Amanda Farris

Amanda Farris headshot
Senior Program Manager


Amanda Farris is a Senior Program Manager with the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP). She coordinates the MCAP program and Advisory Board, collaborates with regional partners, translates and integrates climate data and information into decision-making, and builds networks of climate adaptation practitioners. Amanda also works with researchers at the UMN Institute on the Environment to improve climate data visualization and communications. Prior to joining the MCAP team, Amanda worked with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), an applied climate research team at the University of South Carolina Department of Geography, for nearly 12 years.

Research Interests

A key component of Amanda’s work is bridging the gap between climate science research and information and stakeholder communities through network building. She served as lead organizer for the biennial Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference from 2014 to 2021. She also provided regional leadership for the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice. She is co-chair of the Program Committee for the National Adaptation Forum and serves as mentor for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) mentorship program.

Current Projects

MCAP Advisory Board coordination

Selected Publications and Presentations

  1. Farris, A. and S. Watson. 2019. Regional Perspectives on the Value of Social Networks for Adaptation. National Adaptation Forum, April 23 - 25, 2019, Madison, WI. 
  2. Jorns, J., C. Enquist, A. Farris, R. Jacobson, J. Kim, J. Leichty, L. Lynch, and M. Simpson. 2019. Advancing Climate Networks through Regional Adaptation Forums: Lessons Learned from 2018 Events and Future Plans. National Adaptation Forum, April 23 - 25, 2019, Madison, WI. 
  3. Farris, A. and K. Lackstrom. 2018. Using Citizen Science to Support Drought-Related Decision-Making. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 6-11, 2018, Austin. TX. 
  4. Lackstrom, K., A. Farris, D. Eckhardt, N. Doesken, H. Reges, J. Turner, K.H. Smith, and R. Ward. 2017. CoCoRaHS Observers Contribute to “Condition Monitoring” in the Carolinas: A New Initiative Addresses needs for Drought Impacts Information. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 2527-2531. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0306.1
  5. Haywood, B., A. Brennan (Farris), K. Dow, N. Kettle, K. Lackstrom. 2013. Negotiating a mainstreaming spectrum: climate change response and communication in the Carolinas. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2013.817948