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!
November 17th, 2011 by June
The 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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
July 20th, 2011 by June
This fall, Denise Burchsted is joining CFE as a postdoctoral scholar. Designed as a 2-year position, Denise will focus on teaching graduate courses, working with graduate students, and participating in an active research agenda.
Denise studied geoscience for her PhD at the University of Connecticut. She has a diverse background with training in civil engineering (BS from UConn) and ecology (MFS from Yale University). Her research has focused on blending these disciplines to study the aquatic landscape across various scales. She is interested in the application of her work to the management of rivers and wetlands. In this context, she has worked on the restoration of the Everglades, designed dam removals and other fish passage projects, designed salt marsh and freshwater wetland restoration projects, and led watershed conservation planning efforts in Connecticut.
This year, Denise will teach the graduate courses Ecosystem Management, Nature of Environmental Systems, and Restoration Ecology. Graduate students will benefit from her expertise and she will also work on developing research projects in the region collaborating with CFE faculty, students, and other researchers.