Boise State University is one of five university partners in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center (CSC), joining the University of Washington, which will host the consortium, and Washington State University, University of Montana and Western Washington University.
These five universities were selected after an open competition and extensive review by scientific experts. They will work as part of the collaborative network that defines the Northwest CSC. This includes working closely with federal, state and tribal entities, including those responsible for managing and protecting the land, water and natural resources of the Northwest, to develop actionable climate science and decision support
“Boise State has developed a reputation for excellence in understanding issues related to water, wildlife, and landscape ecology throughout the dry interior of the Pacific Northwest,” said Lejo Flores, an associate professor of geosciences and director of the Lab for Ecohydrology and Alternative Futuring. “In addition to being right out our back door and comprising large areas, these landscapes are particularly sensitive to variability and change in climate. Many of our researchers have well-established partnerships with federal researchers within the Department of Interior. This new consortium is an outstanding opportunity to highlight and extend those partnerships, as well as build new partnerships with other researchers within federal agencies and at consortium partner universities.”
The leadership team at Boise State represents a diverse set of disciplinary expertise and includes Flores (geoscience), Nancy Glenn (human environment systems), Jim McNamara
(geosciences), Julie Heath (biology), Marie-Anne de Graaff (biology) and John Freemuth (public policy).
The Northwest CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land and people adapt to a changing climate.