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Yulia Peralta : Member Since 2014

Yulia Peralta

yuliaperalta@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2014

Yulia Peralta 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. Her research interests focus on shared natural resources, the participation of social actors and local development in Sonora. She has a master on Regional Development from Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo with a fellowship of  the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), and a Bachelor of Finances form the Universidad de Sonora, both in her native country, Mexico. She has worked as a collaborator in fieldwork at Rio Yaqui with the University Humboldt of Berlinthe Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and the Agronomic Research and Education Center (CATIE) with the project “Understanding community-based adaptations to climate change”. Previously, she worked linking rural projects and funds from the development bank in Costa de Hermosillo.

Sophia Layser Borgias : Member Since 2014

Sophia Layser Borgias

sborgias@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2014

MA candidate, SGD, with research interests in contentious water politics and civil engagement in water issues, particularly social movements with emphasis on water equity and social justice. Sophia is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Udall Center for Public Policy, and will participate in the activities of the AQUASEC Center for Excellence in Water Security, supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research. She will study adaptive management of river basins in the Arid Americas with special emphasis on social mobilization and the framing of water security, climate adaptation, and related challenges in Chile and Argentina. Sophia draws from her background of undergraduate thesis work focused on the development of the popular Patagonia Sin Represas anti-dam movement in Chile. 

Megan Mills-Novoa : Member Since 2014

Megan Mills-Novoa

mmillsnovoa@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2014

Megan Mills-Novoa is a M.A. student in the School of Geography and Development, with research interests in food security, agro-biodiversity, and climate change adaptation.  Megan is working within WRPG to support the “Strengthening Resilience of Arid Region Riparian Corridors” project.  A native Minnesotan, Megan graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2009 with a degree in environmental studies and conservation biology. Following graduation, Megan was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow. In that role, she worked as a youth organizer within Albuquerque middle schools as well as a policy analyst at the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research regarding the role of policy in supporting beginning farmers as well as farm credit programs. In 2011, Megan left Washington, D.C and travelled to Santiago, Chile, where she worked as a Fulbright research fellow at the Centro de Cambio Global with Dr. Francisco Meza. There, she researched the impact of climate change on vineyards in Central Chile. Following her time in South America, Megan was the Hunger Education Coordinator at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, where she directed an educational program that raised awareness of food insecurity, offered leadership development opportunities for low-income youth and supported student activism. Prior to her time at U of A, Megan was a Luce Scholar placed with the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development in Hanoi, Vietnam. There, she supported projects related to climate change adaptation and participatory plant breeding among rice producers. 

Chloé Fandel : Member Since 2014

Chloé Fandel

cfandel@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2014

Chloé Fandel is a Graduate Research Assistant in SGD and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Hydrology and Water Resources, with interests in riparian ecosystem resilience, the effects of climate change on groundwater systems in arid regions, and localized water management policy. A dual French-American citizen, she has previously been employed surveying springs for the USFS in the Cascades, doing GIS work for an oil and gas company, and studying karstic aquifers in the south of France. She completed her undergraduate degree in Geological Sciences at Brown University in 2012. 

Arica Crootof : Member Since 2014

Arica Crootof

acrootof@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2014

Arica Crootof is a PhD student in SGD with research interests in water resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, conflict resolution, and international development. She has a MS in Hydrology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her master’s thesis examined the biological, chemical, and physical properties of small irrigation fed lakes in Khorezm, Uzbekistan for the development of aquaculture. Arica was most recently working as a water resources consultant in Fort Collins, CO where she completed multi-disciplinary projects in water resources management and development, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, environmental science, stream restoration, and uranium mine permitting, monitoring, and reclamation.

Noah Silber-Coats : Member Since 2013

Noah Silber-Coats

nsilbercoats@gmail.com

Member Since 2013

Noah Silber-Coats is a Master candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Noah received his B.A. in anthropology from Macalester College in 2007. As an undergraduate his research focused on politics of land and natural resources in an indigenous community in lowland Bolivia. Prior to enrolling at the UA, Noah worked for a land trust in Olympia, Washington, coordinating monitoring and stewardship activities on conservation properties in South Puget Sound. He also worked for a community development NGO in rural Peru. His Current research interests center on the political economy of adaptation to climate change in rural agrarian communities.

Nathaniel “Nate” H. Delano : Member Since 2013

Nathaniel “Nate” H. Delano

ndelano@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2013

Nate is a Master student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, at the University of Arizona. Nate received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2010. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 2010-2012, he learned Spanish and Guarani while implementing permaculture design principles on small scale farming operations in the interior of the country. He is concurrently pursuing a master degree in Water, Society, and Policy and a graduate certificate in GIS. Nate works as a graduate researcher at the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center, and is a Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow. His research interests include the drivers for regional collaboration in watershed management and the application of remote sensing technology to solving water management issues.”

Bhuwan Thapa : Member Since 2013

Bhuwan Thapa

bthapa@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2013

Bhuwan Thapa is a PhD student of Geography in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. A native Nepali, his research interest focuses on policy dimensions of river basin management, climate adaptation and water-energy-land use nexus in developing countries. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona, he has worked in Nepal for two years as environmental and water resources management consultants for Asian Development Bank’s project on Bagmati River basin, Nepal. Besides the consulting experience, he also has research and work experiences in environmental chemistry, community based resource management and solid waste management. He received his Master of Public Policy from University of Maryland College Park, Bachelor of Environmental Science from McNeese State University, Louisiana, and Bachelor of Environmental Science from St. Xavier’s College, Nepal.

America Lutz Ley : Member Since 2012

America Lutz Ley

americalutz@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2012

America Lutz is a Graduate Research Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her research interests focus on the interlinking of human and natural systems in natural resources management, as well as the interaction between social and individual variables influencing decision-making by agricultural and urban users of water resources in arid regions. She has a Master of Social Sciences with specialization in Public Affairs and Policy from El Colegio de Sonora, and a Bachelor of Psychology from the Universidad de Sonora, both in her native country, Mexico. In 2012 America was awarded both a Fulbright scholarship for graduate studies in the U.S. and a Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) fellowship; in addition, in 2011 she received a research award for her master thesis on networks of environmental NGOs in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Ryan H. Lee : Member Since 2011

Ryan H. Lee

Rhlee@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2011

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, his research interests center on using geographic information systems to analyze how the human right to water affects humans 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, in situ 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 examined the intersection of agrochemical pollution, agricultural management and climate change.

Kelly Mott Lacroix : Member Since 2011

Kelly Mott Lacroix

klacroix@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2011

Kelly Mott Lacroix is a Research Analyst at the Water Resources Research Center. She has a MS in Environmental and Healthy Cities Planning from the University of Arizona and is currently a PhD Student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences. Prior to returning to graduate school at the University of Arizona, she worked for five years as a key member of the Arizona Department of Water Resources’ (ADWR) Arizona Water Atlas project. She has also worked with rural water providers in Arizona as the manager of ADWR’s Community Water System Program and with diverse interests from across the state as a constituent services liaison for the Arizona State Senate. Her current research is focused on how the growing body of knowledge on environmental water demand can be connected to decision making for water in the Colorado River Basin.

Lily House-Peters : Member Since 2010

Lily House-Peters

lilleehp@gmail.com

Member Since 2010

Lily House-Peters is a PhD student in SGD, with research interests in international urban water management in arid lands, hydrology, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the development and institutionalization of alternative water technologies and practices. Lily received a 2010 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to research drivers and barriers to achieving water sensitive urban design in the residential sector of Melbourne, Australia. She has examined issues associated with urban water supply and demand in a number of countries, including India, Israel, Spain, and Australia. She is currently a graduate research associate on the NSF Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CNH) project, titled “Strengthening resilience of arid region riparian corridors: Ecohydrology and decision-making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds.”

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Kirstin Neff : Member Since 2010

Kirstin Neff

kneff@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2010

Kirstin Neff is an M.S. candidate in Hydrology and Water Resources, with research interests in assessing the impacts of climate change, development and population growth on the water quantity and quality of aquifers. She is a graduate research assistant in Hydrology and Water Resources, modeling groundwater in the San Pedro River basin. As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, she conducted research on U.S. immigration policy towards Mexico as well as the impacts of watershed development on the littoral community of Lake Baikal.

Zachary Sugg : Member Since 2008

Zachary Sugg

zsugg@email.arizona.edu

Member Since 2008

PhD candidate, SGD, with research interests in invasive species, hydrology, land use change, climate and water availability, and transboundary water management, especially groundwater. Zach was previously at World Resources Institute in Washington, DC where he worked on the environmental impacts of changes in domestic biofeedstock production in response to federal renewable fuels mandates, in addition to research on agricultural subsurface drainage, mapping global hypoxic and eutrophic zones, and GIS-based hydrologic analysis of terrestrial water quality threats to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

 

 

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