Applied Climate Experience

The Applied Climate Experience (ACE) is the capstone project for the CCS Master’s degree. It is an opportunity for hands-on experience with a variety of hosts ranging from NOAA to communication leaders in the industry. Some of the current projects are listed below.

2017 ACE projects

Kara Geiger’s ACE project was based at the State Climate Office of North Carolina. She studied the sensitivity of livestock heat stress to climate change and variability. Specifically, she focused on dairy cattle and how lactation, fertility, and reproduction are affected.

Christian Erickson’s ACE project was with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh NC. He worked in the visual investigate lab to produce an interactive presentation exhibit on invasive species and climate change. The particular species of focus was the Lionfish.

Eric Wright’s ACE project was done in collaboration with the State Climate Office of North Carolina. He investigated the sensitivity of blackberry production to climate variability. Understanding how climate variability affects maturity dates of blackberries can help blackberry producers in North Carolina manage production risks, optimize yields, and coordinate delivery of products to fresh markets.

Crystal Yelverton’s ACE project is with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, under the direction of Mary-Stuart Torbeck. Crystal was responsible for the publishing of an op-ed that was submitted and printed by the Progress-Index newspaper in Petersburg, VA (circulation‎: ‎12,937) as well as an LTE that was submitted and printed by the Richmond Free Press (circulation of more than 35,0000). Crystal was selected as one of the presenters for the Sierra Club’s Defend Not Defund Science: The Importance of Climate Science Roundtable event. She was responsible for the creation of a lesson plan for teachers to educate students on climate related issues as well as environmental injustices for Project WET and Learning Tree. While there she created a children’s e-book for the Sierra Club that explained what climate change was, who and what will be impacted and how individuals can make a difference in their communities and the world.

Kara Piarulli’s ACE project was with NOAA NCEI for the development of a climate and weather data lesson that students at the high school level were exposed to, allowing them to learn more about climate change. This lesson also allowed for an investigation on the best approach for teaching about climate change as well as some of the resources that are available for teachers and the general public.