Geology of NH’s White Mountains – Talk & Book Signing

February 24th, 2014 by June

The first Center for the Environment Spring 2014 Colloquium talk will take place Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Boyd 001.

Geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains is the topic of the presentation and this will be a group talk by four of the seven authors of a new book on the geology of the White Mountains recently published by Durand Press. The authors will each give short 10-minute talks on their area of expertise and the talks will progress from the most recent archaeological and geologic history to the ancient plate tectonic story in the Whites. Richard Boisvert (NH State Archaeologist) will start the talk speaking about recent paleoindian excavations in Jefferson and Randolph, followed by Brian Fowler (Mt. Washington Observatory) describing the collapse of the Old Man and alpine glaciations in the mountains, followed by Woody Thompson (Maine Geological Survey) speaking about vanishing ice-dammed lakes and continental glaciers, and lastly Dykstra Eusden (Bates College) discussing the ancient plate tectonics that formed the mountains.

Copies of The Geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains will be available for sale ($35) and the presenters will be available at 3:30 pm in the lobby of Boyd Science Center (outside Room 001) to sign the book.

NH Water & Watershed Conference – March 21, 2014

February 24th, 2014 by June

Mount Chocorua, Albany, NH by Cory Gucwa

The 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference (NHWWC) will be held on Friday, March 21, 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 are attending 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.

Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE) hosts the event each year. Conference organizer and CFE’s associate director June Hammond Rowan, said the conference provides the latest information about a critically important natural resource.

“Water resources are a vital part of New Hampshire’s landscape and economy,” Hammond Rowan said. “We have over 30 talks and more than a dozen posters presentations this year. Topics include land use planning for water resources; water and public health; integrating science and decision making; NH’s water data; outreach, education, and citizen science; and climate change.”

The conference also features a meeting of the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a national organization focusing on advancing understanding of the nation’s water resources and the development of tools for their sustainable management. This meeting allows participants a unique opportunity to hear from an influential group and gain perspective on how water resource issues in New Hampshire compare and relate to issues in other states.

Registration for the conference is open. For additional conference information, visit:

The NH Water and Watershed Conference is organized by PSU’s Center for the Environment with assistance from a committee of people from Keene State College, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Geological Survey, NH Fish & Game Department, UNH NH Water Resources Research Center, US Geological Survey New England Water Science Center, and the City of Portsmouth.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

2014 Spring Science Colloquium

January 21st, 2014 by June

Please join us on Wednesdays at 4 pm in Boyd Science Center, Room 001 for the 2014 Spring Science Colloquium. Each term, we offer a variety of talks and speakers covering diverse topics. For more information contact Angie Preisendorfer (603-535-3179) or Shannon Rogers.

  • February 26 – The Geology of New Hampshire’s White  Mountains, Richard Boisvert, NH State Archaeologist; J. Dykstra Eusden, Bates College; Brian Fowler, Mt. Washington Observatory; Woody Thompson, Maine Geological Survey (Presenters will also be available for book signing.)
  • March 12 – A Day  in the Life of a County Forester: Working with New Hampshire’s Private Woodlot Owners to Be the Best Stewards of the Land, David Falkenham, Grafton County Extension Forester, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • March 26 – The Changing Climate of Science, Politics and Climate Change, Roger Stephenson, Outreach Consultant, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • April 9 – Climate Change in New  England: A Review of Historical Hydrologic Records and  Projections for the 21st  Century, Thomas Huntington Research Hydrologist U.S. Geological Survey
  • April 16 – Exploring the Linkages Between Ecosystem Services and  Human Health, Kathleen Bush, Research Assistant Professor, PSU Center for the Environment
  • April 23 – Gambling with  the Globe: The Role of Risk in Climate Policy Decisions, Mark Borsuk, Associate Professor of Engineering Thayer School of Engineering Dartmouth College
  • April 30 – More Than a Century of Conservation in the Squam Watershed, Rebecca Hanson, Director of Conservation, Squam Lakes Association

Squam Watershed Plan Public Meeting

January 14th, 2014 by June

 Meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, at the Squam Lakes Association

In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, but yet this plan has not been updated.

This winter, several graduate students at Plymouth State University are enrolled in a land use planning class that focuses on teaching local planning concepts through an applied project. The class is working with the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) to learn about local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the SLA Resource Center at 534 US Route 3 in Holderness to learn more about this project and discuss past, present, and future land use issues in the Squam Lakes Watershed. We are inviting Boards of Selectmen, Planning Boards, and Conservation Commissions from Ashland, Center Harbor, Holderness, Moultonborough, and Sandwich as well as the Lakes Region Planning Commission to this meeting, but anyone is welcome to attend.

The meeting agenda will include an overview of watershed planning and the 1991 Squam Lakes Watershed Plan; preliminary work by the students in reviewing town Master Plans and land use regulations; a summary of the SLA’s conservation, education, and recreation programs; and discussion and input from all of you to gather your thoughts and ideas for future watershed planning efforts in the Squam Lakes Watershed.

For more information, please contact June Hammond Rowan (603-535-3218).

MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Research Assistantships

November 15th, 2013 by June

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).

2014 New Hampshire Water & Watershed Conference – Call for Abstracts

November 12th, 2013 by June

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.

Recent talks and publications by CFE faculty

November 1st, 2013 by June

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.

Community Service: Graduate students raise funds for Children’s Hospital

October 28th, 2013 by June

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.

Plymouth Area 1st Science Brew Café Draws Standing Room Only Crowd (Despite Red Sox Playoff Game!)

October 16th, 2013 by June

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 psu-cfe@plymouth.edu or plymouth.edu/cfe for more information.

Putting Science on Tap: Science Café comes to the Plymouth Area!

September 24th, 2013 by June

On Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm, Biederman’s Deli and Pub will be hosting the first Science Brew Café in partnership with Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy Department.

Science Cafés are unique. They are designed for people to learn about science and meet scientists in a comfortable, community setting. Eveyone is invited to come grab some food and a drink and be ready to learn and ask questions in a casual setting. Researchers will speak briefly about their work and  the majority of time will be a conversation between the audience and the scientist.

The topic on tap for the first Science Café  is “Sensing New Hampshire’s Streams and Rivers.” Mark Green, Ashley Hyde, and Errin Volitis from Plymouth State University will provide an overview of their work studying rivers and streams in New Hampshire. Clear mountain streams flowing from the White Mountains and powerful industrial rivers are hallmarks of New Hampshire’s rich natural beauty and cultural heritage. While our waters are of exceptional quality in most cases, there are still water quality and quantity issues. Water sensors have recently been deployed in streams and rivers across New Hampshire (including several in the local area) to better understand water quantity and quality. This effort, which draws on community volunteer monitors, has been active for one year.  The conversation will focus on what is being observed and learned, and how it may help water resources management in the region. The conversation can focus on water resources in central New Hampshire as well as resources across the State and in the region.

Food and drink can be ordered from the menu, admission is free.

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.

Support for this event is also being provided by NHEPSCoR and the National Science Foundation. http://www.epscor.unh.edu. Thanks Biederman’s for hosting the event and  to our presenters: Dr. Mark Green, Assistant Professor of Hydrology, Plymouth State University; Ashley Hyde, Masters Candidate, Environmental Science and Policy; and Errin Volitis, Research Technician, PSU Center for the Environment

For more information, please contact Dr. Shannon Rogers, 603-535-2216.

Contact Us

Contact Us

January 9th, 2013 by Michael

Center for the Environment

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