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Now Hiring! Where to Look for Summer Funding  
Jan 22, 2018 • Clay Tucker and Taylor Rowley

Graduate funding often matches the 9-month term that most professors hold, so not every graduate student has access to year-round funding. Perhaps you pick up a job at the local coffee shop, or maybe you move back home for three months, or maybe you have somehow saved enough money to have a white-knuckle... more

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The First 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... more

Making Better Posters  
Oct 11, 2016 • Toni Klemm

On November 2nd and 3rd, the first ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This blog post is the first in a series highlighting the goals, featured sessions, and experiences from this meeting, but for now here are some tips... more

Planet at the crossroads: Intersecting in Hawaiʻi  
Sep 26, 2016 • Lauren R. Kaiser

Photo: IUCN http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/

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... more

A Leg Up on Applying for the NSF GRFP  
Sep 12, 2016 • Kristen Emmett

NSF GRFP recipient, Kristen Emmett. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.

After working outside of academia for eight years I decided to earn a graduate degree. In my first year back to school I was encouraged to apply for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP is a prestigious award for graduate students providing a stipend and cost of education funds for three years.... more

Communicating your research – A mental obstacle course  
Aug 29, 2016 • Toni Lyn Morelli

Toni Lyn with Paula Poundstone.

I recently had an experience that felt like the mental equivalent of a hot, muddy, exhausting, physically scarring, and obstacle-filled endurance Bone Frog Challenge race that I ran a couple years ago. Only this time I was comfortably seated in an auditorium.

I was at a Paula Poundstone stand-up comedy show.  You may know her from her guest appearances on the NPR news quiz show “... more

The last call of the rail in California?  
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 “What’s a salt marsh?” or “We have those in California?”. Because most of California’s salt marshes are small, and isolated by development and topography, these questions don’t surprise me. Instead, these questions serve as motivation because it worries me that future... more

SCCSC offers online class on climate change management  
Aug 1, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Earlier this year, I wrote an ECCF blog about a fall semester undergraduate class at the University of Oklahoma (OU) that taught students about climate science, the impacts of climate change, and that gave them a look behind the scenes of the climate negotiations at the Paris... more

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 any other. Stretching from the Catskills and Adirondacks of New York to the Greens of Vermont, Whites of New Hampshire, and all the way up to Katahdin in Maine, the mountains of... more

The new ECCF celebrates its one-year anniversary!  
Jul 5, 2016 • Michelle Staudinger

When we relaunched the ECCF a year ago, we wondered how our products would be adopted by the Climate Science Center (CSC) community. A year later, we are pleasantly surprised by our success and can’t help but thanking all of you for the support and enthusiasm that has fueled our accomplishments.

Our writers have showcased CSC activities from... more

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 study sites for my thesis focusing on shifts in the phenology of Sterna sp. of terns as well as their prey in the... more