Anissa McKenna (she/her/they/them)
The SWCASC is pleased to welcome Anissa McKenna as its new Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison!
Anissa is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science from University of Arizona. Anissa also received their Bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science.
For their Master’s thesis, In Vitro Bioaccessibility of Arsenic in Arsenopyrite, Anissa developed novel protocols for anaerobic in vitro analyses of mine tailings related minerals. She has presented her research extensively at regular lab group meetings and multiple conferences. Anissa’s broader interests include the interface between environment and society, environmental health disparities, and environmental justice.
Anissa will work with the SWCASC Senior Tribal Liaison to develop and implement a communication, education and outreach program involving tribal governments, schools and communities focused on supporting climate resilience planning and implementation in the Southwest region. She will assist Tribal nations and community stakeholders in identifying local climate research needs and interpretation of locally relevant research findings.
We are so excited to work with you, Anissa!