NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Next NE CSC Webinar Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30pm EST: "Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species”
Webinar presented by Jane Foster of the University of Minnesota.  Montane forests and the species that live in them are vulnerable to climate change. This vulnerability presents a challenge to land managers who must prioritize protected areas for conservation and anticipate potential impacts of changing environmental conditions. Read More >>

Archived Webinar Video Now Available: "Climate Change, Uncertainty and Natural Resource Management”
Check out the recording of the NE CSC webinar presented on January 27 by James Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  Read More >>

Uncertainty is Information, Too
NE CSC’s Frank Thompson of the University of Missouri and his Graduate Fellow Tom Bonnot explain how accounting for doubt helps inform decision-making. In this article in the trade magazine The Wildlife Professional, Frank, Tom and co-authors do a great job of explaining uncertainty (as well as its challenges and opportunities) to a general audience.  Read More >>

Welcome Abigail Ericsson, NE CSC's Newest Graduate Fellow
During her senior year at Smith College, Abigail’s capstone project was working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to rehabilitate a flood protection dam in Marlborough, Massachusetts. This experience propelled her into water resources engineering, and now she’s working with Dr. Richard Palmer, University Director of the NE CSC on a project to better understand how we can manage riverine flows, connections, and landscapes to increase the resilience of human communities and ecosystems. She grew up on Cape Cod in Brewster and Chatham (and coincidentally graduated from high school with Keenan Yakola, another recent addition to our Fellows program who was featured in last month’s newsletter!).  Read More >>

Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool
Governing States and Localities trade magazine features the recently launched NE CSC Wildlife Climate Action Tool in the article "Want to Impact Climate Change? Massachusetts Tells You How.” Link to article is provided at bottom of the NE CSC news page.   Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC

  • Determining the Skill and Value of Incorporating Streamflow Forecasts into An Early Drought Detection System.  Presented by Dr. Richard Palmer, AWWA 2016 Sustainable Water Management Conference, March 9, 2016.


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Managing Off-Reservation Treaty Resources in a Changing Climate
A changing climate presents new challenges for Ojibwe tribes in co-managing their off-reservation treaty resources. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is an intertribal natural resource agency that assists its eleven member Tribes in managing off-reservation treaty reserved rights in the Ceded Territories of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Through its Climate Change Program, GLIFWC is working to define the extent and severity of climate change impacts in the Ceded Territories in order to prepare for and adapt to them.  Read More >>


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Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin /Gulf Hypoxia Initiative Conservation Design & Research Forum  (see WEBINARS below for upcoming pre-forum webinars) 

North Atlantic LCC:

Workshop connects partners to connect aquatic systems across two LCC regions

National FWS blog shares story of Connect the Connecticut

NEAFWA Workshop: Applying Information and Tools from LCCs

Appalachian LCC

Where the Not-So-Mighty Chestnut Still Grows

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

It's Going to be a Busy Year in the GCPO LCC!

Help Shape the GCPO’s Conservation Blueprint

Joint Geospatial Science Meeting a Big Success

GCPO LCC Draft Riverine Conservation Report Ready For Review! (please provide feedback by February 19!)

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

March 2016 Steering Committee Meeting              

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Of Rivulets and Roads: Improving Transportation Safety and Habitat of Road/Stream Crossings (featuring NE CSC’s Principal Investigator Pete McIntyre)


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Documented and Documenting the Effects of Climate Change on Inland Fish and Fisheries
Special session at the upcoming 146th Annual Meeting of the AFS in Kansas City, August 21-25.   Co-organized by NECSC’s Michelle Staudinger with Craig Paukert (Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit), Abby Lynch (National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center), and Jodi Whittier (School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri).  Abstracts for posters and oral presentations submitted to contributed sessions are due February 14th. Read More >> 

Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin /Gulf Hypoxia Initiative Conservation Design & Research Forum
Indianapolis, IN, March 1-3.

Ecological Landscape Alliance Annual Conference
UMass Amherst, March 9 & 10. Early registration discounts available through February 28. Read More >>

NOAA’s 14th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW)
Burlington, VT, March 22-24.  Early bird rates available until February 23rd.   Read More >>  

Workshop: Applying Information and Tools from LCCs
Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference.  On the first day of the NEAFWA conference, North Atlantic LCC staff will lead a workshop providing a hands-on introduction to information and tools developed by LCCs in the Northeast Region. Annapolis, MD, April 3rd.  Early registration rates available up to February 15.  Read More >>

Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference
This capacity-building, “how to” conference, convened by Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA is designed to build capacity for local decision makers from throughout the Eastern United States. Baltimore, MD.,  April 4-6. Read More >> 

Native American Fish & Wildlife Society: 27th Annual Great Plains Region Conference
Offered by the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society.  Red Lodge, MT, April 10-13.  Read More >>


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World’s Lakes are Getting Warmer
NE CSC affiliated investigator Jordan Reed of USGS and NE CSC’s Principal Investigator Pete McIntyre of University of Wisconsin- Madison contributed to a paper on the change in temperature of lakes globally.  Read More >>

Climate Change has Quadrupled Northeast's Flood Risk
Study co-authored by UMass Amherst PhD student, Brian Yellen with NE CSC’s Graduate Fellow Dan Miller.  See the publication "Contrasting human versus climatic control of erosion” in Recent Publications from the NE CSC, above.  Read More >>

Evolutionary Clock Ticks for Snowshoe Hares Facing Climate Change
New research from NCCWSC-funded scientists at North Carolina State University and the University of Montana shows that the evolutionary clock is ticking for snowshoe hares, which may not be able to keep up with the seasonal shifts caused by climate change. Read More >>

Climate Change Impact on This Year’s Warm Winter
Mike Rawlins, NE CSC researcher and Manger of the Climate System Research Center at UMass was a guest on a local public television program "Connecting Point" about how climate change is affecting the regional weather this year. He argues that human activity is causing global warming and that is altering weather patterns.  Read More >>

Role Reversal
While northern parts of the Northeast saw below-normal snowfall and above-normal temperatures in January, southern parts received an abundance of snowfall and colder weather. From the Northeast Regional Climate Center blog.  Read More >>

East Coast May Be Hotspot for Rising Sea Levels
Scientists used a model that simulates the ocean, the atmosphere, and the carbon cycle to find that high emissions scenarios close to current emissions rates caused Atlantic sea levels to rise notably faster than the Pacific, especially along the U.S. East Coast.  Read More >> 

Conifer Forests in Europe Shown to Be Contributors to Global Warming
Europe's expanded planting of dark green conifers such as pine and spruce in its forests have increased Europe's summer average temperatures by 0.12 degrees C (0.2 degrees F). Trees with lighter colored leaves, such as oak and birch, reflect more sunlight and do not contribute to warming, but they have been displaced from forests due to demand for spruce and pine lumber.  Read More >>


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iPlover Application
NE CSC affiliated investigator Rob Thieler of the USGS, has developed an app that together with science helps to track a threatened shorebird, the Atlantic Coast piping plover. Read More >>

CAKE Highlight:  Guidance Document on Forest Management and Climate Change Scenarios
This report addresses the origins of the scenarios that will be needed to assess the impacts of climate change and other stressors on managed forest systems. Read More >>

The Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Barrier Beaches of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
New Bulletin Available From Woods Hole Sea Grant & Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.  Read More >>

ClimateTalk: Science and Solutions
To be effective, talk less about the science and more about solutions. TED talk by Susan Joy Hassol. See the Video >>  

Resilience and Adaptation in New England
US EPA just released the Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE) database.  Read More >>

New Publication
Vinyeta K, Whyte KP, Lynn K. 2015. Climate change through an intersectional lens: gendered vulnerability and resilience in indigenous communities in the United States. Read More >>

Study Finds Climate Threat to Fish Stocks Along East Coast
NOAA released the first multi-species assessment of how vulnerable certain U.S. marine species are to climate change. The assessment looked at the impacts on 82 species living in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.  Read More >>

2015's Key Climate Science Research Advances
A list compiled by Yale Climate Connections. 


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Fellowship Opportunity:  Science to Action for Graduate Research     National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center with Michigan State University.  Deadline March 15.  Read More >>

Fellowship Opportunity: Doctoral Residency in Science Communication     USGS Northwest Climate Science Center and UI-CNR McCall Outdoor Science School, McCall, Idaho.  Deadline February 15.  Read More >>

Fellowship Opportunity:  Directorate Fellowship Program     US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Work For Wildlife12-week summer paid fellowship.  Read More >>

Internship Opportunity: Undergraduate Position     South Central Climate Science Center has openings for an internship.  Applicants must reside in and be traveling from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas. The deadline to apply is February 29.  Read More >>  

Postdoctoral Opportunities: Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society Grad Program at Dartmouth.   Review of applications begins February 12.  Read More >> 

Graduate Opportunity: Post-grad (MS or PhD)     Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has just posted a research experience opportunity at the Forest Service Wenatchee Forestry Sciences lab for candidates with strong quantitative skills to help with research on post-fire management, wildlife habitat, and climate-vegetation projects. Due February 17.  Read More >>  

Job Opportunities: Director, Regional Climate Hub     USDA Regional Climate Hubs are seeking applicants for the position of Director at the four Hubs led by USDA Agricultural Research Service. Position stationed at the physical location of the regional hub.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Earth System Science Instructor     Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minnesota, seeks an instructor in the general area of Earth system science and program director for the major.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Managing Director with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals    Position is open until filled, application review began January 29th.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Climate Change Program Specialist     Department of Agriculture.  Applications due February 16.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Service Climatologist/Drought Specialist     Colorado Climate Center.  Applications due February 21.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Information Synthesis, Knowledge Discovery, and Conservation Planning (USFWS)     The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative award on how climate change and other stressors affect natural and cultural resources within the geographic range of the GBLCC. Eligibility includes federally recognized Native American tribal governments and Native American tribal organizations. Deadline is March 25.   Read More >>

Funding Opportunity: Partnership Exchange Program     National Weather Service’s Climate Services Branch's Partners Exchange Program was created to reach out to the climate community and help make connections, strengthen partnerships, and foster collaborative projects.  Read More>>  

Funding Opportunity: The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund     The fund provides financial assistance to an individual to attend global biocultural events/exchanges or meetings of international significance which impacts the applicant’s home territory or region.  Applications due February 25.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunities:  Compilation of Climate Funding Opportunities     The document is posted on The Nature Conservancy's Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change website. Follow the link and click the black "download PDF" box on the side of the page to view the document.  Read More >>

Training Opportunity: Early Career Geoscientists     Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop at the Earth Educators Rendezvous. University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 18-20. Early deadline to apply for travel stipend is February 10.  Read More >> 

Training Opportunity:  Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources     Offered by the EPA, this training module is intended to increase water resource professionals' understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges that water resource professionals face.  Read More >>

Training Opportunity:  Water, Climate & Society      Bergen Summer Research School, University of Bergen,  June 13-24.  Applications are due March 1.  Read More >> 


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Thursday, Feb 18,  3:00 pm EST
Mississippi/Gulf Hypoxia R&D Forum
MRB/GHI online spatial analysis: data development and delivery
Michael Schwartz
To join, 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”


February 25, 9:30-10:30 am EST
NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars
Winter in Review
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Friday, Feb 26, 10:00 am EST
Mississippi/Gulf Hypoxia R&D Forum
Maquoketa Floodplain Habitat Nutrient Removal Monitoring- Bill Richardson
Midwest Grassland Bird Conservation Opportunities - Dan Lambert
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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


March 29, 9:30-10:30 am EST
NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars
Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast
To register, visit:



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