Upcoming Events

Early Career Researcher Professional Development Training Applications Due

Apr. 9, 2018

Please note that the deadline to apply for this opportunity has been extended to Monday, April 9 at 5 PM CT.

We are pleased to announce our third Early Career Researcher Professional Development Training designed for graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers (i.e., graduated within the last five years) from any discipline conducting climate-related research with relevance to the south-central U.S. (i.e., New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Texas/Louisiana coast).

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This immersive five-day training will include a series of lectures, team activities, and field trips exploring Louisiana’s water and climate challenges. Participants will have the unique opportunity to converse with scientists, communicators, stakeholders, and decision-makers dealing with ‘on the ground’ environmental and climate impacts. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate their research, develop multi-disciplinary research proposals, engage in actionable science, and build teams.

Our 2014 and 2016 received very positive feedback from participants: “The quantity and quality of the speakers was mind-blowing and personally a career altering experience. I can’t wait to collaborate with several of the individuals I’ve met…. I would highly recommend this to others who incorporate any aspect of climate into their research.”

View Full Eligibility Requirements and Application Form

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be graduate students, postdocs, or early-career professionals (i.e., graduated within the last five years), who have or are conducting research associated with the south-central U.S. (i.e., New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Texas/Louisiana coast). Applicants must be at least 18-years of age and have a valid social security number.

Commitment to Diversity: The South Central Climate Science Center is committed to encouraging diversity in the sciences. We highly value and seek the contributions of minorities and women. Please encourage your students and early-career researchers to pursue this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@southcentralclimate.org.

Hear from previous participants about the experience.


Webinar: Potential Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Submersed Aquatic Vegetation and Wintering Waterfowl

Apr. 18, 2018

Call-In Information
Teleconference: 703-648-4848
code: 59928229#

GS Talk (Video conferencing software)
Meeting ID: 59928229
Meeting link: https://gstalk.usgs.gov/59928229

Everyone is welcome to attend this webinar, part of our bi-monthly partners call series, to get the latest updates on South Central CSC science and events. During this call, Dr. Megan La Peyre will discuss her CSC-supported investigations into the potential impact of sea level rise on food resources critical for wintering waterfowl.

Date & Time: April 18, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 AM CT

Presenter: Megan La Peyre (U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit)

Research Summary: Submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) communities provide significant ecological benefits to coastal areas, including essential calories for wintering waterfowl. However, the potential effects of sea-level rise is posing new questions about the future availability of SAV for waterfowl and other coastal wildlife. Rising seas have the potential to increase salinities in fresh and brackish marshes on the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, changing the distribution and composition of SAV communities, and affecting valuable waterfowl habitat and food resources. Not enough is known about the relationship between salinity and SAV to predict how this important food resource will respond to higher salinity levels, creating difficulties for waterfowl conservation planning.

This project identified the relationship between SAV, salinity, and other environmental variables as a first step in understanding how sea-level rise might affect food availability for waterfowl. The study examined coastal marshes of the northern Gulf of Mexico from Mobile Bay, AL, to the Nueces River, TX. Researchers found that water depth and salinity were the primary factors in determining the amount of SAV resources in a particular marsh. Surprisingly, researchers also found that brackish marsh tended to produce quantities of SAV waterfowl food resources similar to those in fresh marsh environments. The study also found some evidence that saline marshes contain less waterfowl food resources than brackish, intermediate, and fresh marshes.


Future Events

Managing for a Changing Climate Fall Course Available Online

Aug. 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce the release of an updated version of our popular Managing for a Changing Climate online course, available for free on August 21st at janux.ou.edu.

Register here!

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This course was originally launched in 2016. The updated version will include new videos and supplemental materials developed with student feedback. The course is free and available worldwide for anyone with an internet connection through the Janux platform.

Most resource managers need to take climate impacts into account when making decisions during the course of their career, whether their work protects native species populations, reduces the impact of extreme storms on infrastructure, or improves water quality in a watershed. This course provides students with an understanding of the climate system, how it is changing, and what that means for various natural and cultural resources. This information is valuable for students, management professionals, and researchers alike.

Material for this course was developed in partnership with NextThought LLC, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The course is also offered as a 3-credit upper division undergraduate course in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma.