The University of Arizona

Daniel Ferguson | CLIMAS

Lead Investigator and Program Director, Climate Assessment for the Southwest

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Daniel Ferguson directs the Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS) program housed in The University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment. CLIMAS, one of NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs, brings together multiple academic disciplines with a variety of experts from outside the academy to help regional decision makers prepare for and respond to climatic events and climate changes. As the program's director Dan oversees outreach and assessment efforts and works with a small group of colleagues to shape the CLIMAS research agenda, secure and allocate resources, and guide the program's growth and development. In addition to his management responsibilities, Dan’s research focuses on three related areas: climate impacts and adaptation strategies in Native American communities in the Southwestern US; methods and processes for building scientist/pracitioner partnerships to address climate-related issues in society; and communication of science. In addition to his research, Dan is actively involved in the Connecting Environmental Science and Decision Making (CESD) graduate degree certificate program at the University of Arizona and helps teach the core seminar for that program.

Prior to his research appointment at the University of Arizona in 2005, Dan spent several years in Fairbanks, Alaska managing the science management offices for the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science program and the affiliated Human Dimensions of the Arctic System program.