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Emily Fusco

Deputy University Director
UMass Amherst


An expert in the area of global change science and adaptation, Emily Fusco was a research scientist with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group prior to her appointment as NE CASC Deputy University Director. There she partnered with the Northwest CASC to lead a “State of the Climate Science Assessment for Species and Ecosystems in the Northwest".  This project built on Fusco’s earlier work as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. In that position, Fusco conducted climate change vulnerability assessments, formed adaptation partnerships, and helped incorporate adaptation science into resource management across the western U.S. A former NE CASC graduate fellow, Fusco holds a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from UMass Amherst and a BA from the University of North Carolina-Wilmingto


NE CASC Deputy University Director, January 2024-present
Research Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, January 2023-present
Northwest Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network Coordinator, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, January 2023-present
ORISE Applied Climate Change Fellow, Northwest Climate Hub/Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDA Forest Service-Pacific Northwest Research Station, June 2021-January 2023
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, January 2019-June 2021


B.A. Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina- Wilmington, 2011
Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019