The University of Arizona

Andrea Gerlak | 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.  

Andrea Gerlak

Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona, 1997


Selected adaptation citations:

  • de Grenade R., L. House Peters, C.A. Scott, B. Thapa, M. Mills-Novoa, A.K. Gerlak, and K. Verbist. 2016. The nexus: Reconsidering environmental security and adaptive capacity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21: 15-21.
  • Heikkila, T., and A.K. Gerlak. 2016.  Investigating collaborative processes over time: A 10-year study of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The American Review of Public Administration 46(2): 180-200.
  • Cheng, A. S., A. K. Gerlak, L. Dale, and K. Mattor. 2015. Examining the adaptability of collaborative governance associated with publicly managed ecosystems over time: insights from the Front Range Roundtable, Colorado, USA. Ecology and Society 20(1): 35.
  • Gerlak, A.K. and Marcelo Saguier. 2015. Interdisciplinary knowledge frameworks for transboundary river basins. International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2014.1003347.
  • Heikkila, Tanya and Andrea K. Gerlak. 2014.  Investigating collaborative processes over time: A 10-year study of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The American Review of Public Administration 0275074014544196.
  • Gerlak, Andrea K.  2015. Resistance and reform: Transboundary water governance in the Colorado River Delta.  Review of Policy Research 32(1):  100-123.  
  • Emerson, K., A.K. Gerlak, 2014. Adaptation in collaborative governance regimes. Environmental Management, 54: 768-781.
  • Gerlak, A.K., and Susanne Schmeier. 2014. Climate change and transboundary waters: A study of discourse in the Mekong River Basin. The Journal of Environment Development, 23: 358-386.
  • Gerlak, A.K. 2014. Policy interactions in human–landscape systems. Environmental Management, 53: 67-75.
  • Chin, A., K.A. Galvin, A.K. Gerlak, C.P. Harden, and E. Wohl, 2014. The future of human–landscape interactions: Drawing on the past, anticipating the future. Environmental Management, 53: 1-3.
  • Harden, C.P., A. Chin, M.R. English, R. Fu, K.A. Galvin, A.K. Gerlak, Patricia F. McDowell, D.E. McNamara, J.M. Peterson, N.L. Poff, E.A. Rosa, W.D. Solecki, and E.E. Wohl, 2014. Understanding human–landscape interactions in the “Anthropocene”. Environmental Management, 53: 4-13.
  • Heikkila, T., A.K. Gerlak, A. Bell, and S. Schmeier, 2013. Adaptation in a transboundary river basin: Linking stressors and adaptive capacity within the Mekong River Commission.  Environmental Science and Policy, 25: 73-82.
  • Gerlak, A.K., F. Zamora-Arroyo, and H.P. Kahler, 2013.  A Delta in repair: Restoration, binational cooperation, and the future of the Colorado River Delta. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 55(3): 29-40.
Areas of Expertise: 
Climate Communication, Drought, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, International and Development, Natural Resources Management, Public Policy and Governance, Transboundary Water, Tribal Adaptation and Science Support, Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand
Geographic Expertise: 
Latin America and Caribbean, US/Canada, Western Europe