Climate Adaptation Science

A National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

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.

The Climate Adaptation Science (CAS) Program is a 9-credit interdisciplinary graduate specialization/minor that is available within MS and PhD programs in 10 departments at  Utah State University. The program provides students with direct experience in actionable science through internships and research.

Skills emphasized in the 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”, which 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 multiple mentors including those from beyond academia, 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.

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Our Commitment To Inclusivity, Diversity, & Antiracism
CAS Embraces Inclusivity and Supports Students of All Backgrounds - Read Our Statement

Office Hours
Due to COVID-19, the CAS office located in BNR 215, is not open regularly. If you need help or have any questions regarding CAS or the application process, please contact us at:

Nancy Huntly, PhD, Program Director |
Thad Nicholls, MS, Ecology Center Program Coordinator |
Britta Schumacher, MA | MS, CAS Senior Program Assistant |

Face Coverings Are Required For All In-person Meetings!


About the Program