Gaughen, PhD
Environmental Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Pala Band of Mission Indians
About Shasta Gaughen, PhD

Shasta Gaughen is the Environmental Director and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, California. She has worked for Pala since January 2005, and established Pala’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office in 2008. She was also an adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at California State University San Marcos from 2006-2019. Dr. Gaughen received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2011. She is Chair of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Secretary of the Board for the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition, lead of the Tribal Working Group for the Climate Science Alliance, and a member of the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Climate Change Advisory Committee. She has contributed to chapters in California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment and co-authored an article in the December 2020 “Climate and Health” issue of Health Affairs. Dr. Gaughen oversees the Tribal Climate Health Project, a grant-funded education and outreach project that includes a website, resource clearinghouse, webinars, videos, and in-person presentations on climate change and health adaptation in Tribal communities.