NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Changing Faces of the NE CSC’s PIs from the University of Wisconsin     Kenneth Potter, who was a NE CSC founding PI of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), has just retired.   NE CSC’s early days were shaped with the help of Ken and his excellent team of graduate Fellows who pioneered NE CSC seminal projects such as TranStorm which assesses vulnerability through storm transposition.  Pete McIntyre of the UW Center of Limnology is joining the NE CSC team of principal investigators representing our seven consortium institutions.   Pete provides a strong connection to the resource managers and conservation practitioners in the Great Lakes region.  He draws on a background in limnology and fish research to determine how climate change and other factors have and will affect lakes (see upcoming webinar, below).  Read More >>

Next Week!  Upcoming Webinar is with Pete McIntyre, NE CSC PI from Wisconsin     On Wednesday, Pete will present "Climate Change and Loss of Tributary Connections in the World's Great Lakes" on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30pm EST.    In this talk, Pete will introduce some of his research interests in how climate changes has and will affect lakes and discuss several priorities for his research with NE CSC in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region for the coming years.  Pete, with a large international team of researchers, found that warming in lakes worldwide often exceeds warming rates in the air, yet certain lakes are also cooling.  The North American Great Lakes region is a hotspot of consistent warming, but similarity of warming rates across lakes is low in most other regions.  Within the Great Lakes, Pete’s work now focuses on a different stressor: loss of migratory pathways for lake fish that need to spawn in tributary rivers. Read More >>

Recordings of Recent NE CSC Webinars Are Now Available:     

•Ezra Markowitz and Michelle Staudinger presented “Leveraging Web-Based Platforms such as the Early Career Climate Forum to Enhance Climate Change Communication and Engagement” on March 9.

Early Career Showcase on March 23:  Wen Wang, University of Missouri presented “Forest Biomass and Species Distributions Under Climate Change in the Northeastern U.S: Accounting for Population Dynamics and Harvest Effects” (Part I) and Dan Hocking of the USGS presented "Climate Effects on Brook Trout Populations.”  (Part II). 

Northeast Coastal Response to Rising Seas     NE CSC Affiliated Investigators Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler, of the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, along with NE CSC PI, Radley Horton of Columbia University and co-authors have produced a comprehensive sea level rise study of the Northeast’s coasts incorporating the dynamic responses different coastlines are expected to have to changing conditions of land and ocean.  For example, barrier islands may migrate inland, build dunes, change shape, or be split by new inlets as tides, winds, waves and currents sculpt their sands. Marshes trap sediment and break down decaying plants into new soil, which may elevate them sufficiently in some areas to keep pace with sea-level increases. Read More >>

Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Women in Science     The ECCF featured blog, "From scarcity to inclusion: The continued need for women in science" discusses the challenges and opportunities in achieving diversity and inclusion in the climate and other STEM sciences.  This post was co-authored by Meaghan Guckian and Toni Lyn Morelli. Meaghan is a doctoral student at UMass Amherst studying environmental decision-making and behavior. Toni Lyn is a USGS Research Ecologist with the NE CSC.  his post is a result of a thought-provoking discussion among the NE CSC staff and Fellows.  Both men and women contributed resources and shared their impressions and proposed solutions. A compilation of related articles and resources to help frame and foster future discussions is available on the ECCF website.  Read More >>  

Welcome, Rob Mooney!  NE CSC's Newest Graduate Fellow     Rob is a PhD. student in Pete’s lab (see above) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is generally interested in nutrient dynamics in freshwater ecosystems and how seasonal climate variations influence nutrient availability in streams and lakes. Rob incorporates research on organismal and community ecology, especially the role that consumers have on nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems.  At UW, Rob is studying the effects of watershed land use, tributary discharge, and seasonal climate fluctuations on tributary nutrient loading to Lake Michigan.  Rob, who hails from Prairie du Sac, WI, found that it was his interest in fly-fishing and tying flies that steered him to aquatic ecology!  Read More >>

Recent Publication from the NE CSC

•Erika E. Lentz, E. Robert Thieler, Nathaniel G. Plant, Sawyer R. Stippa, Radley M. Horton & Dean B. Gesch. 2016. Evaluation of dynamic coastal response to sea-level rise modifies inundation likelihood.  Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate2957

•W.S. Beatty, E.B. Webb, D.C. Kesler, L.W. Naylor, A.H. Raedeke, D.D. Humburg, J.M. Coluccy, and G.J. Soulliere. An empirical test of a continental movement strategy:  do landscape energetics models predict waterfowl space use during the non-breeding period?  Journal of Wildlife Management In review.


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Traditional Ecological Knowledge     This site is for anyone interested in working with Indigenous peoples and long-term (hundreds of years) local residents for stewardship of ecosystems.  It provides information, resources and discussion for those interested in considering both traditional knowledge and western science.  Read More >> 

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Water Resilient Cities Conference     Climate Change, Infrastructure, Economies, and Governance in the Great Lakes Basin.  Cleveland, OH, April 21-22.  Read More >>

NH Climate Summit     Theme: “The many faces of adaptation”.  Greenland, NH, May 13.  Read More >> 

Learning from the Land National Workshop     College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute is offering this workshop for sharing indigenous ways of teaching and learning for sustainability science.  Keshena, WI, June 7-8.  Read More >>

Rising Voices 4 Workshop     Rising Voices is a growing network of engaged Indigenous and scientific leaders and promotes and facilitates culturally diverse science and cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to high impact weather and climate events, climate variability, and climate change. The theme of the fourth workshop is “Storytelling for Solutions” held on the Big Island, Hawaii, July 6-8.  Read More >> 

IUCN World Conservation Congress     NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli is organizing a session the congress entitled "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Biodiversity Conservation".  All scientists, conservation practitioners, and resource managers are welcome to participate to discuss how a climate adaptation strategy focused on managing areas buffered from climate change could be implemented on the ground. Honolulu, HI, September 1-20. Read More >> 

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Drought Effects on Ecosystems     Experts launch project to assess drought effects on ecosystems and how communities can adapt. A Partnership of USGS, The Nature Conservancy, and Wildlife Conservation Society under the Science for Nature and People Partnership.   Read More >> 

Sea-level Rise Much More Rapid than Previously Estimated      Robert M. DeConto, UMass Amherst Department of Geosciences, and David Pollard at Penn State University, released results of a study that suggests that the most recent estimates of future sea-level rise over the next 100 years could be too low by almost a factor of two. DeConto says, “This could spell disaster for many low-lying cities. For example, Boston could see more than 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) of sea-level rise in the next 100 years. But the good news is that an aggressive reduction in emissions will limit the risk of major Antarctic ice sheet retreat.”  Read More >>


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CSCs/NCCWSC Annual Report for 2015     Check out some of the incredible work coming from the U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.   Read More >> 

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Funding Opportunity: Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program      Funding of more than $6.5M will be awarded to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities (and organizations with 638-contracting authority) for tribal climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management planning, and youth internships focused on climate adaptation.  Due May 23.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Web Developer     The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and Michigan Technological University have a new Drupal web developer position in Houghton, MI. Read More >>  

Job Opportunity: NW CSC Research Coordinator     Position is with the USGS.  Open until April 20.  Read More >> 

Survey for Graduate Students in STEM   Please provide information about the level of climate change/climate variability education and research you have been exposed to during your studies. Read More >> 


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Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Climate Change and Loss of Tributary Connections in the World's Great Lakes”

Pete McIntyre, University of Wisconsin-Madison

To join, visit:“climate-change-and-loss-tributary-connections-worlds-great-lakes”


Wednesday, April 27, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Coastal Landscape Change

Erika Lentz, USGS Woods Hole

To join, visit:“-research-and-decision-support-framework-evaluate-coastal-landscape-change”


Wednesday, April 27, 1pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

Understanding the Energy Policy and Regulatory Environment

Speakers TBA

To register, visit:


Thursday, April 28, 9:30-10:30 am EST 

NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

To register, visit:


Thursday, May 19, 2pm ET

Restoration Webinar Series presents, 

An Adaptive Approach to Managing Prairies on Conservation Lands in Minnesota’s Prairie Pothole Region

Sara Vacek, FWS;  Daren Carlson, Minnesota DNR; Marissa Ahlering, The Nature Conservancy

To register, visit:


Thursday, May 26, 9:30-10:30 am EST

NOAA’s Eastern Region Climate Services Webinars

Panel of Coastal Managers

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