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
Geographic Area
Latin America and Caribbean
Language Area
Expertise Area
Ecosystem Services
Natural Resources Management
Public Policy and Governance
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
Transboundary Water
Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand