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 Hawaii 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 within the themes contained in the Pacific Islands CSC overarching document, the PI CSC Science Agenda. Our objective is to facilitate long-term relationships and applied research projects by integrating collaborative research and management networks through the process of knowledge coproduction, such that managers and scientists coproduce research products which directly inform policy and meaningfully address the complex challenges faced by local managers. Currently the MCC is funding five manager-driven graduate research projects that will assist managers in adapting to socio-ecological shifts such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species impacts, and cultural change. Working closely with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program (TCBES) at UH Hilo, the MCC conducts workshops to promote collaborative knowledge networks and is supporting interdisciplinary coursework at UH Hilo.