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Lara Hansen

Chief Scientist and Executive Director

Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. She serves this fine organization as Executive Director and Chief Scientist. She is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems, as well as co-author of one of the newest books on adaptation, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. The team that created these books created an engaged stakeholder process (first known as Climate Camp; now known as Awareness to Action Workshops) to help resource managers create adaptation strategies applicable to their work.She serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the chief climate change scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, creating their international Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, from 2001-2008, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency from 1998-2001. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in Ecology and her B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Because she’s an optimist she assumes we’ll get our acts together on climate change--who would want the alternative.

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Conservation / Restoration
Forestry
Research
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Wildlife

Designing Climate-Smart Conservation: Guidance and Case Studies

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Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Forestry
Wildlife
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Aquaculture
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Fisheries
Land Use Planning
Policy
Public Health
Research
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
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Conservation / Restoration
Wildlife

Resource management in a changing and uncertain climate

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Conservation / Restoration
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Aquaculture
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Policy
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife

The Added Complications of Climate Change: Understanding and Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystems

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Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Wildlife

Preparing for and Managing Change: Climate Adaptation for Biodiversity and Ecosystems

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Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Research
Water Resources
Wildlife

Creating and Expanding Funding Streams for Adaptation Planning and Implementation

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Culture/communities
Economics

Safeguarding California: A State's Updated Adaptation Plan

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Adaptation in the City

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National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series: Live from the 2nd National Adaptation Forum in St. Louis

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Conservation Organizations Need to Consider Adaptive Capacity: Why Local Input Matters

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Effects of global climate change on marine and estuarine fishes

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Fisheries

A How-to Guide for Coproduction of Actionable Science

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All Adaptation is Local: Will Changes in DC Affect the Adaptation Movement?

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Climate Justice
Culture/communities
Economics
Energy
Policy
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
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Conservation / Restoration
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Agriculture
Conservation / Restoration
Economics
Disaster Risk Management
Policy
Water Resources
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Conservation / Restoration

Climate Change and Federal Environmental Law

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Policy

Global Warming and Extinctions of Endemic Species from Biodiversity Hotspots

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Biodiversity

Running dry: Freshwater biodiversity, protected areas and climate change

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Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration