NE CSC Participates in AAAS Annual Meeting

Friday, March 30, 2018

Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator of the NE CSC, was an invited panelist for the session “Involving Stakeholders to Improve Outcomes: Lessons From the Climate Science Centers” at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Austin, Texas, February 15-19th, 2018.  Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech University), organizer of the session, provided opening remarks, and moderated questions in response to the three presentations, which highlighted how the CSC network is conducting stakeholder-driven science. Michelle discussed working collaboratively with states on integrating climate science into conservation planning and actions. April Taylor (Chickasaw Nation, and South Central CSC) spoke about partnering with tribal nations to co-produce knowledge and adapt to climate impacts. Aaron Fournier (University of Oklahoma) provided a student perspective of his experience working with stakeholders, and tribes specifically, as part of his educational training. Lastly, Renee McPherson (University of Oklahoma) served as the discussant for the session, and identified communication, culture, and connections as cross-cutting themes across the case studies for successfully engaging the CSC’s diverse stakeholder groups.