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We want to share with you the whereabouts and accomplishments of some ALRS graduates in this section.  


Saleh Ahmed
Thesis: Farmer Adaptation to Climate Change in Low-lying Coastal Bangladesh: Implications for Climate Service

Rosalind Bark
Thesis: Muddy waters: Case studies in dry land water resource economics
Sandra Bernal
Lecturer, Architecture (Career Track), College of Architecture, Planning & Landscapre Architecture and Online Course Developer, Religious Studies and Classics University of Arizona
Thesis:  Socially Constructed Narratives for Exploring the Impacts of Air Pollutant Infiltration in Built Environments

Viviana Barquero
Division Director, School of Architreture Art and Design, Monterey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Monterey, Mexico
Thesis: Livelihood Assessment for Rural Delicias Chihuahua as Means for Developing a Community Energy Model

Stephen W. Bieda III, PhD, CIV, USAF
Science & Operations Officer (Meteorologist) ,
National Weather Service, Amarillo, TX Weather Forecasting Office
Thesis: Flash Flood Causing Mechanisms of the North American Monsoon System in the Sonoran Desert

Grant Casady
Assistant Professor
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
Thesis: Examining Drivers of Post-Wildfire Vegetation Dynamics Across Multiple Scales Using Time-Series Remote Sensing

Nader Chalfoun
Retired Professor of Architecture & Environmental Sciences
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: "Appropriate energy design guidelines for new desert housing in Egypt: "A case study for cluster houses at Sadat City".

Samuel N. Chambers
USGS Western Geographic Science Center, Tucson AZ
Thesis: "Corridors and Elk Migration: A Comparative Analysis of Landscape Connectivity Models and GPS Data in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem"

Nelson Cronyn
Country Director, Peace Corps
Tanzania, Africa
Thesis: Global Change and Livelihood Adaptations among the Tuareg of Niger

Amy Eisenberg
Center for World Indigenous Studies Associate Scholar
Thesis: Aymara Perspectives: Ethnoecological Studies in Andean Communities of Northern Chile
Barbara Eiswerth
Executive Director at Iskashitaa Refugee Network
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: An evaluation of soil erosion hazard: A case study in Southern Africa using geomatics technologies

Abd Salam El Vilaly
Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund
East & Southern Africa Regional Office
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Drought Monitoring with Remote Sensing Based Land Surface Phenology: Applications and Validation

Suzanne Fish
Curator Emerita, Arizona State Museum
Professor Emerita, School of Anthropology
University of Arizona
Graduated: 1993
Thesis: Agriculture and society in arid lands: A Hohokam case study


Wiebke Foerch
Climate smart agriculture
Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Nairobi, Kenya
Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Community Resilience in Drylands and Implications for Local Development in Tigray, Ethiopia

Joanne Gallaher
Associate Research Scientist
Soil, Water, and Environment Sciences, UA, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: Ecotourism as a Social-Ecological System: A Case Study in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Joe L. Graham
Director, American Indian Resource Program
University of California-Irvine
Thesis: A Bountiful Harvest: Pueblo of Laguna College Graduates Assessment of Tribal Utilization of Subsidized Academic Capital

Andy Hale
Country Director, DR Congo; Chief of Party, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Africa
Thesis: Climate Change and Agricultural Policy Effects on Water Use in Agricultural Production: A Positive Mathematical Programming Approach

Jeffrey Muir Hamilton
Horticultural Consultant
Gray House Farms, LLC, Selah, Washington
Thesis: Arugula Crop Production in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions: Nutritional Value, Postharvest Quality, and Sustainability in Controlled Environment
Linkedin: Jeffrey Muir Hamilton

Stefanie Herrmann
Associate Research Scientist, Agricultural -Biosystems Engineering
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: Human-Environment Relationships in Drylands - with a Focus on the West African Sahel

Daniel Higgins
Resilience Outreach/Southwest, Inc.  AZ
Thesis: The Black Mesa case study: A postaudit and pathology of coal-energy groundwater exploitation in the Hope and Dine Lands

Erin Jordan
Surface Water Quality Improvement Value Stream Manager at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ADEQ
Thesis: Residential Flood Risk and Knowledge Assessment in the Tucson Metropolitan Area
Ladd Keith
Assistant Professor and Chair of the Sustainable Built Environment program at the
College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
Thesis: Planning for Climate Change Mitigation and REsilience: Assessing Policy Innovation in the U.S. Southwest
Aaron Lien
Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2020)
School of Natural Resources & the Environment,  University of Arizona
Thesis: Incentives for Ecosystem Services on Rangelands: Institutional Design and Stakeholder Attitudes
America Lutz Ley
El Colegio de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico
Thesis: Human Adaptation to Social and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities of the San Miguel Watershed in Arid Northwest Mexico

Fernando Daniel de Oliveira Mayorga
Universidad Federal do Ceara
Campus de Sobral
Curso de Ciências Econômicas e Finanças
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Growth, Equity, and Sustainability: A Case study of the Impacts of Green Revolution Change in Ceara, Northeast, Brazil

Amy McCoy
Manager, Arizona Programs
AMP Insights
Tucson, AZ
Thesis: Riparian Dynamics: The Ebb and Flow of Ecological Function

Lezlie Moriniere
Analyst: Building Capacity for Optimized Public Investment in CCA & DDR
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Thesis: A Well-Founded Fear? Tracing the Footprints of Environmentally Influenced Human Mobility


Kelly Mott-Lacroix
Forest hydrologist and watershed program manager at the Tonto National Forest
Thesis: Advancing Water Management Through Methods to Assess Environmental Flow Needs and Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Gary Nabhan
Research Social Scientist, Southwest Studies Center
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: Papago fields: arid lands ethnobotany and agricultural ecology

Luis Alan Navarro Navarro
Associate Research Professor
El Colegio de Sonora
Thesis: Social embeddedness of traditional irrigation systems in the Sonoran Desert: a Social Network Approach

Luis Nunez Noriega
Delegate of the Ministry of Economy (representing the Mexican Ministry of Economy, Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo)
Thesis: Production and commercialization of bacanora: An economic opportunity for Sonora, Mexico? 

Anahi Ocampo-Melgar
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sociohydrology, Universidad de Chile
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Graduated: 2014
Thesis: Participatory multi-criteria assessment for monitoring actions and support decision making to combat desertification in the San Simon Watershed (Arizona) 

Aaryn Olsson
Senior Software Engineer
Planet Labs.,
Adjunct Instructor , University of Arizona GIST program (
and Image Scientist at Arizona Desert Museum
Thesis: Ecosystem Transformation by Buffelgrass: Climatology of Invasion, Effects on Arizona Upland Diversity, and Remote Sensing Tools for Managers

Barron J. Orr
Leading Scientist, Science Technology and Implementatio (STI)
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification    
Thesis: More Users and More Uses: Choosing Between Land and Forest in Malawi's Protected Areas

Rafael Payan
General Manager, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District
Monterey, CA
Thesis: How Do We Keep Conservation Alive When Kids Have Less and Less Contact with Nature?

Lisa A. Philander
Curator, College of Biological Sciences Conservatory
University of Minnesota, MN
Thesis: An Emergent Ethnomedicine: Rastafari Bush Doctors in the Western Cape, South Africa

Susan Qashu
Mentor/ Advisor
Prescott College

Prescott., Arizona
Thesis: A marine reserve and household nexus: Chilean livelihood adaptations at four sites in the coquimbo and atacama regions

John Regan
Retired Manager, Geographic Information Services Offices
Public Works Administration, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: Land Use Predictors Affecting Land Disturbance in Exurban Arivaca, Arizona
Kanin Routson
Freelance Research Biologist
Edge Mountain Research, Prescott, AZ
Thesis: Malus Diversity in Wild and Agricultural Ecosystems

Ibrahima Sall
Research Associate University of Montana/USGS
Research Associate Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC)
Thesis: Agricultural Producers' Decision-Making and Preferences in Relation to Economic Incentives, Climate and Weather Conditions

Simona Seastrand
Data Scientist, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), Omaha Nebraska
Graduated: 2018
Thesis: The Seasonal Predictability of Extreme Wind Events in the Southwest United States

Garrett Smith
Adjunct Professor in the Natural Resource Management and Outdoor Recreation Leadership programs at Colorado Mountain College Treeline Campus, Leadville, CO
Graduated: 2019
Thesis: Using Recreation Specialization and Sense of Place to Measure Recreational Users' Motivations within Boulder's Open Space and Mountatin Parks

Petra Tschakert
School of Earth and Environment
School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Perth, WA 6009

Thesis: Soil carbon sequestration in small-scale farming systems: A case study from the Old Peanut Basin in Senegal

William Jackson Ward
Tech. Rep., APT Research Huntsville, AL
Thesis: 1,4-Dioxane Remediation Using a Constructed Wetland

Jelena Vukomanovic
Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Thesis: Exurbia as Physical and Social Space: Landscape Drivers and Ecological Impacts of Amenity Migration in the New West


Omar Youssef
Lecturer, Architecture, University of Arizona
Thesis:  Development of a Human-centered Climatic Design Methodology for Transitional Spaces in Hot-arid Regions


Adriana Zuniga Teran
Assistant Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer,  Sustainable Built Environment, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Thesis: From Neighborhoods to Wellbeing and Conservation: Enhancing the Use of Greenspace through Walkability


Last updated 26 Jun 2020