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.

The Climate Adaptation Science (CAS) Program is a 9-credit interdisciplinary graduate specialization/minor that is available within MS and PhD programs in 10 departments at  Utah State University. The program provides students with direct experience in actionable science through internships and research.

Skills emphasized in the 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”, which 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 multiple mentors including those from beyond academia, 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.

About the Program

Recent News

November 6, 2019

Dr. Nicole Allen
USU Communication Studies Professor
Nicole.allen@usu.edu
Presentation: Shifting Genre: Accommodating Scientific Findings to Popular Audiences
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Matt Yost Recognized for Early Career Research/Outreach on Utah’s Water Use

Matt Yost, an assistant professor and Extension agroclimate specialist at Utah State University, has been recognized by the American Society of Agronomy with the organization’s Early Career Award.

Land-use and Personal Wellbeing is Topic for USU’s Research Landscapes

Researcher Courtney Flint, a natural resources sociologist, will address how understanding the relationship between Utah's lands and personal well being, as well as the importance of including the goals and objectives of key stakeholders in [...]

Against the Current: Trisha Atwood Receives Early-Career Research Fellowship

Trisha Atwood of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center is a recipient of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship.

Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply.

A severe drought that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of [...]

USU Ecologist Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil’s Role in Carbon Cycle

Utah State University ecologist Bonnie Waring heads one of seven projects chosen nationally by competitive peer review for a U.S. Department of Energy Terrestrial Ecological Sciences grant.

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Smith Lab publishes new research on anglers' adaptations to climate change on the Yellowstone River

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