Climate variability presents real threats to U.S. agricultural production, forest resources, and rural economies. These threats have significant implications, not just for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, but for all Americans. One NIFA-funded project at the University of New Mexico-Taos (UNM-Taos) is cultivating the next generation of climate variability researchers. With the help of a $1 million Hispanic-Serving Institution Education grant, UNM-Taos created the Northern New Mexico Climate Change Corps (CCC) to educate students to respond to climate-related challenges. UNM Taos collaborated with New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) to help students start their education in Taos and transfer to NMHU to complete a bachelor’s degree in forestry, geology, or biology. To date, 20 students have enrolled in CCC. The program also offers paid summer internships as research assistants to scientists in federal agencies or to graduate students at NMHU doing thesis research related to climate change.
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