The Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP)

The Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP) works to foster collaborations among CSU researchers and center leaders that work on climate adaptation with two core emphases: 1) supporting interdisciplinary research efforts to address the complex challenges of climate adaptation and 2) building connections among researchers and policymakers to facilitate the application of climate adaptation research in policy venues.

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. 

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. 

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Leadership Team & Partners

Courtney Schultz, PI and Team Lead, Associate Professor and Director of the Public Lands Policy Group, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship


Leisl Carr Childers, Team Lead, Assistant Professor and Faculty Council Member of the Public Lands History Center, Department of History

Peter Backlund

Peter Backlund, Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Tamera Breidenbach

Tamera BreidenbachFormer Program Manager, Graduate Student, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship 

Clint CarneyPost-Doctoral Scholar, Public Lands Policy Group

Eliisa Carter, Program Manager for the CAP and Research Associate, Public Lands Policy Group, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Beth Conover

Beth ConoverDirector of the Salazar Center, Office of Engagement and Extension

Dominique David-Chavez, Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

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Hailey Doucette, Former Program Manager, Graduate Student, Department of History

Sarah Hart, Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Caroline Havrilla

Caroline Havrilla, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

James Hurrell

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

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

Pat Keys, Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science

Alan Knapp, Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science

Jan Leach, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Biology

Hussam Mahmoud

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

Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor and Leadership Team Member of the Center for Environmental Justiced

Nathan Mueller

Nathan Mueller, Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Soil and Crop Sciences

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Jeff Muhs, Interim Director, CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship

Lindsey Schneider

Lindsey Schneider, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Environmental Justice 

Russ Schumacher, Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science

Kenneth Shockley, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Melinda Smith, Professor and Director Semi-arid Grassland Research Center, Department of Biology

Scott Shrake, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Institute and Strategic Programs, Institute for Entrepreneurship


Camille Stevens-Rumann, Assistant Professor and Colorado Forest Restoration Institute Research and Monitoring Lead, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

John Tracy, Director, Colorado Water Center

Brad Udall

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

Niki vonHedemann

Niki vonHedemann, Former Research Associate, Public Lands Policy Group, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Jill Zarestky, Associate Professor, Adult Education and Training, School of Education

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The CAP advances its own strategic work and serve as a hub for diverse    expertise campus-wide. We foresee focusing the CAP’s early efforts across  five themes, based on the existing work of our team members:

1. Climate adaptive public land policy and management, particularly around forest fire management

2. Strategies to support healthy air and watersheds

3. Integrated modeling systems that address social and ecological change over appropriate spatial and temporal scales

4. Climate adaptive agriculture and food security

5. Social and environmental justice to create thriving, inclusive communities in the face of the impacts of climate and demographic change

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