Adriana Zuniga-Teran

Postdoctoral Research Associate | curriculum vitae


Adriana Zuniga-Teranis a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy working on transboundary water security in the arid Americas under the auspices of the International Water Security Network.

Adriana is collaborating on a participatory effort to measure the state of the health of the Cienega Watershed, in which a set of 19 cross-jurisdictional indicators were selected. Her role in this project is to meet with stakeholders and collect readably-available data, analyze it when necessary, and present it in a way that communicates well to the general public. This is a baseline effort that is intended to continue over time in order to do long-term monitoring and manage the watershed in an adaptive way.

Another project that Adriana is involved is a Haury Seed Grant project. This work is aimed to engage low-income communities in Tucson in the design and development of a neighborhood greenway. Seeking the active participation of the community in a pilot project is expected to serve as a model for other neighborhoods to adopt green infrastructure, and this way, reduce temperatures and floods while providing safe and comfortable conditions to walk and bike.

Zuniga-Teran is also an adjunct lecturer for the Sustainable Built Environments degree program in the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, where she is currently teaching two courses on the history of the built environment. Other courses include sustainable design and planning, and as a graduate teaching assistant, she helped teach the course introduction to global change.

With a background in architecture and an expertise in neighborhood design, Adriana combines knowledge-building and problem-solving of real-world challenges. Her research interests include sustainable urban development, resilience in cities, and water security in arid lands.

Adriana is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She did her undergraduate studies at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Monterrey. She worked as an architectural designer in Mexico for several years. She holds two advanced degrees from the University of Arizona: a master of architecture degree with a concentration in design and energy conservation, and a doctoral degree in arid lands resource sciences with a minor in global change.

Selected Publications

Zuniga-Teran, A.A. ; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Guertin, D.P.; Marsh, S.E. (2017). Neighborhood design, physical activity, and wellbeing: Applying the Walkability Model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14,76: doi:10.3390/ijerph14010076.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A. ; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Marsh, S.E.; Guertin, D.P.; Going, S.B. (2017). Designing healthy communities: Testing the walkability model. Frontiers of Architectural Research.

Varady R.G., Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Garfin, G.M.; Martin, F.; Vicuña, S. (2016). Adaptive management and water security in global context: Definitions, concepts, and examples. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability special issue “Environmental Change and Assessment” edited by M. Wilder, G. Garfin, and R. Merideth. Vol. 21. Pp. 70-71.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Going, S.B.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Guertin, D.P.; Marsh, S.E. (2016). Designing healthy communities: A walkability analysis on LEED-ND. Frontiers in Architectural Research.

Varady, R.G.; Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Gerlak, A.K.; Megdal, S.B. (2016). Modes and approaches of groundwater governance: A survey of lessons learned from selected cases across the globe. In special issue “Water Governance, Stakeholder Engagement, and Sustainable Water Resources management,” ed. By S. Megdal, S. Eden, and E. Shamir. Water, 417 (24pp), DOI: 10.3390/w8100417. :

Wilder, M., Aguilar Barajas, I., Pineda Pablos, N., Varady, R., Megdal, S., McEvoy, J., Merideth, R., Zuniga-Teran, A., Scott, C. (2016). Desalination and water security in the US-Mexico border region: Assessing the social, environmental, and political impacts. Water International, 41:5, 756-775, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2016.1166416.

Pasqual, J.C., Peon Anaya, R., Lutz-Ley, A., Zuniga-Teran, A.A., Peralta Lugo, Y. & Mejia Santellanes, J.A. (2016) COP21-CM11 Implications over Renewable Energy: Challenges to meet committed carbon emission reductions in Brazil and Mexico. Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente, 37: 31-46.

Wilder, M., Aguilar Barajas, I., Pineda Pablos, N., Varady, R., Megdal, S., McEvoy, J., Merideth, R., Zuniga-Teran, A., Scott, C. (2016). Binational desalination in the U.S.-Mexico border: A case study of the proposed Puerto Peñasco desalination plant. Water International.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Albrecht, T. (2016). Diversity as a key element of urban resilience. Online: International Water Security Network.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Lutz-Ley, A.; Peralta, Y.; Varady, R.G.; Scott, C.A. (2016). Scenario planning for future water security in Hermosillo Mexico. Online: International Water Security Network. April 27.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Merideth, R.; Scott, C.; Varady, G. (2016). Resilience in an uncertain future: Part 2. Online: International Water Security Network. April 5.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Merideth, R.; Scott, C.; Varady, G. (2016). Resilience in an uncertain future: Part 1. Online: International Water Security Network. February 22.


Interview for UANews
January 17, 2017

Reporter Abby Dockter interviewed Andrea Gerlak and Adriana Zuniga for an article for the UANews about the Haury Seed Grant Recipients.

Interview for UANews
February 7, 2017

Reporter Alexis Blue interviewed Adriana Zuniga for an article for the UANews on a recently published study on neighborhood design and walkability.

UANews article
July 7, 2016

Title : “UA Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Future of Desalination. As binational desalination plants are being considered as a strategy to combat water scarcity, scientists delve into the environmental, political, and social impacts” by Lori Harwood from the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Radio interview
April 7, 2016

Reporter Bertha Yañez from a radio program “La Conversada” from Hermosillo, Mexico interviewed Adriana Zuniga and her colleagues America Lutz, and Yulia Peralta about a scenario planning workshop that they helped facilitate in Hermosillo, led by consultant Ralph Marra.