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27 Jan 15

Come one, come all to the 2nd National Adaptation Forum!

Dear Mavens,

I think I’m in over my head. I saw a job announcement for an adaptation specialist in the town where I live. I applied and I got the job. Here’s the rub, I’m an “evolutionary” adaptation specialist (Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology) and I didn’t know there was this other thing. Not entirely sure how I got hired but I am pretty civically engaged. (Maybe it was my “Adapt or Die” t-shirt?) Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited about my new job, I think it’s a really important topic and I’m reading all I can to get some good stuff going, but I feel like I need more help. Where can I get a crash course?


Over Head aM eYe

20 Mar 14

The Mavens Solve a Mystery!

Dear Mavens,

I have a confession to make. I’m a college student in Sacramento and last June I snuck into a climate change workshop held on campus. As I recall some of your colleagues were there. It was a really interesting conversation and it looked like some sort of plan was being developed. How do I find out what it was all about? I guess I should have asked but I was afraid I’d be ejected.


24 Oct 11

Getting to your point

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

Long-time reader, first time writer. I have seen the light and I know that climate change is a concern for me and my work (I work in a county planning department). What I’m concerned about is that others in my department are less aware/certain of the reality of climate change. How can I engage people on the issue without turning it into a debate?


Quiet Like a Fish

To our Fishy Friend,

People often worry that in today’s political climate it will be hard to get community support for projects related to climate change: the issue of climate change has become very polarized in the United States, and people have a lot of other worries on their plates. Still, there are plenty of examples of communities or organizations building climate change into their work. The way you communicate with people about climate change can make a big difference. Good communication can’t solve the problem of climate deniers and limited resources, but it can go a long way toward increasing your likelihood of success and support. Here are a few key ideas to get the conversation started.

24 Jan 11

A species vacuum?

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

I’ve been reading up on climate change and what effects it may have, and there’s something that’s got me a little puzzled. Lots of stories talk about how species are shifting towards the poles or higher up on mountains—does this mean that eventually there will be hardly any species left near the equator? And how the heck can plants shift their range at all since they can’t really move?

Confused About Range Shifts


15 Dec 10

An Adaptation Carol: A Climate Change Ghost Story

With apologies to Charles Dickens

Chapter 1: Stationarity’s ghost

Stationarity[1] was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the world’s climatologists, the United Nations, the leaders of most countries, and the general public who cared to look around.

24 Aug 10

Building a house without a plan

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

I’ve finally convinced my boss that climate change is real and that we need to act now to reduce our vulnerability to climate change. But I can’t believe it—before actually DOING something, he wants to spend valuable time and money on a vulnerability assessment. Don’t we already know enough to act?

Distressed in the Dakotas

Dear DiD,

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