Building Community Resilience

October 30th, 2014 by June
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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

October 5th, 2014 by June
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

September 17th, 2014 by June

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

September 10th, 2014 by June

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

September 9th, 2014 by June
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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!

September 5th, 2014 by June

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.”

Rogers Serves as Reviewer for TPL Report on Land Conservation in NH

July 9th, 2014 by June

Shannon Rogers, Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist in the Center for the Environment, recently served as a technical reviewer of a new report by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) about land conservation in New Hampshire. According to TPL, the report, New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation, quantitatively demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal – all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs. For every $1 invested in land conservation by New Hampshire returns $11 in natural goods and services

In TPL’s announcement about the report, Shannon noted that, “Studies like The Trust for Public Land’s help to shine a light on the ‘hidden’ value our natural environment provides through goods and services we might take for granted otherwise. It also helps us identify and prioritize conservation efforts.”

Geological Society of America Awards Scholarships to PSU Student Nadine Orejola

June 25th, 2014 by June

Nadine Orejola

Nadine Orejola was recently awarded two research scholarships from the Geological Society of America. She is the recipient of the 2014 ExxonMobil/GSA Student Geoscience Grant and the John Montagne Award. Nadine is a student in Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Master of Science program in Environmental Science and Policy and the awards supports her Master’s Thesis research.

Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region

May 21st, 2014 by June

Kathleen Bush recently co-authored a paper on “Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region: Evaluating Risk among the Elderly,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A summary of the study and its implications for swimmers and beach managers is available through the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Student Showcase of Excellence

May 21st, 2014 by June

Each spring, Plymouth State University hosts a Student Showcase of Excellence. This event features student research projects from a variety of disciplines from science to the arts to the humanities.

The following MS students in Environmental Science and Policy participated in the 2014 Student Showcase of Excellence:

  • Jamie Sydoriak – Conserving Grassland Bird Habitat on Private Land in the Upper Valley, Other Collaborators: Rosalind Renfrew, Pamela Hunt, Shannon Rogers, Len Reitsma, Faculty Sponsor: Len Reitsma
  • Micah Hall – A Visual Approach to Generating Normative Standards of Quality for Two Squam Lake, New Hampshire Hiking Trails, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
  • Jonathon Loos – Flood Insurance Rates and Mitigation ecosystem Services in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
  • Jessica Wilhelm – Meat Production, Processing and Market Demand in New Hampshire, Other Researchers: Rachelle Lyons & Taylor Dillingham, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
  • Melissa L. Leszek – Using Community Based Social Marketing to Encourage Lead-Free Fishing Practices in New Hampshire Lakes and Rivers, Faculty Sponsor: Brian W. Eisenhauer
  • Melanie Perello – Determining relationships between past and current climate and water quality conditions in Ossipee Lake and Squam Lake, N.H. to establish lake functioning baselines and improve monitoring strategies, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
  • Nadine Orejola – Characterizing Iceland Lake Sediments: Identification of Storm Surge And  Flooding Events In A Climate Sensitive Northern Latitude Lake,  Other Collaborators: Lisa Doner, Brad Hubeny, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
  • Chelsea Berg – Evaluating the Ecosystem Service of Nutrient Removal in a Coastal Watershed: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Great Bay, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
  • Jessica Wilhelm – A Spatial Analysis of the Impacts of Road Salt on Trace Metal Concentrations in New Hampshire Rivers, Faculty Sponsors: Mark Green, Kathleen Bush
  • Jennifer Bell – Embryophyte Community Structure And Water Chemistry Relationships Across A Condition Gradient In Red Maple – Sphagnum Basin Swamps: A Working Proposal, Faculty Sponsor: Joe Boyer
  • Benjamin Bolaski – Linkages between the North Atlantic Oscillation and watershed response from northwest Iceland lake sediments, Student Researchers & Other Collaborators: Lisa A Doner, Isla S Casteneda, Bradford Hubeny, Nadine Orejola; Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner

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January 9th, 2013 by Michael

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