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Partners & Stakeholders

Consortium, Affiliates & Joint Stakeholder Committee


Affiliate Program

A South Central CASC Affiliate is a person whose professional activity, including research or education, contributes to our mission of collaboratively developing science and tools that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.

Becoming an affiliate:

Opportunities to network with a multi-disciplinary group of regional climate adaptation leaders with an invitation to the annual South Central CASC Science Workshop.

A listing on our website with a description of research interests.

Potential for your work to be featured on our website, our social media outlets, and/or our monthly newsletter.


Joint Stakeholder Committee

The purpose of the Joint Stakeholder Committee (JSC) is to recommend projects for funding to the Director. The JSC has two Co-Chairs, one from the USDA and one from the USGS. For a complete list of the South Central CASC Joint Stakeholder Committee, click the link.


Our Consortium

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 theĀ University of Oklahoma (OU), where space is provided for university, tribal, and federal employees.

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

Principal Investigator

Dr. Renee McPherson

Area of Expertise: University Director & Associate Professor; regional/applied climatology, land/air vegetation interactions, mesoscale meteorology, observing systems.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Elinor Martin

Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; precipitation variability, climate variability and change, climate model analysis.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Mark Shafer

Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor & Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program; science policy and climate services.


Co-Principal Investigator

Emma Kuster

Area of Expertise: Assistant Director; climate science and adaptation, stakeholder engagement.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Berrien Moore III

Area of Expertise: Dean, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences; global carbon cycle, satellite remote sensing.

Louisiana State University

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chris D’Elia

Area of Expertise: Dean, School of the Coast and Environment; nutrient dynamics of estuaries and coral reefs, science policy.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Kristine DeLong

Area of Expertise: Associate Professor; paleooceanography and paleoclimatology, past ocean coral reconstruction, global circulation and sea surface temperature shifts, coastal research.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Victor-Rivera Monroy

Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; estuarine & coastal ecosystems, landscape/ecosystem models, coastal management and aquaculture.

Texas Tech University

Principal Investigator

Dr. John Zak

Area of Expertise: Professor & Interim Chair, Biological Sciences; microbial ecologies in arid & semi-arid landscapes.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Natasja van Gestel

Area of Expertise: Assistant Professor; carbon cycle modeling, impact of climate change on mocrobial communities, citizen science.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri

Area of Expertise: Professor; climate change, water resource management, water energy nexus, groundwater modeling.


Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Area of Expertise: Associate Professor; atmospheric science, global modeling, greenhouse gas emissions, regional climate impacts, policy.

Chickasaw Nation

Principal Investigator

Kara Berst

Area of Expertise: Executive Officer, Business Sustainability & Auxiliary Services; Tribal professional capacity building.


Co-Principal Investigator

April Taylor

Area of Expertise: Tribal Liaison; Tribal engagement, cultural resources, Indian education, trainings for Tribal staff, GIS.

Choctaw Nation

Principal Investigator

Ethan Schuth

Area of Expertise: Water Resource Manager; instream flow, groundwater resources, climate impacts on aquatic communities.


Co-Principal Investigator

Tye Baker

Area of Expertise: Sr. Director of Environmental Science; Tribal professional capacity building, water resources.

Oklahoma State University

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jim Ansley

Area of Expertise: Department Head of Natural Resource Ecology and Management; rangeland vegetation ecology, woody plant encroachment.

University of New Mexico

Principal Investigator

Dr. David Gutzler

Area of Expertise: Professor in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Department; climate variabilities, water resources, climate.


CO-Principal Investigator

Dr. Renia Ehrenfeucht

Area of Expertise: Department Chair & Professor of Community & Regional Planning; urban studies, adptation & planning, policy.


Co-Principal Investigator

John Fleck

Area of Expertise: Director of UNM Water Resource Program; water resource managment, planning and adaptation, science communications.