Climate Science Outreach Via Extension: Lessons Learned and Future Strategies

Wed, Mar 29, 12:00 pm
127 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Dr. Paul Lachapelle and Brad Bauer
Montana State University
MSU Extension

This talk will offer an overview of climate outreach opportunities and resources within the land grant system, specifically the role of extension with reference to international, national, regional, state and community programming.  Current collaborative work will be discussed as well as future opportunities in research and citizen education.    

Dr. Paul Lachapelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University-Bozeman and serves as the Extension Community Development Specialist. Working in partnership with the Local Government Center, his responsibilities involve providing research, technical assistance, and training on various community development topics in communities across the state. Specifically, he provides resources and programs in many areas including community strategic visioning, local governance, and leadership development training.

Paul earned his Ph.D. at the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation in 2006 with a focus on natural resource policy and governance. He has conducted research and taught in both Montana and internationally with applied research, development work and language training in Nepal as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Other research and training includes work with Inuit in several arctic national parks with Parks Canada in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut, review and consultation of forest management and community development projects in Guinea, West Africa through the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, and research on the role of community governance in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Paul is author of many peer-reviewed journal articles on local governance and strategic planning.

Brad Bauer is the Gallatin County Natural Resources Extension Agent & statewide Extension Climate Science Team Chair. His current position focues on forestry, citizen science, aquatic invasive species, and climate science.  He has been in the position since 2013, having previously worked for seven years across Montana as a scientist and land manager for The Nature Conservancy.  Mr. Bauer is the chair of the local watershed council and serves on several other local boards.  He is orginally from Iowa but has called Montana home for over a decade. 


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