Greg Barron-Gafford

SGW Associate Director


Greg Barron-Gafford’s has largely been based in the drylands of the world. He has worked for the last 18 years in the southwestern US studying Earth System science, plant ecology, and the impacts of climate and land use change. Since 2011, he has been building the field of 'agrivoltaics' - the concept of colocating agriculture and photovoltaics (renewable energy from solar panels). Greg's team began this work in southern Arizona to study the benefits across the food-energy-water nexus and over the years have developed a national and international program connecting with researchers in Colorado and Oregon (USA), and in Africa and the Middle East. Helping bridge research and experiential learning and develop science-based solutions to help people adapt to the increasing pressures that come from a changing climate is a personal and professional goal.