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 Peruvian Andes.  Here in Tucson, I am the program manager for the Community and School Garden Program and the geospatial data coordinator for the Climate Alliance Mapping Project

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.

On a personal note, I am very excited about exploring Tucson's many strip mall restaurant gems, rock climbing, trail running, and am on the Leadership Board of the Pima County Food Alliance. 

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