Shannon McNeeley

Biography

Shannon McNeeley

Dr. McNeeley is an interdisciplinary social-ecological scientist at Colorado State University and serves as the co-lead for the Adaptation science area and the university tribal engagement lead of the North Central Climate Science Center (NCCSC). Her applied research focuses on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation of social and social-ecological systems. Her doctoral research focused on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity of indigenous people (Athabascan Indians) in the remote, rural Interior region of Alaska, and her postdoctoral research focused on drought-induced water scarcity and sustainability in the context of climate variability and change in northwest Colorado. These projects were in close collaboration with tribes, state, and federal agency partners. McNeeley currently leads the NCCSC Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior (DRAI) project as well as various tribal engagement projects. Dr. McNeeley was an author on the third National Climate Assessment adaptation chapter, and is now an author on the Northern Great Plains and Indigenous Peoples chapters of the fourth National Climate Assessment. In addition to the DRAI project, other current projects include a statewide social climate vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Colorado BLM, a community-based climate change vulnerability assessment with the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, and drought preparedness and cottonwoods TEK projects with the Wind River Reservation tribes.

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