Theresa Crimmins, PhD

Director, USA National Phenology Network
Research Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment
Portrait of Theresa Crimmins


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Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m.

Rooftop Stage

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From casual backyard observers to serious outdoor adventurers, citizen or community scientists are shaping our understanding of the natural world and the regional impacts of climate change. Brought to you by the UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment.


Theresa Crimmins has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of phenology and citizen science and is internationally recognized as a leader in both realms. She currently serves as the Director for the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN). Theresa joined the USA-NPN at its inception in 2007 and has played a major role in shaping aspects of the observing program, Nature’s Notebook, the program’s data products, and outreach and communication materials. 

Theresa has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in journals including Nature, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, and Journal of Ecology. Her writing has also appeared in Scientific American, The Hill, and many regional outlets, and she has appeared on NPR and The Weather Channel. Theresa is an author on the Ecosystems and Biodiversity chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment and is a member of the inaugural cohort of NEON Ambassadors. She also currently serves on the editorial board for Ecosphere. In 2018, Theresa received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Geography as well as the Globally-Engaged Pillar Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University.