Stephanie McAfee

Regional Administrator

Dr. Stephanie "Steph" McAfee is the USGS Regional Administrator for the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. She joined the SW CASC in September 2023. Previously, Steph was affiliated with the University of Nevada Reno where she served as an Associate Professor and a State Climatologist for the Nevada State Climate Office. In these roles, she helped people across Nevada access quality climate data, including summarizing and disseminating information and serving as a point of contact for the public. Steph first encountered the CASCs in 2012, when she conducted postdoctoral research with the Alaska Climate Science Center (now known as the Alaska CASC). Since then, she has worked with the Alaska and Southwest CASCs on topics such as drought, wildfire, and stream flow. Steph earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, a master’s in Forest Soils from the University of Washington and a PhD in Geosciences at the University of Arizona.