CASC Network Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows Program

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The CASC network is providing management-relevant research on the effects of climate change to fish, wildlife and ecosystems through a nationally coordinated postdoctoral research program. 

Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park.

Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park.

(Credit: Jon Keeley, USGS. Public domain.)

CAP Fellows program opportunities will be announced soon- please check back on this page and in the Climate Adaptation Insights newsletter for details on how to apply. 


The CASC Network is offering seven postdoctoral research positions as part of the Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAP Fellows) Program. This program aims to provide management-relevant research on the effects of climate change to fish, wildlife and ecosystems through a nationally coordinated postdoctoral research program.  

CAP Fellows Program Focus for 2021-2023: “The Future of Fire”  

The inaugural CAP Fellows program will focus on providing regional-to-national syntheses of climate change impacts on fire regimes, fire management, and fire response; explore resulting impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems; and provide the scientific research necessary to help managers adapt to these changes.  

Fellows will be regionally based at a CASC Consortium University, and will work with faculty advisors to lead regionally-focused research projects related to climate-fire dynamics. In addition, participants will collaborate with members of the CASC network from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis. Finally, the Fellows will participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology; mutual learning with stakeholders; iterative creative problem-solving; and interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines. 


This opportunity is open to individuals who are obtaining or have obtained a PhD at institutions of higher education; for complete eligibility requirements, please see the specific job opportunities as announced by the Consortium Universities.  

The CAP Fellows program is committed to increasing the diversity of the workforce within our network, and encourages individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status types to apply. The CASC network is committed to building inclusive research and educational programs that support people of all backgrounds. 

Postdoctoral Duration and Location 

The CAP Fellows program will support postdoctoral researchers at regional CASC Consortium Universities for two-year appointments. Positions have been filled for the “The Future of Fire” at the following institutions: 

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks 

  • University of Montana 

  • University of California Davis 

  • North Carolina State University 

  • University of Colorado Boulder 

  • University of Hawaii Manoa 

  • Oklahoma State University 

Questions? Please direct questions about the CAPF program to Madeleine Rubenstein,  

The CAP Fellows Program is supported through the National CASC supported project "Future of Fire: Towards a National Synthesis of Wildland Fire Under a Changing Climate".