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Visualizing uncertainty  
Jun 4, 2018 • Elsita Kiekebusch

“Science is so, so visual!” – Neil McCoy

Many of us in the early-career phase have trained long and hard in the skills necessary to “do science”.  We’ve practiced experimental design, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. But we haven’t been formally trained to communicate our science outside... more

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A Different Perspective on a Familiar Place  
Sep 21, 2015 • Adam Dale

Photo: Adam Dale

Do you live in a city or its suburbs? Probably. If not, you’re one of the few. I have either lived in the suburbs or near the heart of a city for my entire life.

Do you ever think about how plants and animals are enjoying the city life? I certainly didn’t until the past few years.

Over 80% of people in the United States and 60% of people (3.4 billion) in the world live in urban... more

How Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Implement Climate Science  
Sep 15, 2015 • Jessica Blackband

Photo: Great Plains LCC

Conservation organizations working to conserve species and their habitats are faced with many challenges at present: shrinking financial resources, a burgeoning human population, and highly unpredictable threats such as climate change. The nationwide network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, or LCCs, emerged in response to this uniquely challenging... more

A Look Back: The 2nd Annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat  
Sep 9, 2015 • NE CSC Fellows

Photo: Addie Rose Holland, NE CSC

This post is a collaborative effort drawing from the attendees of the 2nd Annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat that took place in the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri in 2014. The Early Career Climate Forum developed a module that charged the fellows to consider outreach and communication with a wide range of audiences and, in particular, to... more

Seven Thousand Miles of Science  
Sep 1, 2015 • Winslow Hansen

Seven Thousand Miles of Science

Photos: W.D. Hansen & M. Norman

When you do fieldwork far from where you are based during the year, particularly experimental field work, you find out just how much stuff can fit in a mini van. I go to school at the University of Wisconsin Madison but I do my research in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This summer I jammed as much equipment as possible, two field techs, and my cat into a car and rolled out across Dakota... more

The Scientist and the Real World - A Lesson from Hurricane Katrina  
Aug 25, 2015 • Adrienne Wootten

Hurricane Katrina Satellite Image

Photo credit: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Environmental Visualization Lab

On August 29, 2005, many watched as Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the northern Gulf Coast of the U.S.  The satellite imagery from that day shows us how strong Katrina was.  A category 5 hurricane at its peak, Katrina was a category 3 hurricane at landfall.  This hurricane currently stands as the third deadliest and most costly hurricane in U.S. history (... more

What Does Your Medium Say About Your Message  
Aug 19, 2015 • Kristin Timm

There are so many different ways to communicate. How does your choice of method affect how your message is interpreted?

This post originally appeared on May 30, 2013 and is part of our throw-back series.

Communication theory was one of the most thought provoking classes in my graduate education. As we uncovered a new theory each week, it was like someone was pulling back the layers of everyday life and human interactions, and I could begin to understand some of the processes driving each one. As... more

Climate Change Effects on Wildlife in the South-Central US  
Aug 10, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Virginia Seamster studied how climate change affects habitats of 20 vertebrate species, like the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Photo: Mark Watson, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Wildlife habitats and wildlife migration are big issues when it comes to effects of climate change. While the planet continues to warm - 2014 was the warmest year on record according to NOAA – warm seasons become longer and cold seasons become shorter in many parts of the US. This allows some species to expand their geographic ranges while other species may experience unsuitable climatic... more

Changing Style Mid-Breath: Communicating Climate Change Research to Different Audiences  
Aug 6, 2015 • Winslow Hansen

Winslow giving a presentation

This post originally appeared October 19, 2012 and is part of our throw-back series.

I was asked to give a talk the other day at the Alaska Fire Science Consortium’s Alaska Fire Science Workshop presenting on my research. The audience was comprised of wild fire managers, ranging from people on the frontlines of burning forests in the summer to state and federal agency fire... more

ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change  
Aug 3, 2015 • Lindsey Thurman

Photo: Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America is having its 100th Anniversary Conference August 9-14 in Baltimore. The organizers of this year’s centennial meeting have challenged us to put together talks and symposia that celebrate 100 years of advancements in ecological research and peer into the future of 21st Century challenges. This has undoubtedly stimulated substantial interest in climate change as... more

Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning  
Jul 30, 2015 • Alex Bryan

Example output generated from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM) developed by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Ecologists and biologists depend on these projections to better understand how natural ecosystems will respond to the... more