SDSU Awarded Competitive Grant for Climate Change Research

SDSU College of Sciences

The nearly $1.8 million award will inform sustainability in communities throughout Southern California.

“What’s exciting about this opportunity is that it builds on our connectivity research, while giving us an opportunity to leverage and partner with other areas of expertise and excellence on campus.” A San Diego State University team received one of the first grants from California’s Climate Change Research Program, created by the state legislature in 2017 to support research on reducing carbon emissions.The nearly $1.8 million award was the second largest of 10 awarded by the California Strategic Growth Council from among nearly 70 proposals submitted. The funding comes from the state cap-and-trade program, which limits and “auctions” rights to greenhouse gas emissions in California.SDSU biologist Rebecca Lewison and senior research scientist Megan Jennings lead the grant-funded project, which will focus on integrating ecosystem and local community planning to build resilience to climate change.The work will build on their ongoing research on connected landscapes—places that allow wildlife to move and disperse—to develop tools to support climate-smart conservation and land-use planning. At the same time, the project aims to take a more comprehensive approach to other landscape features such as wildfire risk and water sustainability. “What’s exciting about this opportunity is that it builds on our connectivity research, while giving us an opportunity to leverage and partner with other areas of expertise and excellence on campus,” said Jennings. The team includes engineer Alicia Kinoshita, geographer Doug Stow, and Sherry Ryan, director of the School of Public Affairs.Walter Oechel, director of SDSU’s Global Change Research Group and interim dean of the College of Sciences, called the grant “a major advance for conservation research in Southern California” that will support critical new research on sustainability of natural ecosystems under climate change and other human disturbances.The project partners SDSU’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management, which …

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