A new paper on NW CASC-funded research has recently been published online and will appear in the journal Ecological Processes later this year. This paper describes research that explores how Western climate science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge relate to time and seasonality in the context of climate change. Using interviews with Indigenous elders and other Traditional Knowledge holders, this research demonstrates that assumptions about the nature, perception and utilization of time and timing can differ across knowledge systems in regard to climate change. These observations contribute to a better understanding of the Northwest tribal culture and its vulnerability and capacity to adapt to a changing climate.
The NW CASC invites proposals from faculty at UW, WWU, WSU, BSU and UM for funding to support science relating to understanding and addressing climate impacts on NW natural and cultural resources. Proposals to support graduate students will be accepted from all universities. WWU, WSU, BSU and UM can also submit proposals to support post-docs.
Selected proposals will include instructing NW CASC Fellows in the principles and practices of co-producing decision-relevant ("actionable") science to facilitate development of scientists proficient in confronting complex socio-ecological problems. Funding will be available beginning fall 2018 to support research performed during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications due July 25, 2018. Please see the RFP announcement for details.
It is with both sadness and excitement that we announce the departure of the NW CASC's Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ronda Strauch. Ronda will be starting a new position with Seattle City Light as Climate Change Research and Adaptation Advisor.
Ronda has made a large impact during her time at the NW CASC, facilitating and supporting the NW CASC Fellows' efforts in co-production and actionable science. Ronda's previous experience as a NW CASC graduate and years working in both the private and public sectors helped her build a strong foundation for the NW CASC Research Fellowship Program that will be carried forward.
We will miss Ronda greatly but are thrilled that she will be continuing such important work in climate adaptation at Seattle City Light. Please join us in wishing Ronda the best in her next endeavors! Stay tuned, as we will be advertising a position for Ronda's replacement soon.