Climate Adaptation Science Centers


From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, changes in climate have created new and evolving challenges for our nation’s resource managers and communities. Our science helps managers of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems understand these impacts and strategically adapt to changing conditions. 

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The CASCs develop data and tools that address the informational needs of natural and cultural resource managers. Projects cover topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

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Our network is comprised of the National CASC and eight regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Learn more about each CASC here.

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Date published: January 8, 2021

NCASC Postdoctoral Research Position for Recreational Angling Project

A National CASC supported project to analyze creel program data is accepting applications for a research assistantship position in Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) that will start in spring 2021.

Date published: January 6, 2021

Reflections on the USGS Powell Expedition

The Pacific Islands CASC Science Coordinator Heather Kerkering participated in the 2019 USGS Powell Expedition and shares her reflections on that experience in a new USGS publication and video documentary of the trip.

Date published: January 4, 2021

”Drought Seesaw” Affects Post-Fire Forest Recovery Across West

The Northwest CASC recently highlighted a new high-profile study on the effects of recurring droughts on Ponderosa Pine recovery after wildfires across the western United States.


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Year Published: 2021

Is there enough water? How bearish and bullish outlooks are linked to decision-maker perspectives on environmental flows

Policies that mandate environmental flows (e-flows) can be powerful tools for freshwater conservation, but implementation of these policies faces many hurdles. To better understand these challenges, we explored two key questions: (1) What additional data are needed to implement e-flows? and (2) What are the major socio-political barriers to...

Wineland, Sean M.; Fovargue, Rachel; York, Betsey; Lynch, Abigail; Paukert, Craig; Neeson, Thomas M.

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Year Published: 2020

Multilocus metabarcoding of terrestrial leech bloodmeal iDNA increases species richness uncovered in surveys of vertebrate host biodiversity

Leech-derived invertebrate DNA (iDNA) has been successfully leveraged to conduct surveys of vertebrate host biodiversity across the Indo Pacific. However, this technique has been limited methodologically, typically only targeting mammalian 16S rDNA, or both 16S and vertebrate 12S rDNA for leech host determination. To...

Fahmy, Mai; Williams, Kalani; Tessler, Michael; Weiskopf, Sarah R.; Hekkala, Evon; Siddall, Mark E.

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Year Published: 2020

Managing for a changing climate: A bended interdisciplinary climate course

We developed a blended (or hybrid) interactive course—Managing for a Changing Climate—that provides a holistic view of climate change. The course results from communication with university students and natural and cultural resource managers as well as the need for educational efforts aimed at the public, legislators, and decision-makers. Content...

Martin, Elinor; McPherson, Renee; Kuster, Emma; Bamzai, Aparna