The National Science Foundation recently awarded NW CSC University of Washington 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. His work will develop new ways of monitoring biodiversity and help explain how geographic distributions and species responses affect climate vulnerability in plants.
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 NW CSC. Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society, and has experience collaborating with tribal, local, state, and federal agencies, private business, and academic institutions. 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.
Northwest Climate Science Center University of Washington Graduate Fellow, Diana Gergel, is lead author on a new paper in Climatic Change. In it she and her co-authors evaluated the implications of ten twenty-first century climate scenarios for snow, soil moisture, and fuel moisture across the conterminous western U.S. using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrology model. They projected declines in mountain snowpack, advances in the timing of spring melt, reductions in snow season and in summer soil moisture and increases in fire potential. More information and a link to the full article are available here.