Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Scientist Spotlights


CASC network scientists work with wildlife managers and stakeholders to better understand and prepare for climate change impacts affecting a range of plant and animal species, from coastal fishes to alpine forests and all ecosystems in between.

Abby Lynch

Abby lynch holding a fish

Abby Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist for the National CASC. She focuses on inland fisheries management and conservation, both nationally and globally. Her most recent successes include piloting several research efforts aimed at establishing a more accrurate baseline for valuating commercial and recreational inland fisheries around the world. Lynch also co-founded InFish, a global professional network of volunteers interested in conservation and management of inland fish and fisheries.

Read the full story on Abby Lynch here.






Adam Terando

Adam Terando

Adam Terando is a Research Ecologist for the Southeast CASC. His expertise lies in analyzing the combined effects of climate change and land use change on once-rural but quickly urbanizing southeastern landscapes. Terando also works closely with regional stakeholders to assess the impacts of conducting controlled burns while temperatures in the Southeast continue to increase.

Read the full story on Adam Terando here.





Adrienne Wootten

Adrienne Wooten stands in front of the Rio Grand on the side of a road with desert behind her.

Adrienne Wootten is a Climate Scientist for the South Central CASC. Her vast knowledge and experience involves using climate models to statistically monitor and project regional extreme weather patterns. Wootten is especially interested in the damage extreme weather events can cause to human societies, as well as to natural systems.

Read the full story on Adrienne Wootten here.







Bonnie Myers

Bonnie Myers

Bonnie Myers is a Research Fish Biologist for the National CASC and has experience working in fisheries management in a variety of locations from Maine to Alaska. Currently, Myers is researching how shifts in climatic and environmental factors—such as changes in land use, temperature, stream flow, or invasive species—can impact the native fish populations of Puerto Rico. She also interviews members of local Puerto Rican communities about how these changes are impacting their ways of life.

Read the full story on Bonnie Myers here.







Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Brian Miller is a Research Ecologist for the North Central CASC. He is skilled in the use of scenario planning and vegetation modeling, techniques that he frequently employs when working with stakeholders from several U.S. national parks. Miller’s work aids park managers. Miller's modeling work aids various park managers in their planning and decision-making processes as they adapt to regional climate shifts impacting historic infrastructure, water availability, and animal-plant interactions.

Read the full story on Brian Miller here.







Chas Jones

Chas Jones, in a brown sable fedora and a bright orange t-shirt with the white words "Ask Me!" written on it, stands on shore.

Chas Jones is the Tribal Liaison for the Northwest CASC and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). Jones's work involves synthesizing information on climate-induced changes taking place in the varying environments surrounding Northwest tribes. This includes consistent engagement with tribal members as they communicate their concerns surrounding observable defecits in culturally important resources such as salmon or huckleberry.

Read the full story on Chas Jones here.







Jeremy Littell

Photo of scientist bending over to collect data

Jeremy Littell is a Research Ecologist for the Alaska CASC, a job which requires physically collecting large amounts of data on air temperature, snowpack, permafrost, alpine forest growth, and glacial changes in many locations and over long periods of time. Littell has collaborated with research partners on several projects aimed at helping managers and stakeholders understand how resources across the vast state of Alaska are being affected by climate change and how they can adapt.

Read the full story on Jeremy Littell here.







Laura Thompson

Black bear cub in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

Laura Thompson is a Research Ecologist for the National CASC. Her expertise in adaptation planning and management decision support has been crucial to the development of a framework for categorizing species based on their capacity to adapt to changing environmental and climatic conditions. Additionally, Thompson's research on evolutionary adaptive capacity (EvAC) has supported managers who are focused on the conservation of at-risk species.

Read the full story on Laura Thompson here.







Michelle Staudinger

Staudinger holding a Atlantic puffin chick on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Michelle Staudinger is the Science Coordinator for the Northeast CASC. Her work and research is focused on assessing phenological changes occurring within coastal fish and sea bird populations, as a result of climate-induced changes in regional and seasonal temperatures. Staudinger has a long history of working directly with commercial and recreational fishermen to study coastal and marine fishes. She also collaborated with stakeholders to produce a Climate Action Tool designed to provide place-based information for scientists and managers in the development of regional climate adaptation strategies.

Read the full story on Michelle Staudinger here.





Ryan Toohey

Ryan Toohey, Ph.D.

Ryan Toohey is the Science Applications Coordinator for the Alaska CASC. With a hydrology background, Toohey researches Alaska's thawing permafrost and the effects this often has on local and native communities. His work predominantly involves the development of community-based research projects which integrate the climate change concerns of Alaskan native communities, such as decreased availability of culturally important resources like elk.

Read the full story on Ryan Toohey here.






Toni Lyn Morelli

Toni Lyn Morelli traps a red squirrel

Toni Lyn Morelli is a Research Ecologist for the Northeast CASC who studies the impacts of climate change on wildlife and landscapes to improve management and conservation decision-making. Her main research focus is climate refugia, the term for ecosystems that are buffered from the effects of climate change. Morelli's projects often involve mapping refugia and communicating refugia data to wildlife managers.

Read the full story on Toni Lyn Morelli here.