGS

•       April 20, 3:30 pm EST: “Climate Change and Loss of Tributary Connections in the World's Great Lakes” Pete McIntyre, University of Wisconsin-Madison

•       April 27, 3:30 pm EST: “A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Coastal Landscape Change” Erika Lentz, USGS Woods Hole

Archived Webinars from the NE CSC     Take a look at the videos from our 2015 Webinar Series, “Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation.”  Topics ranged from delivering science to a variety of stakeholders, understanding the vulnerability of species due to climate change, and the creation of tools to inform resource managers in decision-making.  Read more >>

Latest Stakeholder-Driven Research Projects Funded by the NE CSC     The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.  The seven NE CSC-funded studies will focus on how climate change is expected to affect natural and cultural resources as well as related management decisions and actions that can be taken to help offset such change. The projects range in scope from Maine to Minnesota, and include such approaches as:  using drones to map and assess vulnerability for coastal Massachusetts; understanding the impacts climate change will have for maple syrup-producing states; making advances on species vulnerability assessments and the adaptive capacity of ecosystems; managing natural resources to build resilience in river systems; and building Tribal capacity in adaptation to climate change. Read More >>

Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Sugar Maple in a Changing Climate     On December 7th, the Acer Climate and Socio-Ecological Research Network (ACERnet) held a workshop on “Sugar Maple in a Changing Climate” at the Northeast Climate Science Center with 20 partners present at UMass Amherst and up to 20 participants joining remotely.  The workshop brought together maple syrup producers, resource managers from state, local, tribal and non-governmental organizations, and researchers to discuss maple ecology, management, and the potential effects of climate change on sugar maple and the maple syrup industry.  Read More >>

Understanding Heat Stress and Preparing for the Future     The work of Ethan Coffel, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at Columbia University was featured in several news outlets following the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in San Francisco.  By later this century, parts of the world where the population is expected to rise the most will experience an increase in the worst heat events — those where sky-high temperatures combine with oppressive humidity to hit the limits of the human capacity to cope.  Ethan presented his findings at the AGU meeting in December.   Follow up work will explore the implications of the heat stress projections for large mammals in the northeast.  Read More >>  

Meet our Newest NE CSC Fellow!     Keenan Yakola, a master’s student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is joining the NE CSC to work on the impacts of climate change on seabirds and coastal fishes in the Gulf of Maine.  Keenan, a native of Cape Cod, spent the summer with Audubon’s Project Puffin on Seal Island, Maine where he communed with seabirds and manned the puffin burrow cam.  In addition to supervising interns and volunteers, he managed various seabird research projects and daily operations of this national wildlife refuge.  He’s continuing his studies in the Department of Environmental Conservation where he earned his bachelor’s in 2015. Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Wenchi Jin, Hong S. He, Frank R. Thompson III.  2015. Are more complex physiological models of forest ecosystems better choices for plot and landscape predictions?   Ecological Modeling

•       Grimm, N.B., Groffman, P., Staudinger, M.D., and H. Tallis. 2015. Climate change impacts on ecosystems and ecosystem services in the United States: process and prospects for sustained assessment. Climatic Change, December 2015 (online).

•       Ning, L. and Bradley, R.S. 2015. Snow occurrence changes over the eastern United States under future warming scenarios.   Nature Climate Change

•       Balascio, N. L., D’Andrea, W. J., and Bradley, R.S. 2015. Glacier response to North Atlantic climate variability during the Holocene. Climate of the Past, 2015, Volume 11, Issue 12, p.1587-1598.


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CAKE Highlight: Four Twenty Seven     This resource provides innovative tools and services to organizations seeking to understand climate impacts, assess risks to their operations or their stakeholders, and increase their resilience by developing and implementing climate adaptation measures. This includes results of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Survey conducted by Four Twenty Seven in partnership with ND-GAIN (another CAKE partner!) and Business for Social Responsibility.  Read More >> 

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Landscape Conservation Science & Management Symposium

Lower Missouri River Hydrogeomorphic Evaluation Report

North Atlantic LCC:

NA LCC Fall 2015 Newsletter: Responding to Climate Change

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Landscape scale science plays a critical role in rangewide monitoring plan, a requirement for delisting the Interior Least Tern

Evaluating tidal saline wetland migration along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast under alternative sea-level rise and urbanization scenarios

Innovative new data product allows managers and planners to assess floodplain habitat remotely

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

NEW Website!

Mapping Land Facets for Climate Adaptation Planning

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative

NEW Website!


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Resilience and the Big Picture: Governing and Financing Innovations for Long Island Sound and Beyond     Hartford, CT, April 22.  Abstracts due by January 29. Read More >> 

Climate-Smart Conservation Class     Hosted by the Peninsular Landscape Conservation Cooperative in Camp Weed, Live Oak, FL.  February 23-25.  Read More >>

Fish Passage 2016     International Conference on River Connectivity Best Practices and Innovations at UMass, Amherst, June 20-22.  Abstracts due by February 24.  Read More >>

Climate of Change Films Preview     Presented by the Island Institute, with events in Rockland ME, Washington DC, Portland ME, and Boston. Read More >   

Tribal Climate Change Trainings     Climate Change Adaptation Planning trainings in Idaho (March/April, TBD), Alaska (April), California (June), and Montana (Aug/Sept, TBD).  Read More >> 

Fundamentals of Coastal Adaptation Workshop     Baltimore, MD on April 4.  SAGE will host a full day workshop offered in conjunction with the Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference.  Read More >> 

LCC Gulf Hypoxia Conservation Design & Research Forum     Indianapolis, IN, March 1-3.  RSVP by January 15.  Read More >>


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Northeast’s Warm Holiday Season    Mike Rawlins, NE CSC researcher and Manger of the Climate System Research Center at UMass explains the factors at play causing a warm December.  On Northeast Public Radio he talks about the weather, El Nino’s effect over several warming decades and long-term climatic changes.  Read More >>

How to Get People to Care About Climate Change     NE CSC affiliated investigator Ezra Markowitz of UMass Amherst contributed Washington Post Op-Ed about encouraging people to consider their own future legacy as a way to get buy-in for addressing climate change.  Read More >>

Early Career Climate Forum Blog Post: The Way We Communicate     Dr. Gustavo Bisbal, the Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center reflects on what he would do differently if he had it all to do over again.  Read More >>

Gun Lake Tribe Produces Documentary On Disappearing Wild Rice     Wild rice has been an important food to Native American tribes in the United States for thousands of years. But due to climate change, those rice fields have started to disappear in West Michigan. Read More >>

NOAA Study Finds ‘Living Shorelines’ Can Lessen Climate Change’s Effects     Protected and stabilized shorelines can store carbon, promote coastal resilience, improve water quality, and fish habitats.  Read More >>  


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Climate Change and Coastal Impacts Workshop Videos   The Southeast Climate Science Center along with North Carolina Coastal Federation, Climate Central, and Climate Communication conducted a workshop to help media professionals become more knowledgeable about the state of the science on climate and be able to localize the impacts of climate change. Videos of presentations and sessions are now available!  Read More >>

CAKE Highlight: Climate Adaptation Plan for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians     The northern Minnesota Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians adaptation plan addresses impacts to forest and water resources.  Read More >>

NOAA’s Quarterly Climate Outlook Reports     Catch up on the outlook for the Great Lakes, Missouri Rive Basin, Midwest, Eastern Region, Gulf of Maine and more.  Read More >>

Guiding for Tomorrow Changing Climate, Changing Culture Initiative     Incorporating scientific research with place-based evidence, this unique approach increases awareness of climate change impacts around Lake Superior. Outreach tools include a web-based service learning curriculum and educator training.  Read More >>

Climate Connections Radio Broadcast     Daily, 90-second episodes help listeners connect climate change to their daily lives and the people and organizations working to solve it.  Read More >>

Resilient-Infrastructure Webinar Videos     The webinar series, hosted by Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) leverages the expertise of the SAGE network to provide training to the broader community.  View the Videos >>


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Funding Opportunity:  2016 NFWF Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program     Deadline is February 3.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program’s Exploratory Grants     Letters of intent due February 17.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Resource Conservation and Climate Change     Call for proposals "Providing Useful Climate Information at Moderate Time Scales: Proof of Concept" from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program’s Exploratory Development Solicitation. Deadline is March 8.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Research Grants for Fishery Science Students     The Marine Stewardship Council is currently welcoming undergraduate and postgraduate students to apply.  Deadline February 1.  Read More >> 

Postdoc Opportunity:  Working with Indigenous Peoples on Climate Science     With Michigan State University and College of Menominee Nation.  Review of applications begins February 1.  Read More >> 

Postdoc Opportunity: Future of Ice Initiative     University of Washington.  Deadline is February 1.  Read More >> 

Opportunity to Host a Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellow     NOAA Climate Programs Office invites letters of intent to host a postdoctoral fellow to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision frameworks and decision tools.  Deadline is February 29.  Read More >>

Opportunity to Host a Summer Intern     The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona is seeking air quality focused offices and programs to host a college student for an 8-week summer internship.  Due January 22.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Environmental Analyst     The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is hiring a GIS Data Development Coordinator.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Climate Integration Outreach Associate     With the Southeast Regional Climate Center in Chapel Hill.  Review of applications begins January 29.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Avian Ecology     University of Missouri.  Review of applications begins February 15.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology     University of Missouri.  Review of applicants begins February 15.  Read More >>

Fellowship Opportunity:  Kinship Conservation Fellows     Applications are currently open for the 2016 cohort.  Read More >> 

Internship Opportunity:  Young Leaders in Climate Change     The National Park Service’s paid internship for junior and senior undergraduates.  Deadline is January 28.  Read More >>

Native Youth Photo Contest     Submissions sought for "pictures of things you (or your tribe or village) value and add a short caption describing how a changing climate might affect what’s in the photograph.”  Deadline April 30.  Read More >>


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Wednesday, January 20, 1:00pm EST

Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change web conference series

“Communicating Adaptation- Engaging Communities"

Susanne Moser, Standford University

To register, visit:


Wednesday, January 20, 2:00pm EST

USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub

"Best Management Practices for On-Farm Climate Change Resilience in the Northeast: Social, Ecological and Economic Implications"

David Conner and Rachel Schattman, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

To Join, Visit:


Wednesday, January 20, 11:00am PST

Great Norther, North Pacific and Southern Rockies LCCs present

"Climate Change Adaptation: From Concept to Standard Practice"

Dave Peterson, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Jessica Halofsky, University of Washington

To register, visit:


Thursday, January 21, 3:00pm EST

Eastern Tallgrass Prarie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

"Economic Valuation of Practice Impacts”

Bonnie Keeler, Scott Lucas

For more information, visit:


Wednesday, January 27, 2:00pm EST

Society for Conservation Biology

"GIStorytelling: How Story Maps Can Harness the Power of Maps and Geography to Promote Conservation”

Dr. Ryan Valdez, National Parks Conservation Association

To register, visit:


Wednesday, January 27, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Climate Change, Uncertainty and Natural Resource Management”

James D. Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

To join, visit:“climate-change-uncertainty-and-natural-resource-management”


Thursday, January 28, 3:00pm EST

Eastern Tallgrass Prarie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

"ETPBR LCC & MRB/GHI Overview” Gwen White and Glen Salmon

"Prairie STRIPS”  Lisa Schulte Moore

For more information, visit:


Tuesday, February 2, 3:00pm EST 

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC)

"Visualizing the Impact of Future Climate on Pine Forests"

Ryan Boyles, University Lead for the Southeast Climate Science Center

To Register, visit:


Tuesday, February 2, 3:00pm EST 

NOAA/NOS Science Seminar Series

"Will climate change result in mismatches between fish and phytoplankton phenology?”

Rebecca Asch, Princeton University

To register, visit:


Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“The Designing Sustainable Landscapes Project: Piloting Landscape Conservation Design in the Connecticut River Watershed”

Bill DeLuca, UMass Amherst

To join, visit:“-designing-sustainable-landscapes-project-piloting-landscape-conservation-design-connectic


Thursday, February 11, 1:00pm EST

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network presents

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

Karen Richardson, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

To register, visit:


Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species”

Jane Foster, University of Minnesota

To join, visit:“forecasting-potential-climate-refugia-guide-conservation-montane-species”


Wednesday, March 9, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Leveraging Web-Based Platforms such as the Early Career Climate Forum to Enhance Climate Change Communication and Engagement”

Ezra Markowitz, UMass Amherst

To join, visit:“leveraging-web-based-platforms-such-early-career-climate-forum-enhance-climate-change-comm



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