The Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP)
for Policy Innovation and Research Coordination

We will foster collaborations among CSU researchers and center leaders that work on climate adaptation with two core emphases: coordinating interdisciplinary research efforts and building connections between researchers and policymakers to facilitate 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. 

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

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

Tamera Breidenbach

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

Peter Backlund

Peter Backlund, Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Beth Conover

Beth Conover, Director of the Salazar Center, School of Global Environmental Sustainability 

James Hurrell

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

Hussam Mahmoud

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

Nathan Mueller

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

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

Lindsey Schneider

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

Brad Udall

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

The CAP will advance 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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For more information about the Climate Adaptation Partnership for Policy Innovation and Research Coordination, contact Courtney SchultzTamera Breidenbach, or Leisl Carr Childers.