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Science to Action Fellowship: Supporting Graduate Students to Apply Science to Decision Making and Adaptation

Implementing the USGS National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center's Science to Action Fellowship

Dates

Start Date
2015-04-15
End Date
2023-08-31
Release Date
2015

Summary

The mission of the US Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) is to provide managers, policy-makers, and other stakeholders with information and decision-making tools to respond to effects of climate change on natural resources. In support of this goal, the NCASC wishes to support an exceptional mentoring experience for graduate students from select partner institutions in developing policy-relevant products related to managing climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, and/or ecosystems. For many graduate students conducting research on the impacts of climate change on natural resources, disseminating results of their research to managers, policy-makers, and/or other stakeholders is not required as part [...]

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Contacts

Funding Agency :
NCCWSC
Principal Investigator :
Dana M. Infante, Abigail J Lynch
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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“Wailuku River, Hawai'i - Credit: Alan Cressler”
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Purpose

The goal of this effort is to support graduate students in developing policy-relevant products related to managing impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources. Products will result from graduate student’s independent research, and development of these products should translate the science that they have conducted into meaningful actions that managers could take to more effectively address climate change impacts. In developing these products, students will become better informed about the importance of tailoring their research to meet needs of the broader natural resource management community. This experience will also support students in efforts to interact with representatives of USGS, including a mentor identified from within the agency and other partners from outside of academia. The goal of the continued research project is to assist the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center (NRCASC) in implementing mentoring experiences for graduate students that assist them in developing policy-relevant products related to managing climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, and/or ecosystems. Fellows in the program include: Ralph Tingley: Ralph is working to incorporate a Hawaii stream classification into management products and demonstrate the effectiveness of the classification approach to stakeholders in other regions of the United States, ultimately helping managers prioritize conservation initiatives in the context of changing climate. Tracy Swem: Tracy is synthesizing recent case studies involving wildlife management and climate change adaptation, analyzing the case studies for differences and similarities to the existing framework of the “Climate Smart Conservation Cycle”, and developing a regional map of adaptation case studies in North America.

Project Extension

projectProducts
productDescriptionPolicy-relevant student-produced products related to managing impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources. Products will result from graduate student’s independent research, and development of these products should translate the science that they have conducted into meaningful actions that managers could take to more effectively address climate change impacts.
statusExpected
productDescriptionProgress reports and final report summarizing the fellowship experiences over the duration of the project are required. In addition, each fellow is required to complete update meetings, formal presentations, and a final report to complete their fellowship experience
statusExpected
projectStatusIn Progress

Budget Extension

annualBudgets
year2015
totalFunds23500.0
year2016
totalFunds23500.0
year2017
totalFunds23500.0
year2019
totalFunds23500.0
year2020
totalFunds23500.0
year2021
totalFunds23500.0
year2022
totalFunds23500.0
year2023
totalFunds23500.0
parts
typeAgreement Type
valueCooperative Agreement
typeAgreement Number
valueG15AC00126
totalFunds188000.0

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