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Current ALRS Student Profiles

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Saleh Ahmed

Saleh Ahmed

ahmed@@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
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.

Advisors:
James Buizer,
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
buizer@email.arizona.edu

 

 

Timothy J. Finan, Applied Anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology
finan@email.arizona.edu

 

Mary Belle Cruz

Mary Belle Cruz

marybelca@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
 Overexploited Aquifers, Water Recharge Zones, and Public Policies for Water Management

Advisor: 

Sharon Megdal, Professor and Director, Water Resources Research Center
smegdal@email.arizona.edu

Drew Eppehimer

Drew Eppehimer

deppehimer@email.arizona.edu

M.S.-  Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2015
M.S.-  Environmental Science, Taylor University, 2013

 

 

Research Interests:
Aquatic ecology and ecohydrology with an emphasis on biodiversity of fish and aquatic invertebrates within rivers and streams

Advisor: 

Michael Bogan, Assistant Professor,  pf Aquatic Ecology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
mbogan@email.arizona.edu

Ivan Gaxiola Camacho

Ivan Gaxiola Camacho

ivangaxiola@email.arizona.edu

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.

Advisor:
Nader
Chalf
oun, Professor of Architecture and Environmental Sciences
chalfoun@email.arizona.edu

 

Scott Andrew Jones

Scott A. Jones

scottajones@email.arizona.edu

M.S. -Natural Resources, Colorado State University, 2012
B.S. - Environmental Science and Political Science; International Studies, California Lutheran University, 2008
 

Research Interests:
Envrionmental science and conservation, particularly: population ecology, ecoystems ecology, sociology and education. 

Advisor:
Steve Archer,
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
sarcher@email.arizona.edu

Ladd Keith

Ladd Keith

ladd@email.arizona.edu

M.S. - Planning, University of Arizona
B.A. - Media Arts, University of Arizona

 

Research Interest
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.

Advisor:
Gregg Garfin,
Associate Professor and Associate Specialist in Climate Science, Policy and Natural Resources
gmgarfin@email.arizona.edu

Ryan H. Lee

Ryan H. Lee

rhlee@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
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.

Advisor:

Christopher Scott Professor, Geography & Development; Director and Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; University Distinguished Scholar
cascott@email.arizona.edu

 

Yu Rong (Joy) Liu

Yu Rong (Joy) Liu

joyliu@email.arizona.edu

M.S. - School of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2011
B.S. – Forest and Environmental Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2008

 

Research Interests:
Joy’s research focuses on the uses of anthropological knowledge in policy analysis and practice, particularly in the field of rural development, sustainable land management and collaborative governance. For her dissertation, she examines the implementation of afforestation and Sloping Land Conversion Program through the lens of collaborative governance initiated by both state and non-state actors, the transition of livelihoods of smallholder farming communities and the agro-ecosystems they depend on in the semi-arid region of Loess Plateau of northern China. By using an anthropological perspective, she aims to support and improve governance and planning framework that could better accommodate local needs and help communities find sustainable solutions to the problem they face. She is also interested in making anthropological knowledge more accessible to youth, college students and the general public

Advisor:
Diane Austin

Professor and Director, School of Anthropology, Research Anthropologist (BARA)
daustin@email.arizona.edu

 

 

 

Rachel Lynn Murray

Rachel Lynn Murray

rlmurray@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
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.

Advisor:
Gregg Garfin,
Associate Professor and Associate Specialist in Climate Science, Policy and Natural Resources
gmgarfin@email.arizona.edu

Pamela Pelletier

Pamela Pelletier

pamela@email.arizona.edu

2005 M.S. - Environmental Urban Planning, University of Arizona

2002. B.S. Environmental Geography, University of Arizona

 

 

 

Research Interest:

Pamela's research interests look how we communicate about wildfires through a variety of stakeholder groups, from K-12 students, the general public, scientists, decision makers and artists. She is also interested in assessment and evaluation processes at the intersection of art and science.

Rodolfo Peon

Rodolfo Peon Anaya

rpeon@email.arizona.edu

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

 

 

Research Interests:
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.

Advisor:
James Roger Angel,
Regents' Professor of Astronomy, Regents' Professor of Optical Sciences,Director of the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory
rangel@as.arizona.edu

Yulia Annahi Peralta Lugo

Yulia Annahi Peralta Lugo

yuliaperalta@email.arizona.edu

Maestria – Regional Development, Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrol
Licenciatura - Finances, Universidad de Sonora

Research Interests:
Climate change and the main problems found in the rural area of the State of Sonora

Advisor:

Christopher Scott Professor, Geography & Development; Director and Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; University Distinguished Scholar
cascott@email.arizona.edu

 

Marilen Ann Pool

Marilen Pool

mpool@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
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.

Michael Bogan, Assistant Professor,  pf Aquatic Ecology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
mbogan@email.arizona.edu

Marie Blanche Roudaut

Marie Blanche Roudaut

marieblanche@email.arizona.edu

M.S. -Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, August 2006
B.S. - Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 1994
 

 

Research Interests:
M​arie-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.

 Advisor:
Michael Crimmins, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Soil , Water and Environmental Science
crimmins@email.arizona.edu

Ibrahima Sall

Ibrahima Sall

isall@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interests:
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.

Advisors:
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
smarsh@email.arizona.edu

 

Russell E. Tronstad, Professor, Agricultural-Resource Economics, Distinguished Professor, University-Outreach
Professor, Arid Lands Resources Sciences GIDP
tronstad@ag.arizona.edu

 

 

 

Ida (Zeinab) Sami

Ida (Zeinab) Sami

sami@email.arizona.edu

Master of Environmental Planning & Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia May 2018

Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran  Jul 2014

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran

 

Research Interest

Climate Sensitive Urban Planning and Outdoor Thermal Comfort Evaluation, Sustainable Development, Climate Adaptation, Community Resilience Planning

 

 

Garrett R. Smith

Garrett Smith

garrettSmiht@email.arizona.edu

M.A. - Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009
B.S. - Printing Management, Georgia Southern University, 2004

Research Interests:
Natural resource policy, administration, planning, ecology and wildlife conservation.

Advisor:

Randy, Gimblett, Professor, School of Geography & Development, School of Natural Resources
 gimblett@email.arizona.edu

Elia Maria Tapia

Elia Maria Tapia

emtapia@email.arizona.edu

M.S. - Geology, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, SON, Mexico, 2013
B.S. - Geology, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, SON, Mexico, 2010

 

Research Interest:
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.

Advisor: 

Sharon Megdal, Professor and Director, Water Resources Research Center
smegdal@email.arizona.edu