A new research collaborative pairs Indigenous knowledges and earth science research to improve climate resilience in coastal communities most affected by severe climate hazards.

Dominique David-Chavez, director of the Indigenous Land and Data Stewards Laboratory and an assistant professor in the CSU Warner College of Natural Resources, is working with local researchers in Borikén, Puerto Rico, to support community-based climate research as part of a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant, awarded to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the largest research award ever granted by the NSF to a tribal college or university.

In addition to Puerto Rico, the hub’s place-based research takes place in Alaska, Louisiana, and Hawai’i.