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   University of Arizona
   Christopher A. Scott, PI
   H. Randy Gimblett, Co-PI
   Kevin Lansey, Co-PI
   Thomas Meixner, Co-PI
   Barbara Morehouse, Co-PI
   Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman,Co-PI
   Lily House-Peters,
    Graduate Research Associate

   Robin Lewis, Research Associate
   Iman Mallakpour MSc Candidate
   Kirsten Neff, MSc Candidate    

   Universidad de Sonora
   Alejandro Castellanos
   Miguel Rangel

   Colegio de Sonora
   Jose Luis Moreno

   University of Copenhagen
   Hans Skov-Petersen

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RESEARCH TEAM

Chris ScottChristopher A. Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor of Water Resources Policy, and
Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: 803 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 626-3741
E-mail: cascott@email.arizona.edu
Web: Scott Research Group

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Christopher Scott is Associate Research Professor of Water Resources Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. He is adjunct faculty in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources; Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science; Arid Lands Resource Sciences / School of Natural Resources and the Environment; Institute of the Environment; and Center for Latin American Studies.

His work focuses on the policy dimensions of global change (climate change and urban growth) with particular emphasis on urban wastewater and water reuse, the water-energy nexus, transboundary water resources, agricultural-urban water transfers, and binational U.S.-Mexico climate and water policy.

He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in hydrology from Cornell University, B.S. and B.A. degrees from Swarthmore College, and Professional Engineering registration in New York.  He has 10 years of experience living and working in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico (with the International Water Management Institute), in addition to two years in Honduras and two years in India with
nongovernmental organizations. He speaks fluent Spanish and Hindi, and working
Portuguese, Nepali, and German.

 

H. Randy Gimblett, Ph.D.
Chair of the Conservation Planning and Policy Group, and
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Bioscience East Building, Room 206,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-6360
Email: gimblett@ag.arizona.edu
Web: www.snre.arizona.edu/

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
H. Randy Gimblett is the Chair of the Conservation Planning and Policy Group, and Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona.

He has been engaged in research work in studying human-landscape interactions and their associated conflicts and public policies related to protection of special environments and environmental experiences for nearly three decades. He has expertise in the assessment of recreation planning and management, environmental planning and impact assessment, agent-based modeling, visitor use management, the evaluation of human use patterns, interactions and responses across various landscape scales, pedestrian and visitor modeling, the study of human/wildlife interactions and more specifically coupling human-landscape systems modeling across space and time at multiple scales. He works closely with stakeholder groups and has extensive experience understand recreation conflict assessment using a variety of techniques. He is currently involved in land use and land cover modeling in response to climate change and working closely with stakeholders to resolve environmental conflict.

He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, an M.L.A. (Landscape Architecture) from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and a B.L.A from Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, Canada.

 

Kevin Lansey, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Civil Engineering Building, Room 206C,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-6564
Email: lansey@email.arizona.edu
Web: www.arizona.edu

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Kevin Lansey is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Arizona.

His research interests include surface water hydrology and applying system analysis approaches including statistical and optimization methods to water resources problems. He is co-author on over 110 publications and has written two textbooks. He and his students are involved in large scale water resources modeling and planning, optimization of water distribution systems, uncertainty analysis and remote sensing data in hydrologic modeling and flood forecasting.

 

Thomas Meixner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Acting Department Head
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: John W. Harshbarger Building, Room 202, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 626-1532
Email: tmeixner@hwr.arizona.edu
Web: www.arizona.edu

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Thomas Meixner is Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona.

His research interest lies at the intersection of hydrology and biogeochemistry. In particular he is interested in how hydrologic processes play a fundamental control in controlling biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the catchment scale. His research group spans from field investigations designed to understand these controls at a mechanistic and process level to modeling studies focused on forecasting biogeochemical and water quality conditions at the catchment to basin scale. In particular on the modeling side his group works on developing model calibration and uncertainty techniques that can coexist with the both multi-dimensional and yet sparse data that are typically available for water quality modeling at the basin to catchment scale. His work has spanned environments as diverse as desert scrub and alpine ecosystems and from scales of single soil profiles to 10,000 square kilometer catchments.

 

Barbara Morehouse, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Research, Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Room 532, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 626-4354
Email: morehoub@u.arizona.edu
Web: www.arizona.edu

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Barbara Morehouse is Deputy Director of Research of the Institute of the Environment, and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.

She pursues research on political, institutional, and cultural aspects of environmental change. Of particular interest is exploring how combinations of policies, practices, and cultural narratives produce particular kinds of influences on and responses to broad-scale environmental change. Much of Dr. Morehouse's work has focused on climate impacts on water resources in the U.S. Southwest and the adjacent U.S.-Mexico border region, and on climate-wildland fire issues in the southwestern United States. The recipient of two Fulbright awards to Greece—a Research-Lecturer fellowship in 2004 and a Senior Scholar award in 2006—Dr. Morehouse includes Greek environmental issues among her primary interests. Her work in Greece has included a project to assess wildfire management issues on three Greek islands and to document the ways in which environmental programs at University of the Aegean–Lesvos engage in outreach aimed at sharing knowledge and findings with local communities.

Dr. Morehouse is currently engaged in a multidisciplinary project to enhance the use of climate information on the Arizona-Sonora border. She is also collaborating with colleagues in the U.S. and Greece on further research focused on past, present, and future challenges posed by environmental change in Arcadia, a region in the Peloponnesus. She sustains an ongoing interest in the ways collaborative development of science and policy may facilitate or impede environmental governance and management, and in how processes of collaboration between the arts, humanities, and sciences may inform efforts to cope with current and future environmental challenges. She is a founding co-editor of The Edge book series on Environmental Science, Law, and Policy, a publication of The University of Arizona Press. She has served on advisory committees for the Human Dimensions of Arctic Change and for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment.

 

MitchellMitchell A. Pavao-Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Biosphere 2
Assistant Professor
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Biosciences West, Rm 310, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-8220
E-mail: mzuckeman@arizona.edu
Web: P-Z Research Group

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman is a Research Assistant Professor with Biosphere 2, and holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He is also program director of Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Biosphere 2.

His work focuses on the responses of ecosystems to global change (urbanization and climate change), focusing on ecosystem services and biogeochemical cycling in small-scale green infrastructure and along human-mediated environmental gradients. He also works at the interface of science and public outreach, using citizen science programs to investigate questions relating to environmental literacy and ecological resilience.

He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, a M.S. Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University. He has 12 years experience working on questions of environmental quality and ecosystem health in place-based research projects in the US southeast and southwest. He has experience with field and lab based techniques in soil ecology, physiological ecology, and biogeochemical cycling.

 

Alejandro Castellanos, Ph.D.
Universidad de Sonora

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales, Hermosillo, Sonora, CP 83000, Mexico
Phone: +52 (662) 259-2169
Email: acastell@guaymas.uson.mx
Web: www.uson.mx

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Alejandro Castellano's research interests focus on ecology and species function in desert subtropical ecosystems. One major emphasis of his research is examining the effects of vegetation cover change on the eco-physical processes of desert and subtropical species, including the impacts of desertification, ecological restoration, vegetation succession, global change, and biodiversity on the functions and flows of water, carbon, and nutrient cycling. Dr. Castellano also studies the physical ecology of vegetation focusing on the processes of photosynthesis and the efficiency of resource use, such as water, light, and nitrogen, with specific emphasis on the eco-physiology of vines.

He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Plant Physiological Ecology, from Stanford University.

 

José Luis Moreno Vázquez, Ph.D.
Colegio de Sonora

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Obregon 54, Hermosillo, Sonora, CP 83000, Mexico
Phone: +52 (662) 259-5300 Ext. 264
Email: jmoreno@colson.edu.mx
Web: www.colson.edu.mx

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
José Luis Moreno Vázquez is Professor at the Center for Development Studies at the Colegio de Sonora.

He pursues research on the social impacts of economic development, with particular interest in the themes of sustainability, quality of life, and vulnerability. Dr. Moreno's recent publications have examined the psycho-social factors relating to the domestic consumption of water in semi-arid lands, aquifer exploitation in coastal Hermosillo, stakeholder cooperation and participation in issues of climate change, and U.S.-Mexico transboundary water management in the San Pedro river watershed.

He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Anthropology from CIESAS-Occidente in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

 

MiguelMiguel Rangel Medina, Ph.D.
Universidad de Sonora

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales, Hermosillo, Sonora, CP 83000, Mexico
Phone: +52 (662)
Email: miguel.rangel@ideasenagua.com
Web: www.uson.mx

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Miguel Rangel is Professor in the post-graduate areas of hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, and environmental geology in the Department of Geology at the University of Sonora. His research interests are in environmental hydrogeology applying isotopic hydrology, groundwater vulnerability to extreme events and global climate change, and prevention programs including aquifer remediation, with an emphasis on coastal aquifers. In applied sciences, Dr. Rangel has more than thirty years of experience developing water systems for municipal, industrial, mining and agricultural purposes.

Miguel Rangel holds a Doctor of Science in groundwater from the Geophysics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and holds M.S. degrees in geology and a Postgraduate Diploma in irrigation and drainage and isotope hydrology from the University of Tsukuba, Kawasaki, Japan. His undergraduate degree is in geological engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico.

He is a member of the Network for Water Sciences and Technology of CONACyT (the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology), and a member of the Network on Aquifer Vulnerability to Extreme Events and Global Climate Change (ICTP/IAEA-UNESCO). He serves as the Vice President of the Latin American Association of Groundwater Hydrology for Development (ALHSUD) and Vice President of the Mexican Geohydrological Association.

He speaks fluent English, and working Portuguese, French and Japanese.

 

Hans Skov-Petersen, Ph.D.
University of Copenhagen

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Phone: +45 3533 1500
Email: hsp@life.ku.dk
Web: en.sl.life.ku.dk

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Hans Skov-Petersen is Senior Researcher and GIS Coordinator of Forest and Landmark Denmark at the University of Copenhagen.

He has worked with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) since 1987. At that time he took part in the development of the teaching curriculum that later developed into the research agenda in GIS at the Forest and Landscape – Denmark (Faculty of Lifesciences of the University of Copenhagen). He is responsible for the teaching curriculum in the field of GIS. He is the co-editor, with Randy Gimblett, of the new book, Monitoring, Simulation and Management of Visitor Landscapes.

His main research interests include:
• GIS-based models of humans' spatial behavior
• Agent-based models (ABM)
• Indicators of urban environment
• GIS in relation physical planning processes
• Data and model inaccuracy
• GIS-based communication

 

LilyLily House-Peters, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, School of Geography and Development
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: 803 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 626-4393
E-mail: lilyhp@email.arizona.edu
Web: www.arizona.edu

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Lily House-Peters, is a Graduate Research Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. She has research interests in international urban water management in arid lands, hydrology, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the development and institutionalization of alternative water technologies and practices. Lily received a 2010 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to research drivers and barriers to achieving water sensitive urban design in the residential sector of Melbourne, Australia. She has examined issues associated with urban water supply and demand in a number of countries, including India, Israel, Spain, and Australia. She is currently a graduate research associate on the NSF Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CNH) project, titled "Strengthening resilience of arid region riparian corridors: Ecohydrology and decision-making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds."

 

Robin A. Lewis
PhD Candidate,
School of Geography and Development,
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Address: Harvill Building, Room 437A
Phone: (520) 621-1652
Email: ralewis@email.arizona.edu
Web: geog.arizona.edu/people/lewis.php

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Robin Lewis is a Graduate Research Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and a PhD Candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.

Her research interests include political ecology, institutions and environmental politics, and human dimensions of global change. Presently, her regional focus is Southeast Asia. In her dissertation research, Robin investigates the evolution of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), a market-based approach to promote responsible forest management in Malaysia. She combines an acute focus on the influence of the institutional environment on the operation of the MTCS with fieldwork centered on documenting the MTCS field assessment process in order to elucidate the resilience of the MTCS over space and time. Drawing on her background in institutional analysis, she currently serves as a graduate research associate on the NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) project titled “Strengthening resilience of arid region riparian corridors: Ecohydrology and decision-making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds.”

 

Iman MallakpourIman Mallakpour
MSc Candidate
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
College of Engineering
University of Arizona

Address: John W. Harshbarger Bldg.
1133 E. James E Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520)548-3311
Email: iman@email.arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Iman Mallakpour is currently an M.S. candidate of Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Arizona.

His research interests in lays on water quality assessment and analysis, water reuse, hydrology for water supply and groundwater surface water interaction. Right now he is working on groundwater modeling in San Pedro basin as research assistance under supervision of Dr. Thomas Meixner. As an undergraduate at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, his experience in the area of Water Engineering introduced him to broad topics in areas related to environmental engineering and sciences, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, civil engineering and agricultural engineering. His final project of undergraduate level was " How to reduce the amount of water resource uses in arid area, A case study on city of Yazd water use and reuse".

 

NeffKirstin Neff
M.S. Student
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

address: LF Marshall Building 538R, Tucson, AZ
email: kneff@email.arizona.edu

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Kirstin Neff is an M.S. candidate in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include assessing the impacts of climate change, development and population growth on the water quantity and quality of aquifers, as well as the application of spatial analysis tools to hydrological problems. She is a graduate research assistant in Hydrology and Water Resources, modeling groundwater in the San Pedro River basin. As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, she conducted research on U.S. immigration policy towards Mexico as well as the impacts of watershed development on the littoral community of Lake Baikal.

 

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