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Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform. Photo: Natural Resources Canada

The Power of Policy: A Canadian perspective  
Jul 16, 2018 • Monica Harvey

I started my career in a technical field completing a Bachelor of Science in Honours Chemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry and a final year thesis in atmospheric chemistry. After working at an environmental consulting company, I returned to school to obtain a Master of Applied Science in... more

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When Does Synthesizing Begin? Contributing to Broader Theory During Early Career  
Aug 13, 2013 • Winslow Hansen

Walking in Alaska

After getting my undergraduate degrees from the University of Montana, I moved to Alaska to work as a research technician. I was looking for a big adventure and I found it. I spent a year traveling around the state of Alaska to rural indigenous villages. I worked with a post doc interviewing subsistence hunters, documenting their ways of life, and how changing climate was influencing the... more

Extreme Science Porn But Where Are The Social Scientists?  
Aug 11, 2013 • Carina Wyborn


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I wrote this post after attending the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, where over 500 academics, advocates and practitioners came together to talk about the state of climate adaptation in the US. One night the screened James Balog’s ‘Chasing Ice’ an inspiring piece of extreme adventure science porn. The film is presents a classic David and Golaiath narrative of a nature photographer with a... more

Climate Wisconsin Project  
Aug 6, 2013 • Zachary Schuster

Climate Wisconsin

One of the big challenges with communicating climate change is the perception that the impacts will be far into the future or will affect someone else. These perceptions make it very easy to resist action to mitigate potential future impacts because there are a lot more pressing issues closer to home.

A recent project from a group of folks in science and communication sought to address... more

Communicating Science! With Your Friends  
Aug 6, 2013 • Zachary Schuster

Graph of Madison, Wisconsin Rain-Off

Howdy folks, I’m Zach, I live in Wisconsin, and I like water. I imagine you’ve heard a lot of stereotypes about Wisconsin – we love cheese, we wear cheese on our heads, and we love beer. Well let me just start by saying that these stereotypes are absolutely … 100% true.

I just got back from the NW CSC Climate Boot Camp 2013 (It was amazing!), and one of topics that we covered was... more

Managing for Change: New Insights on Practitioner Challenges & Needs  
May 6, 2013 • Patricia Tillmann

Dynamic and beautiful coastal temperate rainforests traverse the Pacific coastline from southern Alaska to northwest California. Left: Cape Flattery, WA. Right: Auke Bay, AK. Photo credit: Patricia Tillmann

North America’s resource managers and conservation practitioners protect and preserve lands, waters, and wildlife in the face of land use change, development pressure, and now, climate change. To help ensure resource managers and conservationists will be able to protect and preserve  cherished places and wildlife in an era of climate change, ... more

Amphibians in Hot Water: The Role of Plasticity in Climate Change Adaptation  
Apr 13, 2013 • Lindsey Thurman

Frog life cycle

Pond-breeding frog life cycle

What does it mean to be plastic?

Plasticity refers to the variation in phenotypes under certain environmental conditions. This means that one genotype can translate into multiple phenotypes based on environmental change.  Phenotypic plasticity is widespread in nature, and can significantly alter the relationship between... more

Some Say...It's Just a Hoax!  
Apr 12, 2013 • Toni Klemm


Photo Credit: Getty Images

A chat about ice cores and oil business

A couple of evenings ago I had an interesting discussion with a friend of my roommate. Let’s call him Pete. Pete, the climate sceptic.

Pete and I had never met before, so we started with the usual introduction, and continued with the usual “Oh, where are you from?” after people notice my foreign accent. This is usually... more

Changing Boreal Wildfire and Bark Beetle Outbreak: Implications for Ecosystems and People  
Mar 19, 2013 • Winslow Hansen

Boreal wildfire

Boreal wildfire

The following is a report of my Master’s research. To view a recording of my full defense click ... more

Leaking of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report and The Philosophy of Publishing  
Jan 21, 2013 • Winslow Hansen


Photo credit: IPCC

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares to release its fifth assessment report, they asked for reviewers to read the draft and comment. Nearly anyone can sign up as and “expert reviewer” as long as they agree to confidentiality. In early December, one reviewer by the name of Alec Rawls decided the document he reviewed provides evidence that humans are not the primary cause of... more

Climate, Weather and Water: A Quick Review From This Fall  
Dec 29, 2012 • Rosie Records

Mississippi River

Photo credit: gettyimages.com

The evening I’m writing this, our first real snow this winter has been on the ground for barely a day.  My desk (or rather, kitchen table) is in the watershed of the Cache La Poudre River, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  The Cache La Poudre is part of the South Platte River which drains to the Platte River, a tributary to the mighty Missouri. The snow is very welcome... more