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.
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. Manager-scientist partnerships built through ASCC are helping to inform research and advance communication of climate change adaptation.
USDA Forest Service Research Stations
The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network is a replicated, operational-scale experiment testing the effectiveness of climate adaptation strategies in a diversity of forest ecosystem types across North America.
Courtney Peterson is a Research Associate at Colorado State University. She is the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Coordinator, leading the development of potential sites and dissemination of project findings through outreach and training with land managers and scientists. Courtney also supports partners in climate science communication, adaptation planning, resources, and training as a climate adaptation specialist.
As the Deputy Director of NIACS since 2016, Maria manages many of the day-to-day operations of the productive and busy NIACS team. She also works with a variety of natural resource professionals and land management organizations to integrate climate change considerations into their management and coordinates Climate Change Response Framework activities in New England and northern New York. In 2020, Maria spent much of her time at home establishing a new vegetable garden, fruit orchard, and tree nursery.
Leslie leads climate change vulnerability and adaptation work in urban areas for NIACS. Leslie also co-leads the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area ASCC project and a recreation infrastructure vulnerability assessment for the Mark Twain NF. She lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband, two kids, and her two cats. She likes running (slowly), knitting, and making ice cream.