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A cartoon Aparna at the start of an 8-bit video-game style map, which leads through science icons and universities.
Aparna Bamzai-Dodson's Career Journey
Aparna Bamzai-Dodson's Career Journey
Aparna Bamzai-Dodson's Career Journey

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson is the Assistant Regional Administrator of the USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, a co-production expert, and an avid video gamer. Like an open world game, her career path has not been linear, taking her across a complex map of different landscapes and institutions.

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson is the Assistant Regional Administrator of the USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, a co-production expert, and an avid video gamer. Like an open world game, her career path has not been linear, taking her across a complex map of different landscapes and institutions.

"Choose your character" of Aparna at level 2 (Doctorate). She is wearing a black graduation gown and cap and holding a degree
Level 2 Aparna: Doctorate
Level 2 Aparna: Doctorate
Level 2 Aparna: Doctorate

Inspired by her work with the CASCs, Aparna pursued a PhD in applied social science at the University of Oklahoma. She was deliberate about choosing an academic committee who understood her goals of having an “applied” dissertation, to continue working at her job with the CASC network, and to not pursue an academic career after graduating.

Inspired by her work with the CASCs, Aparna pursued a PhD in applied social science at the University of Oklahoma. She was deliberate about choosing an academic committee who understood her goals of having an “applied” dissertation, to continue working at her job with the CASC network, and to not pursue an academic career after graduating.

"Choose your character" screen for level 3 Aparna (Superhero). She is wearing a blue superhero outfit with a red cape.
Level 3 Aparna: Superhero
Level 3 Aparna: Superhero
Level 3 Aparna: Superhero

In her current role, Aparna is a CASC "superhero", with a supernatural ability to bring together diverse perspectives to create useful and usable science. 

Level 3 Stats:

  • Health: 90
  • Network: 75
  • Defense: 80
  • Charisma: 90

Skills: Bringing people together, problem solver, unflappable attitude

In her current role, Aparna is a CASC "superhero", with a supernatural ability to bring together diverse perspectives to create useful and usable science. 

Level 3 Stats:

  • Health: 90
  • Network: 75
  • Defense: 80
  • Charisma: 90

Skills: Bringing people together, problem solver, unflappable attitude

"Choose your character" screen for Aparna level 1 (Consultant). She is wearing a purple sweater, jeans, and glasses.
Level 1 Aparna: Consultant
Level 1 Aparna: Consultant
Level 1 Aparna: Consultant

Aparna began her career with a degree in statistics working as a business consultant. 

Level 1 Stats:

  • Health: 50
  • Network: 30
  • Defense: 42
  • Charisma: 60

Skills: Service oriented, process thinker, human geographer, collaboration

Aparna began her career with a degree in statistics working as a business consultant. 

Level 1 Stats:

  • Health: 50
  • Network: 30
  • Defense: 42
  • Charisma: 60

Skills: Service oriented, process thinker, human geographer, collaboration

Superhero Aparna carries a table of people through the air and sets them next to other people, forming new connections.
Aparna as an Actionable Science Superhero
Aparna as an Actionable Science Superhero
Aparna as an Actionable Science Superhero

As a CASC superhero, Aparna brings together diverse groups to help ensure everyone's perspectives are included and valued in the scientific process.

As a CASC superhero, Aparna brings together diverse groups to help ensure everyone's perspectives are included and valued in the scientific process.

8-bit consultant Aparna jumps to hit a Mario-style question block, where a degree appears and the game announces "Level Up!"
Aparna Levels Up
Aparna Levels Up
Aparna Levels Up

Aparna leveled up professionally when she decided to leave consulting for a career in science, a better fit for her. She went completed a master’s degree in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, began a PhD at U.C. Berkeley, and took a job at the South Central CASC.

Aparna leveled up professionally when she decided to leave consulting for a career in science, a better fit for her. She went completed a master’s degree in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, began a PhD at U.C. Berkeley, and took a job at the South Central CASC.

8-bit Aparna jumps on a trampoline held by her mentors, and in the air she sheds her robe to reveal a superhero costume.
Aparna reaches for the stars
Aparna reaches for the stars
Aparna reaches for the stars

With the help of her mentors, Aparna discovers new heights, becoming a CASC actionable science superhero.

With the help of her mentors, Aparna discovers new heights, becoming a CASC actionable science superhero.

A conceptual figure of the RAD decision framework in the shape of a triangle with "Resist", "Accept" and "Direct" as the three main points of the triangle.
RAD conceptual figure.jpg
RAD conceptual figure.jpg
RAD conceptual figure.jpg

The RAD Framework lays out three approaches for making management decisions for systems undergoing ecosystem transformation: 1) Resist, where managers work to maintain or restore ecosystem composition, structure, processes, or function on the basis of historical or acceptable current conditions, 2) Accept, where managers al

The RAD Framework lays out three approaches for making management decisions for systems undergoing ecosystem transformation: 1) Resist, where managers work to maintain or restore ecosystem composition, structure, processes, or function on the basis of historical or acceptable current conditions, 2) Accept, where managers al

Coastal ecosystems that store carbon and carbon flows within these ecosystems. Full alt text in caption.
Blue Carbon
Blue Carbon
Blue Carbon

Blue carbon refers to carbon captured in coastal and ocean ecosystems.

Blue carbon refers to carbon captured in coastal and ocean ecosystems.

A group of men and women standing for their photo while at a conference.
Fisheries congress 3.jpg
Fisheries congress 3.jpg
Fisheries congress 3.jpg

Washington Water Science Center staff welcomed Director Applegate by wearing his signature bowtie. (photo credit: Sarah Dunn, WA Water Science Center).

Washington Water Science Center staff welcomed Director Applegate by wearing his signature bowtie. (photo credit: Sarah Dunn, WA Water Science Center).

A group of men and women stand for their picture while in a conference room.
Fisheries congress 2.jpg
Fisheries congress 2.jpg
Fisheries congress 2.jpg

Director Applegate and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center staff during his visit to the University of Washington. (photo credit: Jenny Dettman, University of Washington)

Director Applegate and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center staff during his visit to the University of Washington. (photo credit: Jenny Dettman, University of Washington)

A large group of men and women stand for their picture while in front of a fish themed mural.
Fisheries congress 4 crop.jpg
Fisheries congress 4 crop.jpg
Fisheries congress 4 crop.jpg

Director Applegate and staff from Western Fisheries Research Center pose in front of the newly painted mural at the Western Fisheries Research Center’s headquarters. The mural features three swimming salmon, a DNA helix, a microscope, and the USGS logo. (Photo credit: Rachel Reagan, Western Fisheries Research Center)

Director Applegate and staff from Western Fisheries Research Center pose in front of the newly painted mural at the Western Fisheries Research Center’s headquarters. The mural features three swimming salmon, a DNA helix, a microscope, and the USGS logo. (Photo credit: Rachel Reagan, Western Fisheries Research Center)

Circular divided into horizontal layers of vignettes illustrating interactions between people and natural world.
Environmental and Climate Justice
Environmental and Climate Justice
Environmental and Climate Justice

Artwork developed for National Climate Adaptation Science Center webinar series "Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management."

Artwork developed for National Climate Adaptation Science Center webinar series "Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management."

A comic style infographic of USGS researchers studying ice cores.
Ice Cores
Ice Cores
Ice Cores

The cold never bothered our USGS scientists! They ask – do you want to collect an ice core?

The cold never bothered our USGS scientists! They ask – do you want to collect an ice core?

A drawing of a crosscut section of a tree to display its rings and the potential events associated with their differences.
Tree Rings
Tree Rings
Tree Rings

The secret lives of... trees? Trees can live for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. As they grow, they add new layers of growth – or tree rings – that scientists can study to learn about the tree’s life. The width of tree rings often reflects the factor most influencing growth from one year to the next depending upon where the tree lives.

The secret lives of... trees? Trees can live for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. As they grow, they add new layers of growth – or tree rings – that scientists can study to learn about the tree’s life. The width of tree rings often reflects the factor most influencing growth from one year to the next depending upon where the tree lives.

A drawing of a crosscut sediment core depicting historic events from 1950 to 18,000 B.C
Sediment Core
Sediment Core
Sediment Core

Time to get our hands dirty! Paleoclimate researchers study sediment cores, which are accumulated layers of mud and dead plant material collected in a long tube, to learn about what the climate and environment of the past was like.

Time to get our hands dirty! Paleoclimate researchers study sediment cores, which are accumulated layers of mud and dead plant material collected in a long tube, to learn about what the climate and environment of the past was like.

Hand-drawn circular diagram showing continuum of wildlands, with little human development, to dense urban town centers.
Continuum of Wildland to Urban Densities
Continuum of Wildland to Urban Densities
Continuum of Wildland to Urban Densities

All of Earth’s ecosystems are directly or indirectly impacted by humans. But landscapes where people live, work, and travel can become dominated by people, such that the built environment and people’s daily activities control major ecological processes.

All of Earth’s ecosystems are directly or indirectly impacted by humans. But landscapes where people live, work, and travel can become dominated by people, such that the built environment and people’s daily activities control major ecological processes.

Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, showing coastal mountains along the Queen Charlotte Fault zone.

Aerial view of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, showing coastal mountains along the Queen Charlotte Fault zone.

An infographic describing the ecosystem services that the Arctic provides to communities and animals
Arctic Ecosystem
Arctic Ecosystem
Arctic Ecosystem

Arctic Ecosystems are at the forefront of climate change and many of the ecosystem services they provide are rapidly threatened or changing.

Created by ORISE Fellow, Ben Slyngstad

Arctic Ecosystems are at the forefront of climate change and many of the ecosystem services they provide are rapidly threatened or changing.

Created by ORISE Fellow, Ben Slyngstad

The moon in the sky above the Great Unconformity within the Colorado National Monument
The Great Unconformity, Colorado National Monument
The Great Unconformity, Colorado National Monument
The Great Unconformity, Colorado National Monument

The moon sets over an exposure of the Great Unconformity within the Colorado National Monument (Colorado, USA). At this location, Paleoproterozoic granite (foreground) is unconformably overlain by the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation.

The moon sets over an exposure of the Great Unconformity within the Colorado National Monument (Colorado, USA). At this location, Paleoproterozoic granite (foreground) is unconformably overlain by the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation.

Six boats on a lack dotted with green algae, with groups of people in each boat, under blue skies scattered with white clouds
Upper Mississippi River Restoration
Upper Mississippi River Restoration
Upper Mississippi River Restoration

Upper Mississippi River Restoration program partners meet in the field to discuss a backwater habitat rehabilitation project in Pool 4 of the Mississippi.

Upper Mississippi River Restoration program partners meet in the field to discuss a backwater habitat rehabilitation project in Pool 4 of the Mississippi.