Current Student Profiles


Mohanad Abdullah Almokhadm

M.S.- Mechanical Engineering, The University of Arizona, 2023
B.S.- Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 2015



Research Interests:

Advancing Arid Land Sustainability through Innovative Water Resource Management and Conservation




David Quanrud, Assistant Professor of Practice, Natural Resources and the Environment


Ivan Gaxiola Camacho

M.S.- Architectute, Design and Energy Conservation, The University of Arizona, 2016
B.A.- Architecture, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, August 2010


Research Interests:

Urban heat island mitigation, human thermal comfort restoration and food security advancement in the built environment of arid regions through implementation of green infrastructure as an urban agriculture model.


Michael CrimminsProfessor, Environmental Science




Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Development and Environment


Diana Githu

M.S. - Restoration Ecology and Management, SNRE, University of Arizona, 2020
B.S. - Range Management, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016


Research Interest:

My possible research is to explore how sustainable rangeland management can be used to realize the potential of Kenya’s dryland areas in regard to developing the nation and reducing poverty. The potential of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya is yet to be realized as they receive insufficient investment in terms of both financing and policy incentives. But the focus of  my  study is  on the climate  aspect  of  rangelands,  economics  and  policy formulation.



Greg Barron-Gafford, Associate Professor, School of Geography Development and Environment


Karina Guadalupe Martinez

M.A - Geography & Development, University of Arizona
M.D.P. - Master's in Development Practice, 2018 University of Arizona
B.E. - Bachelor's in Engineering, major in Environmetal and Industrial Engineering, Sonora State University, 2016


Research Interest:

Reforestation of public spaces with native vegetation to help mitigate the effects of urban heat islands in desert communities and increase children's interest in caring for the environment through early education.



Alberto ArenasAssociate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, College of Education


Joona Mikkola

M.Sc. - Management, Grenoble Ecole de Management, 2016

B.Sc. - Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2013



Research interests: Joona is passionate about ecological economics and finding solutions for real-world development and environmental governance problems with transdisciplinary research. His research interests include common-pool resource problems in semi-arid and arid lands, rangeland management and land-based greenhouse gas fluxes, and climate finance and community-based payments for ecosystem services (CB-PES) in Sahel and East Africa.




Larry A. Fisher, Research Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment


Rebecca R. Renteria

M.A. - Anthropology, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2017
B.S. - Anthropology, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2015





Research Interests:

Rebecca's research is at the nexus of archaeology; public health; and traditional food, land, and water systems. She is especially interested in the impact of various forms of colonization on mental and physical health related to diabetes among marginalized communities in the United States-Mexico Borderlands, the United States, and globally. Her roots in the Mexican American community have inspired her to continue to deconstruct the nuances of ascribed identities and relations to better serve marginalized communities in a culturally responsive way.




Tristan Reader, Assistant Professor of Practice, American Indian Studies






Megan Carney, Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology


Monica Landgrave Serrano

M.S. - in Planning, University of Arizona, Spring 2019
M.S. - in Urban Development, One-Year MS Program, Polytechnic University of Caralonia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 01/2016 to 12/2016
Exchange Student - Sustainable Development, University of Brittany, Brest, France, 01/2013 to 06/2013
Exchange Student - Laval University, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, 07/2011 to 12/2011
Bachelor in Architecture, University of Sonora, 12/2014, Sonora Mexico

Research Interest:

Monica Landgrave-Serrano's research interests revolve around community building and creative placemaking in the Sonora-Arizona Megaregion. Her previous projects have concentrated on the improvement and expansion of active travel modes for all kinds of people, especially minorities, disadvantaged, and low-income groups. Her dissertation focuses on tactical urbanism and small-scale urban interventions in arid lands that generate long-term change through sustainable development.




Philip Stoker, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning


Simone Andrea Williams

PhD (ABD) - Geographical & Sustainability Sciences, 2012, University of Iowa
Master of Earth & Environmental Resources Management, 2006, University of South Carolina


Research Interests

My general research interest is in improving domestic and international water governance to sustain the resource. Specific areas of my research and scholarship include:

  • Conducting landscape level spatio-temporal analysis to identify patterns and processes to inform improved water governance;
  • Enhancing climate change adaptation outcomes in the water sector;
  • Assessing human, resource and infrastructure risk and vulnerability associated with potable water supply.
  • Improving water availability, quality, access and service delivery via incorporating vulnerability, sustainability and governance considerations; and,
  • Bridging the communication gap between scientists and citizens in relation to water science, policy and practice.

Currently, my research explores international groundwater governance in critical geographic areas such as island states, arid regions and urban areas. The effort is focused on examining groundwater governance and water security issues related to karst aquifers that are highly susceptibility to climatic and anthropogenic impacts.



Sharon Megdal, Professor and Director, Water Resources Research Center


Robert Medler

M.A. Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University, 2010
B.A. Political Science, B.A. Communications, University of Arizona, 2007




Research Interests:

The nexus of public policy, economics, and water in the arid and semi-arid regions in the southwestern United States.