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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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The Advantages of Not Being a Wallflower at Workshops  
Dec 7, 2015 • Clay Tucker

The lesser prairie chicken of Oklahoma and Texas. Photo: USGS

Here in the South Central region of the United States we are confronted with a slough of climate issues. The annual workshop for our regional Climate Science Center (SC CSC) was held this past November in Fort Worth, Texas. Annual workshops are designed to encourage collaboration among scientists and stakeholders within the South... more

Targeting 2 degrees Celcius in Paris, #COP21  
Nov 30, 2015 • Ambarish Karmalkar

Global CO2 emissions for four IPCC concentration pathways and corresponding temperature projections. Source: Global Carbon Project

The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) has convened in Paris this week to agree on global solutions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The goal is to achieve a legally binding international agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The last such treaty signed 18 years ago, the Kyoto... more

Thinking on glacial scales: Lessons learned from the NW CSC Boot Camp  
Nov 30, 2015 • Diana Gergel

Nisqually glaciers on Mt. Rainier.

Nisqually glaciers on Mt. Rainier. Photo: D. Gergel

Standing near the Nisqually glacier, listening to National Park Service geomorphologist Paul Kennard and geologist Scott Beason discuss the impacts of climate change on Mt. Rainier glaciers, I felt the effects of climate change in a deeply profound and different way. I had known glaciers were retreating, but hadn’t realized that this process had been underway since at least before the 1970s.... more

Migratory Birds: Linking Science & Management in a Changing Climate  
Nov 23, 2015 • Madeleine Rubenstein

Broad Tailed Hummingbird. Photo: USGS, http://gallery.usgs.gov/

I recently joined the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) as a Biologist through the Presidential Management Fellowship program (PMF). As a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, I knew that I was interested in joining the federal... more

A Mental Marathon: How I Mastered My General Exams  
Nov 16, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Photo: Toni Klemm

Three weeks ago I passed my general exams (aka comprehensive exams or preliminary exams). It’s something Ph.D. students must successfully accomplish before advancing to candidacy, but achieving it requires more than just knowing stuff. Here, I would like to share my experience and maybe give some tips to everyone who still has to climb this mountain.

In my department at The University... more

10 Tips For Developing an Effective Management Style: A Discussion With Dr. Ellen Wohl  
Nov 9, 2015 • Rosie Records

Network event

Dr. Ruth Hufbauer of Colorado State University (top) and Graduate Women in Science members discuss tips for career success a Graduate Women in Science networking event, April 2015.

~ This post was written by Rosie Records and Dr. Ellen Wohl ~

Last year, a group of female graduate students at Colorado State University (CSU) co-founded a local chapter of the national non-profit Graduate Women In Science. This fall, we organized a series of casual lunchtime discussions with successful scientists at Colorado State... more

Where Did You Come From? Recognizing the Roots of Place and People in Stakeholder Relationships  
Nov 3, 2015 • Meaghan Guckian

NE CSC Fellows listening to Chris Caldwell, Director of Sustainability Development Institute at CMN | Photo: M.Guckian

Traveling to Suring, Wisconsin for the 3rd annual Northeast Climate Science Center Fellows Retreat marked the first for my time with the consortium institutions—I was a rookie if you will. As we crossed underneath the YMCA U-Nah-Li-Ya’s entrance arch, the excitement in the air was palpable; we were going back to camp, bunk beds and all. But no greeting was more welcoming than that... more

The Do's and Dont's of Making a Poster  
Oct 26, 2015 • Toni Klemm

AGU comes in December, AMS in January, AAG in April – the next big conference is always around the corner – and so might your poster presentation. Here are a few tips for a killer poster that will rock the place.

1) Figure this. Your poster is not a whole journal article printed on a large piece of paper. Avoid large pieces of text and use figures, tables,... more

Brushes and Beakers: Better Science Through Art  
Oct 19, 2015 • Rosie Records

Images: Rosie Records, 1997

Something important is missing from your to-do lists, and it’s not what you think it is. As an early career scientist, you probably have more than one of these lists, like me. There’s a professional development to-do list, a “work-life balance” list, and a to-do list for outreach and mentoring of a new generation of scientists (not to mention the daily grind lists of writing, researching,... more

Decisions, Decisions...Global Change Fellows Learn About SDM!  
Oct 13, 2015 • Geneva Gray

SE CSC Global Change Fellows and NCSU affiliates who completed the NCTC course “Introduction to Decision Making.”

Now that summer is a fleeting memory, a new Global Change Fellow reflects on how she came to meet her fellow Fellows!

Early August is a beautiful time to visit Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) 2015-2016 Global Change Fellows got to enjoy the West Virginia air while attending a Structured Decision Making (SDM) course at the National... more