Faculty member, Tohono O’odham Community College; Founder Member, Tribal Colleges Consortium on Genomics Training.
Born in Sonora, Mexico, Adrian Quijada is currently full-time faculty and coordinator of the Studies in Indigenous Borderlands program at the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC). He teaches natural resources and environmental issues in the borderlands.
Adrian’s educational background includes a B.S. in Ecology (Sonora State University, Mexico), a Master’s degree in Basic Ecology (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a Ph.D. in Biology (University of Wales, United Kingdom). Previously, he was a faculty member and a research scientist at UA’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, teaching conservation genetics and former editor of CLIMAS’ newsletter Transborder Climate.
Currently, he is founder member of the Tribal Colleges Consortium on Genomics Training (TCCGT), which includes a network of tribal colleges and universities in collaboration with agencies and institutions to enhance genomics education at tribal high school and college level.
His research is focused on the effects of border activities on Indigenous natural resources and how this affects Indigenous sovereignty and justice.
Adrian has served on the Rising Voices Board since 2017.