Center for Collaborative Science

We are dedicated to transforming science into actions that increase the resiliency of communities and environments. Using collaborative principles and techniques, we build the capacity of research teams, public agencies, municipalities, nonprofits, and businesses to fund, conduct, and use credible, relevant science to address critical community challenges now, and in the future. We also develop trainings and offer consultations for students, scientists, and others interested in building their capacity to link science to decision making. Our focus areas include ecosystem-based management, climate change adaptation and mitigation; community planning; water quality management; and habitat restoration and conservation.


Interested in learning more about collaborative approaches to research?

  • As the  NERRS Science Collaborative enters the last phase of its work, formative evaluation data indicates benefits and challenges in a collaborative approach to research.  Learn more.
  • Frequently asked questions about our approach to collaborative research. FAQ pdf

Interested in building the knowledge and skills necessary to link ecosystem science to decision making?

 Our Clients


We provide training, consultation, and direct services to help scientists and a range of stakeholders engage in collaborative research and partnerships focused on creating more sustainable communities. We provide support for participatory process design and management, facilitation and conflict resolution; needs assessment and problem definition, strategic planning and project management; and science translation and communications.

Contact us

Kalle Matso, director

Justine Stadler, associate director

Dolores Leonard, associate director

Richard Langan, transition manager

Cindy Tufts, program coordinator

Emily J. Troisi-Rauschenberger, research associate