SC CSC Hires Assistant Sustainability Scientist to Lead New Mexico Tribal Programs

8.28.2017 (Mon)


We would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our South Central CSC team, Atherton (Atty) Phleger! As assistant sustainability scientist, Phleger will be responsible for managing the South Central CSC’s tribal engagement projects in New Mexico.

The South Central CSC has been building robust partnerships with tribes and pueblos in New Mexico for several years. We partnered with the Flower Hill Institute to host our first New Mexico-based Climate 101 training in 2017 and are providing technical support to tribes and pueblos carrying out vulnerability assessments. Phleger will continue our collaborations with tribal stakeholders by expanding on our capacity-building trainings and other educational workshops, leveraging university resources to provide tribes with technical support, and serving as a representative of the CSC at workshops, conferences, and meetings. He will work closely with April Taylor, the South Central CSC’s sustainability scientist.

Phleger brings expertise in tribal community development, grant writing, and curriculum design to our team. Prior to joining the South Central CSC, Atherton worked for a native-owned consultancy and nonprofit. In this role, he created culturally responsive science curriculum, collaboratively designed tribal hydraulic fracturing regulations, and successfully submitted grants to fund a number of community-led projects in New Mexico tribal communities. He also laid the research groundwork for intertribal organizations concerned with water rights, climate issues, and energy resources. Atherton graduated as Valedictorian of the English Department at the University of Colorado, is a member of the honors society Phi Beta Kappa, and has won awards in western American writing, poetry, and creative nonfiction.