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Dr Amber Wutich

The Science of Water Art: A Citizen Science Project

The Science of Water Art project is a collaborative research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, examining the role that water plays in each of our lives. Specifically, the project provides insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.

Polar Bear

Study of Sharing Networks to Assess the Vulnerabilities of Local Communities to Oil and Gas Development Impacts in Arctic Alaska

This project seeks to understand the sharing networks of the Arctic communities of Wainwright, Venetie and Kaktovik in regards to potential risk from natural resource development in the area.

Rainy season in Sahelian forest

Hydrology, Ecology and Pastoral Societies in the Sahel: Ephemeral and Perennial Water Resources in a Dynamic Coupled System

This project brings together an interdisciplinary team to examine the past, present and future impacts of watershed change on pastorialists and vegetation around the Agoufou lake in the Gourma region of Mali, West Africa.

Scientist holding beaker

Dynamics of Research Groups in Science

The project is concerned with the social organization and dynamics of research groups in science and engineering.

Phoenix metro area with Papago Mountains in background

Change is Hard: The Challenges of Path Dependence

The Change is Hard project develops a synthetic and transdisciplinary understanding of the concept of path dependence; extends it into anthropology/archaeology; and uses it to examine the governance of water and land use, in Metropolitan Phoenix and the prehistoric Greater Southwest.

fossilized maize

Comparative Paleoethnobotany of the Maya Lowlands (and Greater Middle America)

This project uses archaeobotanical data to examine human-environmental relationships across time and space in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.