The University of Arizona

Daniel Ferguson | CCASS


A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

About Us

CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

Daniel Ferguson


  • Ph.D., School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, 2015
  • M.A., American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 1997

Selected adaptation programs/projects:

Selected citations:

  • Meadow, A.M., D. B. Ferguson, Z. Guido, A. Horangic, G. Owen, and T. Wall. 2015. Moving Toward the Deliberate Co-Production of Climate Science Knowledge. Weather Climate and Society. 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00050.1
  • Ferguson, D.B., M.L. Finucane, V.W. Keener, and G. Owen. [In press]. Evaluation to Advance Science Policy: Lessons from Pacific RISA and CLIMAS. In Climate in Context, eds. A. Parris and G. Garfin. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Ferguson, D.B., R. Thomas, Z. Guido, L. Ethen, C. Zucker, G. Chorover, and R. Johnson. 2014. Planning for Change in Southern Arizona: A report from the Southern Arizona Regional Climate Summit for Municipal Leaders. Tucson: Climate Assessment for the Southwest.
  • Ferguson, D. B., J. Rice, and C. Woodhouse. 2014. Linking Environmental Research and Practice: Lessons from the Integration of Climate Science and Water Management in the Western United States. Tucson, AZ: Climate Assessment for the Southwest.
  • Meadow, A.M., M. Crimmins, and D.B. Ferguson, 2013. Field of dreams or Dream Team: Assessing two models of drought impact reporting in the semi-arid Southwest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94 (10):1507-1517. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00168.1.
  • Owen, G., J.D. McLeod, C.A. Kolden, D.B. Ferguson, and T. J. Brown. 2012. Wildfire management and forecasting fire potential: The roles of climate information and social networks in the southwest United States. Weather, Climate, and Society, 4 (2):90-102.
  • Guido, Z., D. Hill, M. Crimmins, and D.B. Ferguson. 2012. Informing decisions with a climate synthesis product: Implications for regional climate services. Weather, Climate, and Society, 5 (1):83-92.
  • Ferguson, D.B., C. Alvord, M. Crimmins, M. H. Redsteer, C. McNutt, M. Hayes, M. Svoboda and R. Pulwarty. 2011. Drought Preparedness for Tribes in the Four Corners Region. A report from NIDIS Four Corners Drought workshop held in Flagstaff, AZ, April 8-9, 2010. Climate Assessment for the Southwest, University of Arizona. 
Areas of Expertise: 
Climate Assessment, Climate Communication, Drought, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Program Evaluation, Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach, Tribal Adaptation and Science Support
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