Calcium-Fertilized Forests Use More Water According to New PSU and Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study

April 1st, 2013 by June

Mark Green from CFE is lead author on a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper summarized the results of a forest fertilization experiment that the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The research showed that a forest fertilized with calcium grew faster and in doing so transpired, or evaporated through their leaves, more water than the control watershed. The difference was so great that streamflow substantially declined in the fertilized forest. This is interesting because the forest may have been limited by calcium due to the legacy of acid rain in the region. Also, it highlights an unintended consequence of forest fertilization. While the goal of fertilization is often to optimize biomass production, this practice may reduce water supplies in the process. CFE member Scott Bailey is a co-author of the paper.

CFE Hosts the 2013 NH Water & Watershed Conference

March 5th, 2013 by June

East Inlet, Photo by Phil Haskell

Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE) hosts the 2013 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference, Friday,  March 22 in PSU’s Hartman Union Building. The event features more than 30 talks addressing current water related research as well as effective strategies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels about changing environmental and societal conditions and their effects on New Hampshire’s water resources and aquatic environment. Specific topics to be covered include watershed planning, restoration, and management; education and outreach; ecosystem services of lakes, rivers, and watersheds; coordinating a response to climate change; and water quality and quantity.

CFE Signs Partnership Agreement with NH Dept. of Environmental Services

January 31st, 2013 by June

The Center for the Environment has coordinated with the NH Department of Environmental Services on a new partnership agreement that addresses mutual areas in interest and opportunities for collaboration. DES Commissioner Tom Burack visited PSU on January 28, 2013 where he and PSU’s President Sara Jayne Steen signed the agreement. Following the signing ceremony, Commissioner Burack met with CFE faculty and students to discuss environmental issues on the state horizon, legislative initiatives, student internships and workplace development, and interests in furthering STEM initiatives.

Recent News from CFE

January 31st, 2013 by June

Mark Green is co-Principle Investigator on a $50,000 NSF grant, “US-Japan Joint Seminar on Responses of Catchment Hydrology and Forest Biogeochemistry to Climatic and Environmental Change.” This project will support a joint US-Japan meeting on catchment hydrology and biogeochemistry on March 7-11, 2013 in Hawaii.

On November 11, 2012, Shannon Rogers successfully completed the year-long Environmental Leadership Program(ELP) and graduated into the Senior Fellow’s class.  ELP’s mission is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP catalyzes change by providing talented individuals early in their careers with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. On November 14th, Shannon participated in one of her first activities as a Senior Fellow by co-hosting a webinar on Ecological Economics.

Recent publications by CFE faculty include:

2013 Spring Colloquium Series

January 24th, 2013 by June

Each semester CFE organizes the Environmental Science Colloquium which is held on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 pm at the Boyd Science Center, Room 001. The talks cover a wide range of topics around environmental science and sustainability. The colloquium is available for graduate credit and we also invite the community to come for free. For more information, contact Doug Earick. Read on for the complete list of dates and speakers.

LoVoTECS News

November 27th, 2012 by June

The NH LoVoTECS project recently published a newsletter and  launched a blog dedicated to updates, interesting findings and additional information about the LoVoTECS network. Graduate student Ashley Hyde presented a poster, “Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments,” at the EPSCoR All Hands Meeting on November 7, 2012 in Waterville Valley, NH.

The New Hampshire Lotic Volunteer Temperature, Electrical, Conductivity, and Stage Sensing network  (LoVoTECS) involves a state-of-the-art, broad scale and high-frequency hydrologic sensing network using simple sensors operated by a diverse group of partners. The network sensors continuously measure conductivity, temperature, and water level. These indicators of water quality and physical condition are key to understanding the natural variability of, and human influences on, streams and rivers. LoVoTECS is funded by the National Science Foundation through a cooperative agreement to the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. The network is coordinated by a group of researchers, staff, and students at Plymouth State University – and implemented by our broad group of partners, including educators,researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizen scientists. Our goal is to improve our understanding of New Hampshire’s water resources and help develop a technically advanced workforce by providing educational opportunities to interact with large data sets.

Shannon Rogers Attends Living on Earth III Workshop

October 29th, 2012 by June

LOEII Participants with US Virgin Island Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.

Shannon H. Rogers attended the Living on Earth III (LOE III) workshop from October 23-26th in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  This workshop was hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands and sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Shannon was one of three New Hampshire scholars nominated to participate in this ongoing endeavor to address the need for effective integration of processes linking scientific knowledge and analytical approaches in social-ecological systems (SES) research. Several goals of the workshop were building science and research capacity in sustainability science and coupled human-natural/socio-ecological systems science across EPSCoR jurisdictions and facilitating the formalization and functionality of a LOE-SES scientific network that will promote cutting-edge and transformative science ideas.

CFE’s Lisa Doner Partnering on NSF Grant

October 24th, 2012 by June

Lisa Doner, research assistant professor, is collaborating with Bentley College on a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work  on assessing how climate change is communicated by broadcast meteorologists to their audiences. The project is titled “Enhancing Climate Change Communication between Broadcast Meteorologists and Viewing Audiences.” Through a series of interviews with broadcast meteorologists and surveys of meteorology training programs, researchers will investigate the extent to which meteorologists receive training about climate science and the geophysical mechanisms for climate change. In addition, workshops on climate science will be developed for TV/radio broadcast meteorologists and news directors within the New England area as well as a larger community of meteorology practitioners within the northeast U.S. region. Others working on the project at PSU include Lourdes Aviles, associate professor of meteorology, Samuel Miller, associate professor of meteorology, and Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education. Collaborators at Bentley College are P. Thompson Davis, professor of geology and climatology; Eric Oches, associate professor of geology; David Szymanski; assistant professor of geology; and Helen Meldrum, associate professor of psychology.

2012 Fall Environmental Science Colloquium

September 4th, 2012 by June

Each semester CFE organizes the Environmental Science Colloquium which is held on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 pm at the Boyd Science Center, Room 001. The talks cover a wide range of topics around environmental science and sustainability. The colloquium is available for graduate credit and we also invite the community to come for free. For more information, contact Doug Earick. Read on for the complete list of dates and speakers.

September 12: Vin Malkoski, Fish Habitat – Are Green Projects Impact Free?

September 19: Mary Stampone, New England’s Tornado Hazard

September 26: Brian Fowler, The Surficial Geology of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range: Recent Developments

October 10: Naomi Blinick, Photographer Seeking Science: How Aspirations in Photography Led to a Career in Conservation Biology

October: 17: Francis Slakey, Science and a Journey of Extremes

October 24: Will Abbott, The Northern Pass and New Hampshire Landscapes

November 7: David Holmgren & Andreas Pflitsch, North American Ice Caves – A Climatological Research of Recent Ice Caves by the Example of Talus & Gorge Glaciers in New England

November 14: John Kelley, Hurricane Irene (2011):  Lessons for Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation

New Director Named at PSU’s Center for the Environment

August 3rd, 2012 by June

Dr. Joseph N. Boyer Named Director of PSU's Center for the Environment

A marine scientist and professor is the new director of Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE). Dr. Joseph N. Boyer, a native of eastern Pennsylvania, comes to PSU from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, where he has served as faculty since 1995; he also was associate director of the Southeast Environmental Research Center at FIU from 2003 to 2009 and Director since 2009. He has over 25 years of experience in marine microbiology and ecosystem ecology spanning from Florida to Canada.  Dr. Boyer believes that expanding the Center for the Environment’s expertise will ultimately better serve the public, the University, and the state.

“I believe the CFE has the potential to become a central player in the region and northeast U.S.” said Boyer. “The terrific relationship between University, community, and government is a testimony to prior leadership and should be further nurtured and developed.”

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January 9th, 2013 by Michael

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