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.
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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 - (Note - as of Fall 2020, I am no longer accepting Ph.D. advisees; I am still accepting M.S. advisees)
  • Bokjin Roh (Geography) Ph.D. - Urban flooding and adaptation
  • Lynn Rae (SNRE) Ph.D. - Indigenous Peoples' climate change adaptation
  • Amanda Leinberger (SNRE) Ph.D. - Adaptation to climate change
  • Emilio Corella (Water, Society & Policy) M.S. - Water, agricultural lands (on leave)
  • Becca Cammack (Water, Society & Policy) M.S. - Groundwater, science communication
  • Adrianna Nicolay (Water, Society & Policy) M.S. - Sustainable water use, Indigenous Peoples' water issues
  • Teagan Alderman (Water, Society & Policy) M.S. - Western water policy (on leave)
Former Graduate Students + Visiting Student Scholars
Upcoming Talks, Events and Activities (updated October, 2020)
  • Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative - October 21, 2020
Interesting Recent Stuff - (updated April, 2020)
Synergistic Activities
Recent Publications (also see Google profile)
  • Adeel, Z., Alarcón, A. M., Bakkensen, L., Franco, E., Garfin, G. M., McPherson, R. A., ... & Wen, X. (2020). Developing a Comprehensive Methodology for Evaluating Economic Impacts of Floods in Canada, Mexico and the United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101861.
  • O’Connor, C. D., Falk, D. A., & Garfin, G. M. (2020). Projected climate-fire interactions drive forest to shrubland transition on an Arizona Sky Island. Frontiers in Environmental Science.
  • Guo, H., Wang, R., Garfin, G. M., Zhang, A., & Lin, D. (2020). Rice drought risk assessment under climate change: Based on physical vulnerability a quantitative assessment method. Science of The Total Environment751, 141481.
  • Barbosa, A. C., Stahle, D. W., Burnette, D. J., Torbenson, M. C., Cook, E. R., Bunkers, M. J., Garfin, G., and Villalba, R. 2019. Meteorological Factors Associated with Frost Rings in Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine at Mt. Goliath, Colorado. Tree-Ring Research75(2), 101-115.
  • Haverland, A. and G. Garfin. 2019. Toward Effective Actionable Science: Stakeholder Needs Assessment Final Report. October 2019. Tucson, Arizona: Institute of the Environment. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.22010.64966
  • 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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