NHSG/UNHCE hires specialists for volunteer program and climate adaptation

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Two individuals recently joined the N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension staff to focus their efforts on climate adaptation and citizen science in the Granite State.

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Lisa Graichen (UNH ’12, ’14) is the new climate adaptation program coordinator based out of Nesmith Hall on the UNH-Durham campus. A native of southern Maine, Graichen most recently served as a community engagement associate with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Greenland, N.H.. In her new role with N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension, Graichen will support coastal and statewide education programs on climate adaptation for communities. She will provide science-based education, technical assistance and facilitation to support municipal decision makers, landowners, professionals and other stakeholders to develop strategies to prepare for and adapt to climate change. In addition, Graichen will participate in the USDA Northeast Climate Hub based out of Durham, N.H.

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Caitlin Peterson will serve as the citizen science outreach coordinator for the Coastal Research Volunteer (CRV) Program based at the N.H. Sea Grant office in Lee, N.H. Peterson, who is originally from Wisconsin, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to work in the ecology education field on the coast of Maine. Peterson recently completed her master’s degree at the University of Wyoming before coming back to New England for this position with the CRV Program. Her duties will include the coordination and implementation of CRV and CRV-affiliated projects, including recruiting, coordinating and training volunteers for projects, maintaining communication with volunteers and sharing project results to them.

To get in touch with these new staff members, please contact Graichen at lisa.graichen@unh.edu and Peterson at caitlin.peterson@unh.edu.

Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer