Patricia Solís

Patricia Solís

Executive Director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at
Arizona State University

About this Speaker

Patricia Solís is Executive Director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University, an interdisciplinary effort to link multi-sector community needs with research innovations around resilience to economic shocks, social disruption, and environmental threats. She is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU and a Senior Global Futures Scholar. Her disciplinary expertise centers on the application of participatory geospatial technologies for humanitarian, environment and development needs. Solís is co-founder and director of YouthMappers, a consortium of student-led humanitarian mapping chapters on more than 280 university campuses in 62+ countries. Her scholarly work includes co-edited volumes published by Routledge and Springer, peer reviewed articles in journals such as the Annals, PG Geographical Review, Applied Geography, Progress in Human Geography, and others; 50+ competitively won grants from NSF, USAID, NASA, State Department and other agencies; and mentions or features in media such as the Washington Post, New York Times and National Geographic. She has served on NSF review panels, editorial boards, and National Research Council appointments. Solís serves a diplomatic appointment as President of the Organization of American States PanAmerican Institute of Geography and History and on the Fulbright Roster of Experts. She was previously Co-Director of the Center for Geospatial Technology at Texas Tech University and Research Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences and affiliated with the TTU Climate Science Center. She served Deputy Director and Director of Research at the American Association of Geographers (2003-2014). Dr. Solís received a BS in Physics, BA in German, and MA in Geography from Kansas State University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Iowa where she was a Presidential Fellow. She received 2021 American Association of Geographers Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors.