Catskill Environmental Research & Monitoring (CERM) Conference (TEST)

The 2016 CERM conference will be held Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at Belleayre Ski Center, Highmount, NY.

The two-day CERM con­fer­ence is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for researchers, agency staff, and oth­ers work­ing on nat­ur­al resource and envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment issues in the Catskills to net­work and col­lab­o­rate.

Please help us dis­trib­ute the CERM fly­er!

Stream Assessment study

Stream Assess­ment study

Call for Abstracts

Researchers are invit­ed to sub­mit abstracts for oral or poster pre­sen­ta­tion.

The CERM orga­niz­ers wel­come pre­sen­ta­tions on research con­duct­ed in the Catskills or find­ings from oth­er areas that might trans­late to the Catskills. We encour­age pre­sen­ta­tions that review the state of knowl­edge in a par­tic­u­lar area of spe­cial­iza­tion, iden­ti­fy areas where research or mon­i­tor­ing is lack­ing, or dis­cuss new research meth­ods that could be applied to the Catskills.

Please email a state­ment of inter­est in pre­sent­ing with ten­ta­tive titles, and indi­cat­ing pref­er­ence for either a poster or a plat­form pre­sen­ta­tion before August 19, 2016 to Steven Pari­sio at: mailto:steve.parisio@dec.ny.gov.

When sub­mit­ting abstracts (300 word max­i­mum) for a poster or plat­form pre­sen­ta­tion (15 to 20 min­utes in length), include the fol­low­ing:

• Title

• Co-authors and affil­i­a­tions

• Prin­ci­pal con­tact address, phone num­ber and email

There is oppor­tu­ni­ty for select­ed papers to be includ­ed in con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings pub­lished in the New York State Muse­um Record, a peer-reviewed, open-access series pub­lished on an occa­sion­al basis by The Uni­ver­si­ty of the State of New York/The State Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment. Pre­sen­ters who would like to sub­mit a paper for pub­li­ca­tion should noti­fy us at the time the abstract is sub­mit­ted.

USGS electroshocking on the stream..

Elec­troshock­ing Study. Pho­to by Mark Loete.

About the Conference

The pur­pose of the CERM forum is to:

(1) High­light envi­ron­men­tal research and mon­i­tor­ing efforts relat­ing to the Catskill Moun­tains;

(2) Bring togeth­er a diverse inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers, stu­dents, resource man­agers and oth­ers inter­est­ed in the Catskills;

(3) Explore the impacts of cli­mate change, inva­sive species and oth­er envi­ron­men­tal stres­sors on water qual­i­ty, bio­di­ver­si­ty and ecosys­tem health; and

(4) Stim­u­late dis­cus­sion and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts that address data gaps and envi­ron­men­tal issues affect­ing the region.

Who Should Attend?

The con­fer­ence is intend­ed main­ly for researchers, stu­dents and resource man­agers work­ing and study­ing in the Catskills, but any­one who would like to con­tribute or learn more about the region is wel­come to attend.

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers:

Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program/Cornell Uni­ver­si­ty Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, Bard College/Center for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy, Catskill Insti­tute for the Envi­ron­ment, Unit­ed States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, New York State Ener­gy Research & Devel­op­ment Author­i­ty, New York State Muse­um, Ron­d­out-Nev­ersink Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram

Belleayre Mountain view from ski lift

View from Bel­leayre Moun­tain

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The 2016 CERM conference will be held Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at Belleayre Ski Center, Highmount, NY.

The two-day CERM con­fer­ence is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for researchers, agency staff, and oth­ers work­ing on nat­ur­al resource and envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment issues in the Catskills to net­work and col­lab­o­rate.

Please help us dis­trib­ute the CERM fly­er!

Call for Abstracts

Researchers are invit­ed to sub­mit abstracts for oral or poster pre­sen­ta­tion at the Catskill Envi­ron­men­tal Research & Mon­i­tor­ing (CERM) 2016 Con­fer­ence.

The CERM orga­niz­ers wel­come pre­sen­ta­tions on research con­duct­ed in the Catskills or find­ings from oth­er areas that might trans­late to the Catskills. We encour­age pre­sen­ta­tions that review the state of knowl­edge in a par­tic­u­lar area of spe­cial­iza­tion, iden­ti­fy areas where research or mon­i­tor­ing is lack­ing, or dis­cuss new research meth­ods that could be applied to the Catskills.

Please email a state­ment of inter­est in pre­sent­ing with ten­ta­tive titles, and indi­cat­ing pref­er­ence for either a poster or a plat­form pre­sen­ta­tion before August 19, 2016 to Steven Pari­sio at: mailto:steve.parisio@dec.ny.gov.

When sub­mit­ting abstracts (300 word max­i­mum) for a poster or plat­form pre­sen­ta­tion (15 to 20 min­utes in length), include the fol­low­ing:

- Title
— Co-authors and affil­i­a­tions
— Prin­ci­pal con­tact address, phone num­ber and email

There is oppor­tu­ni­ty for select­ed papers to be includ­ed in con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings pub­lished in the New York State Muse­um Record, a peer-reviewed, open-access series pub­lished on an occa­sion­al basis by The Uni­ver­si­ty of the State of New York/The State Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment. Pre­sen­ters who would like to sub­mit a paper for pub­li­ca­tion should noti­fy us at the time the abstract is sub­mit­ted.

The pur­pose of the CERM forum is to:

(1) High­light envi­ron­men­tal research and mon­i­tor­ing efforts relat­ing to the Catskill Moun­tains;

(2) Bring togeth­er a diverse inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers, stu­dents, resource man­agers and oth­ers inter­est­ed in the Catskills;

(3) Explore the impacts of cli­mate change, inva­sive species and oth­er envi­ron­men­tal stres­sors on water qual­i­ty, bio­di­ver­si­ty and ecosys­tem health; and

(4) Stim­u­late dis­cus­sion and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts that address data gaps and envi­ron­men­tal issues affect­ing the region.

The con­fer­ence is intend­ed main­ly for researchers, stu­dents and resource man­agers work­ing and study­ing in the Catskills, but any­one who would like to con­tribute or learn more about the region is wel­come to attend.

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers:

Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program/Cornell Uni­ver­si­ty Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, Bard College/Center for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy, Catskill Insti­tute for the Envi­ron­ment, Unit­ed States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, New York State Ener­gy Research & Devel­op­ment Author­i­ty, New York State Muse­um, Ron­d­out-Nev­ersink Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram

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2014 CERM Conference

The 2014 CERM con­fer­ence was held Octo­ber 23–24 at the Bel­leayre Mt. Ski Cen­ter in High­mount, NY.

2014 CERM Con­fer­ence Agen­da
2014 CERM Pre­sen­ta­tion Abstracts

Presentations

CERM Overview

Title: Mis­sion, Goals, His­to­ry, Accom­plish­ments

Speak­er: Bill Rudge, NYSDEC

Pan­el Dis­cus­sion: CERM Ini­tia­tives: Research For­est, Data Shar­ing, Coop­er­a­tive Research, Bib­li­og­ra­phy

Keynote Presentation

Keynote Pre­sen­ter: Dr. Janis Dick­in­son, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources, Arthur A. Allen Direc­tor of Cit­i­zen Sci­ence, Cor­nell Lab of Ornithol­o­gy

Cur­rent and Future Poten­tial of Web-based Cit­i­zen Sci­ence

Session 1 — Science Communication and Citizen Science

Amy Sav­age, Bard Col­lege, Cit­i­zen Sci­ence: Sci­ence Lit­er­a­cy Edu­ca­tion to Improve Future Deci­sion Mak­ing

Keris­sa Bat­tle, Com­mu­ni­ty Green­ways Col­lab­o­ra­tive, Com­mu­ni­ty-Sci­en­tists on the Phe­no­log­i­cal Fron­tier: Data Accu­ra­cy and Mod­els of Net­worked Eco­log­i­cal Ini­tia­tives

Jen­nifer Epstein, River­keep­er, River­keep­er’s Fecal Con­t­a­m­i­na­tion Mon­i­tor­ing: Cit­i­zen Sci­ence and Advo­ca­cy in the Ron­d­out, Eso­pus and Catskill Water­sheds

Session 2 — New Approaches to Environmental Monitoring

John Camp­bell, USDA — For­est Ser­vice, Envi­ron­men­tal Sen­sor Appli­ca­tions at USDA For­est Ser­vice Exper­i­men­tal Forests: The Smart For­est Net­work

Peter Wood­bury, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Effects of Ozone on Veg­e­ta­tion and Ecosys­tems: State of the Sci­ence and Impli­ca­tions for the Catskill Region

Session 2 Cont. — New Approaches to Environmental Monitoring 

Dan Buck­ley, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Mak­ing Sense of Micro­bial Diver­si­ty

Ruth Yanai, SUNY-ESF, Improv­ing Envi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing with Uncer­tain­ty Analy­sis

Bar­ry Baldigo, USGS, Vari­a­tions in Water Tem­per­a­ture and Impli­ca­tions for Trout Pop­u­la­tions in the Upper Schoharie Creek and West Kill, 2010 — 2012

Session 3 — Novel Uses for Historical Data Sets

Karen Moore, NYCDEP, Adven­tures in Data: Revis­it­ing His­tor­i­cal Water Qual­i­ty and Stream­flow Data in the Catskills

Mar­tin Rosen­feld, NYCDEP, Bio­mon­i­tor­ing in the Catskills: A review of 20 Years of NYCDEP Data

Lor­raine Janus, NYCDEP, Catskill and Delaware Head­wa­ter Reser­voir Water Qual­i­ty: A 24-year Record of Troph­ic Respons­es

Session 4 — Geology and Soils

Chuck Ver­Straeten, NYS Muse­um, Weath­er­ing Catskills Bedrock: Overview and Poten­tial Impli­ca­tions

Chris John­son, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, Esti­mat­ing Min­er­al Weath­er­ing Rates in Catskills Water­sheds

Steve Pari­sio, NYSDEC, Gen­e­sis, Mor­phol­o­gy & Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Catskill Soils

Jason Siemion, USGS, Fac­tors Affect­ing Sus­pend­ed Sed­i­ment in 10 Trib­u­taries to a New York City Water Sup­ply Reser­voir

Session 5 — Climate and Climate Change

Alan Frei, CUNY- Hunter, Extreme Events and the NYC Water Sup­ply Sys­tem

Mark Vian, NYCDEP, Using High Water Marks to Devel­op Hydraulic Geom­e­try Rela­tion­ships for the Upper Nev­ersink Riv­er to Sup­port Riv­er Man­age­ment and Restora­tion

Session 5 Cont. — Climate and Climate Change

Scott George, USGS, Resilience of Fish and Macroin­ver­te­brate Com­mu­ni­ties to an Extreme Flood in the Upper Eso­pus Creek

Mark Zion, NYCDEP, Poten­tial Impacts of Cli­mate Change on Water Tem­per­a­ture and Tur­bid­i­ty Trans­port in New York City Water Sup­ply Catskill Sys­tem Reser­voirs

Session 6 — Terrestrial Ecosystems

Gary Lovett, Cary Insti­tute for Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Impacts of Inva­sive Pests on For­est Car­bon and Nitro­gen Dynam­ics in the Catskills

Chris Zim­mer­man, The Nature Con­ser­van­cy, Facil­i­tat­ing Man­age­ment of Hem­lock Wool­ly Adel­gid in Catskill Moun­tains

Mar­garet DiBenedet­to, NYCDEP, Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Den­si­ty, and Move­ments of Non-breed­ing Gold­en Eagles in the Catskill Moun­tains

Michael Kud­ish, Prof Emer­i­tus, Paul Smiths Col­lege, Oaks, Burns, and Native Amer­i­cans

2012 CERM Conference

The 2012 CERM con­fer­ence titled “Effects of Cli­mate Change & Inva­sive Species on Ecosys­tem Integri­ty & Water Qual­i­ty” was held Octo­ber 25–26 at Bel­leayre Moun­tain. Some of the 2012 CERM con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions are avail­able for down­load below.

2012 CERM Con­fer­ence Agen­da

Poster Presentations

Col­lab­o­ra­tive Envi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing at Robert V. Rid­dell State Park

Stream Ecosys­tem Changes in Schoharie Creek Trib­u­taries Fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Irene and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee

Ambi­ent Ground­wa­ter Chem­istry in the Catskills Based on Sam­pling of Trail­side Springs

Three Episodes in Catskill For­est His­to­ry

Oral Presentations

Exam­in­ing High­er Hydraulic Gra­di­ents in Restored Streams and the Impli­ca­tions on Hyporhe­ic Exchange

Big Changes from Lit­tle Bugs: Effects of Exot­ic Insects and Pathogens on Catskill For­est Ecosys­tems

Sim­u­la­tions of the New York City Water Sup­ply under Future Cli­mate Con­di­tions: Ini­tial Results and Some Lessons Learned

Mer­cury Bioac­cu­mu­la­tion with­in Ter­res­tri­al Food­webs in the North­east­ern Unit­ed States

The Catskills Con­nec­tion: Using Species Dis­tri­b­u­tion Mod­el­ing To Inform Region­al Con­nec­tiv­i­ty Assess­ments Under Cur­rent-Day and Future Cli­mate

Youtube

View 60-sec­ond video clips of select 2012 CERM con­fer­ence pre­sen­ters on the AWSMP Youtube Chan­nel.

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