Katherine Clifford

  • Katherine Clifford

    Social Scientist

    Katie is a social scientist who studies human-environment relationships in the context of environmental change. Her postdoc, which is jointly funded by the North Central and National CASCs, has two projects. The first is creating a rapid assessment method to better understand community impacts and vulnerabilities of drought and the second looks at the human dimensions of ecological transformation. Katie’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship come from a long history of working with stakeholders to co-produce research and conduct usable science. In a previous collaboration with the NCCASC, she contributed to Social-Ecological Climate Resilience (SECR) project in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado where she used scenario-driven focus groups to help natural resource managers consider a range of future conditions and better understand how stakeholders envisioned and responded to change. Additionally, she worked with the Western Water Assessment on their VCAPS pilot, which conducted workshops in five rural communities helping them think about climate impacts in their communities and generate adaptation strategies.  Katie received her B.A. at Macalester College and her masters and doctorate degrees in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


  • Clifford K.R., and W.R. Travis (2020). The New (Ab)Normal: Outliers, Everyday Exceptionality, and the Politics of Data Management in the Anthropocene. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.   doi: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1785836.

  • Clifford, K.R., W.R. Travis, and L.T. Nordgren (2020). A climate knowledges approach to climate services. Climate Services, Vol. 18, April.   doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2020.100155

  • Clifford, K.R., L. Yung, W.R. Travis, R. Rondeau, B. Neely, I. Rangwala, N. Burkardt, and C. Wyborn (2020). Navigating Climate Adaptation on Public Lands: How Views on Ecosystem Change and Scale Interact with Management Approaches. Environmental Management.   doi: 10.1007/s00267-020-01336-y

  • Clifford, K.R. and W.R. Travis (2018). Knowing climate as a social-ecological-atmospheric construct. Global Environmental Change, Volume 49, pp. 1–9.   doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.12.007

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