Manager Climate Corps
Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

UH Hilo Pacific Islands CASC Staff

Sharon Ziegler-Chong

Director, Research & Community Partnerships; Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Sciences (PIPES); Unit Leader, Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU)

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7981, Email, Website

Scott Laursen

Program Specialist, Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC)

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7982, Email, Website

Sharon Ziegler-Chong

UH Hilo Lead within the PI-CASC University Consortium

As the UH Hilo lead within the 3-university consortium, Sharon guides the development of the MCC and PI-CASC's broader actionable research efforts across the Pacific, which bridge the professional networks of natural and cultural resource managers, policy professionals, communities and interdisciplinary research teams.

Scott Laursen

Program Specialist (PI-CASC)

Scott helps coordinates the MCC, facilitating collaborative research projects and stakeholder-driven forums within the MCC's professional networks.

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Partner Agencies

UH Manoa

University of Guam

Department of the Interior


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).