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Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform. Photo: Natural Resources Canada

The Power of Policy: A Canadian perspective  
Jul 16, 2018 • Monica Harvey

I started my career in a technical field completing a Bachelor of Science in Honours Chemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry and a final year thesis in atmospheric chemistry. After working at an environmental consulting company, I returned to school to obtain a Master of Applied Science in... more

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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

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