Using Community Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Retention in New Hampshire

June 20th, 2012 by June

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFGD), and the Center for the Environment have partnered on a project to conduct research to assist the New Hampshire angler program in more effectively reaching fishing participants to encourage license sales to promote conservation. This project, entitled, “Using Community Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Retention in New Hampshire,” involves a focused assessment of the New Hampshire angler population to identify perceived barriers to and attitudes about purchasing a license. This work will contribute to an understanding of the specific dynamics of fishing license purchasing and perceptions of NHFGD conservation efforts in New Hampshire.

Graduate student Matt Bartley and his advisor, PSU faculty member Dr. Brian Eisenhauer, will use Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) to guide the outcomes of their work. Their research involves a mixed methods approach; they will be using key informant interviews, focus groups, and a random sample survey along with analysis of RBFF’s data on national motivations for and barriers to anglers purchasing fishing licenses. The project will help NHFGD and RBFF develop more effective marketing programs for angler recruitment and retention. The project is supported by $15,000 grants from both RBFF and NHFGD. For more information, visit the project webpage.

Mark Green to Serve as Judge for Stockholm Junior Water Prize

June 13th, 2012 by June

Hydrologist Mark Green is serving as a judge for the 2012 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize national competition. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.

The competition challenges high school students to address current and future water challenges. Students from around the United States will gather from June 14-16, 2012 in Boston, MA, where they will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded students to discuss their research projects and exchange ideas.

Mark Green Awarded Fulbright Researcher Position

June 4th, 2012 by June

Mark Green, assistant professor of hydrology, has been awarded a Fulbright Researcher Position to study at the University of Tokyo, Department of Forest Science from September 2012-June 2013. Mark’s research will concentrate on improving our understanding of hydrologic resilience in temperate forested watersheds. He will explore hydrologic data from Japanese and U.S. forested watersheds to see how resilient the hydrologic function has remained over history. The focus of this work will be to identify any irreversible hydrologic changes and study the reasons for those changes. Through exploration of case studies and long-term data sets a framework will be developed to understand the dynamics of hydrologic resilience.

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.

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January 9th, 2013 by Michael

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