Department of Geography
University of South Carolina
Dr. Kirstin Dow is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina and lead PI for the CISA team. She is a social-environmental geographer focusing on understanding climate impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation using methods involving extensive participation of stakeholders and decision-makers. Dow has published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, climate assessments, and popular literature. Among these efforts are the co-edited volumes Climate of the Southeastern United States and Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation; chapters in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment, Working Group 2 Report and in the 3rd and 4th US National Climate Assessments; and, for general audiences, The Atlas of Climate Change.
She is recognized for her community engagement and interdisciplinary science. Dow was named as Fellow to the 2016 inaugural class of AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement with Science. She was also selected as a Breakthrough Leadership Scholar and as a Carolinas Trustees Professor by the University of South Carolina. Other awards include the Zayed Prize for Scientific and Technical Achievement for participation in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, USC Environmental Stewardship Award, and USC Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award.