We are looking for an undergraduate intern in CAHNRS interested in extension and communications, to work on outreach products for a project looking to identify and test adaptation and mitigation intervention strategies that can be applied to enhance sustainability and resilience of fruit and vegetable supply chains in the U.S., thereby providing actionable strategies to maintain a nutritious, reliable, affordable and environmentally-sound food supply. The internship will occur during Spring or Summer 2021.
The application deadline has been extended. Interested students should apply by November 25 November 29 through Handshake.
Climate change has the potential to profoundly impact agricultural production across the United States, including the Pacific Northwest. In this region, warming temperatures are leading to longer growing seasons, reduced chilling accumulation, changes in the timing and amount of water for irrigation, changes in insect and disease patterns, among other impacts. Yet impacts may be greater in other production areas in the country, leading to additional changes in regional production systems, and potential opportunities. Farmers in the Pacific Northwest need a solid understanding of what changes to expect, so they can prepare for and mitigate negative impacts, and act on opportunities. Our Center’s work is focused on helping share climate change-related research results with those who can use them: agricultural professionals, agency staff, water managers, producers. The selected candidate will work with Drs. Hall and Hills to develop:
- Science briefs describing results of particular aspects of the research findings,
- Short blog articles to share key results and their implications through an existing collaborative Pacific Northwest blog effort, AgClimate.net, and other university outlets, and
- Other outreach products, as needed.
These science communications and outreach products will focus primarily on the results from the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project, a research collaboration with the Univ. of Florida, ILSI Research Foundation, International Food Policy Research Institute, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services. The goal of the project is “to identify and test adaptation and mitigation intervention strategies that can be applied to enhance sustainability and resilience of fruit and vegetable supply chains in the U.S., thereby providing actionable strategies to maintain a nutritious, reliable, affordable and environmentally-sound food supply.” The intern will join Drs. Hall and Hills as part of an outreach team working closely with crop modelers, economists, extension specialists and educators to share the results of this 4-year project with those who can use the results to improve their understanding of, response to, and opportunities posed by climate change-related changes in fruit and vegetable production systems in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.