We prepare graduate researchers for careers that integrate science with management and policy while advancing Climate Adaptation Science for the threatened landscape of the Interior West.

Skills emphasized in the Climate Adaptation Science (CAS) program align with many of the attributes of an “ideal, student-centered STEM graduate education system,” as described in the Consensus Study Report, “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.” The report was produced in 2018 by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Key attributes of revitalized graduate STEM education include the potential for students to: acquire broad technical literacy, encounter a variety of points of view about science, have opportunities to communicate their results to diverse audiences, think about broader impacts, work on projects in teams, and explore diverse career options in a context where nonacademic careers are not stigmatized.

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Recent News

Science in Action - Spring 2019

Emily Wilkins QCNR Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year

Wilkins is a CAS Cohort 2 student in the Smith Lab

Trainee Rachel Hager Selected as AAAS Mass Media Fellow

Hager will collaborate with media professionals at the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho

Kirsten Goldstein Receives Jeanne X. Kasperson Award

The Jeanne X. Kasperson Award is given to the winners of the student paper competition in the Hazards, Risk, and Disasters Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Huntly to Participate in Science, Stories, and Sustainability Workshop at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

CAS Director Nancy Huntly will discuss the Fourth National Climate Assessment during the session on Friday, March 22, in Shepherd Union, Room 404

Who Recognizes Heat Risks?

Extreme heat poses a growing threat to human health. New research by Peter Howe and colleagues shows that perceptions vary among vulnerable populations, and detailed results of perception studies can provide insights for targeted risk reduction policies.

Cohort 1 Trainee Jeff Haight Publishes CAS Internship Research

Haight and his host (CAS co-PI) Sasha Reed published work on seed bank community and soil texture relationships

Rosenberg’s Lab Publishes New Work on Data Availability and Research Reproducibility in Hydrology and Water Resources

The team used a survey tool to identify key bottlenecks to making work more reproducible.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee Looks to Reduce USU Carbon Footprint

CAS Co-PI Patrick Belmont and other USU faculty bring attention to USU's carbon footprint

Community Conversations on Climate Challenges

CAS students will host an event on January 15th at the Logan Public Library at 7 p.m. in the Jim Bridger Room. The Fourth National Climate Assessment will be introduced, along with breakout discussions on [...]