Luke Parsons

Institute of the Environment Fellow
Department of Geosciences

Luke Parsons is a Geosciences PhD student studying the duration and frequency of drought and monsoons. His research focuses on reconstructing past drought using lake sediments. Luke also tests the ability of climate models to accurately reproduce past precipitation. He hopes his work will help local and international officials, as well as on-the-ground resource managers, make better-informed decisions about development, land use, and conservation.Through his participation in the Carson Scholars program, Luke will continue to investigate the climate system and attempt to connect with the public about climate and drought-related issues. In addition to studying climate, Luke is an avid backpacker and climber who can be found on the weekends taking panoramic photographs and hiking in the mountains of southern Arizona.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences