Our Consortium Partners
The work of the South Central CASC is accomplished through a collaborative partnership among USGS scientists, resource management agencies, and a consortium of academic institutions from across the region. The South Central CASC is hosted by and physically housed at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where space is provided for university, tribal, and federal employees. Below is a map, identifying additional locations of our Consortium members.
Our consortium has broad expertise in the physical, biological, natural, and social sciences to address impacts of climate change on land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal, and cultural resources. The academic consortium also includes six additional member institutions:
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Renee McPherson
Area of Expertise: University Director & Associate Professor; regional/applied climatology, land/air vegetation interactions, mesoscale meteorology, observing systems.
Area of Expertise: Assistant Director; climate science and adaptation, stakeholder engagement.
Dr. Elinor Martin
Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; precipitation variability, climate variability and change, climate model analysis.
Dr. Berrien Moore III
Area of Expertise: Dean, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences; global carbon cycle, satellite remote sensing.
Dr. Mark Shafer
Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor & Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program; science policy and climate services.
Louisiana State University
Dr. Chris D’Elia
Area of Expertise: Dean, School of the Coast and Environment; nutrient dynamics of estuaries and coral reefs, science policy.
Dr. Victor-Rivera Monroy
Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; estuarine & coastal ecosystems, landscape/ecosystem models, coastal management and aquaculture.
Texas Tech University
Dr. John Zak
Area of Expertise: Professor & Interim Chair, Biological Sciences; microbial ecologies in arid & semi-arid landscapes.
Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri
Area of Expertise: Professor; climate change, water resource management, water energy nexus, groundwater modeling.
Dr. Natasja van Gestel
Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; carbon cycle modeling, impact of climate change on mocrobial communities, citizen science.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Area of Expertise: Associate Professor; atmospheric science, global modeling, greenhouse gas emissions, regional climate impacts, policy.
Area of Expertise: Executive Officer, Business Sustainability & Auxiliary Services; Tribal professional capacity building.
Area of Expertise: Sustainability Scientist; Tribal engagement, cultural resources, Indian education, trainings for Tribal staff, GIS.
Oklahoma State University
Dr. Jim Ansley
Area of Expertise: Department Head of Natural Resource Ecology and Management; rangeland vegetation ecology, woody plant encroachment.
University of New Mexico
Dr. David Gutzler
Area of Expertise: Professor in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Department; climate variabilities, water resources, climate.
Area of Expertise: Director of UNM Water Resource Program; water resource managment, planning and adaptation, science communications.
Dr. Renia Ehrenfeucht
Area of Expertise: Department Chair & Professor of Community & Regional Planning; urban studies, adptation & planning, policy.
Area of Expertise: Water Resource Manager; instream flow, groundwater resources, climate impacts on aquatic communities.
Area of Expertise: Sr. Director of Environmental Science; Tribal professional capacity building, water resources.