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San Diego State University

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university and southernmost in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system.

Role in CNNCTS

San Diego State University (SDSU), with a $7.1 million grant from the University of California Climate Action program, will co-lead the the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation & Stewardship (CNNCTS) alongside the Climate Science Alliance (CSA). SDSU will focus on coordinating activities, documenting progress, and help foster collaborations. Continuing its long-standing relationships with the Kumeyaay, Luiseño and other tribal nations, SDSU aims to advance Indigenous management practices, enhance student learning, and contribute to climate adaptation projects across southern California to help safeguard lands and cultures against climate change. The initiative integrates various academic departments and programs within SDSU, including the Department of American Indian Studies, biology, and geography.

Relevant Projects

Center for Open Geographical Sciences, Department of Geography

The Center for Open Geographical Science (COGS) launched in 2022 as a hub for open and reproducible research and a home for all things spatial. COGS combines expertise from two collaborative research labs: the lab for Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences (SASS) and the Vegetation and Landscape Ecology (VALE) lab. COGS supports CNNCTS' focus area of "Advance science-informed climate action" by contributing to the academic research on assessing the possible climate change impacts to culturally important plant species using climate change forecasts and biodiversity data.

Resilient Restoration: Advancing Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California

This collaborative project works to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and plant species that are integral to Tribal communities. The Resilient Restoration project, funded by the California Strategic Growth Council's Climate Change Research Program, is a collaborative effort of the Climate Science Alliance's Tribal Working Group, University of California Riverside, and San Diego State University.

Field Station Program

Leveraging SDSU's two largest ecological reserves managed by the Field Stations Program, SDSU provides ideal sites for research, education and community engagement for Southern California ecosystems and communities for the CNNCTS Living Labs component. The collaboration also draws on matching funds from the Alyce Cioch Wawrytko Endowed Scholarship for American Indian Studies, showcasing SDSU's commitment to climate resilience, Indigenous stewardship, and community engagement.

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