About CFE

About the Center for the Environment

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The Center for the Environment addresses the science, policies, culture and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education and collaboration. We engage on- and off-campus partners to define, acquire, and provide science-based knowledge to make informed decisions.

Recent News

Research Program Introduces Science Teachers to New Technologies and Fosters Collaboration

Dr. Mark Green of Plymouth State University

Dr. Mark Green of Plymouth State University

This past summer, the Center for the Environment’s Mark Green and several other university professors throughout New Hampshire teamed up with five science educators as part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The summer of 2014 was the second year for this six- to eight-week project, which is part of the NH Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

“RET gives teachers experience into how scientific research is conducted and where knowledge comes from. Scientific knowledge doesn’t come from a book; someone has to get it into the book first,” says Stephen Hale, Research Associate at University of New Hampshire and Outreach Director for NH EPSCoR. “Knowledge comes from this scientific practice of collaboration, critical thinking, trial and error, frustration—all of the things that go into research. And we bring teachers onto college campuses to experience that.”

Read the full story on the PSU website!

Fall 2014 Environmental Science Colloquium

043The Center for the Environment announces speakers for this fall’s Environmental Science Colloquium series. These talks are open to everyone. Talks are on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm in are held in Boyd Science Center Room 001 or 144. Please join us!

  • September 17 –Charles Bayless – Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Our Greatest Challenges
  • October 15 – June Hammond Rowan (PSU) – What is the Planning Board Doing? Investigating Decisions by New Hampshire Planning Boards
  • October 22 – Nick Metz (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) – An Exploration of the Effects of the Great Lakes on Mature Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs)
  • October 29 – Amy Villamagna (PSU) – Regulating Services as Measures of Ecological Resilience on Department of Defense Lands
  • November 12 – Jaclyn Hatala Matthes (Dartmouth) – Using historical ecology to refine our understanding of land-atmosphere feedbacks
  • November 19 – Jasmine Saros (U. Maine) – Reconstructing lake thermal structure in a changing climate
  • December 10 – Dick McGrath (Isosceles Group) – History and current status of the Housatonic River PCB remediation

For more information, contact CFE or Lisa Doner.

Climate Change Talk: September 17, 4 pm, Boyd 144

Climate change talk 9-17-14On September 17, 2014 at 4 pm, Charles Bayless will present a talk on “Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, our greatest challenge.” This talk is open to all. Please join us in Boyd Science Center, Room 144.

Mr. Bylesss is the prior President and Provost of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and retired a utility executive. He has had a long, diverse career in the energy sector and works closely with climate scientists. He is currently a board member of Pike Electric and Chair of the Audit Committee, Recycled Energy Development and West Virginia American Water. He is Chair of the Arctic Climate Action Steering Committee and a board member at the Climate Institute. He has served as President and CEO of Illinova Corporation (Illinois Power Company, among others), and of Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy). He was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and served as Chairman of Essential Power, Independent Wireless One, Ontario Power Authority, West Virginia Industrial Council.  In 1993, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Mr. Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal.

Mark Green Wins Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Mark Green

Mark Green

Professors Paul Rogalus, Scott Coykendall and Mark Green were honored by their Plymouth State University faculty colleagues at the institution’s annual Faculty Day event August 27. Julie Bernier, PSU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, presented Green with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Rogalus received the Award for Faculty Service. Coykendall received the Faculty Advising Award from Student Senate member Evan Gaudette on behalf of the student body.

“I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to recognize faculty excellence this morning with three awards,” said Bernier. “It is particularly satisfying to be able to honor such wonderful and deserving colleagues.”

CFE Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Plymouth State University  students check water sensors as part of the Center for the Environment's work in collecting data from sites around New Hampshire.PLYMOUTH, N.H.–One of New Hampshire’s most effective environmental research and protection organizations celebrated its tenth anniversary August 29. The Center for the Environment (CFE) at Plymouth State University was created in 2004 to study the science, policies, culture, and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education, and collaboration. In addressing a gathering at the Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen said the CFE has provided expert support and expertise in environmental matters critical to the region and the state.

“Since 2004, the Center for the Environment has been a resource for research in New Hampshire’s ecosystem, providing critical information for decision makers and linking scientists and local state and federal agencies and the public,” noted Steen. “It is a key regional and state player in promoting a sustainable future, creating powerful partnerships that benefit the State of New Hampshire and communities throughout the region. Its cutting edge research focused on environmental science as it relates to New Hampshire’s ecosystem, society and economy has far reaching benefits that improve life in New Hampshire. And it is educating the next generation of environmental scientists.”

Contact Us

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January 9th, 2013 by Michael

Center for the Environment

Plymouth State University
Russell House
MSC #63, 17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

phone (603) 535-3179
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