Gigi works as a social scientist on the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) project at the Institute of the Environment. Her background lies in ecology, cultural geography, and anthropology. Gigi’s research interests are often topically and geographically varied but generally focus on the connections and interactions between humans and nature. Gigi previously worked with The University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology as an outreach coordinator for community-based participatory projects in Ambos Nogales (Sonora, Mexico, and Arizona, U.S.) regarding air quality and alternative environmental technologies. She is also a former CLIMAS graduate student researcher working with Margaret Wilder from 2004 to 2006, investigating environmental and climate variability, climate science availability and usage, and public values toward cultural and natural resources in the Lower Colorado River Delta region in northwestern Mexico, the southwestern U.S., and Cocopah Indian tribe territories.