Collegiate Affiliation

Emily Fairfax is an Assistant Professor of Geography specializing in ecohydrology. Fairfax is also an affiliate faculty member at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.

Fairfax uses a combination of remote sensing, modeling, and field work to understand how beaver ecosystem engineering can create drought and fire-resistant patches in the landscape under a changing climate. Her research has been featured in National GeographicBBCNPRPBSScientific American, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times, amongst others. 

Fairfax teaches courses in data visualization, environmental data analysis, hydrology, and geomorphology.

When Fairfax says she can talk about beavers all day, she’s not kidding.



Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Graduate Certificate: Hydrologic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Graduate Certificate: College Teaching, University of Colorado Boulder
  • B.A.: Physics, Carleton College
  • B.A.: Chemistry, Carleton College


  • Beavers
  • Ecohydrology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Wetlands
  • Riverscapes
  • Data Visualization
  • Science Communication