High Stakes for our High Peaks: Working to Conserve Montane Birds of the Northern Forest in the Face of Climate Change

JUL 18, 2016     TIMOTHY DUCLOS Taking a break atop Mt. Webster, White Mountain National Forest, NH. Photo: Tim Duclos While the mountains of the Northeast may not be the tallest nor the most remote compared to others within North America, they contribute just as much to the natural and cultural value of the surrounding landscape as … Continue reading High Stakes for our High Peaks: Working to Conserve Montane Birds of the Northern Forest in the Face of Climate Change

Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change

JUN 20, 2016     KEENAN YAKOLA Ancient Murrelet. Photo: Keenan Yakola During the summer I am beyond fortunate to be one of the research supervisors on Seal Island NWR (restricted access). In addition, I recently finished my first semester as a Master’s Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass Amherst. SINWR is one of the … Continue reading Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change

LiDAR Applications for Sea Level Rise Mapping

JUN 6, 2016     BENJAMIN IGNAC AND EMILY CAMPBELL Parts of Key West’s famous Duval Street flooded during rainstorms. Photo: Rob O’Neal/Florida Trend Magazine Have you ever wondered how we know what coastal sea rise is going to look like at the end of the century? Climate change and sea level rise are strongly connected and pose a … Continue reading LiDAR Applications for Sea Level Rise Mapping

6 Tips for Designing and Conducting an Online Survey

MAY 9, 2016     TONI KLEMM Photo: Craig Taylor, Flickr Online surveys are everywhere these days, and with free tools like SurveyMonkey or Google Forms, anyone can conduct a survey. Preparing and conducting a survey for research, however, is no small endeavor and requires careful preparation and consideration. Here are 6 tips for how to get the most out of … Continue reading 6 Tips for Designing and Conducting an Online Survey

Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

APR 25, 2016     ALEXEJ SIREN Snowshoe hare captured at one of the camera sites. Photo: A. Siren Northern New Hampshire, January 2016.  I was doubtful that I was going to find lynx tracks.  As a Master’s student, I had spent most weekends doing field work in northern New Hampshire and never found lynx tracks.  However, that … Continue reading Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

Why is genetic diversity important?

APR 17, 2016     ABIGAIL (ABBY) LYNCH You could almost blame the greeness of the Chicago River on lack of genetic diversity. Well, at least, indirectly… The Chicago River turns green every St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish Americans are descentants who migrated because of the potato famine. If it weren’t for the Irish potato famine, the Windy … Continue reading Why is genetic diversity important?

Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics

APR 11, 2016 by KATIE RENWICK A mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) perched atop a match stick for scale. Photo credit: US Forest Service Many trees in the Rocky Mountains were alive long before I was born- before my grandparents were born. These trees bore witness to an unprecedented rise in CO2 concentrations, and have weathered the … Continue reading Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics

Downscaled to an estuary: Making it easier on climate data users

APR 4, 2016     GENEVA GRAY Photo: Geneva Gray There is a lot of data out there. It seems like every agency has produced their own downscaled dataset using different methods, training data, and a hodge-podge of global climate models. They are all unique, but none of them are the “best.” This blog post will not give … Continue reading Downscaled to an estuary: Making it easier on climate data users

Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers

MAR 14, 2016     KEISHA BAHR The beauty of a healthy, thriving coral reef community is astonishing. These ‘rainforests of the sea’ are unique and their beauty is unmatched. While coral reefs only occupy less than 1% of the world’s ocean floor, they support more than 25% of all marine species. An estimated 85% of the United States’ … Continue reading Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers