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Co-Director, Institute of the Environment
PhD, Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
Regents Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
Also associated with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Arid Lands program
Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Development, School of Geography and Environment, and Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
Diana is the co-director of the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment with Jonathan Overpeck. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on the environment at The University of Arizona. Her tenure and disciplinary home is in the School of Geography and Development and in 2011 she was awarded a Regents Professorship at the University of Arizona.
She maintains an affiliation with Oxford University where she is a visiting professor of Environmental Policy and Development in the School of Geography and Environment, a fellow of Linacre College, and a fellow in the
Environmental Change Institute.
Her career has focused on the human dimensions of global environmental change and her main research interests include global change, climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, climate change and food security, and climate policy, mitigation and justice especially in the developing world. She also works on the political economy and political ecology of environmental management in the Americas, especially in Mexico and on art and climate change.
Her recent honors include Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers (2011) and the Founders Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (2010).
She has been an active member of national and international advisory committees on global change including the US NAS Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and the Inter American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research. She was member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on America's Climate Choices which is advised the US government on responses to climate change and chaired the subpanel on Informing Decisions. She was the chair of the scientific advisory committee international Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program. Her current service includes committees for the ICSU Transition Team for Future Earth and the IHDP Earth Systems Governance project. She is the editor of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, and the editorial board for Global Environmental Change. She teaches courses on climate and development and environmental issues.