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Lauren Herwehe : Member Since 2012

Lauren Herwehe


Member Since 2012

Lauren Herwehe is an M.A. candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research is at the intersection of water policy, climate change, local water management, and sustainable agriculture practices, with planned research in 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 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.

Moira Hough : Member Since 2011

Moira Hough


Member Since 2011

Moira Hough is a M.S. candidate in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include understanding the factors controlling ecosystem processes and functioning, how these are impacted by climate change and human resource use, and how this in turn affects the provision of ecosystem services. She is currently studying ecosystem services in riparian corridors in the Sonora and San Pedro watersheds as a graduate research assistant on the NSF Coupled Human and Natural Systems project “Strengthening resilience of arid region riparian corridors: Ecohydrology and decision-making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds.” Her previous work included research on impacts of climate change and nutrient deposition on carbon and nutrient cycling in peatlands as an undergraduate at Carleton College and a part of the NSF funded Polaris Project.

Katherine Curl : Member Since 2011

Katherine Curl


Member Since 2011

Katherine Curl is a Graduate Research Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and a M.A. student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include water policy and management, and the development of alternative water technologies and practices, particularly in Africa and Latin America. Katherine was a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia from 2007 to 2009, working in the environment and natural resource management sector, and also studied for one year in Chile during her undergraduate degree. She currently serves as a graduate research associate on the NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) project titled “Strengthening resilience of arid region riparian corridors: Ecohydrology and decision-making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds.”

Chris Bailey : Member Since 2011

Chris Bailey


Member Since 2011

Chris Bailey is an M.S. candidate in Planning, with a research assistantship in the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures project from the National Science Foundation. His interests include institutional decision-making, water resources and the interconnection of built systems with social systems. Chris worked in urban design and local planning policy in the United Kingdom before coming to the University of Arizona. His previous studies are in a range of subjects including mathematical physics, political philosophy, and history.

Joyce Valdovinos : Member Since 2010

Joyce Valdovinos


Member Since 2010

Joyce Valdovinos is a PhD student in Geography and Urban Planning at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3. She is affiliated with the Center for Latinoamerican Research and Documentation (CREDAL) and is member of the CNRS Urban Water Research Network (res-EAU-ville). Following a BA (summa cum laude) at UNAM University (Mexico City) in International Relations she worked for the Mexican National Water Commission and participated in the organization of the 4th World Water Forum. She graduated from the Research Master’s Program in International Relations and Political Science at Sciences Po Paris with a thesis on the role of multinational water companies and local authorities in water services in Mexico City and Paris. Joyce’s current doctoral research focuses on the usage of corporate governance principles by water companies in the United States and Mexico within the construction of a multilateral space for water.

Joel Biederman : Member Since 2010

Joel Biederman


Member Since 2010

Joel Biederman joined the University of Arizona in Fall 2010. His training is in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus on natural treatment systems for small-scale wastewater treatment. Joel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources, and he is interested in the translation of scientific research results for decision making. Joel’s current research seeks to understand the impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on the hydrology of mountain catchments, where snowmelt is the major source of water for millions throughout the West. Joel hails from Oregon but arrived in Tucson from Connecticut, where he spent several years teaching math and science.

Eliza Benites : Member Since 2010

Eliza Benites


Member Since 2010

PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Arizona, with research interests in mechanisms of urban sprawl and water issues, and particularly water rights transfers and reclaimed water. Eliza prepared a bibliographical note about urban sprawl and water for the University of Arizona – France Partner University Fund, with Nadine Cattan at UMR 8504 Géographie-Cités/ CNRS Paris. Her current work consists of establishing a link between theory and case studies (Marana, Oro Valley, and Foothills). She is particularly interested in considering urban sprawl in terms of infrastructure, like water and transportation networks (road construction and public transportation).

Octavio Ulloa : Member Since 2009

Octavio Ulloa


Member Since 2009

BA, Cultural Anthropology, currently Ameri-Corps volunteer in Austin, Texas, with research interest in community based conservation practices, water availability and use, climate change, civic participation in development issues, and creation of environmentally sustainable habitats that promote education opportunities in ecology and sustainable practices. Octavio worked with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology for two years along the US-Mexico border researching topics of sustainable development and schoolyard habitats. In 2008-2009 he received the Claude Bart Fellowship for international development and presented at the 2009 Society for Applied Anthropology. He was a 2009 fellow of the Graduate Summer Research Institute.

Melissa Mauzy : Member Since 2009

Melissa Mauzy


Member Since 2009

MA, SGD, with research interests in water policy, integration of science and policy, climate change, paleoclimatology, drought, ecology, evolutionary biology, botany, and arid river systems. She is currently enrolled in the Water Policy Graduate Certificate Program. Melissa is currently working on incorporating previously produced paleoclimate drought data into urban water management plans for the state of California. She was previously employed with the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program where she developed an exotic plant management plan for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments using GIS technology.

Matt Skroch : Member Since 2009

Matt Skroch


Member Since 2009

MS candidate, School of Natural Resources, with interests in trans-boundary conservation planning emphasizing ecological services and ecosystem restoration.

Majed Akhter : Member Since 2009

Majed Akhter


Member Since 2009

PhD student, SGD, with research interest in the historical and economic geography of the Indus river in South Asia. This involves examination of topics like agricultural policy and economics, irrigation, watershed hydrology, remote sensing, and postcolonial political ecology. Majed has been trained as an engineer and an economist. Before coming to the University of Arizona, he was working as an exploration economist for an oil and gas company in Karachi, Pakistan. He was a graduate research associate on the NSF Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (RESIN) project.

Daniel Griffin : Member Since 2009

Daniel Griffin


Member Since 2009

PhD candidate, SGD, Global Change minor with research interests including paleoclimatology, climate change, science translation, and the potential for applying tree-ring data in drought planning. Dan was previously at the University of Arkansas Tree-Ring Laboratory where he worked on reconstructing regional scale rainfall and streamflow history in California, as well as other tree-ring related projects in the southern US and Mexico. He is affiliated with the Climate Assessment of the Southwest and was named a Biosphere 2 Science and Society Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Anne Campbell : Member Since 2009

Anne Campbell


Member Since 2009

MPA, Public Administration and Policy. Her interests are in policy setting, politics and collaboration within Pima County and Tucson in the areas of water use and alternative energy. Anne has a B.A. from Clark University in Economics. Prior to graduate school, Anne worked in the commercial insurance industry where she acquired extensive experience in risk management, research and strategic policy development. Her goal is explore alternative approaches to water and energy use that expand the local economy and sustain our natural resources. Her summer 2009 research was supported on the NSF Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (RESIN) project.

Andrea Prichard : Member Since 2009

Andrea Prichard


Member Since 2009

Andrea Prichard is a MA candidate in SGD with a research assistantship in the US-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program. Her interests include sustainable development, water resources, climate change, drought, flooding, and sanitation in developing countries. Andrea participated in paleoclimate studies conducted at the University of Tennessee and has worked as a naturalist and environmental educator in Oregon, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Costa Rica. She has received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study civil engineering and conduct hydrophilanthropy projects in Latin America following her Master’s degree at the University of Arizona.

Tabitha Spence : Member Since 2008

Tabitha Spence


Member Since 2008

MA, SGD, with research interests in local water management alternatives in developing countries, urban waste management in South Asia, and human dimensions of global change, particularly in the realm of addressing and adapting to climate change in the third world. Tabitha is a graduate research assistant on the International Water Management Institute wastewater irrigation project.

Prescott Vandervoet : Member Since 2008

Prescott Vandervoet


Member Since 2008

Prescott Vandervoet is a Research Analyst with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He works on the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program, which is jointly managed by the Water Resources Research Center at the U of A and the United States Geological Survey. Prescott earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in 2008. His graduate work focused on community valuation of natural resources in the binational Colorado River Delta as well as risk perception by undocumented migrants along the Arizona-Sonora border. Prior to graduate school Prescott worked 2.5 years for the Arizona Department of Agriculture in Nogales, Arizona where he carried out monitoring and inspections for injurious pests and phytosanitary certification. He received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in 2001.

Oscar Lai : Member Since 2008

Oscar Lai


Member Since 2008

MA, Latin American Studies and Public Administration, with research interests in decentralization reforms and their impact on natural resource management. His summer 2009 research in Honduras addressed decentralization and its effect on urban and rural water management. Oscar previously worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in central Honduras where he collaborated with NGOs, government agencies, and rural communities on the design, construction, maintenance, and management of rural water systems. He was a graduate research assistant on the NOAA Moving Forward project.

Kerri Jean Ormerod : Member Since 2008

Kerri Jean Ormerod


Member Since 2008

PhD candidate, SGD (MA 2010), with research on public perceptions of water reuse, effluent policy and regional planning. Kerri Jean received a 2008 Margaret Trussell Scholarship from the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Women’s Network, a summer 2008 grant from the Water Sustainability Program (Univ. Arizona), and a travel grant from the Institute for Study of Planet Earth and Graduate and Professional Student Council, Univ. Arizona to attend and present a paper at the workshop Waste – The Social Context ’08, Edmonton, Canada, 11-15 May 2008.

Kate Sammler : Member Since 2008

Kate Sammler


Member Since 2008

PhD student, SGD, with research interests in climate change and water resources. She recently completed a graduate research assistantship on the NOAA Moving Forward project.

Kathryn “Cado” Daily : Member Since 2008

Kathryn “Cado” Daily


Member Since 2008

MA, SGD, with research interests in sustainable water use with an emphasis on rain and stormwater harvesting. Cado is a Program Coordinator for the UA Cooperative Extension Cochise County Water Wise program and recently received a UA TRIF grant to create a Rainwater Harvester Certificate and Demonstration program.

Jenna Bloxom : Member Since 2008

Jenna Bloxom


Member Since 2008

MA, Center for Latin American Studies, currently PhD student at Colorado State University, with research interests in water policy implications of biofuels, specifically palm oil in Central America and algae in the state of Arizona.

Jamie McEvoy : Member Since 2008

Jamie McEvoy


Member Since 2008

PhD candidate, SGD, with broad research interests in human-environment interactions, political ecology, and issues of environment and development in Latin America. Specifically, Jamie is interested in using water as lens to study differential power relations and the processes of uneven development. She is currently working as a research associate on a NOAA-SARP examining how urbanization and climate change affect water use and water management in northern Mexico (“Moving Forward: Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change, Drought, and Water Demand in the Urbanizing Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico”). In 2008, Jamie completed a masters degree in Environmental Sociology at Utah State University on migration and the feminization of agriculture in southeast Mexico. She also worked as a research assistant on a project that explored the human dimensions of water quality and adoption of best management practices among dairy farmers in northern Utah.

Dustin Garrick : Member Since 2008

Dustin Garrick


Member Since 2008

PhD, SGD, currently Fulbright recipient and post-doc with Oxford University and Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO). Dustin’s research examines the policy and institutional dimensions of emerging paradigms for sustainable water governance. His PhD research focused on the intersection of water markets, water rights reform, and freshwater ecosystem services by applying a law-and-economic approach to comparative policy analysis. His dissertation evaluated the design and performance of market-based policy approaches to restore environmental flows for salmon and steelhead habitat in the Columbia Basin. This research built on a suite of interdisciplinary water policy research projects, including climate variability and water shortage in the Lower Colorado River Basin, groundwater management in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and freshwater conservation policy across the Western U.S. and at the international level.

Ashley Coles : Member Since 2008

Ashley Coles


Member Since 2008

PhD candidate, SGD, with research interests in water, climate, and vulnerability particularly in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Ashley received a grant from Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research to attend Joint IAI/NCAR Colloquium “Seasonality and Water Resources in the Western Hemisphere”, Mendoza, Argentina, 6-17 October 2008. She was a graduate research associate on the IAI Information Flows and Policy project.

Joseph Hoover : Member Since 2007

Joseph Hoover


Member Since 2007

MA, SGD, 2009, currently PhD student, University of Denver, with research on energy requirements for water and wastewater services in Tucson and other Arizona urban areas, and in the U.S.-Mexico border growth corridor. Joe received a grant from forum organizers to attend and present a paper at the Border Energy Forum XV, Monterrey, Mexico, 23-24 October 2008.

Eve Halper : Member Since 2007

Eve Halper


Member Since 2007

PhD, SGD, with research on urban heat island and water demand using remote sensing and GIS, and valuation of landscape vegetation. She successfully holds a job at the US Bureau of Reclamation while completing her dissertation.