Extension Specialist Connects People to Science

Mike Crimmins, climate science extension specialist at the University of Arizona, spends his time traveling the state to help farmers, ranchers, resource management agencies and government officials deal with climate-driven issues such as drought and increasing temperatures. He looks at past and current data and uses science to look at what the future might hold.

"I'm out on the road meeting with different groups, coming up with projects and working with stakeholders using the research we conduct," said Crimmins, an assistant professor of soil, water and environmental science in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"We're trying to figure out how to reduce our vulnerability to climate change," Crimmins said. "We've always worked with climate.  That's how humans have evolved--taking advantage of climate when it is helpful and then working with it when it is not."

"My position was set up to continue the UA's land grant mission but now in this new frontier of climate change science," he said. "I go out and connect the research on campus with the clientele across the state. That is, broad brush, from agricultural and resource management issues to land water and anything that might have some intersection with climate and resource management."

See the link below. Also see "UA's Climate Change Research a Team Effort" at http://uanews.org/node/31650 and "Climate Researchers Bridge Gap Between Science, Society" at http://uanews.org/node/31651
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Michael Crimmins, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
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Jul 5 2010