The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Gregg Garfin

I work to bridge the science-society interface in order to accelerate the transfer of University of Arizona environmental and climate science findings and techniques to resource managers, planners, policy makers, and other decision-makers in the region. This involves fostering dialogues between scientists and stakeholders, garnering the input of partners to research agendas and activities, developing sustained interactions between University of Arizona environmental scientists, environmental professionals, decision-makers and the public, disseminating research results and products, and conducting workshops on topics of interest to Southwest decision-makers.
I am the university director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, a USGS-affiliated, U.S. Department of the Interior center, that works with natural and cultural resource managers to develop and deliver scientific information and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate variability and change in the southwestern United States. 
I am an affiliate of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) project, a NOAA-funded integrated assessment designed to identify and evaluate climate impacts on human and natural systems in the Southwest.
Tweets by @gregggarfin
Professional Titles:
Associate Specialist and Associate Professor in Climate, Natural Resources and Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University Director, Southwest Climate Science Center
Current Graduate Students 
  • Bokjin Roh (Geography) Ph.D. - Urban flooding and adaptation
  • Chris Freimund (SNRE) M.S. - Flooding, adaptation, ecosystem services
Former Graduate Students + Visiting Student Scholars
Upcoming Talks, Events and Activities (updated July, 2019)
  • Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions - July 11, 2019
  • Biosphere 2, Research Experience for Undergraduates - July 16, 2019
  • Tucson Water, Director's Brown Bag - July 18, 2019
  • Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit - August 13-26, 2019
Interesting Recent Stuff - (updated July, 2019)
Synergistic Activities
Recent Publications (also see Google profile)
  • Garfin, G. 2018. Managing for Change in the Sonoran Desert: What are we doing? What can we do? Sonorensis 38(1):2-5.
  • Jacobs, K., G. Garfin, and J. Buizer. 2018. Pima County Climate Brief
  • 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. 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.
  • Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, and H. Jones. 2018. A Heat-Health Regional Pilot in the Paso del Norte Region. Southern Climate Monitor 8(1): 2-6.
  • Garfin, G., LeRoy, S., Muth, M., Jones, H., Ibarra Ochoa M., Vazquez Aguirre, J.L., Shafer, M., Brown, D., Saldana Colin, J., Velazquez Angulo, G., and Romo Aguilar, M.L., 2017. Climate Services for Coping with Climate Change, Drought, and Extreme Heat in the México-U.S. Border Region. In Montero Martinez, M.J., and O. F. Ibanez Hernandez (eds.), La Cuenca del Río Conchos: Una Mirada desde las Ciencias ante el Cambio Climático.  Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico: Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua, pp. 23-57.  ISBN 978-607-9368-89-0.
  • Enquist, C.A.F., S.T. Jackson, G.M. Garfin, F.W. Davis, L.R. Gerber, J.A. Littell, J.L. Tank, A.J. Terando, T.U. Wall, et al. 2017. Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 541-550.
  • 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): 540-540.
  • 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., K.J. Hiers, F.W. Davis, G.M. Garfin, S.T. Jackson, A.J. Terando, C.A. Woodhouse, T.L. Morelli, M.A. Williamson, and M.W. Brunson. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 587-596.

  • Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, D. Martin, M. Hammersley, A. Youberg, and R. Quay. 2016. Managing for Future Risks of Fire, Extreme Precipitation, and Post-fire Flooding. Report to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, from the project Enhancing Water Supply Reliability. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 33 p.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12750.05448 
  • Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, B. McMahan, M. Black, and B. Roh. 2016. Preparing for High Consequence, Low Probability Events: Heat, Water & Energy in the Southwest. Report to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, from the project Enhancing Water Supply Reliability. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 30 p.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4823.3205 
  • Leroy, S., G. Garfin, and M. Black. 2016. Anticipating Cascading Effects from Climate Extremes. EOS Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO048971.
  • Parris, A.S., Garfin, G.M., K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd./American Geophysical Union, 304 p. 

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