Gregg Garfin

Director, AIRES Science Translation and Outreach & University Director, AIRES Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

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

Gregg Garfin has worked for the last 20 years to bridge the science-society interface through dialogues between scientists and decision makers and collaborative climate and environment research projects. His research focuses on adaptation to a changing climate, climate variability, and drought. Geographic interests include semi-arid regions, transboundary regions, and monsoon climates. He is co-lead author for the Southwest chapter in the Fourth National Climate Assessment. He is co-editor of Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, a 2016 book on the development and practice of use-inspired science and the co-production of science and policy, through NOAA's RISA program. His recent projects include development of a partnership to address the public health risks of extreme heat in the U.S.-Mexico border 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.

Gregg also holds many other campus affiliations, including: Director, Water, Society & Policy M.S. program; Affiliated faculty, School of Geography and Development; Affiliated faculty, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research; Affiliated Faculty, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; University of Arizona representative to the National Council for Science and the Environment Leaders’ Alliance.


  • PhD, University of Arizona
  • MS, University of Massachusetts
  • BS, University of Massachusetts