Ethan Coffel, NE CSC Graduate Fellow from Columbia University, traveled west this summer to spend a week with other CSC fellows and learn about how the Northwest views the impacts of climate change. In Ethan's words:
"I attended the NWCSC’s climate boot camp from Aug. 11-16. We stayed in cabins at Silver Lake State Park, about 60 miles south of Portland, OR. It was a broad group with students from all of the CSCs as well as several professionals from USGS and other environmental organizations. The schedule was quite full with talks on climate science, climate impacts in the Northwest, and communication, as well as field trips to the Pacific coast, Mt. Hood, the arid region just east of the mountains. There was also a significant focus on the impacts of environmental change on the native tribes in Oregon – we visited the Siletz and Warm Springs reservations and talked with tribal elders about their response to changes in plant and animal life on their territory. Overall it was an excellent experience; I learned about the climate and ecology of the Northwest and met other graduate students and researchers who I plan to stay in touch with in the future."