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
Tamera Breidenbach, Former Program Manager, Graduate Student, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Eliisa Carter, Program Manager for the CAP and Research Associate, Public Lands Policy Group, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
James W. Hurrell, Professor and Scott Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Atmospheric Science
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, Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Soil and Crop Sciences
Lindsey Schneider, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Environmental Justice
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
Niki vonHedemann, Former Research Associate, Public Lands Policy Group, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
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