Catherine Day


Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

With a background in education, environmental studies and agriculture, my focus in both research and teaching is on whole-systems thinking. I have lived in West Africa, Western Europe, Central America and most regions of the U.S., including Alaska. My wide travels inform my thinking about environmental problems and social justice.

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A.T., Secondary Biology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and French, University of Kansas


Course Sampling

  • Environment and Society
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Introduction to Mapping and GIS

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate vulnerability and adaptation
  • Climate transformation
  • Political ecology
  • Agricultural change
  • Home gardening
  • Food preservation


I am a geographer who studies agricultural responses to climate change. My recent work has looked at the diverse vulnerabilities of farmers in the semi-arid U.S. Southwest. In studying the ways that agricultural is vulnerable to economic and social changes as well as climatic shifts, I work to find ways to prepare farming for the future. My past work focused on agricultural change in Niger, West Africa.


  • Agricultural change
  • Climate change
  • Political ecology
  • Transformational adaptation
  • Climate futures