Manager Climate Corps
Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Interactive Conference Forums

Photo: Round table discussion at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference in July, 2017 facilitated connections within small groups of natural resource managers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, scientists, community leaders, and graduate students. Participants learn about one another's worldviews while discussing needs, products, and collaborative strategies to adapt to climate change. Photo Credit: Sharon Ziegler-Chong.

The forums described below utilized a variety of formats (film, panels, small group discussions, and presentations) and were opportunities for managers, policy professionals, community leaders, graduate students, early career professionals, and researchers to interactively participate in uniting multiple knowledge forms and distinct worldviews through professional networking opportunities. Groups in these events typically discussed the application of knowledge co-production on the ground. By drawing diverse backgrounds, in-person forums such as these are unique opportunities for researchers, stakeholders, and the next generation of professionals to develop relationships, deepen understanding across worldviews, expand networks, develop actionable products, and, thereby, build upon human capacities of adaptation, resilience, and sustainability through times of significant socio-ecological change.

Laursen S, Puniwai N, Genz AS, Nash SAB, Canale LK, and Ziegler-Chong S (2018) Collaboration across worldviews: managers and scientists on Hawaiʻi Island utilize knowledge coproduction to facilitate climate change adaptation. Environmental Management 62(4): 619-630


University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Collaborative Workshops, Hilo, HI, Jan. 2016 and Nov. 2019

  • natural and cultural resource managers, UH Hilo faculty, USGS scientists, and graduate students present and discuss manager needs and research support in relation to climate adaptation.
  • both 3-hour workshops laid the groundwork for two cohorts of manager-driven, 2-year graduate research projects

Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, Honolulu, HI, July 18-20, 2017

Pacific Youth Empowerment for Success Conference, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, November 3, 2018

  • early career professional panel discussing practical, place-based context for careers involved in climate change adaptation and necessary tools and skills developed through research experiences.


9th Annual University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference, Tumon, Guam, April 18-21, 2017

  • MCC graduate students presented their manager-driven research, immersion camp film screened, and students fielded questions with the audience regarding their research.
  • conference program book (MCC's forum abstract is on page 30 in the Climate session)
  • agenda and abstracts for PI-CASC Student Research Symposium involving all 5 MCC graduate students

10th Annual University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference, Tumon, Guam, April 10-12, 2019


National Climate Science Center Student and Early Career Training, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. November 2-3, 2016.

9th Annual National Adaptation Forum, St. Paul, MN, May 9-11, 2017

  • Session title- Teaching Climate Adaptation: regional climate science center network activities on education and training
  • MCC presentation title - Facilitating knowledge coproduction on Hawaiʻi Island: managers and scientists in the context of climate change
  • MCC presentation slides with notes
  • conference program book (see p. 28 for session abstract involving MCC and other CASC's nationally)

10th Annual National Adaptation Forum, Madison, WI, April 23-25, 2019

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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).