The UF Water Institute awarded two UF graduate students with a scholarship and travel grant to attend this year’s SE CASC Climate Adaptation Science Field Intensive, a week long workshop designed to provide a learning experience for graduate students from SE CASC Consortium Universities (i.e. NC State University, Auburn University, Duke University, University of Florida, University of South Carolina, and University of Tennessee). The workshop uses place-based learning to introduce multidisciplinary graduate students to the principles of climate science, structured decision making, co-produced actionable science, engagement with tribes, science communication, and climate adaptation challenges of resource managers.

Jessica Mostacedo, is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Sustainable Development Practice Program. Jessica is interested in water resource management, economic development, sustainable production and adaptation to climate change.  

Elliott White Jr, is a Doctoral Student in Environmental Engineering Sciences in the Watershed Ecology Lab. His research focuses on the effects that chronic low salinity has on coastal freshwater floodplain forests.

Both students are interested in pursuing an academic career that will support natural resource managers and decision makers in addressing the impacts that climate change has on water resources and the societies that depend on them. Attending this workshop will provide them with networking opportunities, tools and resources to succeed in this endeavor.