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Shannon McNeeley

Research Scientist - co-lead of adaptation team
Shannon McNeeley

Dr. Shannon McNeeley received her doctoral degree in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science (ecological anthropology, ecology, climatology) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program as an NSF IGERT Fellow then as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her doctoral research focused on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity of Indigenous people (Athabascan Indians) in the remote, rural Interior region of Alaska. This was done in close collaboration with tribes, state, and federal agency partners. She first began working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2000 as an associate scientist before starting her doctoral degree in the fall of 2004. Her work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, incorporating both the social and natural sciences in order to understand human-environment relationships and how people are impacted by and respond to environmental change. She has been involved in climate change education and research for over 20 years. As a postdoctoral fellow at NCAR, her research focused on water scarcity and sustainability in the context of climate variability and change and the Yampa/White Basins region of northwest Colorado. Dr. McNeeley was an author on the third and fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments and was/is a steering committee member for the third and fourth (upcoming in 2019) National Adaptation Forums. She is currently a research scientist at the DOI-sponsored North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center at Colorado State University where she leads several projects coproducing science and decision support tools with and for agency and tribal decision makers. In addition to continuing applied research on vulnerability and adaptation in the context of public and tribal lands and natural resources, this also entails working to build the capacity of the NC CASC to conduct and support regional assessment on climate change adaptive capacity and decision making.

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