Student Presents at 2012 Project WET Annual Conference

May 23rd, 2012 by June

Graduate student Marguerite Crowell presented a talk, “A Climate of Change:  The need for water resource education in Pakistan to meet the current and upcoming challenges,” at the 2012 Project WET Annual Conference at Bridgewater State University on May 22-25, 2012.

Pakistan is faced with growing issues concerning water availability and quality. Participants in the US State Department grant funded Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at PSU are trying to improve water literacy in Pakistan to prepare for how climate change and other management factors affect water resources in that country. Marguerite’s talk focused on her research on water resource education in Pakistan which she is doing for her MS in Environmental Science and Policy.

CFE Students Attend 2012 NHEE Conference

May 2nd, 2012 by June

Five Center for the Environment students attended the 2012 New Hampshire Environmental Educators Annual Conference on March 14, 2012 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.  The students, all participants in Principles of Interpretation graduate course taught by Doug Earick, took part in hands-on workshops and presentations that highlighted many of the environmental education projects going on in the state.  This year’s conference, “Meeting Standards with Citizen Science”, had a specific focus on encouraging groups to engage in science outreach work with various non-science groups via citizen science programs.

Interactions Among Climate, Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Society: CFE part of major NSF project

March 30th, 2012 by June

Mark Green and Doug Earick are part of a team of people awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation on the “Interactions Among Climate, Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Society.” This project is part of a five-year $20 million grant from NSF, to the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, St. Anselm College and Plymouth State University for a statewide research and education project known as Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to bring together researchers from around the state to better understand the environment and the complex interactions of the climate-ecological-human system as well as provide critical information for state decision makers.

CFE Hosts the 2012 NH Water & Watershed Conference

March 13th, 2012 by June

The 2012 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference was held on March 23, 2012 at Plymouth State University, hosted by CFE. 225 people attended the event to hear over 35 talks on a variety of water related topics on Tropical Storm Irene, water infrastructure, floodplain management, surface water quality, low impact development, and the Great Bay. For the first time, the conference included a poster display featuring student research projects and other important water topics. Plenary talks covered the Governor’s Commission on Water Sustainability and an overview of a new New Hampshire based research project on the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society.

The NH Water & Watershed Conference is organized by a group of people from PSU’s Center for the Environment, NH Department of Environmental Services, UNH NH Water Resources Research Center, UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Rivers Council, NH Lakes Association, NH Fish and Game Department, US Geological Survey, White Mountain National Forest, Weston & Sampson.

Ecological Economist Position Available

March 13th, 2012 by June

Plymouth State University seeks an integrative environmental analyst with expertise in the economics of and policy related to ecosystem services for its Center for the Environment (CFE) with a joint appointment in Environmental Science and Policy. Primary duties include, but are not limited to conducting research related to a five-year NSF funded initiative on the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society; developing a research program that complements existing strengths in CFE; teaching relevant courses in the MS program in environmental science and policy; mentoring and advising graduate students; and contributing to CFE through service and collaboration. This is a new, tenure-track position to begin in the fall of 2012.

The successful candidate will spend approximately half time engaging with a team of researchers across New Hampshire colleges and universities (including Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire) on the major NSF research project. The particular focus for this position will be on watershed ecosystem services.

This will provide a unique opportunity for building research capacity at PSU and in New Hampshire around climate, land use, and ecosystem services.

For more information, please visit PSU’s Human Resources website.

Spring Environmental Science Colloquium

February 8th, 2012 by June

Our spring semester Environmental Science Colloquium will be 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 Angela Uhlman. Read on for the complete list of dates and speakers.

CFE Students Present at AGU Meeting

December 8th, 2011 by June

Three Center for the Environment graduate students in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program presented posters at the AGU meeting in San Francisco on December 5-9, 2011. The Sid Lovett Fund for the Center for the Environment provided support for their work.

Graduate Student Opportunities

December 2nd, 2011 by June

CFE is inviting applications for the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy. The work of the Center for the Environment (CFE) is primarily focused on the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire or in the broader New England region, and applies the environmental sciences and interdisciplinary approaches to important environmental issues. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students, and scientists from other institutions working at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Individuals from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered.

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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