Partners of the North Central CSC

The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) is designed to encourage, facilitate, and participate in cooperative action to address climate adaptation science needs across the entire North Central region. The NC CSC actively works with members of its University Consortium, regional USGS Centers, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, a Joint Stakeholder Committee (together with the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub), and other federal and state, public and private entities. Visit the NC CSC's university-led website to learn more.

University Consortium Members

University Name
Primary Contact
Alternate Contact(s)
Colorado State University (host institution)
Nolan Doesken
Colorado School of Mines
Reed Maxwell

University of Colorado-Boulder
Kristen Averyt
Eric Gordon
Iowa State University
Diane Debinski
Kansas State University
John Briggs
John Blair
Montana State University
Cathy Whitlock
Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Steve Running
Solomon Dobrowski
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bob Oglesby
Clint Rowe
University of Wyoming
Bill Lauenroth
Indy Burke
Bart Geerts
Jill Lovato

Joint Stakeholder Committee

Federally-charged climate teams in the north central domain are taking the lead on establishing a joint stakeholder committee that encompasses both the regional USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub and the DOI North Central Climate Science Center. This joint committee provides guidance, coordination, and collaboration to these two unique-but-complimentary entities and helps facilitate communication and awareness for federally-funded climate research. The creation of a joint stakeholder committee allows both the Climate Hub and the NC CSC to maximize communication, awareness, and coordination among federal agencies and reduce redundancy and stakeholder fatigue among its members.
Affiliation Name e-mail
USGS Regional Office
Allison Shipp (Co-chair) 
Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC
Rick Nelson
Great Northern LCC
Sean Finn
Great Plains LCC
James Broska
Southern Rockies LCC
Kevin Johnson
Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office
Steve Torbit
Bureau of Reclamation Patrick Erger
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jarvis Gust
Bureau of Land Management
Katherine Kitchell
National Park Service Tom Olliff
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Patrick Erger
Federal Emergency Management Agency OPEN OPEN
DOE Western Area Power Administration
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7
Amy Shields
Environmental Protection Agency Region 8
Laura Farris
NOAA Regional Climate Services Doug Kluck
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Robert Webb
Tribal Representative Julia Sage
Tribal Representative
Gary Collins
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Dana Blumenthal (Co-chair)
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Theresa Boyle

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rafael Guerrero
U.S. Forest Service, Urban and Community Forest  Dana Coelho
U.S. Forest Service, National Agroforestry Center
Michele Schoeneberger 
USDA Farm Services Agency
Aaron Krauter
USDA Risk Management Agency
USDA Rural Development
DOI North Central Climate Science Center (ex officio - Government Agency Implementation Lead)
Jeff Morisette
USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub (ex officio - Government Agency Implementation Lead)
Justin Derner
NOAA/University: Western Water Assessment RISA (ex officio - Research Community Liaison)
Lisa Dilling 
DOI/University: NC CSC Univeristy Consortium (ex officio - Research Community Liaison)
Dennis Ojima 
Climate Community: National Center for Atmospheric Research (ex officio - Research Community Liaison)
 Lawrence Buja

USGS Centers within the North Central Domain

USGS Center
Name e-mail
Columbia Environmental Research Center
Rip Shively (director)
Mark Wildhaber (lead contact)
Earth Resource Observation and Science Center
Frank Kelly (director)
James Vogelman (lead contact)
Fort Collins Science Center
David Hamilton (director)
Cathy Thomas, Zach Bowen (lead contacts),
Geology and Environmental Change Science Center
Buddy Schweig (director)
Geosciences and Climate Change Science Center
Thomas DiNardo (director)
Todd Haubaker (lead contact)
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Robert Gleason (director)
Max Post van der Burg (lead contact)
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Jeff Kershner (director)
Rick Sodja (lead contact)
USGS National Research Program
Don Campbell (Central Region Branch Chief)
Lauren Hay (lead contact)
Water Science Center, Colorado
Susan Paschke
Water Science Center, Iowa
Kevin Richards
Water Science Center, Kansas
Andrew Ziegler
Water Science Center, Minnesota
James Stark
Water Science Center, Missouri
Michael Slifer
Water Science Center, Montana
John Kilpatrick
Water Science Center, Nebraska
Robert Swanson
Water Science Center, North Dakota
Gregg Wiche
Water Science Center, South Dakota
Mark Anderson
Water Science Center, Wyoming
David Mott
USGS Cooperative Research Units
Kevin Whalen (CRU contact)