The NW CASC advances actionable science relevant to today’s emerging climate-related risks by supporting research by early-career NW CASC Fellows. The NW CASC’s Research Fellowship Program enables graduate students and postdocs from a variety of scientific backgrounds to co-produce actionable science in collaboration with regional natural resource managers and decision-makers. Fellows receive support for research aligned with the NW CASC Science Agenda, as well as instruction in the principles and practices of co-production of decision-relevant (“actionable”) science.
As part of this program, NW CASC Fellows participate in a University of Washington seminar on The Theory and Practice of Linking Knowledge with Action to Address Modern Environmental Challenges, cohort meetings and skills-building webinars. NW CASC Fellows also support the planning and implementation of a regional science and practice deep-dive and present their work at the annual Northwest Climate Conference. To date, more than 150 graduate students and postdocs have received NW CASC Fellowships to support work ranging from examining climate impacts on forest insect outbreaks to understanding how eelgrass can reduce the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish.