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2019 Environment and Society Fellows

2019 CLIMAS Environment and Society Fellows - Final Presentations

Please join us for the final presentations of our 6th cohort of Environment & Society Fellows. The Fellowship supports projects that connect social or physical sciences, the environment, and decision-making, and is made possible by the University of Arizona’s Office of Research, Innovation, & Impact and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS).

Over the past year, each student has delved into interesting and important research questions by developing relationships with community partners locally and around the world. Presentations will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 12:00-1:30 pm in Room N604 of the Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building (ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St.).

You may also connect remotely through Zoom: arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lJAAJp3bTV2pJV4PYbXKzQ


Building a Risk Assessment - A combined effort between Naco Elementary School, Cochise County Health and Social Services, and the University of Arizona

  • Alma Anides Morales, a masters student in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, will discuss her past year of relationship building, skill training, and sample collection in an effort to produce a risk assessment specific to Naco Elementary students from the potential microbial hazards due to sewage overflows in the area.

Hybrid Waters: Informal Water Provision, Municipal Governance and Household Water Security in Nairobi's Informal Settlements

  • Nupur Joshi, a doctoral student in Geography, will discuss how small scale private water sellers operate and the roles that Nairobi's municipal water governance play in these private operations. Her presentation is a story of water's urbanization in low-income settlements of Nairobi, and the everyday struggles of the urban poor to secure water.

Isotopes, geochemistry, citizen science, and local partnerships as tools to build upon a fractured understanding of the hydrology of the Patagonia Mountains

  • Sean Schrag-Toso, a masters student in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, will present on how drought and increased demand for groundwater resources have led to concern about future groundwater availability and dwindling spring flow in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. This research aims to better understand groundwater movement in the Mountains, and through collaborating with local partners, will inform monitoring and management of groundwater resources in the area.   

Let it Rain: Discovering the Chemistry of a Raindrop

  • Norma Villagómez-Márquez, a doctoral student in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, presents personal illustrations of rainwater collection systems, rainwater contamination, and quality through the eyes of urban children. 

  • The Environment & Society Fellowship was created in 2013 as a funding opportunity for graduate students to practice use-inspired research and science communication.
  • The Fellowship supports projects that connect social or physical sciences, the environment, and decision-making.
  • Projects must be use-inspired and address research and information needs voiced by the students’ project partners.
  • The Fellowship is funded and supported by the University of Arizona Office of Research, Innovation, & Impact, and CLIMAS.