AUNE Faculty and Alums Involved in First National Adaptation Forum in April

Abigail Abrash Walton, director of AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), will present the CAI’s Translating Research to Inform Policy (TRIP) on April 3, during the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, April 2-4, in Denver, Colorado. The forum’s program committee is chaired by AUNE alumna Amber Pairis, PhD ’05, who is the climate change advisor for the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), responsible for coordinating the department’s activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Michael Simpson, chair of AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, and Carolyn Bartholomew, AUNE visiting professor, will present workshops at the forum, and alumna Shawn Margles, MS ’06, will attend.

The National Adaptation Forum will bring together climate-adaptation practitioners and experts from around the country focused on moving climate-adaptation planning to action, while building a community of practitioners to support information sharing and collaboration.  The event combines professional development training, individual presentations, peer networking, and working group.

TRIP is a program of workshops offered by the CAI to educate scientists on how to become involved with public policy by explaining and interpreting their research to policy makers and the public. Abi’s travel is funded by a $2,000 grant from the John T. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation, awarded through the forum’s organizers.

Pairis, a member of the executive steering committee for the forum, will host the opening day plenary session. She began the CDFG’s climate science program five years ago; the agency’s Climate Science and Renewable Energy branch was created in 2010.

For more information about TRIP and workshops, contact Kayla Cranston, CAI coordinator, kcranston@antioch.edu.