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Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, PhD

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson is the Acting 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 Acting 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 completed her Ph.D. through the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on the theory and practice of engaging stakeholders in the creation of actionable science for climate adaptation. 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.

Education and Certifications

  • PhD in Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

  • MS in Environmental Management, Duke University

  • BS in Statistics and Mathematics, Virginia Tech

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