Gregg Garfin
Deputy Director, Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment
Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 626-4372

Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment. He has worked for the last 20 years to bridge the science-society interface through dialogues between scientists and decision makers and collaborative projects that require environmental and climate science findings, data, and information. His research focuses on climate variability and change, drought, and adaptation to a changing climate. Geographic interests include semi-arid regions, transboundary regions, and monsoon climates. At the University of Arizona, Gregg serves as Director of the Water, Society & Policy M.S. program, in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  He is an affiliated faculty member in the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. He also serves on the faculty advisory board for the University of Arizona's Center for Compassion Studies.

He is university director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. He led a 120-author assessment on climate change and its impacts in the Southwest ( and was co-lead author for the Southwest chapter in the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the Southwest chapter in the Third National Climate Assessment. He is co-editor of Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, a 2016 book and e-book on the development and practice of use-inspired science and the co-production of science and policy, through NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program. His recent projects include development of a partnership to address the public health risks of extreme heat in the Paso del Norte region, an assessment of National Park Service cultural resource vulnerability to climate extremes, and an investigation of best practices for assessing the costs of floods in North America.




Selected Citations: 

Gonzalez, P., G.M. Garfin, D.D. Breshears, K.M. Brooks, H.E. Brown, E.H. Elias, A. Gunasekara, N. Huntly, J.K. Maldonado, N.J. Mantua, H.G. Margolis, S. McAfee, B.R. Middleton, and B.H. Udall. 2018. Chapter 25: Southwest. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 1101-1184. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH25

Carrillo, C.M., C. L. Castro, G. Garfin, H-I Chang, M.S. Bukovsky, and L.O. Mearns. 2018. Pacific sea surface temperature related influences on North American monsoon precipitation within North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program models. International Journal of Climatology.

Enquist, C.A.F., S.T. Jackson, G.M. Garfin, F.W. Davis, L.R. Gerber, et al. 2017. Foundations of Translational Ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 541-550.

Wall, T.U., E. McNie, and G.M. Garfin. 2017. Use-inspired science: making science usable by and useful to decision makers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 551-559.

Schwartz, M.W., J.K. Hiers, F.W. Davis, G.M. Garfin, S.T. Jacson, et al. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 587-596.

Jackson, S.T., G.M. Garfin, and C.A.F. Enquist. 2017. Toward an effective practice of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 540.

Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, and H. Jones. 2017. Developing an Integrated Heat Health Information System for Long-Term Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes in the El Paso-Juárez-Las Cruces Region. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 63 p.

Garfin, G.M., C.A. Scott, M. Wilder, R. Varady, and R. Merideth. 2016. Metrics for assessing adaptive capacity and water security: common challenges, diverging contexts, emerging consensus. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21  

Star, J., E.L. Rowland, M.E. Black, C.A.F. Enquist, G. Garfin, Hawkins C. Hoffmann, H. Hartmann, K.L. Jacobs, R.H. Moss, and A.M. Waple. 2016. Supporting adaptation decisions through scenario planning: enabling the effective use of multiple methods. Climate Risk Management 13: 88-94.

Leroy, S., G. Garfin, and M. Black. 2016. Anticipating Cascading Effects from Climate Extremes. EOS Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO048971. 

Garfin, G., T. Brown, T. Wordell, and E. Delgado. 2016. The Making of National Seasonal Wildfire Outlooks. Chapter 7. In A. Parris, G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd., pp. 143-172 

Garfin, G. and J. Brugger. 2015. Training Climate Science Integrators. Southern Climate Monitor 5(6). 

Garfin, G. G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom. 2014. Chapter 20: Southwest. Pages 462-486 in T. C. R. J.M. Melillo, and G.W. Yohe, editor. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC. (

Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy. 2013. Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Island Press, Washington, DC. (

M. Cross, P. McCarthy, G. Garfin, D. Gori, and C. Enquist, 2013. Accelerating climate change adaptation for natural resources in southwestern United States. Conservation Biology.

Garfin, G. M. 2012. Climate change challenges and solutions for water managers. Pages 187-202 in S. B. Megdal, R. G. Varady, and S. Eden, editors. Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Wilder, M., C. A. Scott, N. P. Pablos, R. G. Varady, G. M. Garfin, and J. McEvoy. 2010. Adapting Across Boundaries: Climate Change, Social Learning, and Resilience in the U.S.–Mexico Border Region. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100:917-928.

Research Themes: 
Climate change impacts
Natural resource management
Climate assessment
Climate change
Climate variability
Cooperative extension
Ecosystem management
Fire management
Human dimensions
Risk communication
Risk management
Scenario planning
Science communication
Stakeholder engagement
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making
Urban Environment
Arid lands
Climate change impacts

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