Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

National Park Service

Chris Lauver
CESU Coordinator
Senior Science Advisor, PNW CESU

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Key Education, Research, and Technical Assistance Needs


  • StrengthenĀ  partnerships with the academic and scientific communities to promote research that enhances the management of protected natural areas and heritage sites
  • Develop more collaborations with agency and university partners (projects, expert workshops, etc.) to define science and planning needs in response to climate change
  • Develop adaptation strategies for coping with climate change
  • Research and training in conservation of global species and environmental pollution
  • Develop interagency interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, and education programs that integrate cultural and natural resource concerns and that provide avenues of communication between disciplines.

Technical Assistance

  • Develop efficient ways to monitor the vital signs of natural systems
  • Develop effective ways of sharing natural system monitoring information so that these data are useful to the surrounding agencies and communities outside the parks
  • Training in restoration ecology