Our Team

The NIACS team consists of staff affiliated with the USDA Forest Service, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, and universities. 

We would love to hear from you! Please contact one of our team members with any questions. Our team members have expertise in adaptation, communication, carbon, natural resource sciences, and many other disciplines.

Maria Janowiak

Title: Director (acting)

Affiliation: USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Focus Area: Forests, Carbon, Adaptation Planning and Implementation

Learn More

Stephen Handler

Title: Deputy Director (acting)

Affiliation: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Focus Area: Vulnerability Assessment, Climate Adaptation Planning, Forest Management and Silviculture, Tribal perspectives, Wildlife Management

Learn More

Hannah Abbotts

Title: Senior Product Designer and Content Delivery Specialist

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Web Content Management, Digital Science and Communication, Climate Adaptation

Learn More

Maddy Baroli

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Forest Ecology and Management, Urban & Community Forestry, Tree Planting and Assisted Migration

Learn More

Mattison Brady

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: University of Vermont

Focus Area: Forest Ecology and Management, Forest Health Monitoring, Climate Adaptation

Learn More

Katie Frerker

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: USDA Forest Service Eastern Region

Focus Area: Climate Adaptation, Carbon Stewardship, Assisted Migration, Forest Ecology

Learn More

Adrienne Keller

Title: Research Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Michigan Tech University

Focus Area: Carbon Science and Management, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Ecosystem Ecology

Learn More

Shawn Klomparens

Title: Website Administrator

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Digital Science Communication, Web Development and Management,

Learn More

Patricia Leopold

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: USDA Forest Service Eastern Region State, Private, and Tribal Forestry

Focus Area: Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment, Climate Adaptation, Carbon Management

Learn More

Kailey Marcinkowski

Title: Science Visual Information Specialist

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Science Communication and outreach, Graphic Design and Visual information resources, Publication Layout and Design, Digital Accessibility

Learn More

Samantha Myers

Title: Forest Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: University of Vermont

Focus Area: Forest Ecosystems, Climate Change Adaptation, Forest Carbon Dynamics, Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation

Learn More

Luke Nave

Title: Research Associate Professor

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Forest Ecology and Management, Soil Biogeochemistry, Carbon Cycling

Learn More

Courtney Peterson

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: Colorado State University

Focus Area: Climate-adaptive Silviculture, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Climate Adaptation

Learn More

Rebecca Rooney

Title: ORISE Fellow

Affiliation: USDA -ARS Midwest Climate Hub

Focus Area: Plant Physiology, Forest Ecology, Climate Change Adaptation

Learn More

Danielle Shannon

Title: Coordinator of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Focus Area: Forest and Water Resources Management, Climate Adaptation, Communications

Learn More

Maria Vicini

Title: Climate Adaptation Specialist

Affiliation: Colorado State University

Focus Area: Climate Adaptation, Silviculture, Forest Ecology

Learn More