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Adora Shortridge

Adora Shortridge

MA Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • MA Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


Adora studied at the University of Nevada-Reno and received a degree in environmental science and minored in photography. She is in the process of publishing a research paper on the urban heat island effect and extreme heat in desert cities, along with mitigation and adaptation strategies. She's interested in furthering her research on extreme heat and mitigation, as well as environmental education and sustainability in transitioning rural-to-urban communities. She also enjoys creating photographs, hiking, swimming, yoga, lazy Sundays with her kitties and watching nature documentaries.

Research Assistant Experience

Community-based research award: A collaborative research project with a University mentor and a community organization. I conducted literary reviews, data analysis, and created a research proposal and paper.


Created Garden, Reading, Art, and Seeds in SHAB bookcase and lending library in Barrett Sage South, spoke at “Create a Successful School Garden Workshop” panel for Arizona teachers in September 2018, Town of Gilbert intern, 33 Buckets intern.


  • BA, Environmental Science, University of Nevada, 2019


External Links

Journal Articles


Shortridge, A., W. Walker VI, D. D. White, M. Guardaro, D. M. Hondula and J. K. Vanos. 2022. HeatReady schools: A novel approach to enhance adaptive capacity to heat through school community experiences, risks, and perceptions. Climate Risk Management 36:100437. DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2022.100437. (link )



Shortridge, A. 2018. Increasing coincidence of extreme heat in Nevada’s largest urban areas. Poster presented at the 2018 UCLA McNair Research Conference McNair Summer Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.



Shortridge, A. 2018. Increasing coincidence of extreme heat in Nevada’s largest urban areas. Presentation at the Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Community-Based Symposium,

Community-Based Research Award

McNair Scholar

Dean's List (3 semesters)

Soil Water Conservation Scholarship

Pack Advantage Access Grant

CABNR Scholarship