AdaptAlready is a blog about science science and its various connections to policy and society. We believe that this important topic doesn’t get enough attention outside of the scientific community. We aim to show why that’s a problem, and maybe even begin to change the situation for the better.
Because of our background (see below), and our day-jobs, climate change and climate adaptation loom large here, but other topics are certainly fair game.
I study the relationships between social problems and scientific research. I ask question such as: what kinds of social benefit can we reasonably expect from scientific research? How do (and how should) managers approach the task of deciding what research to fund? How do particular types of research gain importance and influence in academic and policy circles? What’s the best way to generate useful information?
I earned a PhD at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University, where my research focused on climate science in the US federal government, and climate adaptation research in Australia.
I’m currently located in San Francisco, CA, and am engaged in several consulting projects which involve translating my research into useful tools for planning, monitoring, and evaluation of research.
Over the past 10 years, Adam Parris has worked extensively in both science and policy, serving to bridge the boundary between the two. Most recently, for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), he performed policy and planning research investigating the effects of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. BCDC is California’s state regulatory agency that manages use of, and access to, the San Francisco Bay and its shoreline, and Mr. Parris helped revise policies on tidal wetlands to address the impacts of sea level rise. Also at BCDC, Mr. Parris initiated a multi-stakeholder, multi-institution study on sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the San Francisco Bay to develop and test shoreline adaptation techniques incorporating tidal wetland restoration. Prior to working at BCDC, Mr. Parris served as a geomorphologist and hydrologist at Philip Williams and Associates, a nationally recognized leader in ecosystem restoration design and water resource management. He performed analysis of watershed, estuary, and coastal settings including extensive field-work throughout the state of California. His graduate research in Geology, funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Vermont, focused on patterns of climate and flooding in the northeastern United States over the past 12,000 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geology and English Literature from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Vermont.