Carrie Nuva Joseph

Carrie Nuva Joseph

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University

Flagstaff, AZ USA

As long as you’re true to who you are and where you come from, then you’re going to be okay.


By Roadtrip Nation

Carrie Nuva Joseph


My road in life has been direct.
I was born and raised on the Hopi Reservation.
I played a lot of sports and was interested in health sciences in high school, so naturally I expected my career to involve sports or sports medicine.
Thinking I wanted to become a physical therapist, I earned my bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Northern Arizona University.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I realized I wanted to change paths and pursue environmental sciences instead—I come from a family of farmers and ranchers, and was inspired by that exposure.
I went back to school and earned both my master’s and doctoral degrees in soil, water, and environmental science from the University of Arizona.
Throughout my studies, I gained research experience working on a variety of environmental projects, specifically in regards to impacts on Indigenous Peoples, their landscapes, and water resources.
I'm currently a postdoctoral scholar at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, where I use culturally-inclusive science to break inequities.
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High School
Exercise Science
Northern Arizona University
Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
University of Arizona
Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
University of Arizona
Water Policy
University of Arizona


Postdoctoral Research Scholar

I use culturally-inclusive science to tell a story about the environment to break social and environmental inequities.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Learning / Being Challenged

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I'd recommend taking steps to apply to summer research enrichment programs that will expose you to various sectors of science. Seek out mentors willing to guide you and participate in forums and conferences that support your ideas and passions.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"We had high hopes for you but then you got pregnant, so your dreams have ended."

Challenges I Overcame

Single Parent