Paleoclimatology Graduate Research Assistantship Available

December 2nd, 2011 by June

The Center for the Environment (CFE) at Plymouth State University (PSU) seeks applicants for an M.S. graduate research assistant (GRA) in paleoclimatology, with research opportunities in paleolimnology, dendrochronology and geochemistry, the North Atlantic Oscillation and lake sedimentation in Iceland. The GRA will work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of researchers and students from PSU and three other institutions. The team’s expertise in synoptic climatology, paleoclimatology, hydrogeology, paleontology and watershed sedimentology provides the GRA excellent opportunity to interact with a broad cohort of faculty and students on environmental science applications in climate change and to develop interdisciplinary research skills.

Field Work for Transpiration Research Project

November 17th, 2011 by June

In the fall of 1999, wollastonite (CaSiO3) was applied to a watershed at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF). This appears to have stimulated ~20% of additional transpiration for three years. This unexpected response has been recently studied by CFE’s Mark Green and colleagues. The physiological cause of the increased transpiration or the transience of the response are not well understood because detailed data addressing forest transpiration were not collected.

A new fertilization study is beginning at the HBEF, Bartlett Experimental Forest, and at Jeffers Brook on the impacts of additional nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium to forest dynamics. This study had not intended on collecting transpiration data, but given the recent discovery of the whole watershed transpiration response to wollastonite addition, Mark received funding from the National Science Foundation to fertilize forested research plots with wollastonite and collaborate with Michele Pruyn to collect sap flow data that will inform mechanisms responsible for the watershed 1 response to wollastonite addition.

This fall, a group of people from CFE, PSU, and Hubbard Brook worked with Mark on spreading over 9,500 pounds of wollastonite on 6 research plots. This involved hiking 50 pound bags to the sites and then applying the material by hand. The days were long and the work was hard. Thank you to everyone that helped!

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Call for Abstracts for 2012 NH Water & Watershed Conference

November 17th, 2011 by June

East Inlet, Pittsburg, NH by Philip HaskellThe 2012 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at Plymouth State University. We invite abstracts on current water related research as well as effective strategies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels that address the changing environmental and societal conditions and their effects on New Hampshire’s water resources and aquatic environment. Abstracts are due December 15, 2011. For more information, please visit the conference website.

GLEON Meeting

October 24th, 2011 by June

CFE research professor Lisa Doner and graduate student Christina Maki attended the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) meeting at Lake Sunapee, NH on October 10-14.  GLEON is a grassroots network of limnologists, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories. Christina presented a poster, co-authored by Lisa and Mark Green, titled “Monitored sediment loading to a northwestern Icelandic lake.

CFE Project is part of EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminar

October 20th, 2011 by June

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Watershed Academy is sponsoring a free Webcast Seminar on Thursday, October 27, 2011 “Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach.” A CFE project, “Changing Homeowner’s Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Runoff in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds” led by interim director Brian Eisenhauer, will be featured as part of the Webcast. Brian’s work involved applying environmental and behavioral research to educational efforts by Cooperative Extension offices to reduce the application of excess nutrients by homeowners in targeted, urbanizing neighborhoods throughout New England. The project helped develop materials for Think Blue Maine. CFE graduate students also participated in the project.

CFE Director

October 13th, 2011 by June

Plymouth State University seeks a director for its Center for the Environment (CFE). CFE facilitates interdisciplinary environmental research, education, and public engagement in the northern New England region. The successful applicant will initiate, implement, and coordinate strategic projects and partnerships to further the CFE’s distinction in the field of environmental science and policy. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in an environmental science and at least 8 years of professional experience; excellent communication skills; the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and administrators, other research units on campus, professional and business leaders, and local, state and federal officials; experience in external engagement, mentorship, teaching, and a demonstrated record of acquiring extramural funding; evidence of leadership abilities in past positions; demonstrated experience in program development, evaluation, assessment and strategic planning; a record of experience in personnel and finance management; evidence of building and maintaining highly motivated and success-orientated teams.

For a full description of the position and/or to apply, please go online to University System of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University Human Resources websites. For more information, please contact June Hammond Rowan.

Fall 2011 Environmental Science Colloquium

September 12th, 2011 by June

Come join us for our fall semester Environmental Science Colloquium 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 Angela Uhlman. Read on for the complete list of dates and speakers.

Tropical Storm Irene

September 2nd, 2011 by June

While Tropical Storm Irene was traveling through New Hampshire, CFE’s hydrologist Mark Green and research professor Lisa Doner worked hard during the day and night from Saturday, August 27, through Thursday, September 1, to collect over 50 samples from the Pemigewasset River watershed in the Plymouth/Campton area.

Flooding on Route 175, Holderness (Photo by Betsy Ayotte)

Flooding on Route 175, Holderness (Photo by Betsy Ayotte)

The storm generated an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the Pemigewasset watershed, how it produces major floods, and the water quality during floods. The volume of rainfall on the landscape from the storm likely caused elements such as carbon, phosphorus, and aluminum to be released and flushed through the system and into the rivers and streams. Capturing the large release of elements at one time is unique, and the data from the sampling effort will help understand the potential implications for forest health after such large flushing events.

Water samples from the Pemi River will be analyzed in the CFE Environmental Research Laboratory to determine the nutrient and element concentrations in the samples as well as the isotopic composition, which will help explain the sources of the flood waters throughout the event.

Results from the water samples are being analyzed, so check back soon for updates.

CFE Welcomes New Students

September 2nd, 2011 by June

CFE's Graduate Students

CFE welcomes six new full time graduate students to the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program. The students started on September 1 with a new student orientation, boat tour of Squam Lake, and BBQ. These students have come to PSU from around the country and we look forward to working with all of them, as well as with our continuing students.

CFE Project with WMNF on NHPR site

August 8th, 2011 by June

The Center for the Environment’s project studying aluminum concentrations in surface and ground water in the White Mountain National Forest was featured in a recent NHPR article.  The story explains the work being done by graduate student Chris Nealen and assistant professor Mark Green. This project is an example of the continuing partnership between WMNF and PSU.

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
psu-cfe@plymouth.edu

phone (603) 535-3179
fax (603) 535-3004