Tamee Albrecht (she/her)

Postdoctoral Researcher


Tamee R. Albrecht – Google Scholar

As a human-environment geographer, Tamee examines issues at the intersection of society and the environment. Her research focuses on environmental governance, climate change adaptation in water governance, and interactions among water, energy, and food resources. Her work occurs at multiple scales, in urban to transboundary contexts.

Primary Interests

Institutions, water resources, environmental governance, water-energy-food nexus, transboundary water, science-policy

Current Projects

Water Supplier Decisions & Institutional Change During Transitions

Courses Taught


Our Changing Climate (University of Arizona)

Environment & Society (University of Arizona)


Ph.D. Geography, University of Arizona

M.S. Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines

B.S. Geology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Selected Publications

Varady, R.G., Albrecht, T.R., Gerlak, A.K., Zuniga-Teran, A.A., and Staddon, C. (2021). The water security discourse and its main actors. In Handbook of Water Resources Management, ed. by J. J. Bogardi, K. D. Wasantha Nandalal, R. R. P. van Nooyen, and A. Bhaduri. Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60147-8_8

Petersen-Perlman, J.D., Albrecht, T.R., Megdal, S.B., Varady, R.G., & Tapia, E.M. (2021). Science and Binational Cooperation: Bidirectionality in the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region. Water, 13(17), 2364. doi.org/10.3390/w13172364

Milman, A., Gerlak, A.K., Albrecht, T., Colosimo, M., Conca, K., Kittikhoun, A., Kovács, P., Moy, R., Schmeier, S., Wentling, K., Zavadsky, I., & Ziegler, J. (2020). Addressing Knowledge Gaps for Transboundary Resource Governance. Global Environmental Change, 64, 102162. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102162

Varady, R.G., Albrecht, T.R., Gerlak, A.K., Wilder, M.O., Mayer, B.M., Zuñiga-Terán, A., Ernst, K.C., & Carmen Lemos, M. (2020). The exigencies of transboundary water security: Insights on community resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 44, 74-84. doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2020.06.005

Scott, C.A., Albrecht, T.R., de Grenade, R., Varady, R.G., Zuñiga-Terán, A., & Thapa, B. (2018). Water security and the pursuit of food, energy, and earth system resilience. Water International, 43(8), 1055-1074.  doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2018.1534564 “Best Paper Award 2018”

Albrecht, T.R., Varady, R.G., Zuñiga-Terán, A.A., Gerlak, A.K., De Grenade, R., Lutz-Ley, A., Martín, F., Megdal, S.B., Meza, F., Ocampo Melgar, D., Pineda, N., Rojas, F., Taboada, R., & Willems, B. (2018). Unraveling transboundary water security in the arid Americas. Water International, 43(8), 1075-1113. doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2018.1541583

Albrecht, T.R.*, Crootof, A.*, & Scott, C.A. (2018). The water-energy-food nexus: A systematic review of methods for nexus assessment. Environmental Research Letters, 13, 043002. doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa9c6 *co-first author “Best Review Paper Award 2018”

Gerlak, A.K., House-Peters, L., Varady, R.G., Albrecht, T., Zuñiga-Terán, A.A., Scott, C.A., Routson de Grenade, R.C., and Cook, C. (2018). Water security: A review of place-based research. Environmental Science & Policy82, 79-89. doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.01.009

Albrecht, T.R., Varady, R.G., Zuñiga-Terán, A.A., Gerlak, A.K., & Staddon, C. (2017). Governing a shared hidden resource: A review of governance mechanisms for transboundary groundwater security. Water Security, 2, 43-56. doi.org/10.1016/j.wasec.2017.11.002