November 27th, 2012 by June
The NH LoVoTECS project recently published a newsletter and launched a blog dedicated to updates, interesting findings and additional information about the LoVoTECS network. Graduate student Ashley Hyde presented a poster, “Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments,” at the EPSCoR All Hands Meeting on November 7, 2012 in Waterville Valley, NH.
The New Hampshire Lotic Volunteer Temperature, Electrical, Conductivity, and Stage Sensing network (LoVoTECS) involves a state-of-the-art, broad scale and high-frequency hydrologic sensing network using simple sensors operated by a diverse group of partners. The network sensors continuously measure conductivity, temperature, and water level. These indicators of water quality and physical condition are key to understanding the natural variability of, and human influences on, streams and rivers. LoVoTECS is funded by the National Science Foundation through a cooperative agreement to the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. The network is coordinated by a group of researchers, staff, and students at Plymouth State University – and implemented by our broad group of partners, including educators,researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizen scientists. Our goal is to improve our understanding of New Hampshire’s water resources and help develop a technically advanced workforce by providing educational opportunities to interact with large data sets.
October 29th, 2012 by June
LOEII Participants with US Virgin Island Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.
Shannon H. Rogers attended the Living on Earth III (LOE III) workshop from October 23-26th in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This workshop was hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands and sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Shannon was one of three New Hampshire scholars nominated to participate in this ongoing endeavor to address the need for effective integration of processes linking scientific knowledge and analytical approaches in social-ecological systems (SES) research. Several goals of the workshop were building science and research capacity in sustainability science and coupled human-natural/socio-ecological systems science across EPSCoR jurisdictions and facilitating the formalization and functionality of a LOE-SES scientific network that will promote cutting-edge and transformative science ideas.
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October 24th, 2012 by June
Lisa Doner, research assistant professor, is collaborating with Bentley College on a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work on assessing how climate change is communicated by broadcast meteorologists to their audiences. The project is titled “Enhancing Climate Change Communication between Broadcast Meteorologists and Viewing Audiences.” Through a series of interviews with broadcast meteorologists and surveys of meteorology training programs, researchers will investigate the extent to which meteorologists receive training about climate science and the geophysical mechanisms for climate change. In addition, workshops on climate science will be developed for TV/radio broadcast meteorologists and news directors within the New England area as well as a larger community of meteorology practitioners within the northeast U.S. region. Others working on the project at PSU include Lourdes Aviles, associate professor of meteorology, Samuel Miller, associate professor of meteorology, and Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education. Collaborators at Bentley College are P. Thompson Davis, professor of geology and climatology; Eric Oches, associate professor of geology; David Szymanski; assistant professor of geology; and Helen Meldrum, associate professor of psychology.
September 4th, 2012 by June
Each semester CFE organizes the Environmental Science Colloquium which is 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 Doug Earick. Read on for the complete list of dates and speakers.
September 12: Vin Malkoski, Fish Habitat – Are Green Projects Impact Free?
September 19: Mary Stampone, New England’s Tornado Hazard
September 26: Brian Fowler, The Surficial Geology of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range: Recent Developments
October 10: Naomi Blinick, Photographer Seeking Science: How Aspirations in Photography Led to a Career in Conservation Biology
October: 17: Francis Slakey, Science and a Journey of Extremes
October 24: Will Abbott, The Northern Pass and New Hampshire Landscapes
November 7: David Holmgren & Andreas Pflitsch, North American Ice Caves – A Climatological Research of Recent Ice Caves by the Example of Talus & Gorge Glaciers in New England
November 14: John Kelley, Hurricane Irene (2011): Lessons for Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation
August 3rd, 2012 by June
Dr. Joseph N. Boyer Named Director of PSU's Center for the Environment
A marine scientist and professor is the new director of Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE). Dr. Joseph N. Boyer, a native of eastern Pennsylvania, comes to PSU from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, where he has served as faculty since 1995; he also was associate director of the Southeast Environmental Research Center at FIU from 2003 to 2009 and Director since 2009. He has over 25 years of experience in marine microbiology and ecosystem ecology spanning from Florida to Canada. Dr. Boyer believes that expanding the Center for the Environment’s expertise will ultimately better serve the public, the University, and the state.
“I believe the CFE has the potential to become a central player in the region and northeast U.S.” said Boyer. “The terrific relationship between University, community, and government is a testimony to prior leadership and should be further nurtured and developed.”
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July 23rd, 2012 by June
The 49th Annual Cooperator’s Meeting of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem was held on July 11-12, 2012 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Scientific presentations are a traditional part of the meeting and the following PSU and CFE researchers presented their research at the meeting:
- Scott Bailey: “Nuts and bolts of watersheds: Testing the concept of Representative Elementary Area”
- Denise Burchsted: “A valley-wide view of stream channel controls in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest”
- Mark Green: “An updated evapotranspiration trend for Watershed 1”
- Joe Molloy: “Analysis of snowpack losses due to sublimation at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest”
- Christopher Nealen: “The relative importance of watershed hydrology and forest harvest on the mobilization of aluminum in the White Mountain National Forest, NH”
- Michele Pruyn: “The spring fling: Sapflow during thaw-refreeze cycles”
- Erik Thatcher: “Measuring soil moisture potential: A methods comparison”
- Geoff Wilson: “Climate change and the ski industry: Conversations with stakeholders yields new ways to communicate our data”
July 11th, 2012 by June
July 19, 2012; 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley, NH
Join Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment post-doctoral scholar Denise Burchsted to learn all about beavers. Denise will introduce participants to these amazing rodents and discuss her research looking at the impacts of beaver ponds on stream habitats. The program will begin with an indoor session and then head outdoors to explore a local beaver pond. Bring bug spray and an extra layer of clothing and wear shoes that can get wet and/or muddy.
Fee: There is no charge to attend this program thanks to generous support from Plymouth State University. Transportation from the indoor session to the beaver pond will be provided.
Advance registration requested. To register contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at email@example.com or 603-236-3308.
Ages: This program is designed for adults and families with children ages 8+.
(Photo from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/beaver/)
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.
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.
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.