Ben McMahan

Areas of Study

Southern US
Southwest US
Mexico & Mesoamerica
Latin America & the Caribbean
North America (general)

Research Interests

  • Human interactions in dynamic social and environmental contexts,
  • Risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and
  • Social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes.  
At CLIMAS, his research activities include tracing how climate information is incorporated into regional decision maker networks, leading CLIMAS team research on the risks and effects of climate extremes, and collaborative research on the effects of climate variability on phenology and temporality of native plants in the region.  He is also responsible for working to develop collaborative research opportunities and outreach efforts at CLIMAS, and as part of ongoing assessment and science/strategic planning, he contributes to strategic planning used to prioritize future research and outreach directions. He also coordinates publication of the monthly Southwest Climate Outlook, produces the Southwest Climate Podcasts, and is the online editor for CLIMAS’ blog - Southwestern Oscillations.
 
Research Interests: Community level preparedness and disaster prevention, production/use/modification of nature/space/place, social memory of epidemics and ecological change, social networks and flows within/between local/global networks, GIS and participatory mapping within the ethnographic context.
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