William TravisPrincipal Investigator (through August 2022)
Two sets of questions guide my current research and teaching:
1. Disasters: Why do disasters occur even when we invest significant efforts to make systems and settlements safe? What differentiates extremes events from routine, and can we improve our response to low probability extremes?
2. Climate Adaptation Science: How and when should managers of climate-sensitive resources change what they're doing in the face of climate change? How can we disentangle the signals of impacts and adaptation in a variable and changing climate?
This research is conducted with support of grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to CU's Western Water Assessment; the National Science Foundation (NSF) program on Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems, the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Centers, and CU's Grand Challenge/Earth Lab in the Cooperative Institute for Research on Environmental Science (CIRES).