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Manager Climate Corps
Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Products: Knowledge Co-production in Motion

Kualii and Steve

Collaborative Products from MCC Professional Networks, 2015-2020

  • Case Study Developed - An MCC project led by UH Hilo graduate student Rose Hart examined Hawai‘i Island shoreline erosion rates and ultimately generated concrete policy changes as well as stimulating further manager-driven research, illustrating the strengths of a co-produced project. Due to its direct and lasting impact on management policy and local stakeholder networks, in January 2020 this success story was published at the US Climate Resilience Toolkit as a case study.

  • UH Hilo Co-production Faculty Meeting - On Nov. 20th, 2019, UH Hilo hosted an interactive MCC workshop involving local natural and cultural resource managers, researchers, graduate students, and community members to discuss current and near-future research needs and potential research support to help Hawai‘i Island communities adapt to climate change impacts. See the News Story on PI-CASC's regional website for more details.

  • Graduate Student Film on Climate Smart Agriculture - Joanna Norton and her team completed their co-produced research project through UH Hilo's Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program, and in July 2019 released a new film offering a 6-minute overview of their work , which developed and tested a climate-smart agriculture method of compost application utilizing an invasive and desctructive canopy species: albizia (Falcataria moluccana).

  • Interactive Session Developed at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum - At the National Adaptation Forum (Madison, WI; April 23-25, 2019), MCC helped develop an interactive session involving 5 regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers. The session title was "Collaboration and Adaptation Across Worldviews: case studies in co-producing and implementing science for management." One of five presenters in the session, MCC staff outlined the MCC's foundations and direct policy impacts that have resulted from an MCC research project led by Bethany Morrison at Hawaiʻi County's Long Range Planning Dept. Session presenters then further discussed their experience in stakeholder-driven science with a diverse audience. See the National Adaptation Forum's online program for additional info on the session abstract, presenters, and presentation titles.

  • Interactive Session Developed at the 2019 Conference on Island Sustainability - At 10th annual Conference on Island Sustainability (Tumon, Guam; April 10-12, 2019), MCC staff and Bethany Morrison from Hawaiʻi County's Long Range Planning Dept. co-presented the MCC's approach to collaborative, manager-driven research and the direct policy impacts that have resulted from an MCC research project led by Bethany MCC staff, Bethany, and two additional presenters in the session then fielded questions from the audience regarding policy, planning, and manager-driven research efforts.

  • Initiated 3 UH Hilo Research Projects – In Fall 2018 a UHH-wide request for proposals went out for collaborative research projects that were relevant to the Science Agenda and engaged resource managers in knowledge co-production. This led to funding three manager-driven research projects. Because managers are co-leading each research project from inception to completion, the products and questions answered by the research are linked to their management needs and shared with their broader professional networks, greatly increasing the chance of product utilization.

  • Featured in Episode of Voice of the Sea - University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant developed a science television program called Voice of the Sea. Check out the most recent episode, Adapting Culture to Climate Change, which aired on July 7th and 8th 2018 and highlighted three PI-CASC-funded research projects involved in community-based management. One of the projects showcased is led by graduate students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi and Associate Professor of Marine Science Steven Colbert (all from UH Hilo). Their collaborative research project supports the restoration and management of three loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) in Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi.The episode won a Bronze Telly Award in May of 2019 for excellence in telling stories of scientific and cultural work in the Pacific which motivate the local community toward engagement with environmental and societal issues. The Telly Awards honor creative and distinguished local, regional, and cable television programming.

  • Manuscript – In May, 2018 the MCC published a paper in Environmental Management outlining the process through which the program was developed and the philosophies supporting it.

  • Manager-Driven Graduate Coursework - In the 2018 spring semester, an MCC staff member is facilitating a graduate level natural and cultural resource manager seminar within the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science graduate program (TCBES) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Local managers involved with MCC networks are offering weekly presentations and discussion sessions centered around their work to the 18 graduate students in this year's TCBES cohort, as well as faculty, other students, and community members that are welcome to attend.

  • MCC Process Presentation at AMS annual meeting - The Manager Climate Corps' two year development process was presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), specifically within the 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research, and Practice. You can read the abstract or experience the recorded 15-minute presentation directly. The MCC's approach to developing actionable science locally was well aligned with the symposium context as well as the broader theme of this year's AMS meeting: "Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise Focusing on Challenges Facing Our Sciences." Sub-themes within this year's meeting were active engagement within the culture of communication, listening, engaging a wider range of disciplines and cultures, and a strong emphasis on practice as the cornerstone of innovation. The MCC's development process is founded in place-based experience and in-person interactions as a base for sustained collaborative practice that unites diverse worldviews.

  • Developing Local, Regional, and National Training Sessions and Interactive Networking Forums – Our first collaborative forum was the Climate Change Boot Camp (Aug. 2016). On November 2nd and 3rd, 2016, a National Climate Science Center Student and Early Career Training was held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our team chaired the development of two knowledge coproduction training sessions and facilitated them at the event, which included panel presentations and small group break out discussions that linked to Alison Meadow's keynote talk on knowledge coproduction. Our MCC program was highlighted as a unique on-the-ground example of a knowledge coproduction program in action and an effective method for increasingly connecting interdisciplinary university researchers with local communities and natural resource manager networks to build useful and utilized applied science products. Next in the spring and summer of 2017, we also developed and presented a variety of related interactive forums at local (Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, Honolulu, HI), regional (University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference, Tumon, Guam), and national (National Adaptation Forum, St. Paul, MN) conferences.

  • Communication Efforts – Two videographers, Ryan McClymont (USGS Communications Specialist) and Jamie Kawai, documented the Climate Change Boot Camp and performed in-depth interviews with attendees and planners during the experience. Ryan and Scott Laursen (MCC Technical Project Specialist) have produced a short film to share the foundations of the experience with a diverse audience. View the 10-minute documentary film , Resilient Voices: Adaptation Across Worldviews. The video is also linked to the PI-CASC consortium website . The film was screened in 2017 at five local, regional, and national annual meetings involving different organizations to share the networking experience, including the Rising Voices symposium in Boulder, CO (April 13–15) and the National Adaptation Forum (May 9-11).

  • Website – We developed this MCC website to house the collaborative products and opportunities within MCC networks which collectively expand local adaptive capacities. This website is linked to the PI-CASC consortium website and numerous UH Hilo websites to increasingly connect academic disciplines while supporting the needs of management, policy, and community networks participating within our partnerships.

  • UH Hilo Adaptation, Climate, and Sustainability Coursework Survey – The Sustainability Committee and the Pacific Islands CASC jointly completed a survey across all disciplines, departments, and colleges at UH Hilo of existing and planned coursework relevant to sustainability, adaptation, and climate change. Survey results were compiled to help guide students interested in these studies, as well as to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations, coursework development, and collaborations across the campus to increase student learning opportunities by linking faculty, departments, and students across UH Hilo.

  • UH Hilo Interdisciplinary Coursework Development - Staff are working closely with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) graduate program's Executive Committee as well as faculty across UH Hilo departments, including marine sciences, biology, anthropology, and sociology to support the development of new interdisciplinary coursework within the TCBES program that broadens graduate student learning opportunities in support of sustainable, adaptive, and resilient communities through socio-ecological change. Faculty involved in MCC networks and events continue to develop coursework ideas, including opportunities to directly involve the experience of local resource managers within MCC networks. One example is the restoration and reshaping of a Fall 2017 graduate class that outlines social science methods in support of natural resource management, climate change impacts, economic development, policy, and social justice.

  • Climate Change Boot Camp - Members of the MCC’s growing collaborative network worked with the staff to co-organize a three-night, four-day intensive climate change camp in August 2016. This event brought together a wide array of managers, scientists, traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, graduate students, and policy professionals. The group collaboratively discussed current and near-future needs for adapting to local climate change impacts. Knowledge coproduction, multiple ways of knowing, and place-based/community-based management were themes of the event. The camp took place outdoors amid rare, endemic forest species and showcased the four MCC manager-guided graduate projects within UH Hilo's Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science graduate program as collaborative examples to other attending manager networks. Post event surveys indicated strong interest in further developing transdisciplinary professional networks (academic, policy, and manager networks) as mechanisms to build local capacities of resiliency, adaptation, and sustainability in the face of change.

  • Initiated 4 UH Hilo Research Projects – In Spring 2016 a UH Hilo-wide formal call went out for research project proposals that were relevant to the Science Agenda and engaged resource managers in knowledge coproduction. This led to funding four manager-driven research projects through the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science graduate program, including 5 graduate students, covering a wide range of interests expressed during our interview phase and further developed during faculty-manager discussions. Because managers are co-leading each research project from inception to completion, the products and questions answered by the research are linked to their management needs and shared with their broader professional networks. See the Final Report from the team investigating climate change impacts on traditional fishponds, the Final Report from the team investigating coastal erosion, the Final Report from the team investigating bacteria loading in nearshore waters, and the Final Report from the team that developed and tested a climate-smart agriculture method of compost application utilizing an invasive and desctructive canopy species: albizia (Falcataria moluccana).

  • UH Hilo Knowledge Coproduction Faculty Meeting - In January 2016 a meeting was convened at which MCC program staff presented the ideas of knowledge coproduction, and four resource management groups from our interviews talked about their programs and research needs related to climate change and adaptation. The second half of the meeting was dedicated to round table discussions exploring possible collaborative manager-led research projects, workshops, and coursework development at UH Hilo. The meeting was well attended with diverse representation of fields from sociology, Hawaiian studies, anthropology, geography, environmental engineering, environmental economics, marine sciences, and ecology. Numerous ideas were generated that would guide the MCC in the future. Our professional networks grew with significant addition of interdisciplinary faculty. Meeting attendees commented that this type of gathering was unique, that despite working at the same institution, they rarely got together with colleagues in settings that stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary research.

  • UH Hilo Postdoctoral Fellowship - PI-CASC supported a half-time postdoc position for Dr. Noelani Puniwai to work on research and publication relating to Hawaiian Seascapes and Their Management Implications. Noe and her students interviewed ocean experts (people recommended for the ocean knowledge) around Hilo, and surfers of all ages and experience at Honoliʻi, regarding their ocean observations. She also collected physical environmental data for Hilo Bay and ocean user presence counts for beaches within this county. The interviews show us a pattern of seascape delineation, scales of interactions, and personal connections with the ocean. By integrating local knowledge with physical data we can better understand and manage seascapes holistically. Learn more about Noelani Puniwai's project on the National Climate Adaptation Science Center website.

  • Manager Interviews - In 2015, we interviewed 29 local natural resource managers and policy implementers on Hawaiʻi Island to begin to understand their needs, challenges, goals, information sources, etc. related to climate change. Knowledge gained served as a foundation for our new Manager Climate Corps (MCC) program. We interviewed a wide range of managers who had close relationships and responsibilities for landscapes and waterscapes on the island and who are accountable to the communities that utilize these areas. Practitioners interviewed include ranchers, farmers, traditional native Hawaiian managers of natural and cultural resources, fire managers, port officers, harbor masters, managers of remnant native marine and terrestrial ecosystems, county planners, and invasive species managers. These interviews established the initial foundations to the MCC and are outlined in the Laursen et al. (2018)

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Department of the Interior

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Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Contact MCC Staff

  • Sharon Ziegler-Chong: University Consortium Lead
  • Phone: (808) 933-0759
  • Email: ziegler@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).