KneeDeep is a proudly independent publication with an unwavering commitment to local journalism. We take our readers beyond mainstream media, and into specialized coverage about climate resilience. These stories matter to the Bay Area: to ecology-minded individuals, industry professionals, pillars in the community, and everyday residents.

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  • $100 allows us to involve local photographers in our journalism coverage.
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  • $10,000 funds an entire investigative series (4-6 articles).
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  • $25,000 underwrites a new community editor who will strengthen bonds with our neighbors, communities and educators.

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    Advisory Committees
    Regional Planning Advisors
    • Allison Brooks, Director, Bay Area Regional Collaborative
    • Caitlin Sweeney, Director, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
    • Michael McCormick, Leadership Team, Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network
    • Dana Brechwald, Adapting to Rising Tides Program Manager, SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission
    Science Advisors

    To inform KneeDeep‘s forthcoming 2022-2023 investigative series on climate extremes, the magazine has the following science advisors:

    DR. ALEXANDER GERSHUNOV, Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

    Gurshunov’s research focuses on interrelated aspects of weather, climate and society. His professional interests include understanding the links between regional weather extremes and large-scale climate variability and change, long-range climate prediction, the atmospheric water cycle, precipitation and drought, heat waves, cold snaps, marine layer clouds, atmospheric rivers, Santa Ana winds, extreme weather and climate impacts on wildfire, energy, ecosystems, water resources and public health, climate influence on society and human influence on climate.

    Gershunov is affiliated with various organizations focused on regionally relevant climate research with benefit to society ranging from education to resource management. He enjoys conveying scientific results not only to the scientific community via peer-reviewed research articles published in professional journals, but also beyond, to stakeholders and the public via various other means, documents, presentations and good old-fashioned human interaction. Sasha enjoys working with colleagues and friends across borders and disciplines.  MORE

    DR. RICHELLE TANNER, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Environmental Science & Policy Program, Chapman University

    Dr. Tanner’s research group, the Socio-Ecological Adaptation & Climate Resilience Lab, investigates the effects of climate change on nearshore ecological and human communities. They use techniques from the natural and social sciences to conduct multidisciplinary research in service of society, partnering with community-based organizations and government agencies in every project. In the California Bay-Delta, Dr. Tanner has worked in eelgrass and marsh restoration since 2015. Currently, her work in Suisun Marsh is investigating and implementing changes to regional coordination plans, and their communication strategies, for Phragmites (common reed) invasion control among public and private landholders using social and ecological best practices. Dr. Tanner is also the former Science Director at the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), a non-profit that supplies social science-based strategic communication for climate and ocean advocacy to over 500 aquariums, zoos, museums, and parks in the US. In collaboration with NNOCCI, she is conducting a nationwide survey on effective language and values-based messaging for communicating with the public about the links between extreme weather events and climate change.  MORE

    DR. PATRICK BARNARD, Coastal Geologist, US Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz

    Dr. Patrick Barnard has been a Research Geologist with the USGS in Santa Cruz since 2003, is the Project Chief for the Coastal Climate Impacts Project, and Co-Developer of the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS). His research focuses on coastal hazards driven by storms and sea level rise across U.S. beaches and estuaries. Patrick sits on numerous regional, national, and international scientific review panels related to climate change and coastal hazards, He has advised members of the U.S. Congress and Cabinet, Co-Chaired the Federal Inter-agency Working Group on Sea Level Rise, and currently serves as a Co-author on the Coastal Effects Chapter of the 5th National Climate Assessment, and Co-Chair of California’s Ocean Protection Council Sea Level Rise Task Force. MORE

    Organizational Resilience

    This committee assists KneeDeep with activites related to building organizational capacity and sustainability. It also advises on grant management, supports relationships with funders, and serves as a liaison between KneeDeep and it’s non-profit fiscal agent Urban Ecology.

    Story Ideas

    KneeDeep invites those involved in the Bay Area climate adaptation and resilience work to join our Story Idea Advisory Group. If you join, we will contact you by email quarterly to solicit story ideas and potential contacts for those stories.  Help us stay in touch with what’s going on the hyper-local level. Email the editor if you are interested.