Nov ’16
4:00 pm

Wednesday November, 9 at 4 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 001.

"The 25-year Anniversary of the Perfect Storm"

Dr. Jason Cordeira, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry, and Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University. The “Perfect Storm” of late October and early November 1991 over the northwest Atlantic Ocean was one of a trio of high-impact cyclones over the Northern Hemisphere that produced hurricane-force winds, 100-foot waves offshore, coastal flooding responsible for $200 million (1991 US dollars) in damage along the East Coast of the US, loss of life, and heavy (>50 cm) snow and ice over the Midwest U.S. The purpose of this talk is twofold: (1) present the key meteorological ingredients that led to these high-impact cyclones, including Arctic, mid-latitude, and tropical precursors that spanned the globe; and (2) overview the key impacts of the “Perfect Storm” to New England. Jason became interested in meteorology after Hurricane Bob and The Perfect Storm impacted southern New England during autumn 1991. He has a BS in Meteorology from Plymouth State University, a MS in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany/SUNY, and a PhD in Atmospheric Science, University at Albany/SUNY. Jason completed a post-doc in 2012 at NOAA in Boulder, CO on topics in hydrometeorology. He has also worked as research meteorologist for a weather software company on topics in intraseasonal weather forecasting. In 2013, Jason became an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry at Plymouth State University where he is also an affiliate of the Center for the Environment.

Free for anyone who would like to attend.

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Oct ’16
4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 26 at 4 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Environmental Science Colloquium with Dr. Lisa Doner, Environmental Science and Policy Department and Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University.

As resident scientists for most news stations and news programs, broadcast meteorologists both interpret and explain a broad spectrum of science stories, but rarely any related to climate change. Our study investigated possible reasons for this reticence, including: 1) a survey of climate literacy in students enrolled in 11, four-year, U.S. undergraduate meteorology degree programs; 2) a review of course offerings at 80 U.S. universities that offer undergraduate degrees in meteorology or a closely-related field; and 3) an assessment of climate change content in popular introductory textbooks. The study found significant deficiencies in core climate literacy, including topics highly applicable to atmospheric science fields, such as aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, the hydrologic cycle, and predictive modeling. Although 89% of the surveyed academic programs offer classes on climate, only 75% require them, and less than 15% of these are specific to climate change. Just 5% of these programs require coursework in geography, geology, or other disciplines that offer climate science content. In addition, while seven of eight introductory meteorology textbooks include a chapter on climate change, in every instance these chapters are at the end of the textbook and commonly fail to integrate climate change with coverage of other atmospheric science topics. Improved training in climate science might empower broadcast meteorologists, in particular, to be more engaged in climate change communication to the public.

Lisa Doner holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees in geological sciences, as well as a BS in Ecology. All her research has focused on aspects of climate change and the environment. The work being presented here is the result of a three-year effort in collaboration with Bentley University and PSU's meteorology faculty to understand the factors that influence climate change communication by meteorologists.

Sep ’16
4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 28, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 001

The Center for the Environment invites the campus community to attend an Environmental Science Colloquium: "Uncertainties in Detecting Decadal Change in Soil Carbon and Extractable Elements in Northern Forests," presented by Olivia Bartlett, Department of Social Science, Plymouth State University & PhD candidate, Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences, University of New Hampshire.

Northern Forest ecosystems have been or are being impacted by land use change, forest harvesting, acid deposition, atmospheric CO2 enrichment, and climate change. Each of these has the potential to modify soil forming processes, and the resulting chemical stocks. Horizontal and vertical variations in concentrations complicate determination of temporal change. This study evaluates sample design, sample size, and differences among observers as sources of uncertainty when quantifying soil temporal change over regional scales. Forty permanent monitoring plots were established on the White Mountain National Forest in central New Hampshire and western Maine. Soil pits were characterized and sampled by genetic horizon at plot center in 2001 and resampled again in 2014 two-meters on contour from the original sampling location. Laboratory analyses for both sampling years included pH in 0.01 M CaCl2 solution and extractable Ca, Mg, Na, K, Al, Mn, and P in 1 M NH4OAc solution buffered at pH 4.8. The results from this study suggest that resampling efforts within a site, repeated across a region, to quantify elemental change by genetic horizon is an appropriate method of detecting soil temporal change in this region. Sample size and design considerations from this project will have direct implications in determining the number of sites and methods of sampling for designing future monitoring programs to characterize change in soil elements.

Mar ’16
4:00 pm

Spring 2016 Environmental Science Colloquium

With some of the longest climate records in the Northeast the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and partners have been examining how climate is changing at upper elevations in the Northern Appalachians. While most locations have positive seasonal temperature trends, elevation-dependent difference have been observed. This, in combination with AMC’s more recent mountain plant phenology observations, provides insight into the physical and biological changes happening in New Hampshire’s mountains in response to human-driven climate change.

Please join us for the Spring 2016 Environmental Science Colloquium. The Colloquium series is for students, faculty, and the public. All are invited to come hear the latest on environmental research and topics of interest to our region.

  • Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001
  • Speaker: Georgia Murray, staff scientist at the Appalachian Mountain Club

Mar ’16
4:00 pm

An unprecedented 22.43 inches of rain was recorded at Pinkham Notch, NH, on 14 days in mid-March 1936. The rain combined to release more than 30 inches of rainfall and melted snow into frozen catchments and ice-laden rivers.

This investigation uses the 20th Century Reanalysis dataset and higher-resolution Weather Research and Forecasting model data in order to recreate the meteorological conditions that led to this record rainfall and historic flooding.

  • March 9, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Hall, 001
  • Presented by CFE Environmental Science Colloquium
  • Speaker: Jason Cordeira '05, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Jan ’16
4:00 pm

Environmental Security in West Africa: Engagement on Sustainable Forestry and Landscape Collaboration

Environmental Security is defined as a process whereby solutions to environmental problems contribute to national security objectives. Cooperation among nations and regions to solve environmental problems can help advance the goals of political stability, economic development, and peace. Participants from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and Niger marked the beginning of a strategic partnership between West African countries and the US to strengthen environmental security in the region.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001
  • Presenter: Clare R. Mendelsohn, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the White Mountains National Forest
  • Presented by the Center for the Environment

Dec ’15
4:00 pm

Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Abundance and Diversity in a Headwaters Stream in Coos County
Presented by Brigid O’Donnell, PSU Department of Biological Sciences

This study is an ongoing investigation of the spatial and temporal variation in macroinvertebrates across Johnson Brook in Nash Stream Forest (Coos County, NH). The aim of this work is to document shifts in macroinvertebrate communities over heterogeneous habitats along the length of this headwaters stream and following habitat manipulation to create Brook trout habitat.

  • Today, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Oct ’15
4:00 pm

Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Disturbance

New Hampshire’s forests have a rich history of harvesting for timber, fuel, agriculture, and suburbanization. This talk will look back at the hydrologic evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries to understand how large-scale forest harvesting likely impacted the hydrology of New Hampshire’s watersheds. A major focus of the talk will be on the resilience of the forests to maintain hydrologic function. Such information is vital to making sound decisions about our water resources in the future.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd 001
  • Presented by Mark Green, CFE/ESP and USFS

Sep ’14
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 4 p.m - 5 p.m.
Boyd Hall, Room 144

Mr. Charles Bayless, prior President and Provost, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and retired Utility Executive presents:

"Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, our greatest challenge"

Mr. Bayless 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.

Sponsored by the Center for the Environment

Oct ’13
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001

"STEM in New Hampshire: A Labor Supply-Demand Analysis"

Presenter: Katrina Evans
Assistant Director of the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, New Hampshire Employment Security

There has been heightened interest, both in New Hampshire and nationally, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM. Businesses are concerned that their demand for qualified workers in STEM occupations might be unmet by those completing programs at the state’s educational institutions. At the same time, students in STEM-related programs are concerned about obtaining employment after graduation. Is demand driven by an abundant supply of labor with STEM skills or are individuals pursuing STEM careers because demand is growing? STEM in New Hampshire is an effort to inform this labor market discussion.

Katrina Evans is the Assistant Director of the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security. She has been with the Bureau for 17 years, serving primarily as the Workforce Information Database administrator and coordinator of One-Stop Labor Market Information activities. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of career and labor market information.

Sponsored by the Center for the Environment