David Laurence, a former NW CSC Graduate Fellow, is now a Program Officer at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Photo courtesy of David Laurence
The NW CSC promotes broad participation in climate science by supporting the education of diverse young scientists through its NW CSC Graduate Fellowship program. The NW CSC Fellowship experience prepares students from a variety of scientific backgrounds to work across disciplines by familiarizing them with other forms of knowledge, and by improving their ability to communicate about their work with a range of audiences. The end goal is to better prepare the next generation of scientists, resource managers, educators, communicators, and policy experts to take on a set of climate-related challenges and opportunities that are best addressed collaboratively.
As part of their training All NW CSC Fellows attend Climate Boot Camp, present and facilitate at the annual Northwest Climate Conference, and network and collaborate via the self-organized Early Career Climate Network, which was established by graduate fellows during the 2012 NW CSC Climate Boot Camp.
To date 22 graduate students have received fellowships from the NW CSC, supporting work ranging in focus from evaluating the impacts of expanding ranges for invasive fish on native salmon to assessing likely climate impacts on transportation infrastructure. Currently the NW CSC funds 17 graduate student fellowships at its primary consortium partner institutions, including four at Oregon State University, nine at the University of Idaho and four at the University of Washington. See the graduate fellow profiles below for more information about the range of scientists supported through the NW CSC’s Graduate Fellow program.