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Current ALRS Student Profiles

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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:
Michael Crimmins, Professor, Environmental Science
crimmins@email.arizona.edu

 

Diana Githu

Diana Githu
dgithu@email.arizona.edu

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.

Advisor: 

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

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

 

 

 

Monica Landgrave Serrano

Monica Landgrave Serrano

mlandgraves@email.arizona.edu

  • MS in Planning, University of Arizona, Spring 2019
  • MS 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.

 

Advisor:

Philip Stoker, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Karina Guadalupe Martinez

Karina Guadalupe Martinez

kgmartinez@email.arizona.edu

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

Research Interest:

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

Advisor:

Alberto Arenas, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, College of Education

 

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:
 

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.

 

Advisor:

Stuart Marsh, Associate Director/ Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

smarsh@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:
Katherine Ann Snyder, Professor and Director, Master's Program in Development Practice
katherineasnyder@email.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

 

 

Advisor:

 

Ladd Keith,  Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments,
Chair, Sustainable Built Environments
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Sustainable Built Environments

 

 

 

Simone Andrea Williams

Simone Andrea Williams

sawillms@email.arizona.edu

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.

 

Advisor:

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