Michael Crimmins runs the Climate Science Applications Program in Cooperative Extension. He serves as a liaison between the climate research community at the University of Arizona and the communities across Arizona by communicating research findings through education and outreach programs and identifying applied climate research needs. He is also an applied climatologist with training in meteorology, climatology, and physical geography. His research interests focus on the application of climate science in ecology and natural resource management. He is currently working with the National Park Service to develop climate and ecological monitoring strategies for several Arizona national parks, investigating the relationship between climate variability and invasive grass species spread, and developing decision support tools for natural resource managers based on climate monitoring and forecasts.