Climate Adaptation Science

A National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Congrats to this year's CAS Trainee Graduates

Kaitlyn Spangler (PhD ENVS), Kane Cook (MS ENVS), Ryan Choi (PhD WILD/ECOL), Josh Carrell (MS WILD/ECOL), Morgan Christman (PhD BIOL/ECOL), Rachel Hager (MS WATS/ECOL), Jacob Stuivenvolt-Allen (PhD PSC), Elaine Brice (PhD WILD/ECOL), Guen Grosklos (PhD MATH/STAT)

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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Office Hours
If you need help or have any questions regarding CAS or the application process, you can visit Thad Nicholls in the Ecology Center office in NR 314 during normal business hours.

You may also reach us by email:
Nancy Huntly, PhD, Program Director |
Thad Nicholls, MS, Ecology Center Program Coordinator |

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Criollo cattle could save ranching

In this period of great drought, scientists are researching whether Criollo cattle are better adapted to climate change and if they have a lesser impact on desert landscapes being affected by climate change.