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Current ALRS Student Profiles
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M.Sc - Sociology with a major in Environment and Community, Utah State University, USA, 2015
M.Sc. - Spatial Planning with a major in Built Environment, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008
M.Sc. – Regional Science, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007
B.A. - Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh, 2003
Saleh’s research interests are focused on global climate change impacts on local livelihoods. Increasingly, the world’s population faces challenges due to unprecedented changes in climate variability and extreme weather/climate events. These stressors and shocks force a reconsideration of our anthropocentric narratives and a review of the essential relationships between environment and society. The future of the human race largely depends on how human and their social systems react to the changing pattern of climate. Saleh’s regional focus is on low-lying coastal Bangladesh, which has been heavily affected by various slow onset climate events, such as sea level rise and salinity intrusion in land and groundwater resources as well as extreme climate events such as increasing frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones.
Using vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience frameworks, Saleh’s dissertation research analyzes the determinants of local vulnerability among various community groups, such as the local Muslim majority, local Hindu minority, local indigenous community, and female-headed households and their differential need for climate services. These groups often have differential adaptive capacities and their capacities and needs for improved adaptation decisions and community resilience are also different. In addition, poor and marginalized populations are vulnerable in part because they have limited access to and understanding of appropriate climate services. Climate services involve the production, translation, transfer, and use of climate information in adaptation decisions. Through his dissertation research, Saleh aims to advance and contribute to our collective knowledge on human adaptations to climate change by pursuing a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the role climate plays in the lives of vulnerable people and the use of climate services into their adaptation decisions. Saleh is passionate about interdisciplinary and cross-cultural comparative studies that provide critical insights on global climate change issues.
M.S. - earned credits for 2 years Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Arizona 2010-2011
B.S. – Architecture, University of Mexico, 2007
A combination of the Border pollution issues (focusing on air) collaborative community projects, passive techniques applied to urban planning and architecture towards the mitigation of the effects of pollution.
Mary Belle Cruz
Advanced Diploma - Economics and Environmental Management, April 2003, Mexico
M.S. - Fisheries, Ministry of Public Education, The Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, May 1997
B.S. - Marine Food Engineering, January 1994
Overexploited Aquifers, Water Recharge Zones, and Public Policies for Water Management
M.S.- Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2015
M.S.- Environmental Science, Taylor University, 2013
Aquatic ecology and ecohydrology with an emphasis on biodiversity of fish and aquatic invertebrates within rivers and streams
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
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.
Scott A. Jones
M.S. -Natural Resources, Colorado State University, 2012
B.S. - Environmental Science and Political Science; International Studies, California Lutheran University, 2008
Envrionmental science and conservation, particularly: population ecology, ecoystems ecology, sociology and education.
B.A. - Botany - Miami University
B.S. - Communications - Miami University
B.S. - Geosciences - Mississippi State University
Flood risk and perception in arid lands, North American Monsoon, climate change, science communication, meteorology, climatology.
M.S. - Planning, University of Arizona
B.A. - Media Arts, University of Arizona
Ladd’s research focuses on the use of climate science in the planning and design of desert cities for increased urban resilience. He utilizes qualitative research methods such as stakeholder interviews, workshop facilitation and content analysis of public policy. The goal of these transdisciplinary research projects are to work with stakeholders to advance theoretical planning knowledge and contribute to the increased urban resilience of desert cities from climate change and other environmental risks.
Ryan H. Lee
M.A. - Dual Masters of Arts in International Affairs (American University) and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (University forPeace)
B.S. – Environmental Science- University of Arizona
B.A. - Interdiciplinary Studies - University of Arizona
Using geographic information sysems 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-cause environmental degradation, water management in the global South under the threat of climate change, and participatory, discursive, in situ research and project implementation.
Yu Rong (Joy) Liu
M.S. - School of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2011
B.S. – Forest and Environmental Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2008
Forest ecology and soil science. My primary interest is the social-political aspects of natural resource management, international collaboration, with a focus on forestry and agriculture.
Rachel Lynn Murray
M.S. Environment and Resources, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin
J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rachel's current research involves a focused investigation of the Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India in the context of climate change adaptation and demographic pressures. Her research interests include inter and intra-state water conflicts, climate change adaptation and resilience in agro-ecosystems, women and irrigation in South Asia, and the global food-water-energy-ecosystems nexus.
Rodolfo Peon Anaya
M.S. - Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 2006
B.S. - Electronics Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico De Hermosillo, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, January 2001
Rodolfo Peon is a Ph.D. candidate in the UA’s Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program with a minor in Optical Sciences. He is currently a Research Assistant at the Steward Observatory Solar Lab and an active collaborator of the University of Arizona Desalination Group. As part of his research, Rodolfo is working on the integration of concentrated solar power (CSP) with desalination technology. This work is intended to provide remote non-serviced communities in the arid and beautiful Navajo Nation with drinking water and electricity at the same time. At this location saline aquifers are the only abundant water source, while solar energy represents a viable, clean and free energy source.">
By the year 2030, about half of world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress as well. Being agriculture the largest water consumer, food production will be extremely challenging in the future. Therefore, Rodolfo Peon is exploring environmentally friendly ways to use generated brine from desalination plants for agricultural purposes in controlled environments. This technological integration promises aiding communities to grow food at water-scarce locations and vulnerable to drought, desertification and climate variability.
With more than 15 years of experience with solar energy and rural development, Rodolfo is convinced that integral approaches are key in the quest of Water, Energy and Food security solutions for present and future generations. Rodolfo Peon also works for the University of Sonora’s Department of Industrial Engineering, where he is member of the Hermosillo Solar Platform Research Group. After completing his degree, Rodolfo will return to Mexico to join the University of Sonora as faculty.
Yulia Annahi Peralta Lugo
Maestria – Regional Development, Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrol
Licenciatura - Finances, Universidad de Sonora
Climate change and the main problems found in the rural area of the State of Sonora
Advanced Diploma in Art Conservation Techniques, Sir Sandford Fleming College, 1997
M.A. in Musseum Studies Anthropology Business Administration, Oregon State University, 1991
B.S. in General Agriculture History, 1985
Plant and Insect Exudates in the Arid Southwest. The purpose of her proposed research is to broaden the understanding of the ecology of the lac insects in the arid Southwest, their chemical and physical relations with their host plants and their ecosystems.
Marie Blanche Roudaut
M.S. -Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, August 2006
B.S. - Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 1994
Marie-Blanche's research focuses on land degradation and sustainable land management practices in the semi-arid region of northern Ghana, where the livelihoods and agro-ecosystems on which farmers and agro-pastoralists depend are threatened by poverty, environmental degradation, increasing competition over resources, and global climate change. By integrating local and scientific knowledges through engagement and collaborative research, she aims at understanding how such integrated knowledge can provide a more robust, evidence-based framework that can not only support the local development of more sustainable land management practices but also provide a framework to help better anticipate and adapt to the combined effects of climate change and land degradation in this region.
M.S. - Agricultural and Resource Economics 2013 - University of Arizona
BS-Economics and Management, Specialization in Economics Policy Analysis- Universite Cheikh Anta Diop De Dakar, Senegal
Economic and agricultural policy and development in sub-Saharan Africa with emphasis in analytical approaches involving spatial data use, spatial econometric methods and those that use geographic information systems (GIS) techniques.
Stuart E. Marsh, Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Professor, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Ph.D. Program, and The School of Geography and Development
M.A. - Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009
B.S. - Printing Management, Georgia Southern University, 2004
Natural resource policy, administration, planning, ecology and wildlife conservation.
Elia Maria Tapia
M.S. - Geology, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, SON, Mexico, 2013
B.S. - Geology, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, SON, Mexico, 2010
I am particularly interested in groundwater assessment and management in transboundary settings and research using remote sensing and GIS tools, along with effective stakeholder engagemnet methodology. My greatest goal is to elaborate water resource management studies for the arid lands in northern Sonora and Southern, Arizona.
Omar Magdy Youssef
M.S. - Architecture, Design and Energy, University of Arizona, May 2014
B.S. - Architecture, Modern Sciences and Arts University, Cairo, Egypt and the University of Greenwich (London)
The building industry as a whole is undergoing evolution in sustainability. Among the different building prototypes there has been a particular focus on healthcare facilities from aspects of energy efficiency, cleaner interior air quality, and patient's health related care. There are ample opportunities where architects and designers can create conditions in which human and nature can exist in productive harmony that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and, particularly, health care for future generations.
A “Design Index for therapeutic Architecture” provides this opportunity for Architects to mitigate environmental sustainability concerns while simultaneously integrates therapeutic technologies achieving a healthier human environment. Displaying the development of a design aid matrix that integrates the built environment with human health environments, as well as building performance and human performance.