Andrea Gerlak

Associate Professor - School of Geography and Development

Associate Research Professor - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy



Selected Adaptation Publications

  • 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, T., and A.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, 46(20): 180-200.
  • Gerlak, A.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.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona, 1997
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1992
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1991

Expertise Area

  • Tribal Adaptation and Science Support
  • Transboundary Water
  • Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Climate Communication
  • Drought
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • International and Development
  • Natural Resources Management

Geographic Area

  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • US/Canada
  • Western Europe