Southwest CASC Hires Tribal Climate Science Liaison

July 16, 2018

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has filled its Tribal Climate Science Liaison position. Ms. Althea Walker will start in the position on July 30. The spot has been vacant since Ms. Holly Barton left the team in April of this year. Ms. Walker has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology Management from the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. For the past three years she has worked for the Gila River Indian Community’s Department of Environmental Quality as an environmental education and outreach specialist. Among other accomplishments, she has also served as a National Science Foundation Intern. She has tribal affiliations with the Nez Perce, Hopi, and Gila River nations, and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community The Tribal Climate Science Liaison provides support to tribal organizations located within the Southwest CASC service area. Ms. Walker will work with the SW CASC to support Tribal governments, schools and communities interested in learning about and conducting climate resilience planning and implementation. Responsibilities include outreach and engagement, education and research associated with mobilizing community response to the environmental, health, and safety impacts of climate change.