The fall dialogue series "Allies for the Anthropocene" is a monthly conversation about thriving in the Anthropocene, featuring innovative thought leaders from Arizona State University and beyond.
Nancy B. Grimm is a Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. She studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her research is carried out in both riverine and urban ecosystems, collaborating with hydrologists, engineers, geologists, chemists, sociologists, geographers, and anthropologists. Her research over more than three decades has focused on how disturbances (such as flooding or drying) affect the structure and processes of desert steam-riparian ecosystems. In her long-term study of Sycamore Creek, Arizona, Grimm and her students and colleagues are currently studying how hydrologic regimes influence ecosystem structure and function and transitions between gravel-bed and wetland ecosystems states.