Manager Climate Corps
Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Interactive Forums

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Photo: Immersion camp attendees utilize a range of tools, technologies, and experience to collectively consider a variety of definitions of a place name and, in so doing, develop a broader collaborative meaning of place.
Photo credit: McClymont, USGS

4-day, 3-night Immersion Camp

Photo: Manangers and graduate students within the Keaukaha Loko Iʻa hui (traditional Hawaiian fishpond community of professionals) share their experiences with state-of-the-art tablet technology and its supporting software as a demonstration for boot camp attendees who may be able to use such technologies in their own natural resource management arenas.
Photo credit: McClymont, USGS

Building bridges across distinct worldviews and, thereby, building upon local knowledge networks is not a straightforward process and requires time. Yet diversifying and strengthening networks that are accountable to specific landscapes and seascapes as well as the communities that utilize these resource is a powerful process. Employing knowledge co-production, long-term professional networks can increasingly root the scientific method within the needs, values, and practices of well-defined professional communities and places, profoundly expanding local capacities of adaptation, resilience, and sustainability. In August of 2016, the PI-CASC Climate Change Boot Camp utilized a wide variety of in-person experiences and multiple ways of knowing to expand local professional networks, while improving our understanding of the worldviews of others. We invite you to experience this camp that was based out of the Kiolakaʻa Ranger Station in Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi, through our short film.

Interactive Conference Forums

The below forums 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 the process of uniting multiple knowledge forms and distinct worldviews through professional networking opportunities. Groups in these events typically discuss 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. For more information on such collaborattive processes within the MCC, please see our recent publication:

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

Local Forums

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.

Regional Forums

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 Forums

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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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).