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January 2024 Newsletter

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Applications for the 2024-25 cohort of Global Change Research Fellows have opened and are due Feb 15.

Research Affiliate applications are now open for faculty and staff at SE CASC Consortium institutions. Research Affiliates are now also able to submit their Consortium Project Research Ideas by Feb 21.

We have published our 2022-2023 Activity Report; Take a look at all of the applied work from the last year of Cycle 2. 

SE CASC is co-sponsoring the inaugural International Invasive Species and Climate Change Conference (IISCCC). The conference is virtual, free, and Jan 30-31. Info and register.

Our Spring 2024 Science Seminar line up is live! Join us for monthly talks that highlight the useful and used science supported by the Center. See the full schedule.

Join us for our next seminar, A Vivid CAnVAS: Visualizing Climate Projections for Status Species Assessments, with Corey Davis and Haven Cashwell, Feb 15 at 1PM ET. Register here.

ORISE postdoc, Alex Loomis tells us what the SE states are going to do with 1800 rare plants and about how he almost lost an intern in the SE CASC podcast!

Learn more about current Global Change Research Fellow, Julianna Duran-Jolley’s research on environmental justice in her researcher spotlight.

2020-21 Global Change Fellow Tira Beckham’s research is featured in the American Scientist. Read “Learning from Rural Disaster Recovery.” 

Erin Seekamp and 2020-21 Global Change Fellow Courtney Hotchkiss have published Uncovering Implicit Western Science and Indigenous Values Embedded in Climate Change and Cultural Resource Adaptation Policy and Guidance.

Research by Robert Scheller and former Global Change Fellows, Kate Jones and Tina Mozelewski, is featured in Climate Change May Make Wildfires Larger, More Common in the Southern Appalachian Region.

In case you missed it, watch the recording of January’s joint SE CASC and SECAS science seminar, “Southeastern Plants Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need.”

Conservation Corridor: Forest edges and climate shift plant phenology

Southeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change: Seminar, What can invasive lizards tell us about ecology and evolution?

Project Spotlight

Science to Inform the Management of Mangrove Ecosystems Undergoing Sea Level Rise at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Researchers led by Ken Krauss (USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center) are forecasting future impacts to mangrove wetlands in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Mangroves are a globally significant feature of coastlines that provide important ecosystem services. Researchers are tracking surface elevation change, responses to sea level rise, and impacts of nutrient loading. This project will help DOI resource managers with future changes and assess how management activities might alter the vulnerability of mangrove wetlands to a wide range of environmental changes. Learn more.

Resources

Climate Change in the American Mind: Beliefs & Attitudes, Fall 2023. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communications has released new data in their latest report. Learn more.

Climate matching with the climatchR R package. This project makes climate matching methods automated, and more accessible for researchers. Learn more. 

Southeastern Plants: Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Published by the Southeastern Plant Conservation Alliance. Learn more. Note that this important volume is dedicated to conservation leader Jon Ambrose, GA DNR, who recently passed. Learn more. 

Longleaf Pine Sustainability Analysis. Developed by Florida Natural Areas Inventory and others to prioritize areas on the landscape for implementation of restoration and conservation actions. Learn more.

In the Media

People are leaving some neighborhoods because of floods, a new study finds | NPR
A US pine species thrives when burnt. Southerners are rekindling a ‘fire culture’ to boost its range | AP
‘Ghost forests’ creep across NC coast at alarming rate. Researchers try to stop them. | Carolina Public Press
Maps Strengthen Collaboration Between Tribes and Federal Agencies | Eos
Covering climate change through a solutions and data lens | IJNet
How 3 Indigenous Women are Leading the Way on Climate Change | High Country News

Notable Publications

Uncovering Implicit Western Science and Indigenous Values Embedded in Climate Change and Cultural Resource Adaptation Policy and Guidance. The History Environment: Policy and Practice.

Soundscapes and deep learning enable tracking biodiversity recovery in tropical forests. Nature.

Increasing Large Wildfire in the Eastern United States. Geophysical Research Letters.

Integrating climate change induced flood risk into future population projections. Nature Communications.

The perceived ecological and human well-being benefits of ecosystem restoration. People and Nature.

Tribal News

Visit USET Climate Change Headlines for updates on information regarding climate science events, funding opportunities, best practices, and highlights from across the USET region.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Indigenous Climate Change Program is accepting applications for a paid 8-week summer internship working with Tribal organizations to address Indigenous environmental issues. Get more information and apply by Feb. 1.

The 2024 Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Annual National Conference call for abstracts is open. Abstracts are due March 1.

Regional Partner News

AFWA and Private Forest Owners Sign Agreement to Advance Collaborative Conservation of Wildlife on Private Working Forest Nationwide
NC Sea Grant: Seeking Partners for Community Engaged Internship Program
SECAS: Calling all grassland lovers and experts

Webinars

Jan 25 | 1PM ET | SE RISCC: What can invasive lizards tell us about ecology and evolution?
Jan 26 | 3PM ET | NCA5: Complex Systems & Compound Extreme Events 
Jan 26 | 3PM ET | Geospatial Forum with Dr. Justin Baker
Feb 7 | 7:30PM ET | Climate Monitoring in Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys
Feb 12 | 1PM ET | NCA5: Social Systems & Justice
Feb 15 | 11AM ET | Successfully Bridging the Gap: Eastern US Models of Fire Science and Management Collaboration
Feb 15 | 1PM ET | A Vivid Canvas: Visualizing Climate Projects for Status Species Assessments
Feb 15 | 2PM ET | NCA5 Webinar: Adaptation
Feb 20 | 1PM ET | Ecological Forestry in the Context of Climate Change

Upcoming Events

Jan 25, 4:30–5:45PM ET | (Y)Our Health in the Movies: Climate Change | NC State University

Feb 19, 11:30AM–1:30PM ET | NCWRA Forum: Assessing Stream Channel Instability | McKimmon Center

Feb 27, 2:00–4:00PM ET | Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Seminar: International Lessons on Managed Retreat | NC State University 

Opportunities

Student Announcements

SE CASC is accepting applications for our paid summer science communication internship for students who are currently enrolled at minority serving institutions. Learn more and apply by Jan 31.   

Applications for the Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship are due Jan 24. Learn more.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is accepting applications for their Indigenous Climate Change Program Summer 2024 Internship. Learn more and apply by Feb 1.

Woods Hole Partnership Education Program offers students a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. Learn more and apply by Feb 9.

For recent graduates, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management is recruiting candidates for the 2024 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program. Learn more and apply by Jan 26.

For recent graduates, NC STEM Policy Post-Graduate Fellowship applications are open. Deadline is March 8

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Hiring Announcements

NC CASC is hiring a USGS Participatory Science Research Assistant. Apply by Feb 11.

SC CASC is seeking a Climate Adaptation Specialist to synthesize climate adaptation research. Applications are due by Jan. 31.

NC Sea Grant, NC Space Grant, and NC Water Resources Research Institute are hiring a joint Communications Director.

NC State’s Department of Applied Ecology is hiring a Public Communication Specialist

Climate Central is hiring a Weather and Climate Engagement Specialist.

Funding Announcements

WRRI/NC Sea Grant is accepting applications for their Community Collaborative Research Grant. Apply by Jan 26.

APNEP is accepting applications for their Engagement & Stewardship Grants. Learn more and apply by Feb 15.

NASA NSPIRES is accepting applications for projects that focus on informing decisions that enhance community-level resilience to episodic and chronic climate stressors. NOI due Feb 23. 

Miscellaneous

Opportunity for Early Career Professionals to present at the 2024 Society of Decision Professionals Conference in Arlington Virginia April 15-19, 2024. Learn more.