Events

2020

Climate 101 Workshop For Natural Resource Managers

Join a 2-day Climate 101 Workshop to learn more about future climate projections and regional climate impacts on natural resources across the south-central U.S!

This workshop will include interactive presentations and hands-on activities designed to help bridge the gap between climate science and resource management

Registration is free, but required:

*Maximum: 25 attendees with a wait list for additional signups*

Event: April 29-30, 2020
Registration deadline: April 20, 2020
 
Location of the workshop:
University of Oklahoma
4 Partners Place 301 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73072

2018

Early Career Researcher Training

Associate professor Kristine DeLong and doctoral candidate Clay Tucker co-hosted with the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences the biennial Early Career Researcher Training from August 6–10, 2018 funded by the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. The 28 participants were from the South Central U.S. and represent a wide variety of environmental and climate related research interests. The workshop covered such topics as science communication to grant proposal writing with the purpose to provide professional development training to graduate students, post-docs, and early career professionals. The theme for this year’s training was WATER, a topic well known in Louisiana. 
Throughout the week, the participants interacted with more than 30 seasoned professionals and stakeholders working on water issues in Louisiana – ranging from environmental engineers to a federal politician. The week was filled with field trips to see real world Louisiana issues and solutions first hand including flood protection structures in New Orleans, the Mandeville wastewater treatment plant, the urban Bluebonnet Swamp, the LSU Center for River Studies, and The Water Institute of the Gulf. The participants were separated into multidisciplinary groups to discuss and address one of Louisiana’s many issues with water and then propose a possible project that would include stakeholders. These projects ranged from sediment diversions to oyster bed creation, Mississippi River shipping channels to LSU Lakes restoration. 


2017

Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities Sponsored by the South Central Climate Science Center: June 9th - 15th

The South-Central Climate Center Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Internship for Summer 2017 was held at Louisiana State University (LSU) on July 9-15, 2017. They had a group of outstanding undergraduates from all over the south-central region ranging from New Mexico to Louisiana. The first couple days included settling into the East Campus Apartments, getting to know each other, as well as the professors, Drs. Victor Rivera and Kristine DeLong, and their graduate students. Monday was an introduction to LSU and the Internship followed by demonstrations of the type of equipment they would be using. The next couple of days were spent at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) where they rode on a boat to a nearby island to look at damage from Tropical Storm Cindy and measured elevation changes on the island, took cores in the saltwater marsh, and had a quick kayaking trip in between thunderstorms. LUMCON presented the interns and staff with great hospitability throughout the visit, showing them their aquariums and specimen collection plus taking time out of their schedules to visit with the interns. On the way back to LSU, the interns received a special “white boots” treatment from the local United Houma Nation members where they learned about living on the coast from a native perspective saw how shrimp are processed and distributed. Shrimp Kingdom Seafood even provided a shrimp boil for the interns, one of Louisiana’s delicacies. The next day was spent at the Atchafalaya basin with the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana. The interns all took part in collecting sediment cores and were given a behind the scenes swamp tour. On the last field day with the interns, they were taken to New Orleans for Dr. Barry Keim’s famous Katrina tour showing them the high flood lines from Hurricane Katrina, which parts of the levees failed those areas, and how the city is now protected. The next day the LSU crew said farewell to the interns as they begin another week full of research and field experience at The University of Oklahoma followed by a week at Texas Tech University.

Interns: Fiala Bumpers, Jorgianna Calderon, Destiny Coleman, Larissa Howard, Hailey Hester, Fernando Lopez, Hilario Lumbreras, Melody Martinez, Janayah Murray, Celinda Vallejo-Rodriguez
SC-CSC Affiliates: Dr. Kristine DeLong and Dr. Victor H. Rivera-Monroy (co-leaders); Dr. Barry Keim
Graduate Assistants: Marissa Vara, Meghan Kelsall, Gilman Ouellette, Clay Tucker


2015

Student Attends Climate Boot Camp

Jacob Warner, a Ph.D. student in Geography and Anthropology at LSU, attended the 2015 Climate Boot Camp sponsored by the North West Climate Science Center (NWCSC). This year’s boot camp was located in the Pack Forest, an experimental research forest owned by the University of Washington. Participants were primarily early career scientists or graduate students representing a variety of fields including ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, biology, and climatology. Representatives of the National Parks Service, United States Geological Survey, and various tribal nations of the Pacific Northwest worked with attendees during the camp. The camp featured classroom exercises on science communication, scientific video production, integrating scientific and traditional knowledge, working with Native American tribes, climatology, and working with land managers, with a focus on the unique climate issues of the Pacific Northwest. Field trips included visits to Mt. Rainier National Park and NWCSC-funded research sites in and around the park as well as restoration areas managed by the Nisqually tribe near Peugeot Sound. Jacob found the trip to be an invigorating and enlightening experience with excellent opportunities to see climate change impacts in the Northwest. He also learned a lot about science communication and outreach, and enjoyed the chance to meet other young scientists and professionals studying climate-related issues. Jacob is a research assistant funded by grants from the South Central Climate Science Center.

Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities Sponsored by the South Central Climate Science Center: June 14th - 20th

This year’s South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) undergraduate Summer Internship for underrepresented minorities wrapped up in Louisiana. Students from Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and Nebraska began their trip in Monroe, traveled down the Mississippi River to the coast while learning about the climate, ecology, geomorphology, and the history of the state along the way. The students started their week at the archaeological site of Poverty Point, a prehistoric settlement with monumental architecture whose creation and eventual abandonment over 3000 years ago may have been closely linked to climate change. The interns then traveled south to the Old River Control Structure, learning about the past, present, and current issues related to maintaining the Mississippi River’s present-day path and flooding, which the river was quite high this year.

After spending the night in Baton Rouge, the group then traveled south to the coast, including a visit to the mangroves around Port Fouchon and Grand Isle State Park, and eventually reached the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), while tropical storm Bob was offshore. At LUMCON, the students received the opportunity to tour the R/V Pelican, one of the long-range research vessels run by the consortium, and the next morning explored nearby marshes via kayak to see the effects of wetlands loss firsthand.

That same afternoon the students traveled north to Mandeville, where they saw an innovative project to provide reclaimed freshwater to wetlands near the city. After returning to Baton Rouge, the interns toured LSU campus for a day, meeting various professionals and professors studying climate and environmental issues across the state and region, as well as visiting several labs in both the Department of Geography and Anthropology and the School of Coast and the Environment. Finally, the students visited New Orleans and its surrounding suburbs for a hurricane Katrina tour with Dr. Barry Keim, the Louisiana State climatologist. Before leaving on Saturday, the interns presented the weather and climate data they had been gathering since the internship began, noting several important differences between the conditions in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Interns: Haley Bloomquist, Olivia Broussard, Johnwilliam Carroll, Chantelle Davis, Aaron Flores, Taylor Gillespie, Juan Martinez, Shannon McAlester, Sydney Salas
SC-CSC Affiliates: Dr. Kristine DeLong and Dr. Victor H. Rivera-Monroy (co-leaders); Dr. Barry Keim
Graduate Assistants: Tess Danielson, Gilman Ouellette, Johnny Ryu, Jacob Warner

Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities

Sponsored by the South Central Climate Science Center
31 May–20 June, 2015

The SC-CSC will again be offering a summer undergraduate internship opportunity in 2015 for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (for example, agricultural science, economics, environmental engineering). Interns will be involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that will allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on forest ecosystems in Oklahoma, coastal areas in Louisiana, and the Texas Hill Country. Internship participants will travel across the South Central United States to visit university campuses and field locations and interact with faculty conducting cutting edge research.

Interns will spend one week with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, one week with Louisiana State University, and one week with Texas Tech University. All meals, lodging and travel will be provided during the three-week period. In addition, interns will receive a $200/week stipend for the duration of the program. The program will not cover local travel between the participant's home to their closest airport, personal equipment (clothing, cameras, etc.), or other personal expenses.

A sample of last year's itinerary is available below, and a video about the internship produced by participants in the 2014 experience is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShN9yawAWAs 

The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 20, 2015.
For eligibility requirements and to access the application form, please see: http://goo.gl/ifHV35