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NE CASC Newsletter 4.9.21

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Save the Dates: 2021 NE CASC Regional Science Symposium
NE CASC invites the climate adaptation science community to participate in our 2021 Regional Science Symposium, which will take place online on Tuesday, October 26th, and Wednesday, October 27th. Please join us to learn about NE CASC research, hear about our new science plan, and discover resources and tools that support climate adaptation. The symposium will also include discussions focused on identifying emerging research and management needs, and it is our hope that it will foster new partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations between resource managers and NE CASC researchers. Read More >> 

NE CASC Webinar: Wednesday, April 14th, 12:00 PM ET
Richard Palmer of UMass Amherst will speak on the topic of “The Future of Aquatic Flows—Connecting Future Hydrologic Extremes to Aquatic Needs.” This presentation will begin by reviewing changes in snowpack, streamflows and extreme hydrologic events that are projected by global circulation and hydrological models in the northeast.  Next, it will summarize the history of management responses to anthropogenic impacts on aquatic flows.  It will also explore ways in which changes in aquatic flows have been measured and the challenges encountered when evaluating the impacts of changes on the services provided by aquatic ecosystems. Finally, it will conclude with a description of a new, multi-year research effort that will engage the national network of Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC), USGS Research Centers, and relevant stakeholders. This project, termed the “Future of Aquatic Flows,” is in its early stages and will be conducted over the next three years. Read More >> 

NE CASC Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Over much of the past year, NE CASC has engaged in a wide-ranging discussion to determine how we can best help create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community of scholars, practitioners and stakeholders. This reflection has resulted in a variety of actions to advance our goal. Most recently, we have articulated our vision in a statement that we are now pleased to share publicly. Read More >> 

New Publication: Survival and Growth of Planted Replacement Tree Species in Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) Wetlands Threatened by Emerald Ash Borer
How can the resilience of black ash forests, which serve a central role in the cultural lifeways and traditions of Indigenous peoples, be increased in the face of the threat posed by emerald ash borer? A team of scientists and managers led by NE CASC principal investigator Anthony D'Amato explored this question via a large-scale experiment in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Their results were recently published in Forest Ecology and Management. Read More >> 

New Publication: Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability of Aquatic-Riparian Ecosystems Using Decision-Relevant Indicators
Climate change is projected to continue altering historical regimes of temperature, precipitation, and hydrology. To assess the vulnerability of climate change from a land management perspective and identify locations where the most extreme changes may occur, a team lead by Kristen Bouska and John Delaney collaborated with land managers to develop a climate change vulnerability map for the midwestern United States with a focus on riparian systems. The map is intended for use by regional administrators to help them work across program areas (e.g. fisheries, endangered species) and prioritize sites needing support for adaptation planning. Their research was recently published in Ecological Indicators. Read More >> 

RISCC Management Challenge: Forest Pest Risk Is Heating Up
Along with climate change, insect pests and pathogens constitute significant individual threats to forest health. But their combined impact is even greater. In this new handout, researchers from the Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network identify several key strategies for managing challenges posed by the convergence of these dangers to many tree species. Read More >> 

2020 Annual Repor
NE CASC is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report, which details many of our accomplishments over the past year by summarizing our key research, outreach, and educational activities. Read More >>  

————NE CASC Webinar Series————

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————

Monday-Wednesday, April 19-21
2021 Shifting Seasons Summit

Presented by the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network
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Tuesday, April 20th, 11:00 AM ET
Strategic Habitat Conservation for the Brown Pelican: Estimating Habitat Objectives and Management Scenario Efficiencies

Southeast CASC Science Webinar Series
James Patrick Cronin, USGS Wetland & Aquatic Research Center
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Friday, April 23rd, 2:30 PM ET
Using Remote Sensing to Deteect Cyanobacteria in Harmful Algal Blooms Throughout U.S. Inland Water Bodies

UMass Amherst Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Webinar Series
Amanda Craver, UMass Amherst
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Wednesday, April 28th, 1:00 PM ET
Addressing Stormwater Management Through Community-Driven Green Infrastructure Design

Southeast New England Program Webinar Series
Panel Discussion Featuring Representatives of the EPA, MA DCR, and the Trust for Public Lands
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————New Resources————

Video Recordings: 2021 RISCC Symposium
The Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network recently held its 4th Annual Symposium. This event brought together researchers, invasive species managers, policymakers, and the invasive species community to discuss challenges and solutions to incorporating climate change into invasive species management. Symposium presentations were recorded and are now available for viewing. More Information >> 

Video Recording: Sustainable Agriculture at College of Menominee Natio
In this webinar, NE CASC Principal Investigator Frank Kutka discusses how sustainable agriculture practices help maintain ecosystem functions outside areas of food production, how these practices are implemented by several Indigenous cultures, and how they are being embedded in the recently launched Sustainable Agriculture degree program at College of Menominee Nation. More Information >> 


Job Opening: Postdoctoral Appointment in Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University
The Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, will be hiring a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in data science to assist with efforts to develop a prototype early warning system for Prescribed Fire Managers (PFMs). The primary research objective of the successful candidate is to characterize short, medium, and long-term climatological-risk for PFMs in the Southeast US, and to build a framework that allows for optimal decision making under uncertainty. More information >> 

Job Opening: Postdoctoral Appointment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
The USGS Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit at the University of Massachusetts, in collaboration with the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher that will develop quantitative tools to improve decision-making for the high-profile emerging pathogen of amphibians, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). This project will help to understand, predict, and communicate the tradeoffs decision-makers are forced to make in the face of uncertainty for this and other emerging wildlife disease threats. More information >> 

Job Opening: Postdoctoral Appointment at the NASA Godard Space Flight Center
The NASA Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) designated observable—a planned globa satellite imaging spectroscopy mission—represents a significant new opportunity for studying plant traits worldwide. The overarching objective of this project is to evaluate state-of-the-art approaches and explore new techniques for estimating traits from spectra across vegetation types and measuremen conditions. SBG is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to help advance this work via a two-year appointment. More information >>