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NE CASC Newsletter 2.11.21

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Call for Statements of Interest: FY 2022 Research Awards
The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center invites statements of interest for Fiscal Year 2022 Research Awards. Principal investigators affiliated with either a NE CASC University Consortium member institution or the U.S. Geological Survey are eligible to compete for a total of $1.25 million in available funding, which will be divided between 6-10 projects. Statements of Interest are due by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, March 19th. Read More >>

NE CASC Webinar Series Resumes With Talk By Bethany Bradley: Wednesday, February 24th, 12:00 PM ET
Bethany Bradley of UMass Amherst will open the Spring 2021 NE CASC Webinar Series with a talk on “Breaking Down Barriers to Proactive and Consistent Risk Assessments of Invasive Plants in the Northeast U.S.” While efforts to prevent new invasive plants are most effective when management is consistent across jurisdictional boundaries and focuses on early detection, recent analyses of regulated plant lists show that invasive plant policy is neither consistent nor proactive. Bradley’s presentation will use a case study of risk assessments from the Northeast to explore this problem and offer recommendations that could lead to more consistent and proactive policy. Read More >>  

NE CASC Job Opening: Deputy Federal Director
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. Read More >>  

New Publication: Watershed Suspended Sediment Supply and Potential Impacts of Dam Removals for an Estuary
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. Read More >> 

NE CASC Hosts “Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science” Course
A new spring course hosted by NE CASC highlights Tribal speakers to discuss climate adaptation science. Offered to students in the Western Massachusetts Five College Consortium, the course was developed by NE CASC with support from a NAIS Mellon Mini-Grant. This award program funds projects that help advance its goal of building a model of collaborative teaching and learning for Native American and Indigenous Studies centered in the Northeast but with ties to a global Indigenous network. Read More >> 

NE CASC Fellow Cielo Sharkus Spotlighted by UMass Amherst Graduate School
The research and community outreach efforts of Cielo Sharkus, an NE CASC fellow and a UMass Amherst doctoral student in water resource engineering, were recently highlighted on the UMass Amherst Graduate School website. Read More >> 

————NE CASC Webinar Series————

Wednesday, February 24, 12:00 PM ET
NE CASC Webinar Series
Breaking Down Barriers to Proactive & Consistent Risk Assessments of Invasive Plants in the Northeast

Bethany Bradley, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 PM ET
Sustainable Agriculture at College of Menominee Nation

Frank Kutka, College of Menominee Nation
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Wednesday, April 14, 12:00 PM ET
The Future of Aquatic Flows: Connecting Future Hydrologic Extremes to Aquatic Needs

Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Wednesday, May 5, 12:00 PM ET
Refugia Are Important But Are They Connected? Mapping Well-Connected Climate Refugia for Species of Conservation Concern in the Northeast

William DeLuca, National Audubon Society & University of Massachusetts Amherst
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————Other Webinars & Online Events————

Friday, February 12, 2:30 PM ET
UMass Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Webinar Series
Anomalous Transport of Colloids and Nanoparticles in Porous Media

Veronica Morales, University of California-Davis
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Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 PM ET
Friday, February 19, 2:30 PM ET

UMass Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Webinar Series
Water we doing at home? Water and Energy in the Residential Environment
Ashlyn Stillwell, University of Illinois
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Monday, February 22-Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM ET
Sciencex Webinar Series
Management Focused Presentations on Invasive Species
All Talks by Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service
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Friday, February 26, 2:30 PM ET
UMass Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Webinar Series
Engineering Justice? Rethinking Engineering and Our Positions as Engineers in Efforts to Make the World a Better Plac

Khalid Kadir, University of California-Berkeley
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Thursday, March 4, 12:00 PM ET
OneNOAA Science Seminars
Four Steps for the Earth: Mainstreaming the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

E.J. Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford
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Friday, March 5, 2:30 PM ET
UMass Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Webinar Series
How Hard Can It Rain? Cloudbursts of the Mid-Atlantic

Jim Smith, Princeton University
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Monday-Wednesday, April 19-21
2021 Shifting Seasons Summit

Presented by the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network
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————New Resource————

Video Recordings: Menominee Agricultural Practices, Historical Perceptions, and Late Prehistoric Reality
Hosted by NE CASC consortium member College of Menominee Nation, this virtual conference features recorded presentations on food sovereignty, microbial diversity, population movement in northern highlands, biochar, plant microremains, landscape scale and aerial imagery, cultural resource protection, and community farming. More information >> 


Job Opening: Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute seeks to fill an opening for Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). This position is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists conducting marine research to better understand and steward the Gulf of Maine ecosystem—from its physical dynamics to its human communities. The CSO will apply a systems approach to develop scientific priorities, conduct research, pioneer collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges, and help shape the conversation around climate change and ecosystem sustainability at the local, national, and international levels. The application deadline is March 31. More information >> 

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Ecological Modeling
The Oklahoma State University Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in ecological modeling. They are seeking a candidate to contribute to research related to understanding and modeling disturbance and its impacts on natural and human environments in Oklahoma and the United States. Application and/or development of models to understand fire behavior, drought, severe weather, and other disturbances at multiple spatial scales is required. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with multidisciplinary faculty in natural resources, climatology, social science, and engineering to meet the needs of diverse stakeholder groups. Review of applications begins March 15. Questions regarding the position should be directed to @email. More information >> (search by keyword req8886)

Call for Applications: 2021 Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis
The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has created this fellowship to bring new, diverse voices (especially women and people of color) into the national climate conversation via training in op-ed writing and thought leadership. The application deadline is February 14. More information >>