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The Global Change PhD Minor Interest Form

By submitting this application form to the Executive Committee of the Global Change GIDP you are indicating your interest in declaring Global Change as your PhD minor. After you submit the form, you will be contacted so that you can learn about the details of the Global Change Minor program and decide if it is a good fit for you.  If so, you will then formalize your intent to declare the Global Change Minor with the GC-GIDP adminstration.

Adriana Zuniga Teran

I am an architect with a Master’s degree in Design and Energy Conservation and currently in the Arid Lands Resource Science PhD program.  I am interested in the linkages between contact with nature and human wellbeing in urban environments and how neighborhood design can facilitate or impede this contact. My research also addresses the relationship between different levels of housing density, related overcrowding feelings, and possible relief provided by natural open spaces.

Sarah Truebe

I am a Geosciences  who uses natural climate archives like cave formations and lake sediments to investigate monsoon variability on timescales of a few decades to a few thousand years. I am specifically interested in the natural range of variability in the monsoon system, rather, how wet or how dry it could get. I am also working on a project to understand the relationship between caves and climate more robustly here in Southern Arizona.

Diane Thompson

I am a PhD candidate in Geosciences and a Global Change minor.  My research focuses on tropical climate variability and it's impacts on coral reef ecosystems.  In particular, my dissertation research aims to improve our understanding of how the tropical Pacific Ocean and the strength and frequency of El Niño events have changed with warming over the past century.  El Niño events drive extreme weather and stress ecosystems worldwide, yet we still do not have a very good understanding of how the strength and frequency of these events

Cody Routson

I am a geoscientist using a combination of tree ring and lake sediment climate indicators to reconstruct 1000 to 2000 years of climate history in the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado.  The goal of this research is to understand the nature of summer precipitation in the Southwest.  My research has confirmed the existence of a multi-decade drought period in the second century A.D. The findings give evidence that extended periods of aridity have occurred at intervals throughout our past.


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