Belize_Lane_photoBELIZE A. LANE

University of California Davis, USA


Belize is pursuing a Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include sustainable management of basin-level water resources for both humans and the environment, and the interactions between riverine hydrology and ecology. Current work includes using simulation modeling to evaluate the potential to provide environmental flow regimes to regulated rivers through reservoir re-operation. Belize holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a whitewater rafting guide and has boated on rivers in California, Oregon, Chile, Costa Rica and India.

Candida_Dewes_photoCANDIDA DEWES

University of California Santa Barbara, USA


Candida Dewes is finishing her PhD in Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara. Her dissertation research focuses on climate variability and trends in Mexico and their impacts on rainfed maize crops. She has also participated in research on land-use/land-cover changes in the Amazon (Rondonia, Brazil), and on climate variability and change in the arid North American Southwest. Candida has a MSc degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of São Paulo and a BS degree in Geography from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, both in Brazil. Following the completion of her doctoral degree in 2013, she plans to continue to research issues related to climate science and adaptation strategies in human-environment systems, particularly in relation to the management of natural resources such as water and energy.

Claudia_Lardizabal_photoCLAUDIA LARDIZABAL

National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras

A biologist with a master degree in Integrated Watershed Management from The Center for Higher Education in Agronomical and Tropical Research (CATIE) in Costa Rica, has worked several years at the Biology Department as a Watershed Management specialist in the National Autonomous University of Honduras. At the same time she has worked as a Watershed Management Specialist in the Postgraduate division, coordinating the Masters degree program for Watershed Management scheduled to open this year. She has also been awarded to grants for hydrology related research, that deal with hydrologic balance calculation and modelling using IPCC scenarios.

Colin_McKenzie_photoCOLIN MCKENZIE

University of Arizona, USA


Colin is a groundwater hydrologist with the Tucson, Arizona and Santiago de Chile-based water resources consulting firm Montgomery & Associates (M&A). He analyzes subsurface water resources. While with M&A, he has spent the majority of his time in the Atacama Desert and Andes Mountains of Chile, from Copiapó to Iquique (with the occasional detour to Perú). In South America, his work has focused on groundwater development and open-pit mine dewatering. Colin is now further pursuing his professional and academic interests, which lie at the intersection of natural resources (including water) policy and economics, development, and governance. Currently, he is working in both the Water Policy & Economics and Litigation Support groups at M&A’s home office in Tucson. He also is planning to begin graduate school this year. Prior to joining M&A, Colin worked in the field of international community development, managing projects in Mexico and Central America with the NGO Amigos de las Américas. When the weather his right, he is likely to be found in the sky, flying his paraglider. Colin received a B.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 2006 and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Cristobal_Reveco_photoCRISTOBAL REVECO

Earth System Governance Project, Chile


The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. My duty as a regional coordinator is to connect researchers in South America interested in devoting some of their work to the very much needed research on topics of accountability, adaptiveness, the architecture of the earth system governance, the agents that drive the earth system governance, and the conflicts about access and legitimacy. The other part of my work is at Adapt-Chile, a new non-profit organization formed with colleagues interested in supporting municipalities to adapt to the impacts on climate change. We have done some work in Santiago de Chile and we hope to be able support municipalities in other parts of the region as well. We have so far focused our work on developing a methodology for undertaking vulnerability assessments and construct, together with the local community, responses to the challenges identified. I hold a BA in Development Studies and a Master on Social-Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, in England. I currently live and work in Santiago de Chile, where I make the most of a sunny city that offers amazing spots close to the city for doing trekking and camping.

Dangela_Fernandes_photoDANGELA FERNANDES

Itaipu Binacional, Brazil


My name is Dangela Maria Fernandes, Environmental Engineer and Environmental Technologist, Master in Energy in Agriculture and PhD in Agronomy current. Nowadays I am Environmental Analyst in renewable energy projects’ team of the International Center of Renewable Energy -Biogas (CIER), located in Itaipu Technological Park Foundation (FPTI). I have been working at FPTI for about five years, in the projects’ preparation and implementation related to the nexus of water and energy, also research and development, and fund-raising for projects.

David_MacPhee_photoDAVID MACPHEE

San Diego State University,USA


David MacPhee is a mechanical engineering PhD candidate, studying jointly at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He earned his masters degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada. His research areas include: thermal energy storage, wind and wave energy conversion, and computational fluid and structural dynamics.

Diego_Ponce_photoDIEGO PONCE

University of California Berkeley, USA


Diego Ponce de Leon Barido is a MS/PhD student at the Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley, interested in low-carbon economic growth, Micro hydro development, and the efficient use and distribution of water and energy resources in megacities. He has fieldwork experience in Chiapas (Mexico) working on microcredit schemes and river survey studies, has worked developing ‘lowtech high impact’ water distribution systems for small communities in Uganda and Honduras, has used GIS models and InVest (Integrated Valuation of Environmental services and Tradeoffs) to develop a hydrological model of the Linthipe Basin (Malawi), and most recently was involved in a project linking hydrological variability, agriculture, and energy in the sectorial economies of Punjab and Telangana, in India. He has also worked as an economic, financial, and strategy consultant for Analysis Group in Boston. He holds degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota respectively and has published in a variety of healthcare economics and engineering journals. He is currently a Research Coordinator for the Fulbright NEXUS program for The Americas.

Elvin_Delgado_photoELVIN DELGADO

Central Washington University, USA


Prof. Delgado is Assistant Professor of Geography, and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Resource Management Program at Central Washington University, where he also directs the Energy Studies Minor. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of energy (both traditional and alternative), political ecology, political economy and nature, and critical resources geography. Dr. Delgado’s research critically explores changing patterns of human-environment interactions in the context of fossil fuel production. Empirically, his research analyzes processes of socio-political struggles over resource development, the multi-scalar interconnections of the material flows of natural resources, and the socio-ecological transformations associated with resource extraction industries in sensitive aquatic ecosystems. His regional specialization is Latin America with over ten years of research experience in Venezuela. Dr. Delgado holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Syracuse University (USA), an M.S. in Geography from The University of Akron, Ohio (USA) and a B.S. in Geography from the University of Puerto Rico.

Gricelda_Herrera_photoGRICELDA HERRERA

Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador


I am from Ecuador. I did studies in Administration and after in Postgraduate Program, I have a Master Degree in Economy and Territorial Development. At the present time, I am studying in PhD Program in Social Economic and Local Development. I am Teacher in Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral-ESPOL University where I am working at the Center for Applied Research and Projects Earth Sciences, CIPAT-ESPOL.

Heather_Lee_photoHEATHER LEE

Texas A&M University, USA


I am a PhD Candidate in the department of Geography at Texas A&M University. I study humanenvironment interaction with a focus on water governance as it relates to agricultural production, globalization, and global environmental change. I am currently conducting fieldwork for my doctoral dissertation research in Guanajuato, Mexico on the implementation of agricultural water conservation technologies, such as drip irrigation, sprinklers, greenhouses, and high tunnels. More specifically my project examines how private and public actors communicate water scarcity and technological solutions to agricultural water users, why farmers choose (not) to use water conservation technologies, and how water conservation technology use is related to integration in global agricultural markets.

Ismene_Rosales_photoISMENE ROSALES

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Civil engineer with masters and doctorate in hydraulic engineering by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM), has worked for several years at the Instituto de Ingeniería (Institute of Engineering) of the UNAM, thus being linked with the research area. At the same time, she has developed projects in the private sector which have allowed her to enrich her perspective. She has been a professor at the UNAM, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Autonomous University of Baja California) and the Universidad Veracruzana (University of Veracruz). She is now part of the Grupo de Tratamiento y Reúso (Treatment and Reuse Group) of the Instituto de Ingeniería of the UNAM, where she is developing a postdoc on “Effects of Climate Change in the Water Sector in terms of quantity and quality”.

Janaina_Pasqual_photoJANAINA PASQUAL

Itaipu Binacional, Brazil


Janaina Camile Pasqual has a Master degree in Multipurpose Technical Cadastre and Land Management, from Federal University of Santa Catarina – (UFSC), Brazil. Dissertation Title: Bioenergy and Carbon Credits Projects: a sustainable pilot project in Brazil in a Swine Production Property. She holds a B.S. in International Relations and a B.S. in Business Management from FAE Business School. She worked in the first farm that produced bioenergy from swine wastes in the State of Santa Catarina (Brazil). Nowadays she works at Itaipu Technological Park Foundation as consultant and manager of Graduation and Specialization Courses related to renewable energy and water and energy nexus.


University of Texas, USA


Jenna Kromann is currently pursing her PhD in hydrogeology at the University of Texas at Austin in the Jackson School of Geosciences. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering specializing in Water Resources from Texas A&M University. Jenna became interested in groundwater and sustainable water management in high school while working at a groundwater conservation district, which managed water pumping out of a sensitive karstic aquifer in Central Texas (Edwards Aquifer). After this experience, researching surface water, groundwater, and management of water resources became a passion for her. Jenna’s research interests are in karst aquifer systems, sustainable and effective water resource management, and ecohydrology. Currently, she is investigating the surface water mechanisms that control aquifer recharge in a karstic system and how to effectively manage karstic aquifers in a semi-arid climate.

Jhim_Terrazas_photoJHIM TERRAZAS

Sociedad de Ingenieros de Bolivia, Bolivia


Work experience in surface hydrology for design of drainage works on roads, bridges, and dams. Academic experience in the investigation of groundwater recharge and contaminant migration in rivers.

Lauren_Herwehe_photoLAUREN HERWEHE

University of Arizona, USA


Lauren Herwehe is an M.A. candidate in Geography at the University of Arizona. Her thesis research is at the intersection of irrigation water management and drought vulnerability in semiarid northeastern Brazil. This project is part of a broader research and decision-making initiative funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) that links partners throughout North and South America. Prior to this Lauren researched irrigation water management in Tajikistan with a Fulbright grant, worked as a Geoscience and Public Policy Intern at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and researched climate change in Kiel, Germany with a grant from the German academic exchange program (DAAD). She holds a B.S. in Geosciences and B.A. in Geography from Penn State University. Her graduate studies are funded by a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Portuguese.

Liber_Martin_photoLIBER MARTIN

Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas (CONICET), Argentina


Liber Martin PhD, Researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and Professor of public and water law at the University of Cuyo/Mendoza, Argentina. PhD University of Saragossa, Spain (2009). Former Postdoctoral fellow. Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme. L’Institut de recherche en droit international et européen de la Sorbonne (IRIDIES) Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (2011). Author of books Water Law. Study on the use and property of public waters (Buenos Aires: Abeledo Perrot, 2011) and Co-author of The human right to water. Particularities of their recognition, development and exercise 2nd edn (Buenos Aires: Abeledo Perrot, 2011). Research interests: comparative water law and policy, water rights and private property rights, water public utilities, water-energy nexus, international water law, natural resources and environmental law.

Luis_Metzger_photoLUIS METZGER

Servicio Nacional de Meteorologia e Hidrologia del Peru, Peru


Mr. Luis Metzger is a Peruvian hydrologist who works for the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology since 1998. He graduated as fluid mechanics engineer at San Marcos National University in 2001 and got a master on water resources engineering at La Molina Agrarian National University in 2006. He also graduated as master in Hydroinformatics at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands in 2010.

Mr. Metzger participated on a National Project “Improvement of forecasting capacities and evaluation of El Niño Phenomenon for prevention and mitigation of disasters in Perú”, this project involved 4 national institutions: SENAMHI, IMARPE, IGP and DHN which now are part of the multisectoral committee in charge of the national study of El Niño Phenomenon in Perú. As part of this project he was a trainee visitor at Hydrologic Research Center in San Diego California from January to April 2001. Also, the Sacramento hydrologic model was implemented in SENAMHI to generate short and medium term hydrologic forecasts for the main Peruvian rivers.

Mr. Metzger has also participated on the elaboration of important national documents such as: “Climate Change Scenarios in Perú to 2050: Piura river basin”, “Climate Change Scenarios in the Urubamba river basin to 2100” and “Climate Change Scenarios in the Mantaro river basin to 2100”.


Corporation for Regional Development – Coquimbo Region, Chile


Mariel Álvarez es Ingeniera en Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Universidad de Chile. Actualmente Ejecutiva de Competitividad e Innovación a Cargo del Área Energía en la Corporación Regional de Desarrollo Productivo (CRDP) Región de Coquimbo, Chile. El objetivo general del cargo es tener un rol articulador entre actores públicos, privados y sector científico-académico, nacional e internacional en pro del desarrollo del Eje Estratégico de Energía; difusión de temáticas asociadas al eje, promoción y ejecución de estudios y programas, además de estar a cargo del Directorio Regional de Energía de la Región de Coquimbo. Con experiencia de 3 años en el ámbito público trabajando para el Ministerio de Energía, Comisión Nacional de Energía y Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental. Además de poseer 2 años de experiencia en la aplicación de estrategias de incorporación de comunidades rurales en proyectos de Energía.

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Marina_Recalde_photoMARINA RECALDE

Fundacion Bariloche, Argentina


Marina Recalde is a researcher from Fundación Bariloche and CONICET (Scientific and Technological National Research Institute) from Argentina. She holds PhD in Economics and is specialized in Energy and Environmental Economics. Currently she works in the branch of energy policy, renewable energies, climate change, vulnerability and adaptation policies.

Mathew_Likanski_photoMATTHEW KILANSKI

University of Texas, USA


Matt Kilanski is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Energy and Earth Resources program. He is interested in water management policy in Texas, particularly as it relates to the state water plan and water technology. Matt has worked as a management consultant at all levels of government (Federal, state and local) for the past seven years with projects in change management and organizational consulting. He has an undergraduate degree in ChemistryEngineering from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Roxana_Borquez_photoROXANA BORQUEZ

Universidad de Chile, Chile


Roxana Bórquez has a degree in Renewable Natural Resources Engineering (2007) and a Master in Management and Public Policy (2011) from University of Chile. Her research focuses on adaptation to global change, vulnerability of communities and environmental conflict. For six years she has worked as a researcher in different project: Co-Pi (2010-2012) in “Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Extremes in Latin American cities Project” (ADAPTE), IAI; Research assistant (2008 – 2009) in “Coming Down the Mountain: Understanding the Vulnerability of Andean Communities to Hydroclimatologic Variability and Global Environmental Change Project”, IAI; Research assistant (2006) in “The Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change Project”, SSHRCC. Also, she has worked as a consultant on environmental and water management.

Ruben_Dario_photoRUBEN DARIO

Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales, Colombia


Soy Ingeniero Catastral y Geodesta, experto en Sistemas de Información geográfica con 14 años de experiencia, actualmente me encuentro adelantando una maestría en Meteorología y Cambio Climático en la universidad Nacional de Colombia y estoy trabajando mi proyecto de grado con el tema de incendios forestales, durante los últimos 12 años he trabajado en el sector ambiental aportando al tema desde mis conocimientos, actualmente estoy vinculado al Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales de Colombia – IDEAM desde hace 4 años, a través del proyecto REDD (Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación de los bosques), me he desempeñado profesionalmente en entidades como, el Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzí, con el Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos “Alexander von Humboldt”, He tenido la oportunidad de ejercer la docencia en las universidades, Nacional, Distrital Francisco José de Caldas y la Santo Thomas, igualmente he tenido la oportunidad de estar vinculado laboralmente con entidades internacionales como el Banco Mundial y Naciones Unidas. Soy un profesional en constante crecimiento e interesado en trabajar proyectos de investigación, he liderando varios proyectos relacionados con SIG, realizando actividades de coordinación de grupos, administración y gestión de información espacial, desarrollando análisis y modelación sobre datos espaciales.

Ryan_Lee_photoRYAN LEE

University of Arizona, USA


Ryan Lee is a Graduate Research Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and a Ph.D student in the University of Arizona’s Arid Lands Resource Sciences program.

A native of Tucson, AZ USA, his research interests center on using geographic information systems to analyze how the water management affects communities and ecosystems. With the specific purpose of improving human and environmental resilience, he is also interested in water harvesting and other alternative, place-relevant techniques able to mitigate human-caused
environmental degradation, water management in the global South, and participatory, discursive, research and project implementation.

He holds a dual-MA degree in International Affairs-Sustainable Development and Natural Resources from American University in Washington DC and the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona. In Costa Rica he worked with researchers at CATIE to examine the intersection of agrochemical pollution, agricultural management and climate change.

Sandra_Mejia_photoSANDRA MEJIA

Delegacion Union Europea, Nicaragua


Sandra Mejía received a Msc in Food Security and Nutrition from The University Centro Americana (UCA) in Nicaragua and she also hold two Post-Graduate course from the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in Enschede, The Netherlands; one on Rural Development and Land Ecology Survey, and the second one in Cartography. She also participated on the Multidisciplinary Program of Space Studies, organized by the International Space University in conjunction with the University of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She is also a Part time University Professor at several National Universities addressing the following Subjects:Demography,Water management, Food security and Risk Management, and indigenous issues.

During her career has been involve in different projects and researches within governmental and international organizations as well, dealing with local development, conflict resolutions in postwar area, strengthening of local Government, Visibilization of indigenous people in development program, natural resources management, disaster management, good governance, food security, promotion of Remote Sensing/GIS at national and local level and related issues. She has participated in the publication and presentation of several proposals and scientific articles in Nicaragua and worldwide dealing with the issues before mentioned. She is currently working in EU Headquarter of Nicaragua as a Task Manager dealing with Bilateral and Regional projects, and other thematic lines as well. Furthermore she is the focal point to follow issues related to Climate Change, Water resources management, water and sanitation, ICT and related issues, Indigenous people, Energy, Risk Management.

Sarah_Kelly_photoSARAH KELLY

University of Arizona, USA


Sarah Kelly-Richards is a graduate student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona where she works as a Research Assistant with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. Her masters research examines the water-energy nexus in relation to infrastructural challenges to water management in the U.S.-Mexico border region, particularly focusing on the provision of water and sanitation in the urban periphery of Nogales, Sonora. Using participatory research methods, she explores the local impacts of large infrastructural projects while also analyzing urban water and land management.

Shimelis_Setegn_photoSHIMELIS SETEGN

Florida International University, USA


Dr Shimelis Gebriye Setegn is a Program Executive Officer at the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS), Florida International University (FIU). He is also Research Assistant Professor at the department of Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Adjunct Professor at the department of Earth and Environment. Dr. Setegn is also supporting the Geographic information system (GIS), environmental and watershed modeling, water resources and climate change components of GLOWS projects. At the department of earth and environment, Florida International University, he has been leading the hydrological modeling and climate change component of the Caribbean Coastal Scenarios project where he use GIS and hydrological models to simulate seasonal and inter-annual fluxes of fresh water to coastal zones of Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Dominican Republic as a function of climate and catchment characteristics. Dr. Shimelis Setegn earned his Ph.D. in Land and Water Recourses Engineering. He has an interdisciplinary background and experience emphasizing environmental, hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, watershed dynamics, predicting impact of climate and land use changes on water resources, agriculture, and populations, GIS and remote sensing applications in the environment and water resources. Dr. Setegn attain more than 18 years of teaching, research, and development experiences in the United States, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Mexico. His efforts in different international projects have led to several peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and invited and scientific presentations at AGU, AWRA and other international conferences.

Tess_Russo_photoTESS RUSSO

Columbia University, USA


Tess is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Tess works with Professor Upmanu Lall and other researchers at the Columbia Water Center on a variety of hydrologic projects, primarily concerned with agricultural water management. Her current projects include quantifying hydrologic, agronomic, economic, and energy use relationships, as well as developing low-cost, low-power sensors to manage irrigation and fertilizer applications. Tess received her Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined hydrologic systems response to environmental change using numerical models and algorithms to improve restoration and management strategies.