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Director of Programs Position, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

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Position Announcement: 

Director of Programs Position, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

 

Schoodic Institute is excited to announce a great employment opportunity - a potential dream job for a scientist to live and work on the Schoodic Peninsula on the coast of Maine.  Our Director of Programs will help lead Schoodic Institute into Acadia National Park's second century.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages. Schoodic Institute helps the National Park Service achieve the original vision for Acadia as a destination for science and inspiration. Through innovative programs and partnerships, the nonprofit Institute is a national and community catalyst and center for research and learning.

The Institute enriches the experiences of residents and visitors to the Acadia region. Building understanding and appreciation for the complexity of the natural world leads to stronger connections to nature and the environment we share. Engaging the public in science is rapidly advancing research and offers hope as we address complex challenges in a changing environment.

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership and direction for the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park program team. Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and coordinate the activities of research and education staff. The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key member of the management team.

 

For a complete position description, and how to apply:  http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/about/employment-opportunities/director-programs-schoodic-institute-acadia-national-park/

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2016 Maricopa Master Gardener Presentation

This 3 hour presentation covered phenology as it relates to climate change, and how to be involved in research, via Nature’s Notebook, to help ecologists and land managers better understand how species are responding to climate change. This is an introductory presenation to acclimate participants to the concept of phenology monitoring and how keeping records of their own can be used for personal, societal, and scientific understanding of the phenology of plants and animals.

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Wed, 05/11/2016
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Explore new phenology maps on the USA-NPN Visualization Tool

You can now explore the USA-NPN's maps of accumulated temperature and start of spring in the Phenology Visualization Tool.

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05/09/2016

Postdoctoral research position at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

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Pre-announcement for a 3-year funded postdoctoral research position in species’ adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change

An exciting research opportunity is opening at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University campus for a passionate postdoctoral researcher interested in patterns of species vulnerability and resilience to contemporary climate change, as they relate to adaptive capacity. Adaptive capacity (AC) has been described as one of three main elements that influence vulnerability to climate change, in addition to exposure and sensitivity. Primary components of AC include dispersal and colonization abilities, evolutionary capacity, and phenotypic plasticity. Because AC is poorly understood, it has often been excluded from climate change vulnerability assessments, and natural resource managers are hindered in their ability to consider AC in various analyses and conservation planning activities and decisions. The successful applicant will draw from diverse literatures (e.g., genetics, ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology), and from interactions with state and federal resource managers, other conservation practitioners, university and agency researchers, and NGO scientists to identify knowledge, management needs, and scientific gaps with regards to adaptive capacity. Well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to collaborate with agency scientists, resource managers, and university researchers from across the nation and world are required for success in this exceptional opportunity. The researcher will lead the organization, progress, and completion of several peer-reviewed publications, and be centrally involved in organizing two workshops and using input from numerous resource managers and researchers to develop a framework that will help natural resource managers and other conservation practitioners assess the likely AC of species within a local or regional biota in response to ongoing and projected climate change.

 

The successful candidate will be hired as a GS-11 Biologist after a nation-wide announcement on USAJOBS, and will be eligible for a benefits package. More information on benefits for USGS employees can be found at: http://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/ 

 

At their earliest convenience (ideally before 29 May 2016), highly qualified and interested individuals should contact Dr. Erik A. Beever (EBeever@usgs.gov; +1-406-994-7670) and send your CV and a ~1-page statement of interest that outlines pertinent experience, general qualifications, and your graduate degrees and topics. Do not include your social security # or phone # in these documents. Previous experience with ecological or species’ responses to contemporary climate change, disturbance ecology, and species endangerment, as well as evidence of initiative, innovation, leadership, and sustained productivity in publications are important skillsets for this opportunity. General information on the project is available at https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norock/science/adaptive-capacity-linchpin-understanding-and-addressing-species-vulnerability (on the “Science” tab), and information on the researcher in whose lab the position will be physically located is at https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/dr-erik-beever . His publication list is at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0UJu_pcAAAAJ&hl=en .

Information about the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center can be found at https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norock and about its research staff at https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norock/connect .

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USA-NPN'S NATURE'S NOTEBOOK FEATURED AS A USGS TOP STORY

The US Geological Survey is celebrating National Citizen Science Day by recognizing the opportunities for everyday citizens to participate in efforts across the country. The USGS's Top Story recognizes USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal phenology program as a way to celebrate citizen science and get outside this spring. 

Date: 
04/15/2016

THE USA-NPN 2015 ANNUAL REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE

Find out how we advanced science, informed decisions, and communicated and connected with the Network last year. In 2015, our observers submitted 1.7 records to the National Phenology Database, an 8% increase in records over 2014. We also saw growth in the number of active participants and Local Phenology Projects.  Read the report.

Date: 
03/31/2016

Ecological Society of America - 2016 Life Discovery Conference

Looking for ways to integrate life, earth, and space sciences with simple outdoor activities and technology? Phenology observation through the Nature’s Notebook professional and citizen science program is the answer!

Date: 
Fri, 03/18/2016
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Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Nature's Notebook Train-the-trainer Workshop

This workshop was presented to a group of education coordinators and science staff located near Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Pt., MS. Participants enjoyed 16 hours of workshop content and learned how to become Local Phenology Leaders and Trainers for volunteers in their region. The workshop consisted of, almost entirely, hands-on activities and only about 30 minutes of PowerPoint Presentations. Participants will soon be establishing a regional Phenology Trail based upon what they learned.

Date: 
Fri, 02/26/2016
Number of Participants: 
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Call for Proposals: Phenology 2018 Conference

The International Society of Biometeorology Phenology Commission (ISB-PC) invites proposals from ISB members to host the next International Phenology Conference (Phenology 2018), which is scheduled to be held in the time period of 9 September-18 November in 2018. This is a major international meeting, and will be the fourth in a series (started in 2010), which attracts 100-150 scientists from around the world.

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02/26/2016

Informing intensity monitoring

Katie Jones, Ecologist at NEON, analyzed all USA-NPN intensity data (January 2012-June 2015), for concordance among observers looking at the same plant on the same day, in order to determine phenophase-specific quality control thresholds for NEON technicians' concordance in applying the same protocols. She tallied concordance for all observers together, as well as separated by skill level. Code and results available upon request.

Watch spring unfold across the US with new gridded maps from USA-NPN

Has spring arrived where you live? Our new maps using the Extended Spring Index models show spring is happening early on the Pacific Northwest coast and late in parts of the Southeast and Southwest. Watch spring unfold across the country

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02/19/2016

Citizen Science and Engagement: Using Nature's Notebook as an education engagement strategy

This talk was given as a guest lecture in blended learning course at Brandeis University taught by Colleen Hitchcock. It defines phenology, record keeping and citizen science as well as the USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook program. It also includes information on engaging students and volunteers in citizen science and Nature's Notebook and provides examples of how to establish a Nature's Notebook program in formal, informal and non-formal learning environments. 

Date: 
Thu, 02/11/2016
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An Introduction to Citizen Science

This is a short general overview of citizen science - its history and prevelance in modern peer-reviewed literature, and the value of citizen science to research.

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Tue, 02/09/2016
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Natural resource applications of the phenology data and information housed in the National Phenology Database

This presentation was given at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Widlife Society and American Fisheries Society chapters of Arizona and New Mexico. The presentation focuses on the natural resource applications of the phenology data and data products housed in the National Phenology Database

Date: 
Sat, 02/06/2016
Number of Participants: 
20
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You can now order USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook t-shirts and other products

Want to show your USA-NPN pride? You can now order products embroidered with the USA-NPN or Nature's Notebook logo, including T-shirts, Dress Shirts, Denim Shirts, Fleece Vests, Caps, Tote Bags and more. Orders may be placed through A Touch of Pride Custom Embroidery

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02/02/2016

Nature's Notebook in the Classroom and Field

This workshop was presented at the National Science Teachers Association - Regional Conference, Philadelphia. 

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Sat, 11/14/2015
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New NEON video on phenology observations from leaf to globe

new video from NEON Education explains how on-the-ground observations of leaf phenology, camera images and satellite data are integrated to understand phenology across the globe. USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program is highlighted for its on-the-ground observations of plant phenology at sites across the country. 

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01/15/2016

NCTC Moving Friends Forward Training

This introductory session provided an overview of citizen science, including what defines a citizen scientist, the benefits of citizen science to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and volunteer participants, and the usefulness of data collected by citizen scientists. Participants learned about programs that are currently being used, with a focus on the USA Nature Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook plant and animal phenology observation program as a case study.
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Fri, 01/22/2016
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Indigenous Phenology Working Group Nature's Notebook Presentation

This presentation included a discussion of engaging volunteers in tracking seasonal & long term environmental change using Nature's Notebook. It was a general overview of the program and how networks have formed across the US in response to research or management questions, historical records of interest, and community engagement.  

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Tue, 01/05/2016
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10
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Record high December temperatures result in unusual phenology

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook talks about the disparity between a cold West and warm East this month, and what impact this weather has had on plants and animals across the country. Listen to the story.

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12/17/2015

Nature's Notebook: Engaging volunteers in tracking seasonal & long-term environmental change

This one-hour talk was delivered to participants in the National Park Service, National Capital Region - Center for Urban Ecology as part of their monthly "Science Forum". It focuses on how to engage volunteers in long-term phenology monitoring through creating meaningful, sustainable, well-planned and timed programs. 

Date: 
Wed, 12/02/2015
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15
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Nature's exquisite timing: Using Nature's Notebook to track seasonal and long-term environmental change

 Some call it "nature's calendar" --phenology. On November 18, LoriAnne Barnett from the USA National Phenology Network (www.usanpn.org) presented to FODM and friends on phenology, nature's timing. "The study of recurring life cycle events in plants and animals is called phenology," says theNetwork. Some examples:

■  Warblers migrate through an area or raise their young when caterpillars emerge and become a major food source.

Date: 
Wed, 11/18/2015
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Researchers develop new method to evaluate citizen science data

Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have described a new workflow to identify inconsistencies in data collected by volunteers. The method, published in PLoS ONE, will increase the usability of these data. 

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University of Twente
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11/16/2015

Garlic Mustard

Appalachian Trail Conservancy is using Nature's Notebook data to estimate when garlic mustard will begin to grow in the spring, to target control effots.

Birds Eating Stuff (BESt)

[Placeholder] Ash berries, birds and insect monitoring

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