Educating & Training
the Next Generation of Scientists & Managers
for Climate Change Adaptation
Ongoing CASC Fellowship Programs: Every year, each of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) supports a group of fellows who conduct research that aligns with the mission of the CASC network. Through these programs, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are able to broaden their network of fellow scientists and managers and receive support to pursue their research interests.
Early Career Climate Forum: The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) is a group of early career scientists, managers and others working at the science management interface on climate change issues. The intention of this online community is to be a science-based, neutral venue for communication, collaboration, and professional development for members and supporters, primarily those affiliated with the CASC, and to be an accessible outlet, forging bridges between people who study climate and its social-ecological impacts, with others who wish to learn about climate science.
National Student and Early Career Training: In 2016, the CASCs brought together 70 students and early career professionals at a national training in Amherst, MA. The training aimed to provide participants with a better idea of how to identify stakeholders and develop research projects that directly answer natural resource management questions, knowledge of how to develop useful climate adaptation tools as research products, an improved ability to communicate climate research results to a wide range of audiences, and a strengthened network of peers across the CASC network.
Northwest Climate Boot Camp: The Northwest CASC's Climate Boot Camp is an annual opportunity for graduate students and early career professionals from universities, Tribes, state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to spend a week in a rural location to improve their climate science knowledge and skills. Through carefully-planned field trips, skill-building exercises and classroom activities, Climate Boot Camp Fellows deepen their understanding of basic climate science, science communication and the science-policy interface.
South Central Undergraduate Minority Internship Program: The South Central CASC offers an undergraduate summer internship opportunity for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Interns are involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that 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.
Southeast Global Change Fellows: The Southeast CASC supports approximately 15 fellows each academic year who are interested in multi-disciplinary research related to climate and global change. In addition to receiving financial, scientific, and professional development support throughout the year, fellows are required to participate in several formal courses on climate science and structured decision making.
Girls on Ice - Alaska: Girls on Ice Alaska is a tuition-free science, mountaineering, camping, and art instruction program for high school girls. The Alaska CASC is a primary supporter of the program which takes place on Alaska’s Gulkana Glacier—one of two USGS benchmark glaciers in Alaska. The program provides a unique educational wilderness adventure to girls who may not otherwise have such an opportunity.
Northeast Fellows Retreat: This annual retreat for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is hosted by the Northeast CASC. Students gather to share their research, meet with natural resource managers, develop interdisciplinary connections and collaborations, and learn about climate impacts to local ecosystems and communities.
NCASC Science to Action Fellowship: The intent of this fellowship experience with the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) is to expose students to the CASC program and also to support them in developing a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources. The fellowship focuses on putting science into action, applying scientific research directly to decision making about natural resources.
Images on Page:
Top: Participants at the 2014 Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center's Climate Boot Camp
Bottom: Mountaineering instructor Cece Mortenson (center) explains the formation of glacier crevasses to participants Katie Clarke (Tagish, Yukon) and Tziporah Lax (Anchorage, AK).