Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The MS in ESP is coordinated by PSU’s Department of ESP, College of Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Center for the Environment (CFE). Students will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations such as the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountains National Forest, and NH Department of Environmental Services.Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate research assistantships (GRA).
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Mount Chocorua, Albany, NH by Cory Gucwa
The 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Plymouth State University. This year, the theme is Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources. Each year, the NHWWC provides current information about New Hampshire’s water resources and related topics. Approximately 200 people attend the event to hear a variety of talks and network with other people interested in our water resources.
The 2014 agenda includes a morning plenary talk on the sustainability of New Hampshire’s water resources. Throughout the day there will be informative sessions on a variety of topics and we will close the event with an afternoon wrap-up discussion where participants will be able to ask questions and share ideas about water and sustainability in New Hampshire.
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CFE faculty have been busy this fall with presentations and publications:
Mark Green presented a talk on “Regional detection of environmental thresholds” at the United Nation’s International Symposium on Ecohydrology, Biotechnology & Engineering: Towards Harmony between the Biogeosphere and Society on the basis of Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Lodz, Poland on September 16-22.
Mark Green gave a talk at the annual International Long-term Ecological Research meeting in Seoul, South Korea on October 6-11, 2013. His talk was on “Leading with data to integrate our understanding of ecosystems.”
On October 29, 2013, Lisa Doner presented a paper entitled “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” at the Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Denver, CO. Co-authors include PSU faculty Mary Ann McGarry and Lourdes Avilés, and PSU graduate students, Rachelle Lyons and Kristiana Wilkinson. The work is published in the Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 655.
Recent publications by CFE faculty:
- Briceño, H. O., J. N. Boyer, J. Castro, & P. Harlem. 2013. Biogeochemical classification of South Florida’s estuarine and coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 75: 187–204.
- Kelble C.R., Loomis D.K., Lovelace S., Nuttle W.K., Ortner P.B., Fletcher P., Cook G.S., Lorenz J.J., Boyer J.N. 2013. The EBM-DPSER Conceptual Model: Integrating Ecosystem Services into the DPSIR Framework. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70766. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070766.
- Rogers, S.H.; Gardner, K.H.; Carlson, C.H. Social Capital and Walkability as Social Aspects of Sustainability. 2013.Sustainability. 5: 3473-3483.
- Wollheim, W. M., Green, M. B., Pellerin, B. A., Morse, N. B., & Hopkinson, C. S. 2013. Causes and Consequences of Ecosystem Service Regionalization in a Coastal Suburban Watershed. Estuaries and Coasts, doi: 10.1007/s12237-013-9646-8.
- Yamashita, Y., J. N. Boyer, & R. Jaffé. 2013. Evaluating the distribution of terrestrial dissolved organic matter in a complex coastal ecosystem using fluorescence spectroscopy. Continental Shelf Research. 66: 136–144.
Seven Environmental Science and Policy graduate students (Ben Bolaski, Jess Wilhelm, Melissa Leszek, Matt Bartley, Jonathon Loos, Jamie Sydoriak, and Ashley Hyde) raised $700 and participated in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Hero 5k and half marathon in Hanover on October 20th.
The event encourages participants to wear costumes and super hero outfits and the students wore green CFE capes to represent PSU and show their support for the remarkable work done by the Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to our students to helping support this worthy cause.
Mark Green, Ashley Hyde, and Errin Volitis explain their research at Plymouth's 1st Science Brew Cafe
Plymouth’s first Science Café was held on October 15 at Biederman’s Deli and Pub. Even though the Red Sox were playing an important post-season game, over fifty people, including community members and PSU students, came to learn about science in an informal setting.
The topic on tap for the first Science Brew Café was “Sensing New Hampshire’s Streams and Rivers.” Hydrologist and assistant professor Mark Green gave an overview of a research project using 200 sensors at 100 sites to study water quality and flow. The sensors collect information on conductivity, temperature and stage every 5 to 15 minutes year round creating a large volume of data. Conductivity serves as a measure of water quality and stage relates to the flow and amount of water in the rivers and streams. Errin Volitis, a research technician working on the project, talked about her work coordinating the installation of the sensors and training volunteers to help with the project. The sensors are hosted by volunteers and organizations around New Hampshire and each has a specific research question which the data from the sensors will help to address. Ashley Hyde, a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy, explained how the data are also being used by school teachers and students at all levels throughout the state to give them experience in understanding their local environment and data analysis.
Standing Room Only at Science Brew Cafe
Science Cafés take place all over the globe with the goal of bringing science and scientists into a community in a casual setting. Please see http://www.sciencecafes.org for more information. New Hampshire recently formed a Science Café Coalition http://sciencecafenh.org. The State currently has ongoing Cafés in Portsmouth, Nashua, and Lebanon.
The Plymouth Science Brew Café was organized by assistant professor Shannon Rogers and Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment. Thank you Biederman’s for hosting the event and also to the presenters. Support for this event was also provided by NHEPSCoR and the National Science Foundation. http://www.epscor.unh.edu.
Additional Science Brew Cafés will be organized in the future. Please contact the Center for the Environment at firstname.lastname@example.org or plymouth.edu/cfe for more information.