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

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