Kirsten Lake

Program Coordinator


  • School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Kirsten Lake



  • MA in English as a Second Language, The University of Arizona
  • BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona


Kirsten Lake provides program coordination for the Southwest Urban Corridor Integrated Field Laboratory (SW-IFL) at the University of Arizona. SW-IFL is a multi-institution program funded by the Department of Energy that studies the challenges that increasingly extreme weather poses to Arizona’s largest cities. Research at UArizona focuses on promoting heat equity and urban heat resilience for community members through integration of observational data, large-scale modeling and decision-making processes of stakeholders.

Prior to joining CAPLA, Kirsten served as a program coordinator for a variety of UArizona programs, including the Chilton Lab at BIO5, the Center for Precision Nutrition and Wellness and Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s Legumes of Arizona project. In addition to her work in project coordination, she has served as the editor for the journal Desert Plants and a botanical reference book. All of her work has been informed by her passion for science outreach and education.