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Patricia Mariella

Patricia Mariella

Faculty Associate, Environmental Resources Management, The Polytechnic School


Environmental Resources Management
Arizona State University
PO Box 872603
Tempe, AZ 85287-2603


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Faculty Associate, Environmental Resources Management, The Polytechnic School
  • Former Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University


Dr. Mariella is a Faculty Associate of the Environmental Resources Management Program. She previously directed the research projects and certification programs developed by the Arizona State University American Indian Policy Institute. She came to ASU after 11 years as Executive Director of the Department of Environmental Quality of the Gila River Indian Community, which received numerous regional and national awards under her leadership. Prior to joining Gila River, Dr. Mariella worked for four years at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality where she was the director of the Arizona Comparative Environmental Risk Project and the head of water quality planning.

Throughout the 1980s she worked at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, where she was the Research Director, focusing on natural resources and environmental management. Dr. Mariella did her doctoral work with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, providing research support to the community’s water settlement and the successful effort to prevent the construction of the Orme Dam.

Dr. Mariella has published numerous articles on tribal governance as well as on environmental management, renewable energy, tribal transportation issues and tribally-driven participatory research. She is active in her profession and in community service as President of the Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals as well as the Phoenix Parks Foundation.


  • PhD, Social Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1983
  • MA, Social Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1976
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973