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Throughout the scholarship year, Carson Scholars work closely with several UA Faculty Mentors who provide hands-on training and other resources to develop skills, strategies, and products to effectively convey the value of their research and enhance their skills in communicating science to a variety of audiences. The program is administered by the UA Institute of the Environment.


Diana Liverman, Ph.D.
Regents’ Professor, School of Geography and Development

Diana Liverman is the founder of the Carson Scholars program. Her research has focused on the human dimensions of global environmental change, particularly climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation in the developing world. She also works on the political economy and political ecology of environmental management in the Americas, especially Mexico. Her current projects include work on climate justice (including the role of women in climate science, climate and poverty in Tucson, and climate in the new Sustainable Development Goals), a study of the environmental impacts of NAFTA+20, societal response to megadrought, and the human dimensions of climate services and climate information provision. She was the co-designer of the new international research program, Future Earth.

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Kevin Bonine, Ph.D.
Director, Education & Outreach, Biosphere 2
Joint Faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Kevin studied Economics, Ecology, and Evolution during college. His Ph.D. research focused on evolutionary physiology in lizards. Recent research on reptiles and amphibians includes Gila monsters and canyon treefrogs, with emphasis on natural history, ecology, population genetics, and conservation. Kevin has taught many well-regarded UA courses and works to facilitate scientific communication and understanding broadly – including at Biosphere 2 which receives almost 100,000 annual visitors. A believer in experiential education, Kevin teaches a popular three-week field course that explores our region from atop our sky-island mountains down to the Gulf of California. In 2012 he received a UA Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award and was named a Haury Faculty Fellow soon after. Kevin is also Director of Outreach Initiatives in the UA College of Science and serves on the boards of directors of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Friends of Saguaro National Park.

Christopher Cokinos
Associate Professor, Department of English

Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction, two poetry collections, and an anthology that combines contemporary poetry and prose with a field guide format. He has won a Whiting Award, a Glasgow Prize, and an NSF Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Fellowship, among several prizes. In 2015, he won an Outstanding Mentor of Graduate/Professional Students Award at Arizona. His poetry, essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in such venues as TYPO, DiagramEcotoneOrionPacific StandardThe Writer’s Chronicle SalonThe American ScholarScience, and Extrapolation. A recent finalist for the Iowa Review poetry prize, he has work forthcoming in Foundation. He contributes occasional op-eds to the Los Angeles Times. Chris is an affiliated faculty with the UA Institute of the Environment and the Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program.

Rachel Gallery, Ph.D.
Joint Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Rachel Gallery is an Ecologist and an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Ecology and Evolutionary Department at the University of Arizona. Rachel earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. from American University. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Wolfson College at Oxford University and a Staff Scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network before joining the UA faculty in 2011. She leads a research group that has published 25 papers on the ecology of plants and soils in response to fires, land use change, and climate change. Rachel is an Associate Editor for the journal Functional Ecology and regularly speaks at local outreach events and international conferences. A 2017 Tucson Public Voices Fellow, Rachel is learning how to write and pitch ideas through the OpEd Project. She serves on the Leadership Team of the 500 Women Scientists, a not-for-profit organization whose mission aligns with her personal mission to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.

Andrea Gerlak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development
Associate Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Andrea Gerlak's research interests are in the fields of public policy, institutional theory, natural resource management, and water governance. Her research addresses conditions supporting collective action, the interface between science and policy, and institutional change and adaptability in large-scale ecosystem settings in the United States. In international transboundary settings, she studies the role of intergovernmental organizations in cooperative institutional arrangements, scientific knowledge and information sharing in global water governance, and issues of equity and justice.

Please contact:

Liz Marsalla, Program Coordinator, Senior
Email: eakelly2@email.arizona.edu 

The University of Arizona 
Institute of the Environment
ENR2 Building
1064 E. Lowell St. Suite N5
PO Box 210137
Tucson, AZ 85721-0137