Laura López Hoffman

Associate Research Professor of Environmental Policy - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Associate Professor of Natural Resource Science - School of Natural Resources and Environment

Selected adaptation programs/projects:

  • Migratory Species, Global Change and Impacts on the Sharing of Transborder Ecosystem Services
  • Climate Change Assessments Under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Managing Transborder Ecosystems and Services under Climate Change

Selected publications:

  • Peters, D.P.C., S.A. Archer, B.T. Bestelmeyer, M.L. Brooks, J.R. Brown, A.C. Comrie, H.R. Gimblett, J.H. Goldstein, K.M. Havstad, L López-Hoffman, H.C. Monger, G.S. Okin, A. Rango, O.E .Sala, C.E. Tweedie, and E. Vivoni, 2013. Desertification of rangelands. In Ecosystem Functions and Services, ed. T.R. Seastedt and K.N. Suding, Volume 4 in R.A. Pielke, Sr. Editor-in-Chief. Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources. Elsevier. Pages 239-258.
  • López-Hoffman, L. & A. Quijada. Madrean Sky Islands, North America. 2012. In Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action. C Chester, M. Cross, and J. Hilty (eds); pp 217-226. Washington, DC.: Island Press.
  • López-Hoffman, L., D.D. Breshears, C.D. Allen, and M.L. Miller. 2013. Key landscape ecology metrics for assessing climate change adaptation options: rate of change and patchiness of impacts. Ecosphere, 4(8): 101. http://dx.doi. org/10.1890/ES13-00118.1
  • Breshears D.D., L. López-Hoffman, and L.J. Graumlich. 2011. When ecosystem services crash: preparing for big, fast, patchy climate change. Ambio, 40: 256-263. doi: 10.1007/s13280-010-0106-4

Employment highlights:

  • NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona, 2007
  • NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2004-2007


  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 2003
  • A.B., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Latin American Studies, Princeton University, 1996

Expertise Area

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
  • Transboundary Water
  • Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural Resources Management

Language Area

  • Spanish

Geographic Area

  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • US/Canada