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Saleh Ahmed

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.

Sandra Bernal

M.S. - earned credits for 2 years Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Arizona 2010-2011

B.S. – Architecture, University of Mexico, 2007

Research Interests:

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

Research Interests:

 Overexploited Aquifers, Water Recharge Zones, and Public Policies for Water Management

Drew Eppehimer

M.S.-  Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2015

M.S.-  Environmental Science, Taylor University, 2013

B.A.-  Spanish, Taylor University, 2012

Research Interests:

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

Ivan Gaxiola Camacho

M.S.- Architecutre, 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.

Scott Andrew Jones

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.  

Erin T. Jordan

B.A. - Botany - Miami University

B.S. - Communications - Miami University

B.S. - Geosciences - Mississippi State University

Research Interests:

Flood risk and perception in arid lands, North American Monsoon, climate change, science communication, meteorology, climatology.

Millard Keith, III

M.S. - Planning, University of Arizona

B.A. - Media Arts, University of Arizona

Research Interest

Connecting climate change science to decision making in public policy. I would specifically like to research the application of public policy to plan and design cities in the desert southwest for changing climate conditions.

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

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.

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

Research Interests:

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.

Rodolfo Peon

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:

Exploring a combination of solar power and water desalination technologies, to fully satisfy the water, energy and food needs for vulnerable communities in the Sonoran Desert

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

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.

Marilen Ann Pool

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 Ariculture 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.

Yulia Annahi Peralta Lugo

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.

Marie Blanche Roudaut

M.S. -Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, August 2006

B.S. - Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 1994

Research Interests:

Climate studies, natural resources management, environmental policy, and political ecology and will seek research opportunities to conduct applied and policy-relevant research.

Ibrahima Sall

M.S. - Agricultural and Resource Economics (expected 2012) - 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.

Simona Seastrand

M.S. - Atmospherics Science, University of Arizona

B.S. - Meteorology/Physics/Applied Mathematics, Northern Illinois University

Research Interests:

Climate, Weather extremes, North American Monsoon System

Garrett R. Smith

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.

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

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 engagement methodology.  My greatest goal is to elaborate water resource management studies for the arid lands in northern Sonora and Southern, Arizona.

Omar 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)

Research Interests:

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.

Last updated 13 Feb 2018