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)
Colorado School of Mines
Reed Maxwell
University of Colorado-Boulder
Kristen Averyt
Eric Gordon
Iowa State University
Diane Debinski
Kansas State University
Charles Rice
David Haukos
Montana State University
Cathy Whitlock
Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Steve Running
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bob Oglesby
Clint Rowe
University of Wyoming
Bill Lauenroth
Indy Burke
Bart Geerts
Jill Lovato
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Lawrence Buja ( Caspar Ammann (


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 Jennifer Beardsley
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 OPEN OPEN
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 OPEN OPEN
USDA Rural Development OPEN OPEN
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)