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.

Kailey Marcinkowski

Kailey is a Climate Change Education Specialist with NIACS, working with the Climate Change Resource Center to expand online education materials.  She focuses on developing interactive modules and other graphic visualization materials to make climate change science more accessible, fun, and understandable for everyone. Kailey enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and spending time with her husband and daughter. 

Shawn Klomparens

Shawn is the webmaster of the Climate Change Resource Center and USDA Climate Hubs. He is a longtime advocate for Open Source software and is dedicated to clear and effective presentation of information online in a technically efficient fashion. A Michigan native now living in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife and two children, Shawn enjoys running, cycling, and camping in the summer, and Nordic and backcountry skiing in the winter. 

Hannah Abbotts

Hannah is the content manager for the Climate Change Resource Center, coordinating the development and compilation of peer-reviewed resources for a land management audience. She is also the national content manager for the USDA Climate Hubs. When she’s not working at her computer, Hannah spends her time running, skiing, cycling, growing vegetables, and teaching her daughter to love these things too.