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NW CSC Welcomes Chas Jones as Tribal Liaison

We are thrilled to announce that Chas Jones will soon join the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) to become the first official Tribal Liaison to the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC). Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S. He has also worked collaboratively with tribal, local, state, and federal agencies, private business, and academic institutions in the southwestern U.S. to develop river and riparian restoration plans that benefit endangered species. As Tribal Liaison to the NW CSC, Dr. Jones will serve a key role in the delivery of climate change-related services to the tribal community in the Northwest, consistent with the objectives of the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy. Please join us in welcoming Chas.

 

Congratulations to Ian Breckheimer!

The National Science Foundation recently awarded NW CSC Graduate Fellow Ian Breckheimer a postdoctoral fellowship to support his research with Andrew Richardson at Harvard University. He'll start his new position on November 1st, combining information about plants from digital collections, volunteer citizen-scientists, and cutting-edge computer algorithms with environmental information from satellites and weather stations to study how climate impacts reproductive timing in mountain wildflowers. Breckheimer's work will develop new ways of monitoring biodiversity and help explain how geographic distributions and species responses affect climate vulnerability in plants.

Ultimately, Breckheimer's work will improve our ability to forecast the economic and ecological impacts of climate change and other environmental change. 

Currently Breckheimer is currently a graduate student in the University of Washington's Department of Biology. For his dissertation, Ian used experiments and long-term observations to tease apart which locations in the Mount Rainier National Park are the most sensitive and most resilient to climate change impacts.

 

Forest Effects on Snow in the Pacific Northwest

Across the Northwest, melt-off from mountain snowpack is an important source of summer water, supporting irrigation, native fish and hydropower. A new paper in the journal Hydrological Processesexamines how alpine forest cover influences snowpack, providing insights that will help managers protect regional sources of summer water. The study was funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center and was undertaken as a collaborative effort between researchers at University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Seattle Public Utilities. Susan Dickerson-Lange, lead author on the paper will present the results at the 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference next month.

 

New paper about carbon cycling in Pacific coastal wetlands

A group of scientists led by Karen Thorne of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center and funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center recently published a paper from their study of coastal wetlands in the journal Ecosystems. The paper describes the results of their experiments across a
 latitudinal and climate gradient of tidal marshes in the Northeast Pacific to evaluate how climate change may affect the ability of coastal wetlands to cycle and sequester carbon. Results could help land managers build climate resilience into coastal wetlands. For more information contact Christopher Janousek at janousec@oregonstate.edu.