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Gregg Garfin

Gregg Garfin

Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment


Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona
715 N. Park Ave., 2nd Fl.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0156


  • Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment


As Institute for the Environment Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach, Gregg Garfin works 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. Ongoing work includes developing sustained interactions between University of Arizona environmental scientists, environmental professionals, decision-makers, and the public, in order to improve the scientific basis for resource management and environmental policy. This involves fostering dialogues between scientists and stakeholders, garnering stakeholder input to research agendas and activities, disseminating research results and products, and conducting workshops on topics of interest to Southwest decision-makers.

He is a co-investigator on 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. His CLIMAS work includes identifying climate services useful to assisting stakeholders mitigate, cope with, and adapt to climate-related risks.

Dr. Garfin is trained as a climatologist, dendroclimatologist and geographer. His research interests include climate variability and change, drought, and the effective delivery of science to decision makers. Dr. Garfin is co-chair of Arizona s drought monitoring technical committee.

Journal Articles


Enquist, C. A., S. T. Jackson, G. M. Garfin, F. W. Davis, L. R. Gerber, J. A. Littell, J. L. Tank, A. J. Terando, T. U. Wall, B. S. Halpern, J. K. Hiers, T. L. Morelli, E. McNie, N. L. Stephenson, M. A. Williamson, C. A. Woodhouse, L. Yung, M. W. Brunson, K. R. Hall, L. M. Hallett, D. M. Lawson, M. A. Moritz, K. R. Nydick, A. Pairis, A. J. Ray, C. Regan, H. D. Safford, M. W. Schwartz and M. R. Shaw. 2017. Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10):541-550. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1733. (link )


Ellis, M. W., G. B. Goodrich and G. M. Garfin. 2010. A hydroclimatic index for examining patterns of drought in the Colorado River Basin. International Journal of Climatology 32(2):236-255. (link )


Jacobs, K., G. Garfin and J. Buizer. 2009. The science-policy interface: Experience of a workshop for climate change researchers and water managers. Science and Public Policy 36(10):791-798. DOI: 10.3152/030234209X481969. (link )


Garfin, G., K. Jacobs and J. Buizer. 2008. Beyond brainstorming: Exploring climate change adaptation strategies. EOS 89(25):227. DOI: 10.1029/2008EO250007. (link )

Garrick, D., K. L. Jacobs and G. M. Garfin. 2008. Models, assumptions, and stakeholders: planning for water supply variability in the Colorado River Basin. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44(2):381-398.


Jacobs, K. L., G. M. Garfin and M. Lenart. 2005. More than just talk: Connecting science and decisionmaking. Environment 47(9):6-22.

Book Chapters


Wilder, M. C., G. Garfin, P. Ganster, H. Eakin, P. Romero-Lankao, F. Lara-Valencia and F. Munoz-Arriola. 2013. Climate change and U.S. Mexico border communities. Pp. 340-384 In: Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black and S. LeRoy eds., Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Island Press. Washington, DC.



Quay, R., G. M. Garfin, F. Dominguez, K. K. Hirschboeck, C. A. Woodhouse, Z. Guido and D. D. White. 2013. Climate change extreme events: Meeting the information needs of water resource managers. Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.


Ellis, A. W., G. M. Garfin, R. C. Balling and C. Graham. 2006. A hydroclimactic indexing concept for monitoring drought. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Quay, R., G. M. Garfin, F. Dominguez, C. A. Woodhouse, K. K. Hirschboeck and Z. Guido. 2014. Climate change extreme events: Meeting the information needs of water resource managers. Presentation at the Conference on Hydrology, American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2014, Atlanta, GA.


Brundiers, K., G. M. Garfin, G. Basile, R. Bark and R. Quay. 2010. Moving beyond predictions: An integrative approach to downscaling and robust decision making. Presented October 15, 2010 at the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Brundiers, K., G. M. Garfin, P. Gober, G. Basile and R. H. Bark. 2010. Collaborative research for water resource management under climate change conditions. Presented December 13, 2010 at the 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Garfin, G. M., M. W. Ellis and M. Lenart. 2009. A multi-scale hydroclimatic index for monitoring drought in the semiarid West. NOAA Climate Prediction and Applications Science Workshop, Norman, Oklahoma.

Lenart, M., G. M. Garfin and M. W. Ellis. 2009. Introducing the hydroclimatic index. Society of American Foresters (Southern Arizona Chapter), Oro Valley, Arizona.


Garfin, G. M. 2007. Preparation, serendipity, persistence: Developing and implementing Arizona's drought plan. Presented April 18, 2007 at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA.


Garfin, G. M. 2006. Observed and projected climate change in Arizona. Presented September 13, 2006 at the Climate Change and Drought Workshop, for county and municipal managers and water providers. Arizona Hydrological Society Symposium, Glendale, AZ.


Garfin, G. M. 2005. The climatic cycles and precipitation forecasts for the Southwest. Presented at the January 7, 2005 Water Conservation Leadership Forum, Phoenix, AZ.

Conference Papers


Garfin, G., K. Jacobs and J. Buizer. 2009. Climate change adaptation lessons from the land of dry heat. Pp. 53-57 In: Webb, R. M. and D. Semmens eds., Proceedings of the Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. (link )