Faculty Biography

Abby Frazier

Abby Frazier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jefferson 102
Email: afrazier@clarku.edu
Phone: 1-508-793-7524

Dr. Abby Frazier is a climatologist who studies the spatiotemporal dynamics and impacts of climate change and climate variability. Her research uses geospatial analysis to integrate diverse datasets, including models and observations, to understand the mutli-disciplinary impacts of climate on freshwater resources and ecosystems over regional and global scales, with a focus on Pacific Islands. She is interested in climate extremes, particularly the impacts of drought and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on local hydrology and wildfire regimes. She collaborates closely with stakeholders to co-produce actionable science to support climate change decision making and natural resource management.

Dr. Frazier is currently the Chapter Lead for the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) Hawaii and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands chapter. This congressionally-mandated report is set for release in late 2023. Please see https://www.globalchange.gov/nca5 for more details.

Before joining Clark University, Dr. Frazier was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI (2018-2021), and a postdoctoral Research Geographer at the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (2016-2018). She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has a B.A. in geography and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Vermont. 

Courses Offered

GEOG 102: Weather and Climate
GEOG 104: Earth System Science
GEOG 228/328: Hydroclimatology
GEOG 302: Seminar in Climate Dynamics

Selected Publications

Frazier, A.G., Tan Yen B., Stuecker M.F., Nelson K., Sander B.O., Kantar M.B., and Wang D. (2022). Impact of historical climate variability on rice production in Mainland Southeast Asia across multiple scales. Anthropocene 40, 100353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2022.100353

Frazier, A.G., Giardina C.P., Giambelluca T.W., Brewington L., Chen Y.-L., Chu P.-S., Fortini L.B., Hall D., Helweg D.A., Keener V.W., Lucas M.P., Mair A., Oki D.S., Reyes J.J., Yelenik S.G., and  Trauernicht C. (2022). A Century of Drought in Hawaiʻi: Geospatial Analysis and Synthesis across Hydrological, Ecological, and Socioeconomic Scales. Sustainability 14(19), 12023. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141912023

Longman, R.J., Frazier A.G., Giardina C.P., Parsons E.W., and McDaniel S. (2022). The Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange: A Co-Production Approach to Deliver Climate Resources to User Groups. Sustainability 14(17), 10554. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710554