I consider everyone engaged in the SALCC as contributing the capacity of the enterprise. We are fortunate to have so many folks participating in the partnership. We are also fortunate to have some partners who are contributing full time staff capacity. The latest contribution comes from the National Park Service.
I am pleased to introduce Dr. Janet Cakir as the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for the SALCC. Janet has had an exciting career that included work for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Air Benefit Cost Analysis Group. She then accepted a position as a team lead at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, followed by some time as a Program Analyst at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Janet has a strong geospatial background combined with experience in environmental economics and the utilization and interpretation of air quality modeling data. She has a multidisciplinary academic background with a Masters in Geography from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. Her graduate research work focused on trail design and modeling trail degradation and the relationship between the trail’s location and surrounding landscape variables. Janet brings a diverse skill set to the LCC staff, including an emphasis on socio-economics. Please join me in welcoming Janet.
We will continue to build staff capacity over the next few months with contributions from a variety of partners. One of these is an information transfer position co-funded by the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). We will also be adding a Geospatial Planner funded by the USFWS in the coming months. An additional capacity will be a Gulf Coast Liaison position co-funded by the USFWS and NOAA that will coordinate among all the Gulf Coast LCC’s and the diverse interests in this geography.
With this capacity I anticipate making significant progress in supporting the SALCC mission within the coming months and year.