On Campus Event: Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change and local pressure (Nick Wolff, Nature Conservancy Climate Change Scientist, 11/20

Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change and local pressures
November 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Join Nick for dinner before the talk in the Hutchinson Room, Throne (5:30-7:00)

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under pressure from a suite of stressors including cyclones, crown-of-thorns starfish, nutrients from river runoff and warming events that drive mass coral bleaching. Two key questions are: how vulnerable will the GBR be to future environmental scenarios, and to what extent can local management actions lower vulnerability in the face of climate change?  Nick Wolff will present new research that addresses these questions and discuss the implications for the GBR’s future.

In addition, he will present research examining the inequities that are likely to arise from climate change impacts on coral reef nations. Few countries are projected to experience coral reef impacts commensurate with their emissions. Of course, no coral reef ‘wins’ under climate change and ocean acidification, but some countries will likely experience relatively weak impacts of GHG emissions relative to emissions while most countries are relative losers. Not surprisingly, the greatest inequity will occur on the reefs of the world’s poorer nations.

Nick Wolff is a Climate Change Scientist with The Nature Conservancy where he applies climate change data to support decisions and strategy development across the Conservancy’s programs. His areas of expertise include spatial and climate modelling, data analysis, and the visualization, management and dissemination of data.

Figure 1. Photos from the GBR before, during and after the 2016 mass bleaching event

Trained in biological oceanography, Nick’s Ph.D. is based on integrating large-scale data sets with climate projections and ecological models to look at the relative benefits of different local management efforts for the Great Barrier Reef.

Nick has 30 publications on topics such as climate change vulnerability, climate change inequity, climate change adaptation, coral reef resilience, conservation planning, connectivity, ecosystem services, biodiversity, tropical cyclones and oceanography.

Nick is a dual American and Australian citizen and loves exploring and photographing the diverse landscapes in both countries


Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: : Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities (15-20 hours total)

Volunteer Opportunity: Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities

The Nature Conservancy in Maine is seeking a volunteer for a data-entry project that will help discern how to best take climate action at the local level in Maine. The Conservancy recently conducted a survey of municipal officials about local needs regarding energy efficiency and clean energy, and data from 120 paper surveys need to be entered into an Excel spreadsheet for later analysis and summary. The project will require approximately 12-15 hours to complete and can be spread out over multiple weeks, depending on start date. The volunteer will report to Rob Wood, Policy Associate for the Nature Conservancy in Maine.

This opportunity would be a good fit for someone with attention to detail, a working comfort with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and an interest in climate policy and action. The work can be carried out either remotely or at The Nature Conservancy’s office in Fort Andross.

For more information, please email Rob Wood at robert.wood@tnc.org and Richard Joyce (volunteer coordinator) at richard.joyce@tnc.org.

Off Campus: Preparing for Sea Level Rise (Fri, Dec 8 1:00-2:30 Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

Preparing for Sea Level Rise
Friday, December 8| 1:00PM – 2:30 PM | Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101

Our sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. Please note: the content of this program will remain the same for each of these events.

The space for this program is limited. If you would like to reserve a spot, please fill out the form below.

Questions? Please contact, Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at gayle@gmri.org or (207) 228-1647

Alumni Job Opportunity: Environmental Management Support at EPA (expected start date Nov 2017)

Environmental Management Support at EPA

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for an Environmental Management Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s facility in Washington DC. The selected candidate shall assist senior staff and managers in the NHSRC-D.C. office with the analytical and administrative duties required to support and maintain a robust research, technology development and stakeholder engagement program, including the administration, management, and communication of results and impacts resulting from the Center’s research and technology testing and evaluation programs.

  • Full-time, $22.13 per hour;
  • Must have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental policy, social science, environmental health or other closely- related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months;
  • Experience writing in plain language for non-technical audiences about science, environmental issues or public health concerns as evidenced by a writing sample;
  • Strong research and analytical skills; an ability to synthesize large volumes of technical data and information in easy to understand prose and formats;
  • Advanced skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook;
  • Strong leadership, organizational skills, and collaborative work skills, including demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments with competing deadlines; and
  • Proof-reading and editing skills.

For the full position description and to apply, visit our website: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3638

Questions? Email EPAjobs@orau.org. To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.

On Campus: “How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate” with author and Professor Andrew Hoffman (Thurs, Nov 30 6:30-7:30, Beam Classroom, VAC)

“How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate” with author Andrew Hoffman
Thursday, November 30 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. In this lecture, Andrew Hoffman will examine what he discusses in his book: What causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change? Hoffman makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.

Hoffman is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Copies of Dr. Hoffman’s book How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate will be on sale the evening of the event, and at the Bowdoin College Bookstore.

On Campus: Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health with Mark Pokras (Tues. Dec 5 4:30-5:30, Beam Classroom, VAC)

“Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health” with senior consulting veterinarian Mark Pokras

Tuesday, December 5| 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The links between animal health, human health, and the environment are undeniable. In this discussion, Mark Pokras will focus on how a long-term study of one species, the common loon (Gavia immer), is contributing to our knowledge of these links.

Iconic symbol of our northern lakes, we have learned a great deal about the basic biology of this long-lived species in the last few decades. A consortium of wildlife biologists, academic researchers, citizen scientists, veterinarians, and agency personnel have also found that this species can yield important insights on pollutants, emerging pathogens, climate change, and other threats.

Pokras is senior consulting veterinarian at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He earned his DVM from Tufts University, then continued on as a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine. Pokras later served as Director of the Wildlife Clinic at Tufts and was one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine. His professional interests include medicine and surgery in wildlife, aquatic birds, environmental health, and conservation biology. He has been researching mortality in loons since 1987 and is well-known for his work on lead poisoning in wildlife and public health.


Internship: Environmental Policy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

Environmental Policy Internships

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking applicants to work as interns to assist the organization on a broad range of environmental policy issues currently facing Maine and the nation. NRCM attempts to place interns year-round, and the internships may be less than full-time to accommodate academic schedules. Internships generally are unpaid positions. However, NRCM does have funding for 1-2 paid internships annually (see details below under “Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship”).

Internship Experience

NRCM provides interns with meaningful work and an excellent training experience. Interns will contribute to and learn from activities such as:

  • Policy Research for legislation dealing with water quality, renewable energy, climate mitigation, land conservation, and waste management;
  • Legislative Action (when the Legislature is in session) including attending legislative hearings, meeting lawmakers, watching policy debates, and mobilizing activists; and
  • Advocacy Strategy including attending internal NRCM policy meetings, coalition strategy sessions, and advocacy events.

Interns work under the supervision of NRCM’s Advocacy Director, who works to ensure that interns receive extensive opportunities to witness internal operations of NRCM and the environmental policy process.


Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills, a strong interest in environmental policy, and ability to work on multiple projects with varying deadlines. Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint preferred; GIS skills not required, but may be of use.

Application Process

Candidates may apply at any time. Resume and cover letter should be submitted to lhodgkins@nrcm.org.

Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship

NRCM provides a $1,000 stipend for 1-2 interns annually. Generally, this intern serves from early June to early August. Candidates who are interested in being considered for this internship, called the “Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship,” should apply as follows:

  • Applications Due:             March 2, 2018
  • NRCM Interviews:           March 12-23, 2018
  • Notification:                       March 30, 2018

Further Details

Candidates not selected for a paid internship may still be considered for an unpaid internship. Candidates interested in being considered for an internship should send a resume and cover letter to leisa@nrcm.org.

Internship: PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine- Part time Jan-June 2018

PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine
Part- time January-June 2018

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has a paid part-time internship from January to June. The position is flexible, averages about 5 hours per week, and the majority can be done remotely.

It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in the environment, environmental advocacy, communications, and/or education.


See the whole job posting and apply on eBear!


On Campus Event: Marine Ecologist Nichole Price, Thursday 11/16 4-5:15 (Druck 20)

Nichole Price

Senior Research Scientist, and Seafood Security Center for Venture Research (CVR) Director, Benthic Marine Ecologist
Bigelow Laboratory, Colby College
Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4:00-5:15, in Druck 20

Nichole is interested in how global change phenomena, like ocean acidification and warming, can alter bottom-dwelling species interactions, community dynamics, and ecosystem function in shallow coastal regimes. Her work focuses primarily on the eco-physiology of seaweeds and their current and future role in dissolved inorganic carbon cycling. She is interested in how the balance of primary production/respiration and calcification/dissolution create natural diel variation in carbonate chemistry and perpetuate biological feedbacks. She has focused on these topics primarily on tropical coral reefs, but have recently expanded work to include temperate systems. She utilizes state-of-the-art analytical tools including novel autonomous instrument packages and custom experimental aquaria and extrapolate results to regional and global scales using statistical modelling.

Dr. Price has a B.A, Biology and Math from Connecticut College, M.S, Applied Statistics and Probability from the Univ, California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and marine Biology, UCSB