Our Story

Adaptation International was founded in 2010 from a desire to help communities become more climate resilient. Our founders have experience working with a variety of communities and realize that even as more and more communities and organizations have the desire to address the issue of climate change, they do not have the time, knowledge, skills, or resources to make the necessary changes. Now, more than ever, what they need is a flexible, dynamic, experienced, and energetic company to work alongside them in these efforts. We don't do everything environmental, but we do climate change adaptation really well and look forward to working with you.  


Alexander (Sascha) Petersen

Sascha has been working specifically on climate change for almost 10 years.  He is the managing director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, was a Lead Author for the Great Plains Region of the National Climate Assessment (2014). He has worked with both climate scientists and municipal governments and focus on bridging the gaps between climate chance science, policy, and action. He led Adaptation International projects with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Tucson, and Seattle.

As a research scientist with Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, NOAA’s first Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, he helped develop regionally specific projections for sea-level rise in Washington State. He then used these predictions to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of coastal climate impacts and worked directly with the City of Seattle and King County to evaluate policy response options and adaptation strategies.

Sascha has direct experience with local governments. He is helping the City of San Antonio to incorporate climate resilience in their sustainability plan, led the City of Austin's adaptation efforts through his participation in a Climate Resilient Communities advisory group for ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability and support of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project to assess the local health impacts of climate change. He also served on the Climate and Energy Technical Advisory Committee for ICLEI’s Star Community Index, helped lay the foundation for the development of a Community Climate Action Plan, and completed municipal and community wide greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Sascha has a Bachelor's degree in physics from Pomona College and a Master's degree focusing on climate change science and policy from the University of Washington. Prior to working on climate change, he trained astronauts at the Johnson Space Center.

He may be reached directly via email: Sascha@adaptationinternational.com    

Liz Rohlich

Liz is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with Master's degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas in Austin.

She has worked in a small town clinical setting in Homer, Alaska and a large level-one trauma hospital in Austin, Texas. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she delivered vaccinations to communities in rural Bolivia, which sometimes required riding for hours down a dirt road in a Jeep that served as the mobile medical clinic.

With experience working as a health care provider in different parts of the world, she is concerned with how climate change will affect human health. She has a particular affinity for working with low-income and underserved segments of communities that are likely the most vulnerable to climate change.

She may be reached directly via email: Liz@adaptationinternational.com


Jake Bell

Jake has been involved in the Climate Change field since 2007 with a focus on the human health impacts of climate change.  He currently coordinates our project with the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council  and provides project consulting on climate change public health research in Alaska Native Villages. He remains involved in, and was previously full time staff for, the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, Alaska. This work involves development of community climate change/health impact scenarios, monitoring of climate-sensitive health outcomes, and local collaboration for relevant adaptation interventions. Previous experiences include climate change health research at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C. and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jake holds a degree in Psychology from Pomona College and a Master's degree in Global Health with a focus in environmental health from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

He may be reached directly via email: Jakebell@adaptationinternational.com  

Missy Stults

Missy is a project coordinator with us and a Science Research Fellow at the University of Michigan pursuing her doctoral degree in urban adaptation. This includes supporting development of the Adaptation Chapter for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. In this role, Missy worked with leading climate adaptation and mitigation experts to identify major themes and trends in national climate adaptation efforts for distillation into the Assessment.  Before joining the University of Michigan, Missy was the national Climate Director for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability where she worked with over 600 local governments to advance their climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and sustainability efforts.

Missy received her Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of New England in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and her Master's degree from Columbia University in Climate and Society.  

Matt Fougerat

Matt is an environmental planner specializing in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.  Since 2002, Matt has worked on numerous international projects aimed at balancing the development of local communities with the protection of native habitats and the preservation of productive landscapes. He leads our spatial analysis work using GIS to create everything from high resolution sea level rise and coastal flood risk maps to helping identify vulnerable populations.  Prior to joining Adaptation International he helped develop and analyze alternative growth scenarios for the Center for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Places Project, the advancement of performance measures for the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project, and the strategic selection of priority conservation areas within 3.5 million acres of the Texas Hill Country.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University, as well as a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Sustainable Design, both from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Ellu Nasser

Ellu Nasser is coordinating our work with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Eastern Oregon.  She has nearly ten years of experience working to decrease disparities of environmental effects on community health.  She has worked on issues ranging from the health effects of air pollution and green chemistry and nanotechnology initiatives, to built environment and pedestrian safety campaigns and community impacts of housing and other economic development projects such as the Farmer's Field HIA in Los Angeles. 

Ellu’s interests include working to develop public health informed policy initiatives in an effort to address environmental health and justice issues. She achieves this by way of consensus building through broad stakeholder gatherings, developing community-academic partnerships and utilizing Health Impact Assessments. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Willamette University in Oregon, a master’s in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and is fluent in Spanish.  


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