In her role as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC), Nicole DeCrappeo brings a strong research background, proven leadership skills and a deep commitment to advancing climate adaptation in our region. Nicole’s many years working in the Climate Adaptation Science Center network have provided her with a thorough understanding of the processes necessary to make an impact on-the-ground. Prior to her new position, Nicole served as the Acting Director of the NW CASC, Deputy Director of the Alaska CASC, Deputy Director of the NW CASC and Research Coordinator of the NW CASC.
Nicole’s research experience includes ten years with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, where she studied the links between native and exotic invasive plants, soil biological communities and nutrient cycling in arid lands of the western U.S. She has also worked on topics ranging from biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in tallgrass prairies to climate change effects on soil communities in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from American University. Nicole is currently based in Corvallis, Oregon.