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Academic Partners

North Carolina State University is the lead university for a consortium of academic institutions across the Southeast, bringing together a breadth of expertise and capacity in natural, physical, and social sciences and management of natural and cultural resources.

Working Groups

Consortium Principal Investigators lead Working Groups on a variety of global change topics that draw on their scientific strengths and interests. The Working Groups bring together multi-disciplinary teams of academics, USGS staff, Tribal Nations, representatives from state agencies, other stakeholders, and students to address regionally-relevant emerging issues and to develop syntheses of topics to inform science needs and improve co-production.

Working Groups

Ecosystem Services and Global Change

Integrate natural capital/ecosystem services into natural resource and wildlife management decisions to improve communications with stakeholders, linkages with partners, consideration of co-benefits and unintended consequences and potentially providing a way to track status and trends of these benefits that nature provides to people.
Lead: Lydia Olander (Duke University)

Coastal Resilience to Global Change

Elucidate the needs/gaps/and opportunities for coastal resilience in the southeastern region through development of a network of researchers among consortium members, leveraging existing efforts and stakeholder connections.
Leads: Karen McNeal (Auburn University), Wendy Graham (University of Florida), Lydia Olander (Duke University)

Evaluation of Actionable Science

Identify factors that increase the likelihood that joint science and action objectives of actionable science projects are being met. Evaluate factors in select SE CASC-funded projects.
Leads: Paul Armsworth (University of Tennessee), Karen McNeal (Auburn University)

Water Supply and Demand in a Changing Climate

Utilize a stakeholder-scientist partnership to increase the relevance of climate science data and tools at relevant time and space scales to support decision-making in water resource management, planning, and supply operations that is protective of aquatic ecosystems.
Lead: Wendy Graham (University of Florida)

Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

Coordinate efforts of Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy. Evaluate conservation communication framing strategies and changes in how wildlife management is prioritized by the public.
Lead: Nils Peterson (NC State University)

Integrating Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans

Evaluate how researchers can best support further integration of climate change considerations into the 2025 revisions of State Wildlife Action Plans.
Lead: Paul Armsworth (University of Tennessee)