Center for the Environment

Center for the Environment: Environmental scholarship informed by the world with a regional focus and local engagement.

Squam LakeThe Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University addresses fundamental environmental issues in northern New England through scientific research, education, and collaboration. We engage on and off campus partners in projects using science-based knowledge to promote informed decision making. CFE provides future educators, researchers, and leaders with a comprehensive environmental education that includes real-world research experience, an understanding of how the natural and built environments are integrated, and knowledge of the community we live in and the economy in which we participate.

Recent News


Bicknell Thrush Presentations

Dr. Mary Ann McGarry will be giving several talks about the Plymouth State University Forest to Forest Bicknell’s Thrush Cluster Project this fall. She will be speaking at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham’s Notch, NH on August 19th and September 29th at 8:00 p.m. A similar presentation will be hosted by […]

Photo 3

New England Streams Impacted by High Salt Concentrations

CFE’s Mark Green worked with University of New Hampshire researchers on a study assessing the impact of road salt on New England Streams. The project estimated that more than 10 percent of streams in the Merrimack River watershed, which covers areas of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, are impacted by high chloride concentrations as a result […]

Testing at Ore Hill

Plymouth State Awarded $306,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Engage Students in Geoscience

Plymouth State University has been awarded a $306,146 GEOPATHS grant from the National Science Foundation to engage students in geoscience. This 3-year “Lake Watershed Geosystems Path (LWGP)” initiative focuses on recruiting, retaining, and graduating undergraduate science students through a problem-based, field-intensive, applied interdisciplinary science approach that scaffolds with existing curriculum and research opportunities. Working with […]

Snowmaking, Loon Mountain Ressort (courtesy of Loon Mountain Resort)

New Research on Climate Change and Snowmaking

Geoff Wilson from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and a PSU teaching lecturer, CFE’s Mark Green, and Ken Mack from Loon Mountain Resort, recently co-authored a paper about climate change and snowmaking in New Hampshire. Their work focused on interpreting the winter climate warming observed over a 50-year record at the Hubbard Brook Experimental […]


Advancing Undergraduate Environmental Research at Plymouth State

Advancing Undergraduate Environmental Research (AUGER) is an extracurricular initiative of the Center for the Environment to engage and educate undergraduates in the what, how, and why of environmental research. Throughout the summer of 2018, CFE faculty mentors are engaging undergraduate Plymouth State students in extracurricular field- and lab-based environmental research projects spanning watershed ecosystems. Projects […]