Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator
Environmental Studies Program
University of Oregon
Kathy is a faculty researcher in the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program, where she coordinates the Tribal Climate Change Project, a collaborative project at the University of Oregon with support from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Kathy has a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti from 1996 to 1999. She lives in Eugene, Oregon and is mother to two lovely girls.
Project Staff and Student Researchers:
Haley Case-Scott, Research Assistant. Haley Case-Scott, Tribal Climate Change Project Research Assistant. Haley graduated from the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Native American Studies in June 2018. Haley Case-Scott is a Siletz Tribal member and a descendent of the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribes, and Sokaogon band of Chippewa. She is interested in decolonizing methodologies and supporting tribal governments and communities in asserting their sovereignty through tribal led policy and legislation. Haley served as a climate change intern with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians in the summer of 2017 and was an intern in Senator Ron Wyden’s field office in 2016.
Kirsten Vinyeta, Graduate Research Fellow. Kirsten Vinyeta is a doctoral student in the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Sociology. Since 2011, Kirsten has been working on various research projects examining the impacts of climate change and federal policy on Tribes in the United States. She was a graduate research fellow for the Tribal Climate Change Project from 2011-2014, developed a collaborative research project with the Coquille Tribe of Southwestern Oregon in 2012-2013, was lead author of the 20-Year Northwest Forest Plan Tribal Monitoring Report, and has served as a researcher for the Karuk Tribe of Northern California’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. Kirsten is now assisting the Tribal Climate Change Project with the 25-Year Northwest Forest Plan Tribal Monitoring Report data-gathering process.
Kaylee Jenness, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Kaylee is in her senior year of the Environmental Studies program, with an emphasis on Native American studies. After she graduates she is planning to attend the Planning, Public Policy and Management school here at the University. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Kaylee is most interested in working on policy that upholds tribal land resources and builds overall environmental policies. She wants to build relationships and understandings between tribal and non-tribal agencies that foster strong environmental stewardship.
Ryan Reed, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Ryan is a Freshman at the University of Oregon, pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and minor in Native American Studies. Ryan is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member and a part of the Karuk and Yurok Tribe from Northern California. He is primarily interested in regaining tribal led cultural and traditional land management practices within ancestral lands to revitalize culture, resources, health, tradition and the well-being of tribal people and the community. He has previous experiences as an intern for the Karuk Tribe and other local agencies from home but this is his first experience as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Linda E. Kruger, Ph.D. Research Social Scientist
PNW Research Station, US Forest Service, Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Don Sampson, Climate Change Coordinator
Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change Program – Northwest Region
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
John Mankowski, NPLCC Director
Past Student Research Assistants and Interns:
- Miakah Nix, Undergraduate Researcher, University of Oregon (2016-2018)
- Aja Conrad, Graduate Researcher, University of Oregon (2016-2017)
- Carson Viles, Undergraduate Researcher, University of Oregon (2011 – 2016)
- Kathryn Norton-Smith, Graduate Research Fellow (2015-2016)
- Austin Macy, Undergraduate Researcher, Environmental Studies, University of Oregon (2014-2016)
- Kirsten Vinyeta, Graduate Research Fellow, Environmental Studies (2011 – 2015)
- Jerome Viles, Graduate Student, University of Oregon Non Profit Management Program, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (2014)
- Amanda Rogerson, University of Oregon School of Law (2012 – 2014)
- Jade Martinez, Undergraduate Student, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2012 – 2013)
- Mahala Ray, Undergraduate Student, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2011 – 2012)
- Natasha Steinmann, Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2011 – 2012)
- Teresa Jacobs, University of Oregon School of Law (2011)
- Santi Alston, University of Oregon School of Law (2011)
- Yochanan Zakai, Law Student, University of Oregon School of Law (2011)
- Raj Vable, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2010-2011)
- Siena Lopez-Johnston, Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2010-2011)
- Katie MacKendrick, Graduate Research Fellow, University of Oregon, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (2009-2010)
- Kevin Belanger, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program (2009)
- Hannah Satein, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (2009)
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