The University of Arizona

Daniel Ferguson | CLIMAS

Lead Investigator and Director, Climate Assessment for the Southwest

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Daniel Ferguson Institute of the Environment 

Daniel Ferguson is an Associate Research Scientist in The University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, Assistant Research Professor in the UA School of Natural Resources and the Envrionment, and Director of Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program. 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. Dan’s research focuses on three related areas: methods and processes for building scientist/pracitioner partnerships to address climate-related issues in society; climate impacts and adaptation strategies in Native American communities; 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.