The University of Arizona

Norma Villagomez-Márquez | CLIMAS

Fellow, Climate Assessment for the Southwest

Norma Villagomez-Márquez is a 2019 recipient of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program.

Norma Villagómez-Márquez has a background in Environmental Engineering investigating the role of advanced membrane technologies such as reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF) and electrodialysis reversal (EDR) in water treatment, primarily desalination. As a member of the organic analysis team within Project Harvest: Be Informed-Grow Smarter, she is engaging community members through citizen science about the health of their harvested rainwater, soil, and plants. Norma’s doctoral research examines the presence of emerging contaminants in roof-harvested rainwater using analytical techniques, particularly liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS). As a 2019 Environment & Society Fellow Norma will create an illustrative children’s book that will spark interest in water conservation alternatives by addressing the global water crisis and the vital role rainwater harvesting will have when it comes to maximizing our existing water supply.