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ALRS Affiliated Faculty

Angel, J Roger P

Regents' Professor of Astronomy, Regents' Professor of Optical Sciences, Director of the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory

Adaptive optics, instrumentation, extrasolar planets, telescope desing and optical fabrication, geoengineering and concentrating photovoltaic solar energy.

Archer, Steven R.

Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Plant ecology and ecosystem sciences. Interdisciplinary research on dry-land plant community dynamics and succession, with an emphasis on grass-woody plant interactions in relation to soils, climate, disturbance, and land use.

Arenas, Alberto

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

He specializes in the connections between pedagogy and environmental sustainability; experiential education, with an emphasis on vocational education; and the decolonization of education with a focus on restoring culturally-rich, non-commodified knowledge and skills.

Austin, Diane, Executive Committee

Professor and Director, School of Anthropology, Research Anthropologist (BARA)

Long-term, multi-sectoral partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic, and business organizations, with emphasis on the development of community-based participatory research approaches.

Bakkensen, Laura

Associate Professor, School of Government & Public Policy

Economics of natural disasters, identifying current risks and evidence of adaptation to damages and fatalities across the globe. She also evaluates individual, community, and policy responses to natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Her research informs public policy on insurance regulation, disaster aid, severe weather warnings, and public adaptation. .

Banister, Jeffrey

Director, Associate Research Social Scientist, Associate Editor and Associate Research Professor, Southwest Center, UA

Political geography; visual culture and infrastructure; water politics; US-MExico drug wars and geographies of illegality; Mexico/Latin America

Baro, Mamadou A.

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Associate Research Anthropologist (BARA)

Participatory Development, Household Livelihood Security, Applied Anthropology, Land Tenure, Gender and International Development with special focus on Africa and the Caribbean, and Research Methodology.

Barron-Gafford, Greg

Associate Professor, Biogeography and Ecosystem Science, School of Geography & Development and Biosphere 2

Leaf, soil, and ecosystem scale fluxes of carbon and water in response to vegetative and climatic change.

Bauer, Carl J.

Professor, School of Geography & Development

Comparative and international water law and policy in diffrent contexts of Chilte, Estern U.S., Spain , and Mexico.

Bogan, Michael

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Arid Lands, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species

Buechler, Stephanie

Assistant Professor Udall Center

Gender and natural resource management, gender, agriculture and water, gender, migration and climate change, gender and climate adaptation, urban, peri-urban and rural agricultural livelihoods, gender, agriculture and renewable energy, gender and mining, youth's experiences with flooding

Buizer, James

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate Adaptation and Sustainability, Global Change Management

Chalfoun, Nader V.,

Professor (Retired), Architecture and Environmental Sciences, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Energy conservation, passive solar architecture, outdoor environmental comfort, green building materials, and sustainable architecture.

Chief, Karletta

Associate Professor, American Indian Studies and Associate Specialist in the department of Environmental Sciences

Enviromental Sciences - Extension; Associate Specialist:  Improving our understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology through the use of physically based methods.  Chair, Indigenous Food / Energy / Water Systems - GIDP

Colby, Bonnie G.

Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics

Resource economics, impacts of climate change on resource utilization and value of natural areas, hydrology and water resources.

Comrie, Andrew C.

Professor, Geography & Development

Climatology, air pollution, environmental issues.

Creasman, Pearce Paul

Curator, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Dendrochronology, The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

The study of human and environmental interactions, maritime archaelogy, dendroarhaeceology, and Egyptian archaelogy.

Crimmins, Michael, Executive Committee

Professor, Environmental Science

Increasing climate science literacy and developing strategies to adapt to a changing climate. Implementation of drought preparedness and impact monitoring plans.

Crisman, Jonathan Jae-an

Assistant Professor, Public & Applied Humanities

His current research focuses on the role that art and culture can play as forms of political engagement in gentrifying cities, and (with collaborator Maite Zubiaurre) on the forensic, cultural, and political practices around migrant death in the Borderlands.

Cuello, Joel

Professor, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Applying engineering to put biological systems to work. Bioreactor design & secondary metabolite production.

Engineer, Altaf

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Research interests include social, cultural, and behavioral factors in design with a special focus on daylighting, health and wellbeing. .

Ernst, Kacey C., Executive Committee

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Examining the links between environment and environmental change and infectious disease transmission; particularly vector-borne diseases.

Evans, Tom P

Professor, School of Geography & Development

Focuses primarily on agricultural decision-making, food security and environmental governance but have had past projects related to deforestation/reforestation, urban ecosystems, community resilience. 

Ferguson, Daniel B.

Associate Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment, Associate Research  Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate and adaptation; Governance, Law, and POlic; Science Engagement

Finan, Timothy J.

Research Anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. Professor School of Anthropology

Applied anthropology, cultural and societal impacts of climate vulnerability, famine vulnerability and early warning.

Fisher, Larry F.

Research Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

My research interests focus on environmental conflict and mediation, large landscape conservation, climate change adaptation, public lands policy, and international conservation and sustainable development, working primarily in the SW and SE Asia.

Franklin, Edward

Associate Professor, Agriculture Education

Principles and Practices of Agricultural Mechanization, Turf and Landscape Technology, Applications in Agricultural Mechanics, Operations in Agricultural Mechanics, and Instructional Materials Development

Gallery, Rachel

Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Conservation biology, genetics and molecular ecology; plant and soil ecology; population and community ecology.

Garfin, Gregg, Executive Committee

Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Research Topics: Climate Adaptation and Sustainability; Global Change Management; and Watershed Management.

Gerlak, Andrea

Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, School of School of Geography & Development

Research Topics: Water governance and policy; Global environmental policy; Transboundary waters; Groundwater management; Resilience, adaptatation, social-ecological ystesms; Western U.S., U.S., Latin America, SE Aisa, Europe.

Gimblett, H. Randy

Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Spatial dynamic ecosystem modeling; artificial intelligence in natural resource planning; human cognition and environmental perception; landscape simulation; dynamic recreation behavior; distributed multiagent reasoning systems.

Guertin, Phillip D.

Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Watershed hydrology and management; watershed assessment and planning; nonpoint source pollution; geographic information science and technology

Guido Zackry

Program manager and research scientist for the University of Arizona’s International Research and Applications Program (IRAP) and research affiliate at the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS).

Quantifying climate impacts on water resources (including glaciers), co-producing end-to-end climate services, and advancing climate risk management through participatory processes.

Gunatilaka, Leslie

Professor, Southwest Center for Natural Products Research & Commercialization, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

Application of natural product chemistry to solve problems of human and animal health and agriculture.

Holliday, Vance Terrell

Professor, School of Anthropology & Geosciences (Adjunct in Geography)

Geoarchaeology, Paleoindian archaeology, soil-geomorphology, and Quaternary landscape evolution and paleoenvironments.

Hughes, Malcolm

Associate Professor Emeritus, Regents Professor, Dendrochronology, The Laboratory of the Tree-Ring Research

Climatology, modeling, dendrochronology. Specific areas of interest include past climate in Europe, Asia, and the Sierra Nevada, as indicated by tree rings.

Ida, Aletheia

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Chair MS. Arch EBT

She integrates design theory in her research for emergent environmental building technologies, incorporating aspects of material inventions with socio-environmental performance criteria through innovative digital and physical prototyping methods.

Kear, Mark Thomas Fraser

Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development

Financial Geography, Urban Geography, Ethnography, Urban Poverty, Financial Exclusion, Financial Literacy, Financial Empowerment, Governmentality, Biopolitics, Credit and Debt, Personal/Consumer Finance, Financial Regulation, Payment Systems

Keith, Ladd

Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments

His research is at the intersection of urban planning and climate science and explores how policy innovation in local governance can make more sustainable and resilient cities.

Liverman, Diana

Regents Professor, School of Geography and Development and Co-Director, Institute of the Environment

Global change, climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation especially in the developing world.

Livingston, Margaret

Professor, Landscape Architecture
Ecological and environmental issues in arid environments; use of native plants and design of urban wildlife spaces.

Lopez Hoffman, Laura

Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Conservation biology and policy, transboundary conservation, ecosytem servies.

Marsh, Stuart E., Executive Committee

Associate Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Professor, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Ph.D. Program, and The School of Geography and Development

Land use and land cover change; impacts of climate and anthropogenic change on arid lands; Remote sensing; application of geospatial technologies to environmental studies; Development of decision support systems for natural resource management

McClaran, Mitchel P.

Professor, Range Management , The School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Rangeland plant ecology and management, with particular emphasis on arid grasslands and savannas

Meadow, Alison

Associate Research Professor, Institute of the Environment and the Center for Climate Adaptatiton Science and Solutions

Environmental ecoogy; her research focuses on the process of linking scientists with stakeholders to co-produce climate science knowledge.

Megdal, Sharon B.

Director, Water Resources Research Center, Professor, of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Director of The University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program

State and regional water resources management and policy with areas of focus including storage and recovery programs, regional approaches to water management, ecosystem restoration, and the role of the private sector in water delivery.

Meixner, Thomas

Professor and Department Head, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry hydrologic controls on water quality, GIS, remote sensing, hydrochemical modeling, atmospheric chemistry, aqueous geochemistry, water quality modeling, sensitivity analysis, automatic parameter estimation, semi-arid hydrology, riparian sustainability, climate change impacts on water resources, and multi-criteria analysis.

Molnar, Istvan, Chair ALRS and ABS

 Professor and Associate Director, Natural Products Center, Chair, Arid Lands Resource Sciences GIDP, Director of Graduate Studies, Applied Biosciences track in Industrial Microbial Biotechnology, Chair Applied Biosciences  

Biosynthetic engineering, microbial genetics, combinatorial biosynthesis, genomics, biocatalysis, industrial biotechnology, drug discovery, natural products, antibiotics, anticancer agents, biofuels

Moore, David

Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate adaptation and sustatainability; ecohydrology & biogeochemistry; geospatial science & modeling; global change management; plant & soil ecology; and remote sensing.

 Morrissey, Katherine G.

Associate Professor, History

Research on the North American West focusing on the region's environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history.

Nabhan, Gary

Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Desert agro-ecology, agro-biodiversity, seed-saving, water-harvesting, on-farm pollination enhancement or climate-friendly strategies for local food production.

Park, Thomas K.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Professor (MENAS), Associate Research Anthropologist (BARA)

Urbanization in Africa and the Middle East, complexity theory, economic theory, mathematical methodologies in anthropology and history, the history of credit, flood recession agriculture, the Sahara, the Sahel, North Africa, development, economic history, North African Arabic archives, bureaucracy in Africa and the Middle East, colonialism & imperialism, anthropology of law, Islam, land tenure, 18th to 21st C European philosophy, foragers in arid lands, pastoralism, Pyrrhonic skepticism, political ecology.

Prudic, Kathleen

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate Adaptation and Sustainability,Conservation Biology,Geospatial Science and Modeling,Population and Community Ecology,Restoration Ecology

Quanrud, David M.

Associate Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Arid lands; ecohydrology and bigeochemistry; and water resources management.

Ray, Dennis T.

University Distinguished Professor & Faculty Fellow, Plant Sciences, The School of Plant Sciences, Arid Lands Studies

Evaluate new crops and products for cultivation and processing in arid environments.  Read more at:

Silvertooth, Jeffrey C.

Associate Dean, Agricultural Extension Administration, Professor, Environmental Science

Development of crop production management strategies that optimize the soil-plant system agronomically and economically, with full consideration of the short- and long-term impact of inputs environmentally.

Slack, Donald C.

Dean's Chair for Excellence, Cecil Miller Families, Professor, Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering

On farm water management practices; irrigation systems & technologies; watershed hydrology; erosion control; biofuels from Sorghum.

Smith, Steven E.

Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Department of Plant Sciences

Cimate adaptation and sustainability; conservation biology; geospatial science & modeling; plant genetics & improvement; evolutionary ecology.

Smith, William Kolby

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Department of Plant Sciences

Arid Lands, Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Ecology Management and Restoration of Rangelands, Geospatial Science and Modeling, Remote Sensing

Snyder, Katherine

Professor, School of Geography and Development, Director, Master's in Development Practice

Research on climate change and adaptation, fisheries management and governance, wildlife and community based management and tourism, watershed governance, and sustainable land management, specifically in Africa.

Soto, Jose

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Climate Adaptation and Sustainability,Ecology Management and Restoration of Rangelands,Ecosystem Services,Invasive Species,Social Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Stoffle, Richard W.

Research Anthropologist, Professor, School of Anthropology,  BARA

Cultural anthropology, social impact assessment, developmental anthropology, Native Americans, Caribbean industrial anthropology, fisheries, Ethnobotany; satellite imagery.

Stoker, Philip

Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture

Ecology, planning, and natural resource management, urban water demand and the integration of land use planning with water management.

Torres, Robert

Professor and Department Head, Agricultural Education

Advances in career and technical education in agriculture.

Tronstad, Russell

Professor and Extension Specialist;Agricultural & Resource Economics

Agricultural marketing, risk management, international trade, and operations research methods. Fruit and vegetable commodities, range livestock, and field crops are a part of his research and extension activities

Trouet, Valerie, Executive Committee

Associate Professor of Dendrochronology, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Reconstruction of atmospheric circulation patterns and how they influence fire regimes through the use of tree-rings.

Valdes, Juan B.

Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Stochastic and deterministic hydrology, flood forecasting, mathematical models of natural resources systems, modeling of space-time precipitation, environmental risk assessment, and stochastic modeling of environmental processes.

Van Leeuwen, Willem

Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment

 Land Surface Phenology; Biogeography; Remote Sensing Science and Applications of Coupled Natural and Human Systems; Geospatial & Temporal Decision Support Systems and Tools for Land and Water management; Assessing Impact of Fire and Drought on Vegetation Response Drylands around the World.

Varady, Robert G.

Research Profesor of Environmental Policy and Immediate Past Director Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Environmental policy; environmental history. with an emphasis on transboundary issues, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Washburne, James C.

Research Specialist, Sr., Department of Hydrology & Water Resources

Basin scale hydrology/runoff using remotely sensed data; land surface Parameterization in mesoscale; assimilation of soil moisture into hydrologic models; applying emerging technologies to distributed hydrologic modeling.

Wilder, Benjamin Theodore

Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, University of Arizona


His research is broadly focused in desert ecology and botany. he utilizes multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.

Wilder, Margaret, Executive Committee

Associate Professor, School of Geography & Development

Critical water governance, transboundary climate vulnerabiity and adaptation, water equity and security, and water and climate justice. I primarily work in the interior of Mexico and the US-Mexico border region, and in the southwestern US, and have interests in Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama)

Woodhouse, Connie

Regent's Professor, School of Geography and Development

Climate and paleoclimate of western North America, with emphasis on drought and water issues; reconstruction of past climate and hydrology using tree rings, analysis of past and current climate variability, and the investigation of circulation features that influence regional climate.

Yetman, David A.

Research Social Scientist, Southwest Studies Center

Ecology and rural development relating to southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, ethnobotany, border issues.

Zuniga Teran, Adriana,   Executive Committee

Assistant Research Scientist, School of Landscapre Architecture and Planning and at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

She explores questions related to green infrastructure and urban resilience, environmental justice, water security in cities of Latin America, groundwater governance, and other environmental issues in arid lands.

Last updated 8 Jun 2021