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Dr. Barron Orr is an interdisciplinary scientist, with 25 years of experience in human and environmental systems research. He holds a PhD and/or MSc, BA in Arid Land Resource Sciences from University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
He serves as a Professor and Geospatial Extension Specialist at the University of Arizona’s Office of Arid Lands Studies. This is a novel position that links the missions of NASA, USDA, NOAA, and that of Land Grant universities in the USA to bridge the gap between Earth systems science and technology and its use by the general public. He is currently based in Spain where he a Marie Curie Fellow hosted by the University of Alicante in Spain. Prior to this he worked in both international development and international business.
He has authored and co-authored 78 peer reviewed and 191 non-peer reviewed publications, exploiting the full range of media options available today
He is an active member of several scientific and professional associations, such as the European Geosciences Union, the Society of Ecological Restoration, and the Society for Range Management. His is a recipient of several awards and honors, including being named a Fulbright Scholar, an 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar (University of Arizona), and a Marie Curie Fellow.
Building off a background combining rangeland ecology, anthropology and remote sensing science, his research now focuses on the diffusion of innovation, knowledge transfer, technology adoption and the integration of local and scientific knowledge.