The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce the call for pre-proposals for the 2020 Class of Fellows!
The deadline to receive pre-proposals is May 31st, 201
Meet our Class of 2019
We are proud to announce our six inaugural fellows of the Class of 2019, leading our efforts to build community to develop collaborative solutions to coastal challenges in Latin America. Learn more about our Fellows and the work they will be conducting in Mexico, Colombia and Chile.
The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program supports a community of early-career planners, developers, and scientists who are working on new solutions to tackle coastal challenges along the Pacific Americas Flyway.
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Julián García Walther
“The challenges over the next decade is to find a balance between natural systems and our needs for costal resources and development.”
Researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Julián García Walther
“This Program will blur discipline boundaries. Mixed training is important, such as ecologists with planning knowledge and planners with environmental monitoring experience.”
One of nature’s greatest wonders is at risk of vanishing.
Each year, millions of shorebirds migrate thousands of miles along the Pacific coast of the Americas, from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra of North America to their wintering grounds at the southernmost tip of Chile. These long-distance migrations evolved to depend on stopover and wintering sites - a network of coastal wetlands, estuaries, and beaches - known as the Pacific Americas Flyway.
The habitats along the Pacific Americas Flyway also provide important ecosystem services to growing coastal communities. Many of these coastal ecosystems and the services they provide are threatened due to increasing pressures from expanding human development and climate change, which are contributing to on-going shorebird declines.
Senner, S. E., B. A. Andres and H. R. Gates (Eds.). 2016. Pacific Americas shorebird conservation strategy. National Audubon Society, New York, New York, USA. Available at: http://www.shorebirdplan.org.
New collaborations, new solutions
In order to target the complex challenges surrounding coastal development, we need new solutions that combine knowledge, expertise, and ideas from multiple disciplines and sectors.
To address this need, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have partnered to create the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program. The Program is building a community of early-career leaders from the academic, private, and non-profit sectors that are working on new approaches to coastal development and ecosystem management.
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For the next decade, the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program will support early-career planners, developers and scientists from Latin America to collaboratively design and implement new solutions to tackle current challenges facing coastal ecosystems and communities.
The program will support six young professionals per year to implement a project at a priority shorebird site in Latin America along the Pacific Americas Flyway. Fellows will be provided two years of funding, mentoring support, and professional development opportunities, including annual retreats that combine peer-to-peer learning and strategic trainings.