Bhuwan Thapa, Udall Center graduate research associate and a doctoral student in the UA School of Geography and Development, is conducting field research this summer in his native country of Nepal on issues related to water, food, and human security -- while working to assist in the rebuilding efforts following the recent devastating earthquakes there. A discussion of his work appears in a recent UANews report
In his blog for the International Water Security Network, Udall Center deputy director Robert Varady discusses the concept of water security, the difficulties in measuring it, and approaches to developing water security metrics.
Christopher Scott, Udall Center research professor and professor in the School of Geography and Development, and colleagues from Brazil, evaluate water security for a watershed in the arid region of northeastern Brazil, factoring in projections for changes in climate, population, and land use. Their results appear in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.
Udall Center researchers Ruscena Wiederholt, Laura López-Hoffman, and Colleen Svancara, and colleagues, present and evaluate a method to prioritize conservation strategies for the protection of Mexican free-tailed bats, a migratory species that provides ecosystem services in the United States and in Mexico. Their research appears in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.
Andrea Gerlak, Udall Center visiting assistant professor and director of academic development with the International Studies Association, reports on a workshop she co-organized in July in Buenos Aires, for the project, "Advancing Good Practices in Building Interdisciplinarity: Moving Towards User-Oriented Science," funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), for which she is co-PI.
América Lutz Ley, Udall Center graduate research associate and a PhD student in arid lands resource sciences, received an award from the Central Arizona Project for her paper, "Institutional frameworks for managing rural groundwater in Arizona, U.S., and Sonora, Mexico." She will present the paper at the 2014 Arizona Hydrological Society symposium in Prescott.
Laura López-Hoffman, an assistant research professor at the Udall Center and an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is working with researchers, agencies, non-governmental organizations and grassroots movements to design and implement a North American recovery plan for the monarch butterfly.
NNI research director Miriam Jorgensen is co-author of a study that examined whether the form of land ownership on tribal lands (held in trust by the Federal government) might limit economic investment on American Indian reservations as compared to non-Indian lands held in fee-simple status.
NNI researchers Jennifer Schultz and Stephanie Rainie assert in a recent essay in Indian Country Today that the availability of more and better data about Native nations ultimately will lead to an improved capacity for decision making by tribal leaders.
25th Year of the UC Fellows Program. The Udall Center has selected four UA faculty members as Fellows for 2014–15: Christopher Cokinos (English), Sapana Doshi (Geography & Development), Don Falk (Natural Resources & the Environment), and Tracey Osborne (Geography & Development).