Aparna Bamzai-Dodson

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson is the Deputy Director of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC), one of the nine regional centers that form the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center network.


Aparna Bamzai-Dodson is the USGS Deputy Director for the NC CASC. In this role, she undertakes stakeholder and partner engagement to identify strategic science goals, outputs, and objectives. She is also responsible for tracking budget planning and expenditures, organizing the solicitation and review of project proposals, and coordinating efficient and effective communication and collaboration among NC CASC-funded scientists. Aparna has a B.S. in Statistics and Mathematics from Virginia Tech and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University with a focus on Global Environmental Change and has completed the coursework toward her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently concurrently pursuing her Ph.D. part-time through the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on approaches to evaluate actionable science for climate adaptation. She plans to survey stakeholders of NC CASC projects to understand their engagement in the research process, their use of products and information, and their perceptions of relationship building with the investigator team. This research will provide an opportunity for the NC CASC to learn how to improve its practice of producing usable knowledge to support decision making.

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