Adam French is a geographer, teacher, and explorer focusing on environmental justice and sustainability challenges linked to global change. Long fascinated by the connections between nature and society—especially as expressed through water—Adam has worked extensively in the mountains and downstream “hydro-social” systems of the central Andes and U.S. Rockies. Committed to an engaged and adventurous life, Adam currently balances research in Latin America, university lecturing in the San Francisco Bay region, and applied work as a project consultant with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.
Adam earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013. He was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and the inaugural Peter de Jánosi Research Scholar in the Risk and Resilience and Advanced Systems Analysis programs at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. He is a Research Associate of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies (CEPES) and a Guest Research Scholar with the Risk and Resilience Program at IIASA.