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.

About the Program

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Melissa Pulley

I graduated from Campbell University with a BS in Mathematics, after earning an AS and AA from Nash Community College. In my MS in Mathematics, I use agent-based modeling to enhance instruction of mathematical modeling, [...]

Erika Blomdahl

Forest Ecology Erika Blomdahl received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2011, and an M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University in 2018. She has worked in forestry and natural [...]

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

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.