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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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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

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 threat especially for coastal cities and ecosystems, for example, including in the Florida Keys. The inhabitants of Key West are losing ground quickly and remote sensing can help us visualize what the future holds as the... more

A climatologist dropped in the bush  
May 23, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

The Puerto Rican BullFinch. Photo: Adrienne Wootten

As a climatologist, it’s not often when I get out of the office and away from working with climate data and projections.  The closest I normally get to working in the bush are the occasional times I get out to give a tour at a weather station, or do station maintenance.  So when I had the opportunity to join some ecologists in Puerto Rico for a day out during their field season, it... more

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... more

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 was three years ago and I have since learned that distribution patterns can change considerably within that timeframe.  I drove my truck around the... more

Why is genetic diversity important?  
Apr 17, 2016 • Abigail (Abby) Lynch

The Chicago River turns green every St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish Americans are descentants who migrated because of the potato famine.

You could almost blame the greeness of the Chicago River on lack of genetic diversity.

Well, at least, indirectly…

If it weren’t for the Irish potato famine, the Windy City, along with many other American cities, may not have had the influx of Irish immigrants in the mid 19th century bringing their Celtic traditions, affinity for fine whiskey, and that frolicking holiday every... more

Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics  
Apr 11, 2016 • 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 associated changes in climate. In the past decade, however, many trees that survived two centuries of climate change have been killed by a tiny insect: the mountain pine beetle.

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