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NW CASC Connections is designed to help keep you -- a member of the community working to advance climate adaptation in and beyond the Northwest -- in the loop by connecting you to the latest NW CASC science, tools, opportunities and events from across our region. 

Science Spotlight

A New Framework for Assessing Beaver-Related Restoration 

Beaver-related restoration is increasingly recognized as a promising climate adaptation strategy and approach for restoring degraded streams. But the same thing that makes this approach exciting -- the concept of restoring nature with nature -- also makes it complex, since restoration outcomes depend on complicated processes and factors over which humans have limited control. A recent NW CASC study offers a new framework for evaluating beaver-related restoration and similar restoration strategies. This framework moves away from a success-failure paradigm towards a more adaptive evaluation approach that can help researchers better understand potential restoration outcomes and set more realistic project goals.

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Events & Opportunities
  • Mark your calendars for the National Climate Adaptation Science Center’s upcoming webinar on Managing Post-Fire, Climate-Induced Vegetation Transitions on Thursday, March 11th at 12 p.m. PT. In this webinar, NW CASC-supported researchers, Dr. Meade Krosby, Dr. Mary Ann Rozance and Dr. Kim Davis, will present a review of current knowledge and practice around the emerging climate impact of post-fire vegetation transitions in the Northwest. This synthesis is the result of the NW CASC’s 2020 Deep Dive workshop, which convened natural resource managers and scientists from Northwest Tribes, universities, non-profit and private sectors, and federal, state and local governments to review what is currently known (and unknown) about managing climate-driven, post-fire vegetation transitions in the Northwest. Register for the webinar here.

  • Register for the 11th annual, first-time virtual Northwest Climate Conference, coming up April 6-8, 2021. This conference has provided a networking and learning community of practitioners, scientists, tribal members and community organizers interested in climate change impacts and adaptation in the Northwest for over a decade. So come, connect and help advance climate conversations across the Northwest. Register for the conference here.

  • If you received a UW Climate Impacts Group Alumni Survey and haven’t filled it out, we still want to hear from you! Let us know what you’ve been up to since your time with the Climate Impacts Group, or as a NW CASC fellow, and let us know how we can better support those like you seeking to connect science and society. By filling out the survey you’ll have a chance to win a Climate Impacts Group coffee mug or a $50 UW bookstore gift certificate! The survey closes next Tuesday, March 2nd.
Current Funding & Hiring Opportunities

NW CASC Seeking Statements of Interest for Climate Adaptation Research (deadline: March 19) 

As part of the Climate Adaptation Science Center Network’s Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Opportunity, the NW CASC is seeking proposals for Northwest climate adaptation research. Proposed projects should focus on developing scientific information and products that can be directly applied to the following resource management priorities, either locally or broadly across landscapes in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and western Montana: 1) Management of Invasive Species and Diseases under Future Climate Scenarios, 2) Management of Shrubland Ecosystems under Future Climate Scenarios, 3) Managing Climate-driven, Post-fire Ecological Transformation.

Individuals from the following eligible organizations may submit proposals as the lead Principal Investigator:

  • Members of the NW CASC Consortium (Boise State University, Oregon State University, University of Montana, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University)
  • USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.
Researchers from other organizations (federal, state, tribal, non-governmental and other) may participate in CASC-funded projects and receive funds via subawards, contracts or interagency agreements through an eligible organization. Deadline for Statements of Interest is Friday, March 19, 2021. See the call for statements of interest & view an informational webinar on NW CASC’s funding opportunities page.

NW CASC Accepting Applications for 2021-22 Research Fellowship Program (deadline: March 15)

The NW CASC invites proposals for its 2021-2022 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), Oregon State University (OSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scholars at BSU, OSU, UM, WSU, and WWU (this fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW).

The NW CASC Research Fellowship Program supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in the principles and practices of developing decision-relevant science. Funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2021, to support research performed during the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit proposals is March 15, 2021. See the RFP & view an informational webinar on NW CASC’s funding opportunities page.

NW CASC Seeking Postdoc Focused on Fire & Climate (rolling deadline -- apply soon!)

The University of Washington, in partnership with the NW CASC and University of Montana, is searching for a talented scientist with an interest in climate-fire-ecosystem dynamics and associated natural resource management in the Northwest and a passion for delivering research that informs decision-making! 

 The postdoctoral fellow will join a national cohort as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAPF) Program. The NW CAP Fellow will lead regionally-focused research projects related to climate-fire-vegetation dynamics. Additionally, the NW CAP Fellow will collaborate with other CAP Fellows from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues and participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology, co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This two-year position will be based at the University of Montana, jointly supervised and mentored by Dr. Solomon Dobrowski at University of Montana and Drs. Meade Krosby and Amy Snover at the NW CASC/Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. Applications received by February 28, 2021 will be prioritized. Learn more & apply.

Faces of Adaptation: Jessica Halofsky

Jessica Halofsky is the director of the USDA Northwest Climate Hub and the US Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC). In her role, Jessica promotes applied climate change science and adaptation in natural resources in the Northwest and across the West. Jessica has a background in forest ecology and fire and has been doing climate change adaptation work in the Northwest for over a decade.

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Actionable Science Resources
Though researchers are increasingly asked to justify the value that their research provides to society, it can be challenging, especially for those unfamiliar with transdisciplinary research tools. Ten Reflective Steps for Rendering Research Societally Relevant (Pohl et al. 2017) lays out a clear, 10-step approach for thinking through ways to better link research to societal problem solving.

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Uniquely Northwest: Alpine Stoneflies

Chances are, if you’ve hiked among the Northwest’s beautiful mountaintops, you’ve crossed a cold and rushing, high-mountain stream. Although you probably didn’t see it, you may have passed an inconspicuous alpine stonefly clinging to a rock along the stream edge or crawling over rocks beneath the frigid water. Alpine stoneflies are aquatic invertebrates that play an important role in cycling nutrients through aquatic ecosystems, providing food for trout and other fish. Their dependence on cold, stable water temperatures makes them vulnerable to the rapid, climate-induced melting of glaciers and snow in their alpine habitats.

Former NW CASC Fellow Dr. Rachel Malison’s research examined both physiological and genetic data of the meltwater stonefly (Lednia tumana) and the glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier) to gain an understanding of their adaptive capacity under climate change. Her research will inform a management plan for these stoneflies and is also applicable to other imperiled aquatic insects in high-elevation habitats.

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