Shannon Rogers – Working with NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

December 17th, 2014 by June
Photo by Chelsea Berg

Photo by Chelsea Berg

Shannon Rogers was a co-author on a recently accepted project proposal, The Social Indicator Project: Integrating social science into ecosystem management for New Hampshire’s estuaries, for a NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship and will serve on the project Steering Committee.

In 2013-2014, Rogers (supported by PSU CFE and NH EPSCoR) partnered with the Piscataqua Region Estuary Partnership (PREP) to design and deploy a region and state-wide Water and Watershed Survey. The goal of the survey was to understand how New Hampshire residents, use and value water resources. The survey also aimed to identify residents’ behaviors and habits in relation to non-point source pollution sources (lawn fertilizer, residential stormwater management) and overall water quality and quantity, as well as willingness to pay and level of political will to implement policies to control pollution. Understanding residents’ behavior guides a more cost-effective targeting of outreach and education efforts and helps evaluate whether efforts to improve these behaviors are making a difference. The NOAA Coastal Management Fellow will use the baseline understanding achieved through this survey to build the social indicator development process. The goal is to systematically integrate social science into ecosystem management for New Hampshire’s estuaries.

A fellow will be recruited through the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program 2015-2017.

Rogers and her students are currently engaged in research focused on socio-ecological issues in Great Bay. The Social Indicator Project will provide an excellent opportunity to build on existing work by applying social science methods to answer important management questions and ultimately improve ecosystem health in coastal New Hampshire and more broadly throughout the state.

MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Research Assistantships

December 17th, 2014 by June

001Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). The MS in ES&P is coordinated by PSU’s Department of ES&P and the Center for the Environment (CFE). Students will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations including organizations such as Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountains National Forest, and NH Department of Environmental Services, and the Squam Lakes Association.

Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate research assistantships (GRA). For academic year 2015-16, we anticipate four GRAs in the areas of hydrology, environmental social sciences, ecosystem services, climate change, ecological economics, limnogeology, landscape ecology, or a combination of those topics. Students receiving assistantships will conduct field sampling, analytical and/or theoretical work on projects related to our mission, and/or serve as teaching assistants. These assistantships provide a unique opportunity to work with a diverse cohort of students and mentors from a broad array of disciplines focusing on the environment.

Assistantships are contingent on acceptance into the MS program in Environmental Science and Policyand typically provide a stipend of $8-15K and up to 15 credits of tuition per year. Applications to the MS in ES&P are submitted to PSU’s  Graduate Studies. For more information about the MS in ES&P, please contact MS ES&P Program Coordinator and Associate Director of CFE, June Hammond Rowan (


Graduate Assistant Opportunity in Ecosystem Services

December 1st, 2014 by June

The Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Masters of Science Program Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University (PSU) seeks applicants for a unique and exciting graduate research assistant (GRA) position to be focused on view-shed understanding and valuation.


Photo by Shannon Rogers

Ecosystems in New Hampshire and the surrounding Northern Forest Region provide a wide range of services that are critical to the region’s inhabitants and the high quality of life they enjoy.  Recent and proposed large-scale energy projects in the region have highlighted the value of views in a regional economy that has historically been strongly dependent upon tourism. Understanding how resources can be managed for multiple ecosystem services within valuable view-sheds is critical for environmental decision making at the State & Regional level.

Website Review – Input needed!

November 18th, 2014 by June

Climate & Lakes websiteThroughout this year Melanie Perello, a Master’s student in Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University, has been working in Squam Lake and Ossipee Lake for her thesis research. The project is looking at water quality and its relationship with climate and weather events. As part of her project, she has developed a website to provide information to the local community about this project and the current status of these lakes. To evaluate this website she has developed a survey for website viewers to assess their understanding of the project and to get feedback. Please take a few minutes to look at the website and take the short survey. Thank you!

Building Community Resilience

October 30th, 2014 by June

Dr. Kathleen Bush

In collaboration with New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Kathleen Bush will be involved with two newly funded projects focusing on building capacity for climate change adaptation in the state of New Hampshire. This work is part of DHHS’s Climate and Public Health Program through the Center for Disease Control’s Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative,

The overarching goal of these two projects is to build capacity in the New Hampshire public health system for using environmental health data effectively. As an environmental epidemiologist, Bush will focus on evaluating the linkages between climate-related factors such as temperature and precipitation and several health outcomes including heat-related illness, gastrointestinal illness, asthma, and vector-borne diseases.

This work is directly aligned with the goals of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network to build significant capacity for improving community health through the meaningful use and application of environmental health data. New Hampshire’s EPHT program will help establish and maintain a state tracking network to obtain integrated health and environmental data and use it to provide information in support of actions that improve the health of communities.

Several partners are involved in this work including Matt Cahillane and Thomas Lambert from NH DHHS, Roger Stephenson from Stephenson Strategic Communications, and the NH Climate and Health Working Group.

The two projects will focus on the development of web-based data platforms to inform local decision making. One project focused on Heatwave Warning Systems will work to assure that the National Weather Service criteria is appropriate for the protection of the region’s current population and that public health officials can use the notification products effectively to protect public health. In subsequent years the project will focus on communications and outreach activities to ensure end users understand the meaning, validity, and utility of the new warning system. A second project will focus on extreme precipitation and water quality. Effective prediction models and data surveillance combined with early warning tools will provide decision-relevant data at multiple scales for beach managers, local health officers, watershed protection groups, and the general public. These projects will have a large community engagement component in order to assess end-user needs and build a surveillance/warning tool that meets the needs of partners and builds general capacity for monitoring and responding to changing environmental conditions.

Research Program Introduces Science Teachers to New Technologies and Fosters Collaboration

October 5th, 2014 by June
Dr. Mark Green of Plymouth State University

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!

Fall 2014 Environmental Science Colloquium

September 17th, 2014 by June

043The 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.

Climate Change Talk: September 17, 4 pm, Boyd 144

September 10th, 2014 by June

Climate change talk 9-17-14On 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.

Mark Green Wins Award for Distinguished Scholarship

September 9th, 2014 by June
Mark Green

Mark Green

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.”

CFE Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

September 5th, 2014 by June

Plymouth State University  students check water sensors as part of the Center for the Environment's work in collecting data from sites around New Hampshire.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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January 9th, 2013 by Michael

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