UA Experts on Natural Disasters


Sept. 20, 2017

University of Arizona Experts Available to Media on Natural Disasters

TUCSON, Ariz. — These faculty members at the University of Arizona are available to answer reporters' questions related to the recent wave of natural disasters in North America. 


Susan Beck
Professor, geosciences

Expertise: Earthquakes; the use of broadband seismology to understand mountain belts, earthquakes and faulting; earthquakes and Earth structure associated with subduction zones and strike-slip plate boundaries. 


Xubin Zeng
Director, Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center
Agnese N. Haury Endowed Chair in Environment and professor of atmospheric sciences

Expertise: Hurricane forecasting; research interests include land-atmosphere-ocean interface processes, climate modeling, hydrometeorology, remote sensing and nonlinear dynamics. Research products (including computer models, algorithms and value-added global datasets) have been used by major national and international research centers and numerous groups worldwide.

Thomas Galarneau
Assistant professor, hydrology / atmospheric sciences

Expertise: Tropical cyclone formation, extreme weather events, dynamics and prediction of weather systems, Synoptic-Dynamic and mesoscale meteorology, mesoscale convective systems, extratropical cyclone life cycles, heavy rainfall.


Donald Falk
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Expertise: Fire history, fire ecology, dendroecology and restoration ecology. Teaches introductory class in wildfire science and can speak about possible links between wildfires and climate change, how ecosystems recover from wildfires, and tree-ring analysis. Has worked extensively in the Western U.S. and Mexico reconstructing historic fire regimes from tree rings.

Gregg Garfin
Associate professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Deputy director for science translation and outreach, Institute of the Environment

Expertise: Works to bridge the science-society interface in order to accelerate the transfer of UA environmental and climate science findings and techniques to resource managers, planners, policy makers and other decision-makers in the region. Can speak about seasonal fire potential forecasts, and links between wildfires and climate change.


Laura Bakkensen
Assistant professor, School of Government and Public Policy

Expertise: Economics of natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, extreme weather), including direct losses, adaptation, risk information, policy responses and climate change impact.


Doug Carroll
University Communications

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