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Casey Thornbrugh

Southeast and Northeast Tribal Climate Science Liaison

Southeast and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers


Casey serves as a liaison between Tribes in the Northeast and the Southeast, the United South and Eastern Tribes Inc. (USET), the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and climate science researchers to provide current climate science information, to identify climate research needs and priorities, and to provide climate adaptation planning support. Casey is a Citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe with an educational background in climate science. His Ph.D. research focused on investigating climate teleconnections and North American precipitation variability and working with Tribal communities to develop culturally responsive climate science curricula for teaching students in Tribal Colleges and K-12 schools. Casey will be working with Tribal Nations to connect the climate science data with traditional knowledge and local observations to aid in climate adaptation planning.