Andrea Gerlak

Professor - School of Geography, Development, and Environment
Research Professor - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Adaptation Programs/Projects

Selected Publications

  • Milman, Anita, Andrea K. Gerlak, Tamee Albrecht, Mark Colosimo, Ken Conca, Anoulak Kittikhoun, Péter Kovács, Richard Moy, Susanne Schmeier, Kelsey Wentling, William Werick, Ivan Zavadsky, Jim Ziegler. 2020. Addressing knowledge gaps for transboundary environmental governance. Global Environmental Change 64 102162.
  • Varady, Robert G., Tamee R. Albrecht, Andrea K. Gerlak, Margaret O. Wilder, Brian M. Mayer, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Kacey C. Ernst, and Maria Carmen Lemos 2020.  The exigencies of transboundary water security: insights on community resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 44: 74-84.
  • Zuniga-Teran, Adriana A., Andrea K. Gerlak, Brian Mayer, Tom P. Evans and Kevin E. Lansey. 2020. Urban resilience and green infrastructure systems: towards a multidimensional evaluation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 44: 42–47.
  • Wilder, Margaret O., Robert G. Varady, Andrea K. Gerlak, Stephen P. Mumme, Karl W. Flessa, Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran, Christopher A. Scott, Nicolos Pineda Pablos, and Sharon B. Megdal. 2020. Hydrodiplomacy and adaptive governance at the U.S.-Mexico border: 75 years of tradition and innovation in transboundary water management. Environmental Science and Policy 112: 189–202.
  • Gerlak, Andrea K., Simon J. Mason, Meaghan Daly, Diana Liverman, Zack Guido, Marta Bruno Soares, Catherine Vaughan, Chris Knudson, Christina Greene, James Buizer, Katherine Jacobs.  2020. The Gnat and the Bull: Do Climate Outlook Forums Make a Difference? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 0. 
  • Elder, Alison D. and Andrea K. Gerlak. 2019. Interrogating rainwater harvesting as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Urbanism. Geoforum 104: 46-51.
  • Mahon, Roché, Christina Greene, Shelly-Ann Cox, Zack Guido, Andrea K. Gerlak, Jodi-Ann Petrie, Adrian Trotman, Diana Liverman, Cédric J. Van Meerbeeck, Wazita Scott, and David Farrell. 2019. Fit for purpose? Transforming National Meteorological and Hydrological: Services into National Climate Service Centers. Climate Services 13: 14-23.
  • Bolognesi, T., A.K. Gerlak, and G. Giuliani. 2018. Explaining and Measuring Social-Ecological Pathways: The Case of Global Changes and Water Security. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4378; doi:10.3390/su10124378.
  • Staddon, C., S. Ward, L. De Vito, A. Zuniga‑Teran, A.K Gerlak, Yolandi Schoeman, Aimee Hart, and Giles Booth. 2018. Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience. Environment Systems and Decisions (forthcoming). 
  • Gerlak, A.K., Z.Guido, C. Vaughan**, V. Rountree**, C. Greene**, D. Liverman, A.R. Trotman, R. Mahon, S.A.Cox**, S.J. Mason, K.L. Jacobs, J.L. Buizer, C.J. Van Meerbeeck, and W.E. Baethgen. 2018. Building a framework for process-oriented evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums. Weather, Climate, and Society 10: 225- 239.
  • Gerlak, A.K., J. Weston, B. McMahan, R. L. Murray, and M. Mills-Novoa**. 2017. Climate risk management and the electricity sector. Climate Risk Management. j.crm.2017.12.003
  • 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.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Geographic Area
Latin America and Caribbean
Western Europe
Expertise Area
Climate Communication
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