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July 2022 Newsletter

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Climate-Adaptive Population Supplementation Workshop: July 6th Registration Deadline

We are delighted to invite the NE CASC community to an August 8th workshop on a new framework for climate adaptation in natural resource management: Climate-Adaptive Population Supplementation (CAPS). CAPS uses variation in climate-relevant traits within species to select a portfolio of cultivars/strains that suit the environmental conditions expected in the future under climate change. During the workshop, participants will discuss and refine the CAPS concept, exchange knowledge and perspectives, and identify benefits of and barriers to CAPS application across taxonomic and management spheres.   This event will be held at UMass Amherst. The registration deadline is July 6th. Read More >>

Save the Dates: Fall 2022 NE CASC Webinar Series

NE CASC is pleased to announce the lineup for our Fall 2022 Webinar Series.  The schedule will feature talks by Alice Besterman of Woodwell Climate Research Center on September 14th; Caitlin Littlefield of Conservation Science Partners on October 19th; Jenica Allen of UMass Amherst on November 9th; and Matthew O'Donnell of the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center on December 14th. All webinars will be held at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Please mark your calendars to make sure that you don't miss any of these presentations! More information about the talks, including full descriptions, will be available later this summer. 


D'Amato Partners with Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge to Launch Major Forest Adaptation Experiment

Working with collaborators from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NE CASC Principal Investigator Anthony D'Amato has launched a major forest adaptation experiment in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The experiment began with the planting of approximately 14,000 trees in the refuge during the month of May and seeks to identify the most effective strategies for increasing structural and species diversity within the forest to enhance resilience in the face of climate change. A focal point of the experiment will be the reintroduction of native species such as the red spruce, which was removed from the forest more than a century ago by loggers.  Read More >>

NE CASC Releases 2021 Annual Report

NE CASC is pleased to share our 2021 Annual Report, which documents many of our accomplishments over the past year by summarizing our recent research, outreach, Tribal engagement, and educational activities. The report also discusses recent changes in NE CASC leadership--and in our regional footprint, which has been altered with the arrival of a new Midwest CASC. We hope this document provides a compelling portrait of how we are advancing our mission--delivering actionable science that helps fish, wildlife and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. We invite you to read our report and hope you will engage with us as we continue seeking new ways to pursue our goalsRead More >>

New Publications

How Climate Change Is Impacting Whale Habitat Use in the Gulf of Maine

New research has revealed that climate change is impacting how large whale species, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, use habitats in the warming Gulf of Maine, showing that right whales’ use of Cape Cod Bay has shifted significantly over the last 20 years. The study, which brought together a team led by the New England Aquarium and included senior author Michelle Staudinger of NE CASC, was published in June by Global Change Biology. The authors set out to better understand the impacts of ocean climate change on phenology, or the timing of crucial recurring biological events. Using more than 20 years of data, the scientists measured shifts in whale habitat use in Cape Cod Bay, evaluating trends in peak use for North Atlantic right whales, humpback whales, and fin whales.


NE CASC Research Overturns Common Assumption Regarding Climate Change & Invasive Species

In an article recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  a team of NE CASC investigators finds that the ecological effect of invasive species alone is comparable to the combined effects of invasives plus warming temperatures, drought or nitrogen deposition. This finding suggests that a critical preparation for climate change is to manage invasive species at the local level. Climate change, invasive species, drought, and an altered nitrogen cycle (driven by the use of synthetic fertilizers) loom as some of the most significant threats to our planet's ecological health. Scientists have often assumed that climate change would consistently amplify the negative effects of invasives. Until now, however, there were no studies testing the validity of this assumption. “The good news,” says Bethany Bradley, NE CASC university codirector and the paper’s senior author, “is that the bad news isn’t quite as bad as we thought.” Read More >>


USGS Friday's Findings Webinar Series: Friday, July 15, 2:00 PM ET 

Applying the RAD (Resist-Accept-Direct) Framework for Ecosystem Transformations

Abigail Lynch and Laura Thompson, National Climate Adaptation Science Center

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NIACS Climate Adaptation for Forest-Dependent Wildlife Webinar Series: Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 PM ET

Synergistic Effects of Multiple Stressors on Forest Resistance, Resilience and Response

Sam Cushman, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

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Southeast CASC Webinar Series: Thursday, July 21, 11:00 AM ET

Brooding Over Climate Change: Implications for Eastern Wild Turkey Reproduction

Wesley Boone, North Carolina State University

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USGS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Salt Marsh Conservation & Restoration

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NECASC) in collaboration with the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) and the FWS Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) are seeking two postdoctoral research scholars to make meaningful contributions towards the development of a decision framework for salt marsh restoration and conservation. Both post docs will use existing data products to quantitatively evaluate coastal conservation and restoration opportunities, with a focus on strengthening and streamlining the connection between USGS, NECASC, and FWS/ACJV regional science efforts in coastal systems. The annual stipend for both positions is $68,299. Application review will begin on July 20th.  Learn more >>

Business Climate Action Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is seeking applicants for a Business Climate Action Program Manager. The incumbent will join a rapidly growing Climate Center team that is working to integrate and elevate climate-related work across the organization while charting new directions for us to provide climate services to waterfront communities and businesses across the region. The incumbent would work closely with other GMRI staff—including our Sustainable Seafood Team, Ventures Team, and Municipal Climate Action Program Manager—to support regional blue economy businesses (with a focus on the regional seafood supply chain) in: understanding their climate-related risk exposure and capitalizing on response measures as business opportunities; building resilience to climate change into their facilities and operations; and identifying and implementing cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions mitigation actions. A core aim of GMRI’s Business Climate Action Program is to ensure the Gulf of Maine blue economy serves as a model for climate-smart practices nationally and globally. Importantly, the incumbent must engage on the issues with a positive attitude, be capable of characterizing climate action as business opportunities, and show competency in developing the business case for pursuing climate action. Salary is $65,000 to $75,000. Learn More >>

Seasonal Regulatory Review Assistant, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Seasonal Regulatory Review Assistant (Contracted Seasonal Employee) assigned to the Field Headquarters in Westborough, MA. This position will provide administrative assistance to the Regulatory Review and Information Management sections of the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) to facilitate implementation of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA).

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