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

CAS Faculty Work Toward a Resolution on USU Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Patrick Belmont and Chris Monz are leading an effort toward a resolution that would bolster a commitment by former President Albrecht to make USU a carbon neutral university.

Where do Americans agree on climate change policies?

CAS faculty member Peter Howe and colleagues in the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication are featured in the New York Times for work highlighting public consensus on solutions.

Wildfires Pose Underestimated Risk to Water Security According to USU Researchers

Drs. Brendan Murphy, Larissa Yocom, and Patrick Belmont acknowledge the well-documented risk wildfires pose to homes and structures, but highlight the less appreciated risk that high severity wildfires pose for water security.

CAS Trainee Hongchao Zhang Examines Relationship Between Air Quality and Wintertime Canyon Visitation

Zhang and faculty member Jordan Smith determined the influence of a variety of "push" and "pull" factors.

Trainee Rachel Hager Co-Authors Review of Reforestation Studies in Western U.S.

Hager and colleagues from her CAS internship with the USDA California Climate Hub focus on resilience to fire and drought.

Trainee Christina Morrisett Profiled by Bill Lane Center for the American West

Morrisett (CAS Cohort 3 PhD Student) completed a summer internship with the Center during her undergraduate career at Stanford.

Endter-Wada and Kettenring Describe How Wetlands Protect People and Property from Disasters

Joanna Endter-Wada and Karin Kettenring contributed a guest editorial to the October edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on the value of wetlands to mitigate weather catastrophes.

CAS Leader Sasha Reed Highlighted in USGS Publication

The report highlights the roles and experiences of some of the women who have been pathfinders as scientists, cartographers, editors, and professional support staff at the USGS. Dr. Reed appears on page 77.

November 14, 2018

Dr. Robert Davies
Science Storyteller
robert.davies@usu.edu
Click here to view the presentation.
Opening video: Get Lit Players Gordon Ip & Raul Herrera, performing at Frank Gathering, Feb. 2016 in Gainesville, FL.

October 10, 2018

Jason Williams
Radio Host, KVNU For the People
Presentation: Science, Public Policy and Changing Newsrooms
jasonthe@gmail.com
Click here to view Jason's presentation.