Ben McMahan
Ben McMahan
Research, Outreach, & Assessment Specialist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

Ben McMahan joined CLIMAS in June of 2014 as a Research, Outreach, and Assessment Specialist after completing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His dissertation research was on hurricanes and disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where he focused on human interactions in a dynamic social and environmental context, risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes. He also worked extensively on Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) collaborative/trans-disciplinary research on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the US Oil and Gas industry, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At CLIMAS, his research activities include tracing how climate information is incorporated into regional decision maker networks, CLIMAS team research on the risks and effects of climate extremes, and collaborative research on the effects of climate variability on phenology and temporality of native plants in the region. His outreach activities include coordinating publication of the monthly Southwest Climate Outlook, producing the Southwest Climate Podcasts, serving as online editor for CLIMAS’ blog - Southwestern Oscillations, and working to expand collaborative research opportunities and outreach efforts at CLIMAS. His assessment activities include assistance in monitoring the effectiveness and reach of CLIMAS research projects and outreach activities, and applying this information during science/strategic planning with the CLIMAS team, in order to prioritize future research and outreach directions. 

Research Themes: 
Business and Economics
Climate change impacts
Decision making
Land use change
Climate and Adaptation
Anthropology
Borderlands
Climate assessment
Decision support
Ecosystem management
Extreme events
Floods
GIS
Geography
Human dimensions
Impacts
Land use
Phenology
Remote sensing
Risk communication
Risk management
Scenario planning
Science communication
Stakeholder engagement
Transportation
Urban planning
Energy
Anthropology
Food Systems and Security
Governance, Law, and Policy
Climate change impacts
Conservation policy
Decision making
GIS
Land use change
Urban development
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Data analysis
Data cleaning and information extraction
Data management
Data mining
Data visualization
Database systems
Decision support
GIS
Geography
Information theory
Mapping
Mathematical and system dynamics modeling
Modeling and simulation
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Anthropology
Borderlands
Community education
Conservation biology
Ecosystem ecology
Ecosystem restoration
Ecosystem services
GIS
Geography
Invasive species
Land use change
Landscape restoration
Modeling and simulation
Natural resource management
Phenology
Remote sensing
Socioecology
Urban ecology
Wildfire
Public Health
Decision support
Geography
Modeling
Non-infectious disease
Science Engagement
Communications
Connecting science and decision making
Urban Environment
Anthropology
Climate change impacts
Community education
Decision making
GIS
Geography
Land use change
Poverty
Public Health
Remote sensing
Urban development
Urban infrastructure
Urban planning
Water
Anthropology
Community education
Public Health
Remote sensing

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