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

Website Review – Input needed!

Climate & Lakes websiteThroughout this year Melanie Perello, a Master’s student in Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University, has been working in Squam Lake and Ossipee Lake for her thesis research. The project is looking at water quality and its relationship with climate and weather events. As part of her project, she has developed a website to provide information to the local community about this project and the current status of these lakes. To evaluate this website she has developed a survey for website viewers to assess their understanding of the project and to get feedback. Please take a few minutes to look at the website and take the short survey. Thank you!

Building Community Resilience


Dr. Kathleen Bush

In collaboration with New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Kathleen Bush will be involved with two newly funded projects focusing on building capacity for climate change adaptation in the state of New Hampshire. This work is part of DHHS’s Climate and Public Health Program through the Center for Disease Control’s Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative,

The overarching goal of these two projects is to build capacity in the New Hampshire public health system for using environmental health data effectively. As an environmental epidemiologist, Bush will focus on evaluating the linkages between climate-related factors such as temperature and precipitation and several health outcomes including heat-related illness, gastrointestinal illness, asthma, and vector-borne diseases.

This work is directly aligned with the goals of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network to build significant capacity for improving community health through the meaningful use and application of environmental health data. New Hampshire’s EPHT program will help establish and maintain a state tracking network to obtain integrated health and environmental data and use it to provide information in support of actions that improve the health of communities.

Several partners are involved in this work including Matt Cahillane and Thomas Lambert from NH DHHS, Roger Stephenson from Stephenson Strategic Communications, and the NH Climate and Health Working Group.

The two projects will focus on the development of web-based data platforms to inform local decision making. One project focused on Heatwave Warning Systems will work to assure that the National Weather Service criteria is appropriate for the protection of the region’s current population and that public health officials can use the notification products effectively to protect public health. In subsequent years the project will focus on communications and outreach activities to ensure end users understand the meaning, validity, and utility of the new warning system. A second project will focus on extreme precipitation and water quality. Effective prediction models and data surveillance combined with early warning tools will provide decision-relevant data at multiple scales for beach managers, local health officers, watershed protection groups, and the general public. These projects will have a large community engagement component in order to assess end-user needs and build a surveillance/warning tool that meets the needs of partners and builds general capacity for monitoring and responding to changing environmental conditions.

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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

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
fax (603) 535-3004