Climate change is already impacting us here in the Pacific Northwest and across the globe. Come chat with Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally about local climate change impacts to agricultural production in the PNW and her work with the USDA Northwest Climate Hub. Also, learn a bit about the science of communicating climate change to others, particularly those who may be skeptical about climate science. Now more than ever, we need to have these conversations with one another to broaden our understanding of impacts and discover strategies for making our agricultural systems more resilient to climate change.
More about Gabrielle:
She received her PhD in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University (ISU) where she was a research assistant as part of a landmark $20 million USDA-NIFA Regional Approaches to Climate Change & Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (www.sustainablecorn.org). On this project, she was one of the lead sociologists responsible for the socio-economic research effort, which sought to characterize farmer beliefs and concerns about climate change, their attitudes toward adaptive/mitigative strategies, and the types of decision support farmers will need to contend with increasingly variable weather patterns. In addition to her PhD from ISU, Gabrielle received her M.S. from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forestry Science, with a focus on environmental economics. Additionally, Gabrielle has five years of experience working with Washington State University Extension on agriculture and forestry activities.
Gabrielle’s overarching goals are to assist in the mission of the USDA Climate Hubs, which is to facilitate efforts across agencies and stakeholders in the realm of forestry, agriculture and rangeland management to build greater resilience in the face of climate change on managed landscapes.