Linda Nagel

Linda is the lead principal investigator of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network, aimed at identifying adaptive management strategies for forests in the face of a changing climate. She also serves as a Professor and the Department Head of the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Her areas of research include silviculture, vegetation responses to wildfire, habitat restoration, and developing adaptive silvicultural strategies in the context of environmental change.

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Partners

ASCC is a highly collaborative project with partners who have been integral to the advancement of the project since 2012, committing their expertise and experience in planning and execution of each study site. Science-management partnerships built through ASCC are helping to inform research and advance communication of climate change adaptation.


USDA Forest Service Research Stations

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change


The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a collaborative effort led by Linda Nagel (Colorado State University) to establish a series of experimental silvicultural trials in various forest ecosystem types across the United States. Scientists, land managers, and a variety of partners have developed five initial trial sites as part of a multi-region study researching long-term ecosystem responses to a range of climate change adaptation actions.

Chris Swanston

Chris has served as the director of NIACS for the past ten years and played an active role in most of the Institute’s projects, including directing the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. He also studies forest soil carbon dynamics as a research ecologist for the Northern Research Station. He holds a PhD in forest science from Oregon State University. Chris enjoys a range of activities, including collecting mugs, trail running, snowshoe running, bicycling, and fishing. Chris does not like cooked vegetables or mushrooms, because they’re gross.

Courtney Peterson

Courtney is a NIACS team member in Fort Collins, CO working as a Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University. One of her major roles is serving as the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Coordinator, focusing on disseminating ASCC project findings and translating them into outreach and training opportunities with land managers and scientists working to manage forests for climate change adaptation.

Maria Janowiak

As the Deputy Director of NIACS in 2016, Maria manages many of the day-to-day operations of the productive and busy NIACS team. She is also the coordinator of the New England Climate Change Response Framework project and works with a variety of natural resource professionals and land management organizations to integrate climate change considerations into their management. Outside of work, Maria tries to spend a lot of time outside through gardening, biking, and other fun things.