FEMC Data Scientist
Are you interested in writing code and crunching data to help protect our northeastern forests? We are seeking a Data Scientist to support our data analysis, integration and synthesis mission. The successful applicant will be a quick study, ready to jump in, and capable of working both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
To help the region better understand the patterns and trends in forest regeneration, the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) created REGEN: The Northeastern Forest Regeneration Data Network , an online data and methodology portal that allows users to explore, search, filter, and compare projects and datasets related to forest regeneration.
While many monitoring efforts and research studies have collected regeneration data, this information has not been aggregated, standardized or made public to the broad group of stakeholders who could benefit from the information. The FEMC responded to these concerns by creating REGEN, a structured framework and portal where visitors can discover and compare projects and datasets that have collected regeneration data.
The data collection available through the portal includes projects and datasets ranging from long term research studies examining the effects of silviculture treatments on regeneration to those looking at the effects of natural disturbances on regeneration. This work reflects the efforts of a broad collaborative group allowing us to work together to promote easier data discovery and utilization without duplication.
Visit the project page to learn more about the project and access the report
FEMC is seeking a full time Project Manager and a part time Web Developer!
FEMC Project Manager
Working with FEMC staff and cooperators across our 7-state region, the Project Manager helps to develop and deliver state and regional projects focused on assessing, monitoring and reporting on forest ecosystem condition. The driven individual chosen for this position will be responsible for the design, planning, and oversight of projects that support the needs of FEMC cooperators to understand, track and respond to forest ecosystem health issues. The Project Manager will supervise multiple projects at a time ranging in topics from collating in-stream biodiversity metrics to standardizing forest regeneration inventories to using remote sensing imagery for forest change detection. The Project Manager could find themselves coordinating the integration and analysis of disparate datasets, overseeing the development of new web-based and geospatial data visualization tools, or developing a workshop on forest health issues in collaboration with our small and vibrant team along with a wide range of cooperators from academia, non-profits and state and federal agencies.
FEMC Web Developer
Are you interested in writing code to help protect our northeastern forests? We are seeking a part-time front-end developer to help develop and maintain our fleet of products. This includes front-end design to increase functionality of existing tools, developing a more intuitive, richer user experience, streamlining product maintenance through back-end interfaces, and adding new life into some oft neglected areas. The successful applicant will be a quick study, ready to jump in, and capable of working both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
FEMC Data Rescue Hits a Milestone!
The FEMC has sought to alleviate the risk of losing inaccessible data by engaging with natural resources organizations to identify vulnerable datasets and documents across the Northeast. Matthias Sirch, FEMC Data Technician, has been spearheading this effort over the past year, traveling from the Catskills in New York all the way to Baxter State Park in Maine to rescue data at risk.
The initial phase of the Data Rescue project began by contacting researchers and land managers across the region from a broad range of disciplines. These contacts worked for non-profits, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies. From their responses, FEMC staff compiled the Data Rescue inventory to shed light on where this material is and what is required for its preservation. These may be air and water quality studies, soil analyses, and forest or wildlife surveys, all collected within or contributing to our understanding of northeastern forests.
With help from the FEMC team, including interns and staff affiliates Brenna Christensen, Kira Cincotta, Gene Desideraggio, Daria Etchings, Lukas Kopacki, Lucyanna Labadie, Yoshiya Ohno, Julia Pupko, Maddie Quill, and Skylar Roach, the Data Rescue project has scanned and archived more than 18,000 pages of datasheets, field notes, reports, aerial imagery, and photo documentation while also digitizing over 1,000 pages from this collection. We also assisted with data management for retiring individuals in an effort to retain valuable institutional knowledge. Through this process, we were able to identify many old forest health surveys that can serve as baselines for our ecosystem monitoring.
With no limit to the extent of this undertaking, the FEMC is still searching for data to save. If you know of any material you wish to include in the Data Rescue inventory, contact the FEMC here. For more information about the process, check out the new promotional video on the Data Rescue's homepage.
FEMC is hiring for multiple forest health monitoring technicians and field crew leaders for the coming field season. The technicians and crew leads will work with FEMC staff on a number of monitoring projects but primarily focus on surveying Forest Health Monitoring plots throughout New England.
To Apply: to apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to John.email@example.com.
In the subject line please put the positiont that you are applying for, either field technician or crew leader. FEMC Staff will begin reviewing
applications on February 18th
With impacts of a global climate crisis increasingly experienced throughout northeastern forested regions, the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative prepares for action at our 2019 Conference. This year’s overarching theme "Monitoring for Impacts of Climate Change: Tracking and measuring outcomes in northeastern forests” will present updates and research on a wide range of topic categories.
Our morning plenary includes a talk by Richard Primack, conservation biologist of Boston University, who will focus on his current work which highlights the effects of climate change on the flowering, leafing out, fruiting, and leaf senescence times of plants, the migration times of birds and flight times of insects in Massachusetts, and the potential for ecological mismatches among species caused by changes in timing. Professionals will speak on the various initiatives involved in monitoring and measuring aspects of climate change and forest ecosystem responses, pests and disease, technology and partnerships, forest management, forest and alpine ecology, wildlife and forested rivers and streams.
In addition to the contributed talks there will be an opportunity to participate in moderated working sessions in which windows for discussion will encourage insight from numerous perspectives. Over the course of the day, our scheduled presentations will be separated by coffee, lunch and snack breaks providing a chance to view a display of exhibited posters, make new connections and catch up with colleagues. As part of FEMC’s effort to connect across boundaries in the scientific community, we are excited to welcome researchers, educators, natural resource managers, and non-profit from a range of disciplines, all of whom are supporting the Cooperative goals of sharing information and making connections.
All accepted abstracts will be published online as a part of the 2019 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference Proceedings (check out last year’s proceedings).
We also provide the opportunity for participant-led working sessions in the afternoon, where you can convene collaborators to focus on a topic of your design. If you are interested in proposing a working session, you can learn more and submit your idea at https://www.uvm.edu/femc/cooperative/conference/2019/work_session. Working sessions are approved on a rolling basis until we run out of rooms or November 8th, whichever comes first. FEMC staff are happy to discuss session ideas before submission if that is helpful.
The DEN was highlighted on the USFS NRS website as a featured resource. The DEN is one-stop-shop for dendroecological and associated forest ecology data for the discovery, exploration, and sharing of that data. Check out the post at The DEN.
FEMC partnered with Bard College's Water Lab to increase the availability and accessibility of the data from their water quality program. This program focuses on water quality monitoring in the Saw Kill water shed and the Roeliff Jansen Kill in the state of New York. The FEMC worked with Bard College's Water Lab to design a webtool that is integrated directly onto their website. The tool now displays their data directly on their site in the form of a map, table, and graph. Graphs and maps can be downloaded as images and shapefiles while the raw data can be downloaded directly from their site. Additionally users are able to filter and choose the locations and attributes that they are looking for. This effort was design with the end goal of producing a comprehensive tool that would enable the Bard College Water Lab's website users to access all things related to the water quality monitoring program. The webtools can be accessed at Roe-Jan and Sawkill.
After much deliberation, the FEMC has begun rescuing dozens of projects across the Northeast. Our Data Technicians have been feverishly converting files, digitizing maps, and scanning documents dating back to the 1950’s. So much valuable information! Topics range from monitoring mercury concentrations in largemouth bass to studying population trends of a harmful insect called the pear thrips to scanning rooms full of handwritten field notes from the Catskills. To learn more about the data rescue project go to Data Rescue, and read more about the project’s July highlights here.