Our Mission  
The Climate Adaptation Partnership at CSU serves to coordinate and accelerate interdisciplinary research and to facilitate science-informed, just, and holistic, social and ecological adaptation policies in the face of a changing climate. 

Vision Statement 
We envision a West and a nation where people can respond to climate change and use climate-driven disturbances as opportunities to improve their communities, where natural and social systems persist or adapt to new conditions, and where government provides leadership through inclusive processes and improved policies. 







CAP Leadership 

Dr. Courtney Schultz
CAP PI, Team Lead 
Associate Professor and Director of the Public Lands Policy Group
Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Peter Backlund

Peter Backlund
 Associate Director
School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Eliisa Carter
CAP Program Support Staff
 Research Associate III Public Lands Policy Group
 Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Jeff Muhs 
Research Associate III
CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Kenneth Shockley
 Dept. of Philosophy

Dr. Melinda Smith
Dept. of Biology
Chair of Faculty Council

Dr. Jill Zarestky
 Associate Professor
STEM Center, College of Health and Human Sciences 

CAP Team Members 


Dr. Leisl Carr Childers
  Associate Professor, Faculty Council Member of the Public and Environmental History Center, Dept. of History

Dr. Dominique David-Chavez
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Dr. Sarah Hart
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Caroline Havrilla

Dr. Caroline Havrilla
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

 Mindy Hill
Program Manager
Center for Environmental Justice

James Hurrell

Dr. James W. Hurrell
 Professor and Scott Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering, Dept. of Atmospheric Science

Dr. Eugene Kelly
Professor and Deputy Director of CAES,
Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences

Dr. Pat Keys
Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Atmospheric Science

Dr. Alan Knapp
Dept. of Biology

 Jen Kovecses
Assistant Director of Programs for the Salazar Center

Dr. Jan Leach
University Distinguished Professor
Dept. of Agricultural Biology, 
Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural Sciences

Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure and Director of the Structural Laboratory, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Stephanie Malin
 Associate Professor, 
Dept. of Sociology
Leadership Team Member of the Center for Environmental Justice

Nathan Mueller

Dr. Nathan Mueller
Associate Professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Soil and Crop Sciences

Lindsey Schneider

Dr. Lindsey Schneider
 Assistant Professor,
 Dept. of Ethnic Studies

Dr. Russ Schumacher
 Associate Professor Atmospheric Science,
State Climatologist

Dr. Scott Shrake
 Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Institute and Strategic Programs
 Institute for Entrepreneurship


Dr. Camille Stevens-Rumann
Associate Professor,
 Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Assistant Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Dr. John Tracy
 Colorado Water Center

Brad Udall

Brad Udall
Senior Water & Climate Research Scientist/Scholar
 Colorado Water Center

     News and Announcements

Upcoming Events      

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the USGS’s Climate Adaptation Science Center network and the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission Climate Change Specialist Group, released a new document titled Climate Adaptation Guide for Ecosystems.

Need some summer reading recommendations? Be sure to see the latest issue of Climate Connections for our Summer 2024 climate-related book list! 

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) recently released its summary report- Accelerating Resilience: Wildfire and Heat Strategies for Colorado’s Northern Front Range

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