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Gigi joined the CLIMAS staff in July 2008 as the program's social scientist. Her research interests, while topically and geographically varied, center on connections and interactions between humans and their environments. Current projects include helping evaluate the CLIMAS program and projects, understanding how climate information is applied to making decisions, and gauging regional perceptions of climate extremes, climate variability, and climate change. Currently, Gigi is also working towards a Ph.D. in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.
Prior to working with CLIMAS, Gigi worked with the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology as an outreach coordinator for community-based, participatory projects in Ambos Nogales (Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, U.S.) regarding air quality and alternative environmental technologies.
Gigi is also a former CLIMAS graduate student researcher. She worked with Margaret Wilder from 2004 to 2006, investigating environmental and climate variability, climate science availability and usage, and public values toward cultural and natural resources in the Lower Colorado River Delta region in northwestern Mexico, the southwestern U.S., and Cocopah Indian tribe territories.