NW CSC Welcomes New Communications Manager

The Northwest Climate Science Center is excited to welcome Darcy Widmayer to our team as our new Communications Manager. Darcy joins us from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where she was a Private Forestry Education and Outreach Specialist. In this role, she was responsible for designing, developing and facilitating communications between private landowners and state foresters, helping to ensure complicated management recommendations were communicated to land owners in a way that lead to the improved health of woodlands across Wisconsin.


Darcy brings experience in strategic communications planning, message development, project coordination and program evaluation. She holds a BA in Biological Sciences and a MS in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. We look forward to Darcy’s help in expanding the reach and impact of the NW CSC’s work across the region.


Northwest CSC Funding Opportunity

The NW CSC is pleased to announce a FY18 Funding Opportunity for projects addressing key research opportunities as outlined in the new NW CSC Science Agenda 2018-23. The submission period will run from February 5th- March 30th, 2018. Please see the following page for more information about eligibility, this year's priority science tracks, deadlines, and guidance on how to prepare and submit a proposal:


Please contact NW CSC USGS Director Gustavo Bisbal with any questions.


NW CSC Welcomes New Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow

The Northwest Climate Science Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Ronda Strauch to our team as our new Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow. Ronda was a NW CSC graduate fellow while completing her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. Her dissertation research focused on landslide modeling and the vulnerability of transportation to climate change, building on her past experience as a supervising engineer at the King County Department of Transportation in Seattle. Ronda previously worked as an ecologist for consulting firms and research agencies specializing in environmental and biological assessments. Ronda has a MS from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources and a BS in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of California at Davis. 

During her post-doc Ronda will be facilitating the actionable science efforts of the NW CSC’s graduate fellowship program, including leading fellows’ capacity-building activities, supporting fellows’ co-production and communication efforts, and promoting synergistic opportunities among fellows’ projects and other regional research and management activities.


New Northwest CSC Ecological Drought Newsletter

Trends in April snowpack in the Western United States, 1955–2016. Snow pack is measured in terms of snow water equivalent. Blue circles represent increased snowpack; red circles represent a decrease. Adapted from Mote and Sharp, 2016. 

We are please to announce the publication of the Northwest CSC Ecological Drought Newsletter!

The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. Workshops around this theme are being carried out with each of the nation’s eight CSCs with the aim of collating our existing knowledge of the ecological impacts, resistance, and recovery from drought. The NW CSC held two Ecological Drought workshops in February 2017, as part of this nationwide series. Check out this newsletter to learn more about the ecological effects of drought on the Northwest and the NW CSC's related research activities.