October 5th, 2014 by June
Dr. Mark Green of Plymouth State University
This past summer, the Center for the Environment’s Mark Green and several other university professors throughout New Hampshire teamed up with five science educators as part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The summer of 2014 was the second year for this six- to eight-week project, which is part of the NH Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, funded by the National Science Foundation.
“RET gives teachers experience into how scientific research is conducted and where knowledge comes from. Scientific knowledge doesn’t come from a book; someone has to get it into the book first,” says Stephen Hale, Research Associate at University of New Hampshire and Outreach Director for NH EPSCoR. “Knowledge comes from this scientific practice of collaboration, critical thinking, trial and error, frustration—all of the things that go into research. And we bring teachers onto college campuses to experience that.”
Read the full story on the PSU website!
September 17th, 2014 by June
The Center for the Environment announces speakers for this fall’s Environmental Science Colloquium series. These talks are open to everyone. Talks are on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm in are held in Boyd Science Center Room 001 or 144. Please join us!
- September 17 –Charles Bayless – Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Our Greatest Challenges
- October 15 – June Hammond Rowan (PSU) – What is the Planning Board Doing? Investigating Decisions by New Hampshire Planning Boards
- October 22 – Nick Metz (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) – An Exploration of the Effects of the Great Lakes on Mature Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs)
- October 29 – Amy Villamagna (PSU) – Regulating Services as Measures of Ecological Resilience on Department of Defense Lands
- November 12 – Jaclyn Hatala Matthes (Dartmouth) – Using historical ecology to refine our understanding of land-atmosphere feedbacks
- November 19 – Jasmine Saros (U. Maine) – Reconstructing lake thermal structure in a changing climate
- December 10 – Dick McGrath (Isosceles Group) – History and current status of the Housatonic River PCB remediation
For more information, contact CFE or Lisa Doner.
September 10th, 2014 by June
On September 17, 2014 at 4 pm, Charles Bayless will present a talk on “Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, our greatest challenge.” This talk is open to all. Please join us in Boyd Science Center, Room 144.
Mr. Bylesss is the prior President and Provost of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and retired a utility executive. He has had a long, diverse career in the energy sector and works closely with climate scientists. He is currently a board member of Pike Electric and Chair of the Audit Committee, Recycled Energy Development and West Virginia American Water. He is Chair of the Arctic Climate Action Steering Committee and a board member at the Climate Institute. He has served as President and CEO of Illinova Corporation (Illinois Power Company, among others), and of Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy). He was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and served as Chairman of Essential Power, Independent Wireless One, Ontario Power Authority, West Virginia Industrial Council. In 1993, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Mr. Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal.
September 9th, 2014 by June
Professors Paul Rogalus, Scott Coykendall and Mark Green were honored by their Plymouth State University faculty colleagues at the institution’s annual Faculty Day event August 27. Julie Bernier, PSU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, presented Green with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Rogalus received the Award for Faculty Service. Coykendall received the Faculty Advising Award from Student Senate member Evan Gaudette on behalf of the student body.
“I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to recognize faculty excellence this morning with three awards,” said Bernier. “It is particularly satisfying to be able to honor such wonderful and deserving colleagues.”
September 5th, 2014 by June
PLYMOUTH, N.H.–One of New Hampshire’s most effective environmental research and protection organizations celebrated its tenth anniversary August 29. The Center for the Environment (CFE) at Plymouth State University was created in 2004 to study the science, policies, culture, and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education, and collaboration. In addressing a gathering at the Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen said the CFE has provided expert support and expertise in environmental matters critical to the region and the state.
“Since 2004, the Center for the Environment has been a resource for research in New Hampshire’s ecosystem, providing critical information for decision makers and linking scientists and local state and federal agencies and the public,” noted Steen. “It is a key regional and state player in promoting a sustainable future, creating powerful partnerships that benefit the State of New Hampshire and communities throughout the region. Its cutting edge research focused on environmental science as it relates to New Hampshire’s ecosystem, society and economy has far reaching benefits that improve life in New Hampshire. And it is educating the next generation of environmental scientists.”
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July 9th, 2014 by June
Shannon Rogers, Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist in the Center for the Environment, recently served as a technical reviewer of a new report by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) about land conservation in New Hampshire. According to TPL, the report, New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation, quantitatively demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal – all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs. For every $1 invested in land conservation by New Hampshire returns $11 in natural goods and services
In TPL’s announcement about the report, Shannon noted that, “Studies like The Trust for Public Land’s help to shine a light on the ‘hidden’ value our natural environment provides through goods and services we might take for granted otherwise. It also helps us identify and prioritize conservation efforts.”
June 25th, 2014 by June
Nadine Orejola was recently awarded two research scholarships from the Geological Society of America. She is the recipient of the 2014 ExxonMobil/GSA Student Geoscience Grant and the John Montagne Award. Nadine is a student in Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Master of Science program in Environmental Science and Policy and the awards supports her Master’s Thesis research.
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May 21st, 2014 by June
Kathleen Bush recently co-authored a paper on “Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region: Evaluating Risk among the Elderly,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A summary of the study and its implications for swimmers and beach managers is available through the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
May 21st, 2014 by June
Each spring, Plymouth State University hosts a Student Showcase of Excellence. This event features student research projects from a variety of disciplines from science to the arts to the humanities.
The following MS students in Environmental Science and Policy participated in the 2014 Student Showcase of Excellence:
- Jamie Sydoriak – Conserving Grassland Bird Habitat on Private Land in the Upper Valley, Other Collaborators: Rosalind Renfrew, Pamela Hunt, Shannon Rogers, Len Reitsma, Faculty Sponsor: Len Reitsma
- Micah Hall – A Visual Approach to Generating Normative Standards of Quality for Two Squam Lake, New Hampshire Hiking Trails, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
- Jonathon Loos – Flood Insurance Rates and Mitigation ecosystem Services in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
- Jessica Wilhelm – Meat Production, Processing and Market Demand in New Hampshire, Other Researchers: Rachelle Lyons & Taylor Dillingham, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
- Melissa L. Leszek – Using Community Based Social Marketing to Encourage Lead-Free Fishing Practices in New Hampshire Lakes and Rivers, Faculty Sponsor: Brian W. Eisenhauer
- Melanie Perello – Determining relationships between past and current climate and water quality conditions in Ossipee Lake and Squam Lake, N.H. to establish lake functioning baselines and improve monitoring strategies, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
- Nadine Orejola – Characterizing Iceland Lake Sediments: Identification of Storm Surge And Flooding Events In A Climate Sensitive Northern Latitude Lake, Other Collaborators: Lisa Doner, Brad Hubeny, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
- Chelsea Berg – Evaluating the Ecosystem Service of Nutrient Removal in a Coastal Watershed: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Great Bay, Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
- Jessica Wilhelm – A Spatial Analysis of the Impacts of Road Salt on Trace Metal Concentrations in New Hampshire Rivers, Faculty Sponsors: Mark Green, Kathleen Bush
- Jennifer Bell – Embryophyte Community Structure And Water Chemistry Relationships Across A Condition Gradient In Red Maple – Sphagnum Basin Swamps: A Working Proposal, Faculty Sponsor: Joe Boyer
- Benjamin Bolaski – Linkages between the North Atlantic Oscillation and watershed response from northwest Iceland lake sediments, Student Researchers & Other Collaborators: Lisa A Doner, Isla S Casteneda, Bradford Hubeny, Nadine Orejola; Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
April 4th, 2014 by June
In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, but yet this plan has not been updated. View the summary of the 1991 Squam Watershed Plan here.
This winter, several graduate students at Plymouth State University enrolled in a land use planning class that focuses on teaching local planning concepts through an applied project. The class worked with the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) to learn about local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed. In late January, we held a public meeting at the SLA to discuss past, present, and future land use issues in area towns and the Squam Lakes Watershed.
The results of the course and the public meeting can be read in “Shared Waters Create a Shared Future for the Squam Lakes Watershed,” a report from the Plymouth State University graduate students who participated in a land use planning class this winter. Also, a poster summarizing the public participation method used at the January public meeting was presented at the March 21, 2014 NH Water & Watershed Conference.