July 11th, 2013 by June
A Center for the Environment pilot study investigating local residents’ attitudes on the value of scenic views is the cover story in the latest Plymouth Magazine.
Shannon Rogers, an assistant professor with CFE and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, is working with two students on a pilot project to assess the value of views. This topic is timely and Shannon’s work is featured in the most recent issue of Plymouth Magazine. The research is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) through the New Hampshire EPSCoR program.
Since publication of the Plymouth Magazine article, Shannon has received numerous comments and requests for more information about her research project. “It is exciting to have people interested in our work. The viewshed project is a pilot study and in the future I hope we can expand it to cover a broader region,” Shannon said. “Views are important to people and our region where new land uses are changing the look and possibly the functioning of the landscape. Our research will help us to better understand the complex values people place on a view and the many ecosystem services that may be imbedded in a scenic view.”
July 11th, 2013 by June
Left to right, Plymouth State University Environmental Science and Policy graduate students Ashley Hyde and Matt Bartley collect water samples in the Pemigewasset River in Plymouth July 8.
On July 16, volunteers throughout New Hampshire have committed to collecting water samples in the State’s rivers and streams to take a ‘snapshot’ of water quality. Plymouth State University is overseeing this unique water sampling project with the goal of improving the understanding of New Hampshire’s water resources and providing data to be used by resource managers, state agencies, researchers, and educators.
The Associated Press picked up this story and it has been published around the country.
June 19th, 2013 by June
Plymouth State University, in cooperation with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), hosts a unique summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The program emphasizes the societal relevance of ecology and ecosystem science.
This year, nine students from around the country are engaged in a research project developed from the major areas of ecosystem research at Hubbard Brook. Students work under the mentorship of scientists active in research at Hubbard Brook. In addition, through weekly presentations given by the mentors and other scientists, students are also exposed to a full spectrum of ecosystem research.
Throughout the summer, the REU students will be posting information about their work. Check the Hubbard Brook REU Blog for updates!
May 15th, 2013 by June
Please join us onThursday, May 16, 2013, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, NH, for a talk by CFE graduate student Andrew Veilleux on “Recreation and Land Management Decision Making on Squam Lakes.”
Andrews is completing his research that investigates how Squam is used and the opinions of those that enjoy the lakes. This project has involved an innovative GIS system to gather from people their perspectives about recreational use on the lake.
As part of the project, Andrew has completed a brochure summarizing his work.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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.