Climate Science Briefs

 

We are developing a series of 'briefs' on the biological impacts of climate change in New England.  These are written at a nontechnical level, for use in many settings.  Eventually, there will be briefs on several different groups (birds, reptiles and amphibians ("herps"), plants, insects, marine organisms).  Each series starts with a general overview of climate change for that group, then there will be briefs on range shifts, phenology, and other ways organisms respond.  Each series ends with suggestions for opportunities to participate in related citizen science programs in New England. Go to our Species Impact List to see the growing list of species for which climate responses have been documented to date.

We want these briefs to be used widely. If you want to customize some of these for use in your educational activities, please  contact us.  If you have suggestions for improvement or new topics,  contact us .  And if you make use of them, we'd  love to hear!

 
American Lobster: This brief contains an examination of the American lobster and the ways climate change is affecting the species. 
The American Lobster.pdf 
Frosted Elfin: This brief contains an examination of the Frosted Elfin and the ways climate change is affecting the species.
Frosted Elfin.pdf
High-bush blueberry: This brief contains an examination of the high-bush blueberry, and the ways climate change is affecting the species. 
High-bush blueberry.pdf


Moose: This brief contains an examination of the moose, and the ways climate change is affecting the species. 
Moose.pdf


Science Brief: This brief contains an overview of how New England's ecosystems are reacting to climate change, and how they are expected to react in the future. 
Science Brief.pdf
Changes Beneath the Surface: This brief contains an overview of how climate change is affecting trees, and how the changes that we are seeing may indicate other changes that are not so easy to detect. 
Changes beneath the surface.pdf 
Plant Range Shifts: This brief covers the phenomenon of range shifts in plant species, how and why the happen, and what the implications are.
Plant range shift.pdf 
Plant Phenology: This brief covers the subject of seasonal life cycle stages (phenology) in plants in New England, and how they pertain to the warming of the global climate. 
Plant Phenology.pdf
Herptile Overview Brief: This brief contains a basic overview of reptiles and amphibians (or "herptiles") in New England, and the issues they face as the climate changes: 
Herptile Overview Brief.pdf
Herptile Range Shift Brief: This brief covers range shifts in reptiles and amphibians, how and why they happen, and what the implications are. 
Herptile range shift brief.pdf 
Coming soon!
Insect Range Shifts: This brief covers the phenomenon of range shifts in insect species, how and why they happen, and what the implications are.
Insect range shift.pdf