MAR 6, 2017 NIGEL GOLDEN Photo credit: http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Khan_Noonien_Singh Many of us have taken up the noble cause of communicating our science to nonscientists. Casting ourselves as the heroes, it’s important to remember, however, that even the best of intentions sometimes have a way of resulting in unintended consequences. In the original Star Trek, a young Captain Kirk … Continue reading Climate and Communication: Takeaways from the Alan Alda Communication Center Workshop
FEB 21, 2017 WINSLOW HANSEN I like a good goal. I like checking off the old box when something has been completed. Learning how to set goals can help us strive to get to the next level, increase our proficiency, get a paper submitted for publication, learn new statistical approaches. But goals can also be our … Continue reading Setting Reasonable Goals For Yourself and Meeting Them
FEB 6, 2017 LINDSEY PARKINSON So, we’re in graduate school, ready to throw ourselves into a new chapter of life as “early career scientists.” Now what? We’re in a new world with endless possibilities and unknown limits - where do we even begin? My first year in Fairbanks, AK I worked as a technician at the … Continue reading The Existential Crisis of Being a Graduate Student
JAN 8, 2017 RYAN BOYLES On getting climate model projections in the hand of managers. In the past several decades, climate scientists have developed robust models that simulate past climate conditions and provide meaningful projections for the future. In the past several years, researchers have developed downscaled climate projections that provide the kind of local guidance … Continue reading We have these climate projections – now how do we use them?
DEC 5, 2016 ETHAN COFFEL Most early career climate scientists, myself included, entered the field during the years of the Obama Administration. Climate science was officially respected and encouraged, and we saw the U.S. take a leading role in negotiating the Paris Accord and back up its talk by substantially reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. These policies are … Continue reading Climate Science in the Trump Years
Facebook Twitter NOV 8, 2016 ANDREW BATTLES Last week, I attended the National CSC Student and Early Career Training held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and left feeling inspired, empowered, and with many new friends. From November 2-3rd, students, postdocs, and professionals from the Department of the Interior’s National Climate Science Centers came together to … Continue reading In case you blinked, here’s a review of the 2-day, action-packed, breakneck-paced, 1st ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training
OCT 24, 2016 MICHELLE STAUDINGER In early November, the Northeast Climate Science Center will host the first ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This 2-day training, made possible with support from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the eight CSC’s, will bring together CSC-associated students, post-docs and … Continue reading The First Ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training
SEP 26, 2016 LAUREN R. KAISER Hawaiʻi was fortunate enough to have the honor to host the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress this September. This was the first time in its 70-year history that the Congress has ever been held in the United States. Around 10,000 participants came together in Honolulu and embraced … Continue reading Planet at the crossroads: Intersecting in Hawaiʻi
SEP 12, 2016 KRISTEN EMMETT Kristen Emmett, graduate research assistant in the Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at Montana State University, recently was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship. Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez (MSU). After working outside of academia for eight years I decided to earn a graduate degree. In my first year back to school I was … Continue reading A Leg Up on Applying for the NSF GRFP
AUG 15, 2016 JORDAN ROSENCRANZ Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus levipes) perched on artificial nesting platform in tidal wetlands at Seal Beach Wildlife Refuge during fall high tide event. Photo credit: Kirk Gilligan - USFWS When I tell people that I study the vulnerability of salt marshes to sea-level rise in California, the typical responses are … Continue reading The last call of the rail in California?