Diverse Knowledge Systems for Climate Adaptation Fellowship 2023
The Diverse Knowledge Systems in Climate Adaptation Fellowship supports graduate students as they use their diverse experiences, viewpoints, value systems, and cultural knowledge to strengthen their climate adaptation efforts.
During the fellowship year and beyond, Fellows benefit from collaborations with university and USGS mentors, from interactions with other colleagues and partners of USGS, and from exposure to high priority, real-world challenges in the natural resources policy arena.
The Diverse Knowledge Systems for Climate Adaptation (DKS) Fellowship was developed to:
- Foreground diverse knowledge systems, including how disciplines of scientific, practitioner, local, and Indigenous knowledge contribute to understandings the drivers of and solutions to climate impacts on fish, wildlife, and their habitats.
- Introduce graduate students to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), whose mission is to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to help natural and cultural resource managers anticipate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems.
- Support graduate students in developing appropriate product(s) related to the impacts of and adaptation strategies for climate change on fish, wildlife, their habitats, and users informed by diverse knowledge systems, world views, and epistemologies. This work should respectfully promote the multiple contributions of Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) in the CASC activities. It may be related to the graduate student’s own research, and if so, may present a unique opportunity to share research with a broader community of knowledge-holders and stakeholders.
- Provide underrepresented students the opportunity to interact with the USGS community and others outside of academia and advance the CASC culture of improving diversity, inclusion, and empowerment for traditionally underrepresented communities.