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Deidre monitoring a green ash tree and downloading accelerometer sensor data in a residential yard in Boulder, CO, November, 2017.

Finding mentors and making it work long-distance: Perspectives from an NSF GRIP Intern  
Mar 27, 2018 • Deidre Jaeger

Today my colleague asked me, “are you going to test these sensors on a tree up in the mountains so you can go somewhere out-of-town?” My response was, “Nope, I’m putting them on trees at campus and at my house.” This colleague, an engineer who works in the basement of our building, looked at me... more

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The Inside Story: Highlights and perspectives from the first ever National CSC Early Career Training  
Dec 11, 2016 • Toni Klemm

On November 2nd and 3rd, the first ever National CSC Early Career Training was held at UMass Amherst. Over 2-days, students from across the U.S. heard about peer reserach ranging from butterflies in North Carolina, paleoclimatology along the Gulf Coast, to how wild berries are impacted by fire regimes in Alaska, along with so much more. In case you missed it, Andrew Battles wrote... more

Climate Science in the Trump Years  
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... more

Keeping Your Sanity Pre-Defense  
Nov 21, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

Photo taken Fall 2014, courtesy of the NC State University Crafts Center. Chess set, board, and box in the photo designed and built by Adrienne Wootten.

The past three months have been the most hectic for me in quite awhile.  In August, I started on the final stages of my dissertation, putting everything together to finish my Ph.D.  All of it culminated right at the end of October with my defense.  Thankfully for me everything came together, and I passed!!  Yes, I was nervous and stressed out (and occasionally frustrated) in the weeks prior to... more

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  
Nov 8, 2016 • Andrew Battles

Group photo outside the conference center. Photo: Toni Klemm

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 share research, learn from one another, and improve our skills... more

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