Manager Climate Corps
Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

The Manager Climate Corps (MCC):

Collaborating across worldviews to build adaptive capacity in the face of change

Welcome to the Manager Climate Corps (MCC) program! This program was created by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) as member of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC), which is a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and a university consortium that includes the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (the consortium lead) and the University of Guam, in addition to UH Hilo. Each partner brings unique roles to the PI-CASC and develops regionally specific programs, projects, and products. Overall, the PI-CASC develops research products (information, tools, and techniques) that strengthen the capacities of natural and cultural resource managers across the Pacific to anticipate and adapt to climate change impacts. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has established a network of eight DOI Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), including the PI-CASC. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) manages the CASCs on behalf of the DOI through the National Climate Adaptation Science Center.

The MCC was developed to support and connect local natural resource managers, researchers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, community leaders, and graduate students on Hawaiʻi Island through in-person networking and collaborative research products. Utilizing the themes contained in the PI-CASC's overarching document, the 2018-2022 PI-CASC Science Agenda and the DOI FY2018-2022 Strategic Plan, the MCC builds adaptive capacity locally by identifying existing professional networks and expanding them through manager-driven research projects and collaborative forums.

The four foundational elements of the MCC are:

View our recent publication or the MCC poster for a detailed outline of the program's development process and our Climate Science page for an overview of our approach to building adaptative capacity through research.

Our objective is to support long-term, in-person relationships and collaborative research projects by integrating research and management networks through the process of knowledge co-production. Together, managers and scientists co-produce research products that directly inform policy and meaningfully address the complex challenges faced by local managers and the communities they are connected to. Working closely with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program at UH Hilo, the MCC's first cohort included five graduate students and four manager-driven research projects that help local managers and communities adapt to socio-ecological shifts such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species impacts, and cultural change. The MCC also develops interactive forums that strengthen and build upon local knowledge networks and supports manager-driven interdisciplinary coursework at UH Hilo.

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Partner Agencies

UH ManoaUniversity of GuamDepartment of the Interior
USGS Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Contact MCC Staff

  • Sharon Ziegler-Chong: Project Coordinator
  • Phone: (808) 933-0759
  • Email: ziegler@hawaii.edu

  • Scott Laursen: Technical Projects Specialist
  • Phone: (307) 699-0123
  • Email: slaursen@hawaii.edu

The MCC partners with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program at UH Hilo and is a part of the larger tri-university consortium of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC).