Amanda Farris

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Research Coordinator


Amanda Farris is a Research Coordinator with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership. Based in Charlotte, NC Amanda is also the Program Manager for the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), an applied climate research team at the University of South Carolina Department of Geography. In each of these roles, Amanda helps to coordinate research, collaborate with regional partners, translate and integrate climate data and information into decision-making, and build networks of climate adaptation practitioners. Amanda also contributes to CISA’s drought research portfolio and helped to establish a national citizen science drought impacts monitoring and reporting program.

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 was co-lead for the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice and now serves on the planning committee for the Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership annual meeting. 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