Manager Climate Corps: working with local professional networks 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 as member of the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI-CSC), which is a partnership between U.S. Geological Survey and a university consortium that includes UH Mānoa (the consortium lead) and University of Guam, in addition to UH Hilo.
The MCC was developed to support and connect local natural resource managers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, and researchers through in-person networking, while utilizing the themes contained in the PI-CSC's overarching document, the PI-CSC Science Agenda. The four foundational elements of the MCC are: 1) trust, 2) building upon existing in-person professional networks (knowledge networks), 3) knowledge coproduction, and 4) multiple ways of knowing.
Our objective is to facilitate long-term, in-person relationships and collaborative research projects by integrating research and management networks through the process of knowledge coproduction. Together, managers and scientists coproduce 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 (TCBES) at UH Hilo, the MCC currently funds four manager-driven graduate 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. Additionally, the MCC develops interactive forums that strengthen and build upon local knowledge networks. The MCC also supports interdisciplinary coursework at UH Hilo.
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 Science Center (PI-CSC).