2015 Climate Bootcamp

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The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is a Department of the Interior (DOI) initiative, sponsored by the USGS and jointly hosted by Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington. One objective of the NW CSC is to support and train graduate students and early career professionals to work at the interface of scientific research on climate and resource management decision-making. Our annual Climate Boot Camp (CBC), now in its fifth year, is our primary educational offering to meet this objective.

Graduate students and early career professionals who attend the CBC include our NW CSC graduate assistants, graduate students from other CSCs in the DOI national network, and early career professionals working in northwest Tribes, NGOs, and state and federal resource management agencies. We refer to these competitively selected participants as CBC Fellows.


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Length: 00:03:26

Location Taken: Portland, OR, US



Each summer the Northwest Climate Science
Center brings together graduate students and

early career professionals for a weeklong
climate boot camp. This next generation of

scientists and resource managers witness first
hand the power of agencies, tribes and local

communities working together to address climate

My name's Ryan Niemeyer I'm a graduate
student at the University of Idaho.

I'm Ann Marie and I am a master's student
at Boise State.

I'm Eric Salathe I'm an associate professor
at the University of Washington Bothell.

My name's Shana Hirsch and I'm from the
University of Idaho.

In boot camp what students are learning actually,
is what most of us in the field have taken,

you know 25-30 years to learn and tried to
compress that into a one-week experience.

I had a fairly solid understanding of the
physical effects of climate change and how

those are going to play out, but I was really
missing important things like how to talk

about climate change, how is climate change
important, not only in academic settings but

in management settings and for people who
are making decisions.

I can see a real need for a kind of shift
in paradigm and a new production of knowledge

that's more focused in order to deal with
climate change.

I was really interested in just seeing how
people in the Pacific Northwest, in a diversity

of roles, are dealing with climate change,
addressing climate change and responding to

climate change.

One of the things that I gained from the boot
camp was just a lot of great interactions

with early career graduate students who are
doing interesting work and seeing what they

are doing, but also early career professionals.

I think what is unique here is that we have
students' huge diversity we have social

scientists, we have physical scientists, we
have biological scientists, we have people

from the tribes.

It was just very inspiring to be able to interact
with likeminded students, professionals and

professors from the sponsoring universities
and just to hear their personal stories and

why they're worried about climate change
and how they're incorporating it into their


It's great to get mentorship from both scientist
and managers who are maybe a little bit further

down the pathway, to get increased knowledge
about climate change especially because it

is so important to what we all do.

The most exciting thing about doing this is
the energy, the passion, the interest, the

diversity of the students that are involved.

You're going to make connections with people
that you're gonna keep for the rest of your

career and they're going to be very valuable

So I think, you know, just that networking
and that additional knowledge and just kind

of really helps kinda shoot your, you know,
can accelerate your career forward.

It will really push my career in a stronger
direction were I'm actually able to do some

work that's gonna be helpful, valuable and