Our Team

Who We Are

We promote just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive research

We focus our research on finding solutions for problems of the Anthropocene.

We acknowledge diverse ways of knowing, understanding, and producing societally embedded research.


ESSA Core Values
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ASU, the New American University…

Through funding from the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund, ESSA builds upon innovative research centers and education initiatives headquartered at ASU such as the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, UREx Sustainability Research Network, NATURA – Nature Based Solutions for Urban Resilience for the Anthropocene, ARC-NAV (Arctic Robust Communities-Navigating Adaptation to Variability), CAP LTER (Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research), the Global Locust Initiative, and various research centers—such as the Global Drylands Center and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. These initiatives and many others are “advancing research and discovery of public value;” and helping ASU assume “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves” (ASU Charter).

Michael M. Crow

Learning is for everyone. If we can help universities to produce more master learners dedicated to the breadth and betterment of our society and our democracy, we will have had a major impact on the outcome of humanity.

Michael M. Crow, ASU President

We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers, educators, and students—united in our interest in the human role in urban, Arctic, drylands, and other contexts—representing various programs, schools, and colleges of Arizona State University. Scholars from these various degree programs take part in ESSA by adding a complementary set of transdisciplinary action-oriented learning opportunities in earth system science to their chosen graduate degree programs. Together, we are part of a network of leading scholars who collaborate worldwide.

ESSA Faculty

ESSA Staff

ESSA Postdoc

ESSA Graduate Grantees

ESSA Scholars

ESSA Undergraduate Scholars

ESSA Alumni

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Miranda Bernard