Madeline Baroli

As a Climate Adaptation Specialist, Maddy supports partners in adaptation planning through climate science communication, resource development, and training. She also works on Climate Change Response Framework projects within New England and helps manage NIACS’ social media. Outside of work, Maddy coordinates a community science project focused on assisted migration, enjoys the outdoors with her partner and their two pet rats, and has been learning to play the electric bass

Climate Change Response Framework


There is no single solution for how natural resources managers and landowners should adapt to climate change. Every manager and landowner has different goals and information needs, as well as a range of tolerances for risk. Through the CCRF, we work side-by-side with people across the land management community to help them consider how climate change may affect their lands and how they can meet their goals while responding to changing conditions.

Patricia Leopold

Patricia coordinates the Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework, where she is actively expanding partnerships, creating resources, and promoting implementation of adaptation actions in inland and coastal forest ecosystems, and at scales ranging from state agency planning to on-the-ground projects. In her personal time, Patricia enjoys skiing, hiking, and exploring natural areas.

Maria Janowiak

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.

Stephen Handler

As a Climate Change Specialist at NIACS, Stephen coordinates the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This includes preparing vulnerability assessments, working with partners, and planning real-world adaptation projects to illustrate climate-informed land management. Stephen spends as much time as possible napping with his son Simon.