Megan Mills-Novoa

About Megan Mills-Novoa

I am a Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the School of Geography and Development. Originally from the flat cornfields of central Minnesota, I research how agricultural landscapes and livelihoods are transformed under climate change adaptation projects in the Ecuadorian Andes. During fall 2018, I will be based in southern Ecuador. 

Prior to my graduate studies at the University of Arizona, I worked for five years as an agricultural adaptation researcher and practitioner, first as a Fulbright Fellow studying climate change impacts on Chilean vineyards and then as a Luce Scholar placed with the Centre for Rural Development in northern Vietnam. I graduated in 2009 from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in environmental studies and conservation biology.


Research Interests

  • Food Systems
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Political Ecology
  • Mixed Methods (coupling social science approaches with remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems)

Selected Publications

Mills-Novoa, M., and Taboada, R. (2017) Coexistence and Conflict: IWRM and Large-Scale Water Infrastructure Development in Piura, Peru. Water Alternatives 10(2): 370-394.

Mills-Novoa, M., Borgias, S., Crootof, A., Thapa, B., de Grenade, R., and Scott, C. (2016) Bringing the Hydrosocial Cycle into Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Lessons from the Andean mountain water towers. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107(2): 393-402.

Mills-Novoa, M., Pszczolkowsk, P., and Meza, F. (2016) The Impact of Climate Change on the Viticultural Suitability of Maipo Valley, Chile. The Professional Geographer 68(4): 561-573.  DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1124788

Brice, B., Fullerton, C., Hawkes, K., Mills-Novoa, M., O’Neill, B., and Pawlowski, V.M. (2017) A Multi-Region Snapshot and Agency Contrast of US Natural Areas Recreation Regarding the Impacts of Climate Change. Natural Areas Journal 37(1): 86-97.

Safran, E. B., Anderson, S. W., Mills-Novoa, M., House, P. K., and Ely, L. (2011) Controls on large landslide distribution and implications for the geomorphic evolution of the southern interior Columbia River basin. Geological Society of America Bulletin 123:1851-1862

Mills-Novoa, M. (2010) Harnessing Youth Voice in the Fight Against Hunger: The Role of Youth in Evaluating Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs within Albuquerque Public Schools. Washington, D.C.: Hunger Free Community Report, Congressional Hunger Center

Mills-Novoa, M. (2011) Sustaining Family Farming through Mentoring: A Toolkit for National Family Farm Coalition Members. National Family Farm Coalition Working Paper

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Contact Information

Megan Mills-Novoa
PhD Student
Office: ENR2 S570-DD


MA in Geography - University of Arizona - August 2016

BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology - Lewis & Clark College - May 2009 



Courses Taught

Intro to Critical Food Studies Short Course

GEOG 230 - Our Changing Climate