I focus on environmental issues and the human dimensions of global environmental change, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change. I study the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species - and more generally the political ecology of global environmental change.
I co-direct the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and hold a faculty appointment as a Regents professor in the School of Geography and Development. I am also affiliated with the Environmental Change Institute and Linacre College at Oxford University in the UK. Over my career I have taught at Oxford, Penn State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
In addition to directing the Institute of the Environment I am Regents Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona; and also associated with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Arid Lands program at UA. I am a also Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Development, School of Geography and Environment, and Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
About Me... My expertise and research interests focus on the human dimensions of environmental change, connecting earth and social sciences to understand challenges of drought and climate change, climate policy, climate change communication, food security, land use, and international environmental governance. I am probably best known for my research on climate vulnerability, climate assessment, carbon offsets and climate and development, and have also published on NAFTA and the environment, planetary boundaries and climate governance. I have advised a wide range of government committees, NGOs and businesses on climate issues. I codirect the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment with Jonathan Overpeck. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on the environment across the University of Arizona. My tenure and disciplinary home is in the School of Geography and Development where I contribute to the human-environment/political ecology/governance cluster and help to coordinate the BA in Environmental Studies. I maintain an affiliation with Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute which I directed from 2003 to 2009. I am the founder of the Carson Fellows program at the University of Arizona which trains students to better communicate their research and was the codesigner of the new international research program Future Earth.