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A collaborative project of the University of Montana and the USDA Forest Service

Research Projects

Water, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice: A Vulnerability Assessment

Lead PIs
Gary Evans, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
Neal Halfon, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
Patricia L. Winter – USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program

Community Readiness for Environmental Change: A Pilot Study in a Minnesota Forest-Associated Community

Project PIs
Mae Davenport, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Marla Emery, USDA Forest Service Northern Forest Research Station
Pamela Jakes, USDA Forest Service Northern Forest Research Station (retired)

Understanding the Role of Forest Resources in Reducing Community Vulnerability to Climate Change

Lead PIs:
Neelam Poudyal, University of Georgia, School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Cassandra Johnson Gaither - USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, SRS-4952

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Interior West: Using Scenario-building to Investigate Community Decision-Making under Uncertainty

Lead PIs:
Laurie Yung, Department of Society and Conservation, University of Montana
Dan Murphy, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
Carina Wyborn, Department of Society and Conservation, University of Montana
Dan Williams, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station


Qualitative Assessment of Climate Change in Georgia: Integrating Ethnographic Research on Social Vulnerability with Social Indicator-based Approaches

Lead PIs
Pete Brosius, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia
Sarah Hitchner, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia
Kate Dunbar, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia
Cassandra Johnson Gaither, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
John Schelhas, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station


Adapting to Climate Change: Assessing the Adaptive Capacity of Tribal and Non-Tribal Communities in the Upper Great Lakes

Project Partners
Pamela Jakes, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, St. Paul, MN
Mae Davenport, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


The Role of Adaptive Capacity in Creating Fire Adapted Human Communities

Project Partners
Pamela Jakes, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, St. Paul, MN
Matthew Carroll, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Travis Paveglio, University of Montana, Bozeman, MT


Linking Youth Wildfire Education to Fire-Adapted Human Communities in the U.S.

Project Partners
Pamela Jakes, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, St. Paul, MN
Heidi Ballard, University of California-Davis
Martha Monroe, University of Florida
Victoria Sturtevant, Southern Oregon University

Social Vulnerability and Equity in the United States in the Context of Climate Change: Synthesis of Literature

Lead PI
Kathy Lynn, Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator, University of Oregon

Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project

Lead PI
Kathy Lynn, Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator, University of Oregon

Managing for Social Vulnerability to Climate Change:  Challenges and Tools

Lead PI
Ann Moote, Independent Contractor, Natural Resources Policy and Planning

Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project

Lead PI
Kathy Lynn, Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator, University of Oregon

An Assessment of Social Vulnerability to Climate Change on the Shoshone National Forest: An Ecosystem Services and Stakeholder-Based Approach

Lead PIs
Alan Watson, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, USDA Forest Services, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Tyron Venn, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
Chris Armatas, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana