The NW CSC is hiring an Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow


The University of Washington College of the Environment invites applications for a Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow.

The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. Established by the Department of Interior in 2010, the NW CSC is newly hosted by the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, which leads a multi-university consortium including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Working closely with the UW director and deputy director of the NW CSC, the Actionable Science Fellow will play a leading role in the NW CSC’s efforts to foster the region’s actionable climate science workforce. Specifically, the NW CSC Actionable Science Fellow will support the NW CSC’s education, training, and capacity-building efforts by:

1. 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;

2. Supporting the NW CSC regional dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as actionable science webinars and the Climate Boot Camp (an annual, multi-day workshop for regional scientists and decision-makers), including designing an agenda that supports participant learning and engagement and assisting in development of Boot Camp products (e.g., white papers, research agendas); and

3. Evaluating the efficacy of these activities in promoting regional communities of practice and actionable climate science capacity. Evaluation insights will be used to adjust NW CSC co-production activities over time.

The position requires a PhD or foreign equivalent in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science), with demonstrated experience conducting research, assessment, and stakeholder engagement related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation. The position requires demonstrated experience in the co-creation of knowledge, co-definition of research problems, and successfully linking science and decision-making. In addition, the position requires demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring, engagement with diverse stakeholders, and superior writing and oral communication skills.

Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Priority given to applications received by September 22, 2017. 

For a complete job description and for application requirements please visit: Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow


New Paper by NW CSC Graduate Fellow, Diana Gergel

Northwest Climate Science Center University of Washington Graduate Fellow, Diana Gergel, is lead author on a new paper in Climatic Change. In it she and her co-authors evaluated the implications of ten twenty-first century climate scenarios for snow, soil moisture, and fuel moisture across the conterminous western U.S. using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrology model. They projected declines in mountain snowpack, advances in the timing of spring melt, reductions in snow season and in summer soil moisture and increases in fire potential. More information and a link to the full article are available here.


Submit Your Abstracts Now for the 2017 Northwest Climate Conference

Organizers have announced the call for abstracts for the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference –Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest. As sponsors of this event, NW CSC invites you to submit abstracts for special sessions, oral presentations, and posters. Submissions are requested for a range of topics focused on climate and adaptation. Presentations and special sessions that connect science to management and implementation of adaptation actions are encouraged. Emphasis is on talks that are comprehensible to a wide audience on topics of broad interest. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.


NW CSC Welcomes Chas Jones as Tribal Liaison

We are thrilled to announce that Chas Jones will soon join the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) to become the first official Tribal Liaison to the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC). Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S. He has also worked collaboratively with tribal, local, state, and federal agencies, private business, and academic institutions in the southwestern U.S. to develop river and riparian restoration plans that benefit endangered species. As Tribal Liaison to the NW CSC, Dr. Jones will serve a key role in the delivery of climate change-related services to the tribal community in the Northwest, consistent with the objectives of the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy. Please join us in welcoming Chas.