Shannon McNeeley


Contact Shannon McNeeley
Office: A309 Nesbitt
Phone: (970) 491-1852
Mail: Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Anthropology
Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Advising Faculty Member, North Central Climate Science Center (NCCSC)


Ph.D. in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska
M.A. in International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
B.A. in International Relations, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio


Dr. Shannon McNeeley is currently a research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL) at the Department of Interior-sponsored North Central Climate Science Center (NCCSC) at Colorado State University. She is the co-lead with Dennis Ojima on the adaptation science area for the NCCSC and conducts research on social-ecological climate vulnerability and adaptation in natural resource management, which also entails working to build the capacity of the NCCSC to conduct and support regional assessment on climate change adaptive capacity and decision making. She is currently leading a project entitled Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior (DRAI), which focuses on drought-related decisions of DOI and tribal land and resource managers. She received her doctoral degree in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science (ecological anthropology, ecology, climatology) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the Anthropology Department and through the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program as an NSF IGERT Fellow then as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her doctoral research focused on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity of indigenous people (Athabascan Indians) in the remote, rural Interior region of Alaska. This was in close collaboration with tribes, state, and federal agency partners. She first began working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2000 as an associate scientist before starting her doctoral degree in the fall of 2004. Her work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural incorporating the social and natural sciences in order to understand human-environment relationships and how people are impacted by and respond to environmental change. She has been involved in environmental change education and research for over 16 years. As a postdoctoral fellow at NCAR, her research focused on water scarcity and sustainability in the context of climate variability and change and the Yampa/White Basins region of northwest Colorado. Then as a research fellow at CSU worked with Dennis Ojima and others on the National Climate Assessment Great Plains Regional Climate Assessment technical report, and then at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Dr. McNeeley co-wrote the Adaptation chapter of the upcoming U.S. National Climate Assessment and led research on climate adaptation actions implemented across the globe through the Global Environmental Facility financing mechanisms for developing and Least Developed Countries