David Fermin Arguello
David Fermin Arguello earned a BA in Sociology from UNM, a MSW and Ph.D from University of Washington. He taught social welfare policy, research, data collection and analysis in Schools of Social Work at the University of Utah, San Jose State University and New Mexico Highlands University. He is now retired and lives in Valdez, NM at his ancestral farm and continues to be active in health, water, and land issues. He belongs to the American Red Cross, National Alliance for Mental Illness, has been on the Commission of two Acequias, is president of the Arroyo Hondo Arriba Land Grant, and vice president of the NM Land Grant Consejo.
Franco Biondi is a dendroecologist whose main interests are climate and forest dynamics, ecohydrological changes, and spatial processes. He holds an Italian doctorate in forestry from the Università di Firenze, and MS and PhD degrees in watershed management and geosciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is currently Professor and DendroLab Director at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is also a member of four interdisciplinary graduate programs: Hydrologic Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Atmospheric Sciences; and Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Together with his students and colleagues, he has conducted research projects in North America and Italy on issues related to drought and water resources and funded by the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER award in 2002-2008 and an EAGER award in 2012-2014), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Geographic Society. With approximately 200 publications and conference presentations, Google Scholar gives him an H-index of 27 and an i10-index of 51. In recent years he has collaborated with the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority on issues dealing with drought planning and long-term water resource management.
Darcy Bushnell is the Director of the Joe M Stell Water Ombudsman Program at the Utton Center of the UNM School of Law. As water ombudsman, she provides unrepresented persons throughout the state with procedural guidance, history and context for unrepresented involved in water adjudications and water rights generally. She has written and edited several articles and pamphlets on water rights, adjudications in New Mexico, Native American water rights, groundwater and the Lower Rio Grande water litigation. Darcy is the program manager on a project which created a national repository of Native American water right settlement documents (NAWRS). Darcy also produced a video on New Mexico water adjudication process. She conducts public meetings and public education. She serves on the steering committee for Tribal Water Working Group (TWWG), which is currently working on a webinar about allottee water rights. Darcy is also a member of the NM Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution that is engaged in helping New Mexico courts to develop or expand mediation programs. Darcy has been involved in Indian water rights settlements in one way or another since the early 1980s. She graduated from UNM School of law in 1989 and has served as the water staff attorney for the federal court and as an attorney at the state engineer. Darcy has been in her current position for almost 8 years.
Kevin Dennehy is the principal expert and overall program leader for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Groundwater Resources Program in Reston, Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience in the analysis of the quantity and quality of water resources and is the author and co-author of numerous publications on topics like water availability and sustainability, surface water and groundwater interactions, unsaturated zone processes, surface water and groundwater simulation, surface water and groundwater quality sampling and analysis, and aquifer test analysis. Currently his focus is on assessing the Nation’s groundwater availability by conducting multidisciplinary regional scale studies of principal aquifers. Kevin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of South Carolina, respectively.
Sam Fernald was appointed director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) in July 2013 after having served as interim director since January 2011. As director, he will lead the institute in its mission to develop and disseminate knowledge that will assist the state, region, and nation in solving water resources problems. The NM WRRI, one of 54 water institutes in the nation, encourages university faculty statewide to pursue critical areas of water resources research while providing training opportunities for students, and transfers research findings to the academic community, water managers and the general public. Professor Fernald also is a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University.
Sam’s earned degrees include a 1987 B.A. in international relations from Stanford University, an M.E.M. in 1993 in water and air resources from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in watershed science from Colorado State University in 1997. His primary research interests include water quality hydrology; land use effects on infiltration, runoff, sediment yield, and nonpoint source pollution; and effects of surface water/groundwater exchange on water availability and water quality. Sam received a Fulbright Scholarship to Patagonian National University, Trelew, Argentina in 2008, and another Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile in 2000. Sam currently is leading a multi-institutional, five year, $1.4 million water research project funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to NMSU, partners in the study include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, Sandia National Laboratories, the New Mexico Acequia Association, and the Maxwell Museum.
Abe Franklin works for the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department, where he manages the Watershed Protection Section, a technical team with offices in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Silver City. He and his section implement parts of New Mexico’s Nonpoint Source Management Program and Wetlands Program, working towards the protection and improvement of New Mexico’s aquatic resources using the framework of the Clean Water Act and state initiatives such as the River Stewardship Program.
Abe’s previous work experiences include project development and management within the Watershed Protection Section, remote sensing research and development for a small engineering company, marine fisheries observation on Alaskan factory trawlers, bicycle mechanics, and lab assistance in environmental microbiology and forestry. His degrees are in environmental biology from New Mexico Tech (B.S.) and natural resources management from the University of Nevada in Reno (M.S.), where he developed riparian vegetation mapping methods using high-resolution remote sensing.
Ron Gardiner has an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from UNM for his work in the fields of watershed policy, planning and management where he studied in the community planning dept. He has a unique field level view having worked as a wilderness ranger and watershed technician on all the six federal wilderness areas in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. In 1996 he performed all the post-fire BAER monitoring for the Hondo Lama Fire while a watershed technician with the Carson National Forest.
His field experience has served to inform his 15 years of service to the New Mexico Legislature and the water and natural resources committees as legislative bill analyst and the committee’s chief of staff. Ron has been involved as a watershed community planner for the Taos County CWPP CORE Team for the past 10 years. Currently is researching and a writing book, “John Wesley Powell’s Vision in a 21st Century New Mexico,” a Decision Makers Guide to Connecting Communities and Watersheds. Ron lives in Questa, NM.
David Gensler, Hydrologist and Water Operations Manager for the MRGCD. Just wrapping up my 20th season with the District. Trying to figure out where all the water comes form, and where it all goes (the answers might surprise some of you). Of course I primarily work with surface water in our canals, but before coming to the District I worked 6 years with a small groundwater engineering firm in Texas. I’ve presided over the last 2 decades of change at the District, as we moved from 19th century water delivery practices, to the 21st century, pretty much skipping right over the 20th! During that time District diversions have been nearly cut in half, equivalent to doubling our delivery efficiency. All part of learning to adapt to drought, endangered species, and increased competition for the Southwest most precious natural resource.
Carol Giffin works for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Program, as the Acting Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Community of Use and as the National Map Liaison for Colorado and New Mexico. Carol also served as the USGS National Mapping Division Liaison to the Bureau of Land Management. Her career in Mapping, Charting and Geodesy includes serving in lead management, supervisory and technical roles at the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Mapping Agency.
Earl Greene is a U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologist with the National Research Program and Chief of External Research. Earl did his graduate work at the University of Idaho. He began his Federal career with the Research Branch of the US Forest Service in 1983 and moved to the USGS as a Research Hydrologist in 1986. Earl’s research within the National Research Program is on modeling flow and transport of water in karst and fractured rock terrain. Earl is part of the USGS Senior Staff for Water and serves as the Coordinator for the Water Resources Research Institute Program for the USGS.
Gus Holm is the General Manager at Vermejo Park Ranch and the President of the Cimarron Watershed Alliance. Vermejo Park Ranch a 585,000 acre Ranch in northeast New Mexico encompassing 6 ecoregions from short grass prairie to alpine tundra owned by Turner Enterprises Inc. The operation encompasses fishing, hunting, nature tourism, a sustainable forestry operation, bison production, coal bed natural gas development, and endangered species restoration. Gus is responsible for managing this diverse operation and supporting the TEI mission to “To manage Turner Lands in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species.”
The Cimarron Watershed Alliance (CWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of our local watershed along the Cimarron River. The Cimarron Watershed Alliance (CWA) was formed in 2001 to provide local input on water quality issues in the Cimarron Watershed in northeastern New Mexico. Most recently the CWA has completed a Watershed Based Plan which incorporates 671,144 acres and 28 sixth level HUC’s, is actively working on Stream Restoration on Ponil Creek under an EPA 319 Grant, and has just started work on a Wetlands Action Plan in the Moreno Valley Headwaters of the Cimarron River.
Gus graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BS in Geology in 1991. He began working at Vermejo Park Ranch in 2001 in the Natural Resources Division, which focused on managing its diverse ecosystem, and was promoted to General Manager in 2014. Gus has been active in stream restoration since 2002 when he first started attending Quivira stream workshops with Bill Zeedyk. In 2009 he began the Dave Rosgen PhD series for stream restoration and completed the classes in 2012 with River Restoration and Natural Channel Design. Currently Gus is involved with riparian restoration projects on the Vermejo River and Ponil Creek.
J. Phillip King
J. Phillip King is the John Clark Distinguished Professor and Associate Department Head in the Civil Engineering Department at New Mexico State University. His research includes river and groundwater system modeling and management, optimization and decision theory, basin-scale management and policy, and hydrologic forecasting. His activities also include projects to enhance the diversity of the country’s STEM workforce. Phil is also Principal Engineer for King Engineering & Associates, a small New Mexico–based consulting firm. Phil has worked with government agencies, irrigators, municipalities, Native American tribes, and environmental groups to develop new and innovative approaches to water management and education. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the National Science Foundation. Phil has a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, a B.S. from Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from NMSU. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico.
Dagmar Llewellyn is a hydrologist, with an educational background in geosciences and civil engineering, and post-graduate studies in climate dynamics, paleo-climatology, river restoration, GIS, and water law and management. Since 2000, her work has focused on water-management and endangered-species issues in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. Her work has involved water supply and demand evaluation, groundwater/surface-water interaction, irrigation efficiency, habitat and hydrologic requirements of endangered species, accounting under the Rio Grande Compact, and Reclamation project operations. After 26 years in environmental and water-resource consulting, her interest in working for the federal government was sparked by the passage of the SECURE Water Act, which assigned to the Bureau of Reclamation a west-wide evaluation of the potential hydrologic implications of climate change. Since 2010, she has worked Reclamation on programs authorized under the SECURE Water Act, as well as on Rio Grande water management and endangered species / environmental compliance issues.
Karen MacClune received her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado where she studied glacial hydrology and micrometeorology of the Antarctica Dry Valleys. From 2001 to 2009 Karen was employed with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates where she worked with multiple and diverse stakeholders in addressing water resource and conjunctive surface water/groundwater use issues in the southwestern U.S. In 2009 Karen joined ISET-International, a US-based non-profit working to build the field of urban climate change resilience in South and Southeast Asia. With ISET Karen has worked on water issues in Vietnam, Nepal, and Thailand in addition to leading ISET’s climate change resilience training materials development team. Karen is currently working with Zurich Insurance to develop a systematic post-event methodology for forensic analysis of and learning from disasters, with the State of Colorado to pilot the Colorado State Resiliency Framework in Larimer and El Paso Counties, and with BoCo Strong, a Boulder County resilience initiative, to develop and pilot community resilience projects.
Laura McCarthy is Director of Conservation Programs for the Nature Conservancy in New Mexico, where she manages the Conservancy’s conservation work in the Rio Grande, Gila and San Juan River basins. In ten years with the Conservancy, Laura has developed the Santa Fe Water Source Protection Fund, worked on the federal Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act of 2009, and launched the Rio Grande Water Fund in 2014. Laura worked previously on five National Forests and for a state forest agency and community-based forestry NGO. Her professional life was significantly altered by the Cerro Grande fire in 2000 and Las Conchas fire in 2011. These damaging events became her inspiration to work on accelerating the pace and scale of restoration in forested watersheds, with a market-based approach to water source protection. Laura was recently selected by Governor Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s Environmental Leader of the Year and in 2011 received a Neutrogena Naturals Champion of Clean Water award.
Michael McElhenie is a Senior Consultant at Being First, Inc. – the world’s pre-eminent change leadership firm. Michael advises, coaches and works with leaders to manage personal, team, and organizational change. With deep expertise in emotional intelligence and crucial communication, Michael helps leaders navigate the complex and ever-changing dynamics of executive team and board relationships. He is often called upon to help leaders efficiently and effectively scale, merge, integrate and evolve their organizations. Michael received his doctorate in Organizational, Clinical and Experimental Psychology from the University of North Texas, and his BS in neuroscience and psychology from the University of Florida. He is a practicing licensed psychologist and a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s renowned Organizational Systems and Development program.
Fred Phillips is an emeritus professor of hydrology and former director of the Hydrology Program at New Mexico Tech. He joined the university in 1981 after completing a PhD in hydrology from the University of Arizona. Fred also has an MS in hydrology from UA as well as a BA in history from the University of Santa Cruz. His scientific interest lies within the area where hydrology, geochemistry, and geology overlap. Fred has focused on the effects of climate change on the hydrologic cycle and the influence of the hydrologic properties of geologic materials on the transport of solutes in groundwater and soil water. His favorite tools for these investigations are stable and radioactive isotope techniques. Fred was elected into the American Geophysical Union in 2008 and in 2007, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Brent Racher is a manager or partner for two natural resource management companies in New Mexico, Racher Resource Management and Restoration Solutions; and two woody biomass supply/utilization/development companies, Western Biomass and Southwestern Biomass. After receiving his BS from New Mexico State University in range science, he completed an MS and PhD specializing in range ecology, fire ecology/behavior, and range improvements from Texas Tech University.
Brent’s knowledge and experience in fire behavior, fire ecology, and the land managers’ need for expertise in prescribed burning prompted him to start Racher Resource Management, LLC. In this endeavor, he has provided private and government entities with expert fire management for planning and operations, much of the time as a turn-key service. Once in private industry, he also realized that vegetation and habitat management in rangelands, forests, and riparian ecosystems largely lacked the capitalized resources that could obtain a set of objectives and implement them. So, he helped form Restoration Solutions, LLC to bring a combination of the most progressive mechanical and chemical vegetative manipulations to the land managers in need of that expertise. Currently, Brent is collaborating to expand renewable energy resources in the West through the utilization of ecologically unbalanced biomass in forests, woodlands, and non-native phreatophyte communities. He is currently serving as the President of the New Mexico Forest Industry Association.
Susan Rich is the Forest and Watershed Health Coordinator for New Mexico State Forestry. Her career spans three decades working in natural resource management for local governments and conservation districts, as well as for the state. In her current position, Susan works closely with the other Forestry Division offices and with partner agencies and organizations to implement New Mexico’s Forest and Watershed Health Plan and State Forest Action Plan. Those plans identify key issues facing landowners and natural resource managers in New Mexico, lay out actions for restoring ecosystems across jurisdictional boundaries, and provide science-based models for designing and prioritizing work. Susan is involved in activities ranging from public outreach and policy issues to coordinating landscape-scale projects at the executive level through the state Watershed Management Coordinating Group.
José A. Rivera
José A. Rivera is a Professor of Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning and a Research Scholar at the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico. His teaching fields include rural community development, public policy analysis, and water resources management. His research interests include water management institutions, comparative irrigation governance systems, social and political organization of irrigation, and mutual aid organizations in traditional cultures. José’s past and current fieldwork on these topics includes the southern provinces of Spain, the coastal valleys of Peru, Baja California Sur in Mexico, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines, and the American Southwest. In 1991 he co-authored a book titled Rural Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities, followed by a book titled Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest (1998). José has also served as an expert witness in a number of water rights transfer applications in the State of New Mexico, qualified to present testimony in the areas of economic development, public administration, and acequia culture.
John T. Romero
John was born and raised in New Mexico. He attended NMSU’s Engineering College and he graduated in May 1992 with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for the US Forest Service, in Flagstaff, AZ for two years before joining the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE) in 1994. John started with the Water Rights Division and later moved on to the Subdivision Review Bureau where he was Acting Bureau Chief for approximately two years. John was promoted to Director of the Water Resources Allocation Program (WRAP) in 2002 and he served in that position for approximately nine years. He has served as the Water Rights Director over the last 3.5 years overseeing the daily operations of the Water Rights Division statewide. John has been with the OSE for 21+ years and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico.
Tanya Trujillo is the executive director of the Colorado River Board of California. The Colorado River Board is designated by California law to represent the State of California on issues relating to the Colorado River System. Tanya previously served as counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science with the Department of the Interior and counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power, in Washington, D.C. Tanya also served as general counsel to the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, and prior to working for the State of New Mexico, she was a partner at Holland & Hart in Santa Fe, New Mexico with an emphasis on natural resources issues. She received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Brad Udall is a Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Institute. His expertise includes hydrology and related policy issues of the American West. He has researched water problems on all major Southwestern US rivers including the Rio Grande, Colorado, Sacramento-San Joaquin and Klamath, and has spent six months in Australia studying their recent water reforms. Brad has written extensively on the impacts of climate change on water resources. He was a contributing author to the 2014 IPCC climate change report, the lead author of the water sector chapter of the 2009 Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and was an author of the 2008 Climate Change in Colorado Report. He has provided congressional testimony, input to several National Academy of Science panels, and has given hundreds of talks on climate change impacts. Brad was formerly the Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, Director of the CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment, and a consulting engineer and principal with Hydrosphere Resource Consultants.
Mark Williams is a Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mark is on the core faculty of Environmental Studies. He is also on the faculty of the Hydrology Program in Geography and his classes can be used to satisfy the Hydrology Certification Program in Geography. His research interest is the hydrology and biogeochemistry of mountain areas, including snow hydrology, glaciology, water quality, surface/groundwater interactions, acid mine drainage, avalanche dynamics, and the water/energy nexus. Mark has current or past research activities in many of the mountain ranges throughout the world, including the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada of California, the Tien Shan and Qilian Shan of China, Andes of South America, European Alps, and the Himalayas.
Mark received his PhD in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in ecology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. He is a Senior Fulbright Scholar, in residence in Ecuador in 1999 and in Nepal in 2013-2014. He was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2012, for “outstanding research that has made fundamental advances in mountain hydrology and biogeochemistry.” Mark was the long-time PI of the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, the only alpine LTER program. He is the Co-I on a $7,400,000 grant from USAID to study disappearing Himalayan glaciers and water security for High Asia. He is also a Co-I on a $12,000,000 grant from NSF to study economic and environmental trade-offs from unconventional oil and gas extraction. Before becoming an academic, Mark was the owner and general manager of a backcountry ski lodge and also a certified avalanche instructor. He draws on this varied background to talk to us about climate change and skiing.
John L. Wilson
John L. Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Hydrology and Research Professor of Hydrology, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. He has a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology, and MS, CE and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a current or former member of many professional society, university and government science advisory panels and committees, including the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committees for Geoscience, and for Environmental Research and Education, the National Research Council’s Committee on Hydrologic Science, and the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Committee on Fellows and the AGU Council and Board of Directors. He is former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), and is Past-President of AGU’s 6,000 member Hydrology Section. Wilson is a Fellow of AGU and of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and a former Darcy Lecturer for the National Ground Water Association. He holds the O.E. Meinzer Award from GSA and the Hydrologic Science Award from AGU, awards given once a year for distinguished research in the fields of hydrogeology and hydrology, respectively. In his own work, which is related mostly to groundwater hydrology, Wilson’s research focuses on contaminant source identification, karst hydrology, stream-aquifer interaction, including the hyporheic zone, and mountainous-watershed hydrology. This last topic has taken him into related fields stretching from geostatistical precipitation estimation, through land-surface energy balance modeling, to remote sensing.
Elizabeth W. Zeiler
Elizabeth W. Zeiler, M.C.R.P., works with the Geospatial Technology Group at the New Mexico State Environment Department. She combines her academic perspective and more than 20 years of experience working with geographic information systems at the federal, state and local levels and has focused her expertise on natural resource issues with an emphasis on planning and surface water. Elizabeth currently shares stewardship of the USGS National Hydrologic Dataset with Ralph Campbell from the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. She has a BS in geography from Humboldt State University, and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.