Projects - Drylands Research

Supported Projects

In the 2017 phase, the following postdoc position has been approved:

1: Dr. Jose L. Abella Gutiérrez to study with Dr. Connie Woodhouse, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

Project: “Links between the North American Monsoon and Gulf of California variability at Decadal to Multidecadal Timescales”

In the 2017 phase, the following research grants have been approved:

1: Dr. Aurora M. Pat Espadas, Institute of Geology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Hermosillo, Sonora and Dr. Ivan Moreno Andrade, Institute of Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Querétaro, Mexico, with Dr. Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Dept. Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona

Project: “Microbial Cycling of Antimony, An Overlooked Toxic Chemical Important in Arid Lands of Mexico and the US Southwest”

2: Dr. Gerardo Rodríguez Quiroz and Dr. Wenceslao Valenzuela Quiñónez, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-IPN, Unidad Sinaloa, with Dr. Marcela Vasquez-Leon, Center for Latin American Studies and Daniel Duncan, Southwest Center, University of Arizona.

Project: “Artisanal Fishing Communities and Natural Protected Areas in the Gulf of California”  

3: Dr. David K. Adams, Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, D.F., with Dr. Christopher L. Castro, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona.

Project: “A New Hydrometeorological Testbed in Northern Mexico for Improved Weather Forecasts and Climate Monitoring”

4: Dr. Jesus Armando Haro, El Colegio Sonora, with Dr. Laura Monti, Southwest Center, University of Arizona.

Project: “Biocultural heritage with the Warijío and Comaac tribes: a comparison of health effects, biodiversity and habitats of medicinal and food plants in arid and tropical environments of Sonora”

5: Dr. Verónica Vázquez García, Colegio de Postgraduados, Montecillo, Mexico State, Mexico, with Dr. Stephanie Buechler, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona.

Project: “Towards improved synergies: women, natural resource based livelihoods and renewable energy in Arizona and Zacatecas”

6: Dr. Alejandro Varela Romero, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora, with Dr. Michael T. Bogan, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona.

Project: “Conservation Status and Genetic Management of Imperiled Species along the US-Mexico Border:

7: Dr. Alberto Búrquez, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with Dr. David L. Dettman, Geosciences Department, University of Arizona.

Project: “Columnar Cactus Functional Tradeoffs: fitness, physiology, and climate change”

In the 2015-16 phase, the following postdoc positions have been approved:

1: Marco Antonio Mora Ramírez to study with Dr. Armin Sorooshian, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona

Project: “Atmospheric Sciences of Aerosol Particles”

2: Pablo Reyes Castro to study with Dr. Rolando Díaz‐Caravantes, Professor‐researcher of El Colegio de Sonora Center of Studies on Health and Society

Project: “Understanding how social factors and the built environment influence the dynamics of Ae. aegypti and dengue in Hermosillo, Sonora.”

3: Thang Luong to study with Dr. Arturo Quintanar, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UNAM

Project: “Developing a convective-permitting regional atmospheric modeling capability to improve weather forecasts and climate projections in the Mexico City region”

In the 2015-16 phase, the following research grants have been approved:

1: Dr. Jose de Jesus Navar Chaidez, Tecnologico Nacional de México/ Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria with Dr. David D. Breshears, School of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of Arizona

Project: “Assessing Sierra Madre Vulnerability to Drought and Heat induced Tree Die-Off”

2: Dr. Angela L. Quiros, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, University of Arizona, Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department with Dra. Elena Solana Arellano, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)

Project: “Effects of coastal development on Zostera marina along the northern Baja coast, Mexico”

3: Dra. Lourdes Berenice Celis, División de Ciencias Ambientales, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica with Dr. Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Dept. Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona

Project: “Bioremediation of arsenic contaminated water in arid zones by formation of arsenic-sulfide minerals”

4: Dr. Jose Agustin Breña Naranjo, Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM with Dr. Peter Troch, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona

Project: “Predictability of hydrological response in dryland environments: a comparative study across North America”

5: Dra. Maria Elena Raynal Gutierrez, Fundación Universidad de las Américas-Puebla with Dr. Jon Chorover, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Project: “Study of the fate transport and biodegradation of endocrine disrupting compounds, and pharmaceuticals and personal care productions in soil and water systems that receive treated wastewater effluents in (semi)-arid regions.”

6: Dra. Jaqueline García-Hernández, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo A.C., Guaymas, Sonora with Dr. Edward P. Glenn, Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Project: “Treatment of agriculture-drain water using constructed wetlands in the Colorado River delta, México”

7: Dr. Aaron Grageda Bustamante, Department of History and Anthropology of the University of Sonora (DHA), Interdisciplinary Graduated Program in Social Sciences (PICS) with James C. Hopkins, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPL&PP), University of Arizona.

Project: “The Yaquis in the Face of the Struggle for Water: Human Adaptation, Law and Health. A Case Study (Pueblo Torim, Rio Yaqui)”

8: Dr. Roberto Sánchez Rodríguez, Colegio de la Frontera Norte with Dr. Diana Liverman, University of Arizona

Project: “A retrospective Analysis of NAFTA´s Environmental Impact in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands at 20 years”

9: Dr. Francisco Gonzalez and Dr. Philippe Stoesslé, Health division, Basic Sciences, Universidad de Monterrey with Dr. Eyal Oren, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Project: “Barriers to Healthcare Access among Farmworkers, US and Mexico”

In 2014-15, CONACYT joined and it was opened to all Mexican institutions who are members of RENIECYT (Registro Nacional de Instituciones y Empresas Científicas y Tecnológicas). The following were awarded:

Postdoc - Dr. Genaro Gutiérrez García, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dr. Steve Leavitt, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research.

“Historic hydroclimatic variability of the Baja California Peninsula, based on tree-ring widths and isotope analysis of Pinus monophylla and Pinus lagunae

Postdoc - Dra. Tania Hernandez Hernandez, Instituto de Ecología, Dr. John Wiens, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

“Biodiversity, niche evolution, and climate change in the aridland plants and animals of Mexico.”

Dr. José Domingo Carriquiry Beltrán, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Dr. Steve Leavitt, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research.

“Historic hydroclimatic variability of the Baja California Peninsula, based on tree-ring widths and isotope analysis of Pinus monophylla and Pinus lagunae.”

Dr. Eddie López Honorato, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N., Unidad Saltillo, Dr. Reyes Sierra, University of Arizona

“Towards an effective elimination of arsenic from water in arid and semi-arid areas using engineered macro-molecules and nano-materials.”

Dra. Concepción Carreón Diazconti, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Dr. Leif Abrell, University of Arizona

“Contaminants Of Emerging Concern In Arid And Semi-Arid Environments: Ocurrence, Source, And Fate Of Pharmaceuticals And Hormones In The Mexicali Valley Region.”

Dr. Hector Reyes Bonilla, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Dr. Rafe Sagarin, University of Arizona

“Impact of climate change on species distribution, connectivity, genetic diversity and livelihoods: implications for designing a resilient network of marine reserves in the Gulf of California”

Dr. Mario Villalobos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dr. Jim A. Field, University of Arizona

“Implications of a drying climate on the health risks to humans from toxic metals in mine tailings of arid zones shared by the US and Mexico.”

Dra. Uxue Villanueva Amadoz, Instituto de Geología de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dr. Owen Davis, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona

“Multidisciplinary approach to reconstructing past landscapes”

Margarita Velázquez Gutiérrez, UAM-Xochimilco, Dr. Stephanie Buechler, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona

"Gender and Climate Change in the Semi-Arid Border Region of Sonora and Arizona”

In the 2013-14 phase, four projects were awarded to UA-UNAM teams using resources from these two universities:

Dr. Michael Sanderson (sanderm@email.arizona.edu), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona and Dr. Alberto Búrquez (montijo@unam.mx), Instituto de Ecología UNAM

“The Saguaro genome: toward the ecological genomics of a Sonoran Desert icon”

Dr. Mitchell Pavao- Zuckerman, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona and Dr. Ana E. Escalante, Instituto de Ecología UNAM

“Microbial diversity and composition of soil communities associated with changing vegetation mesocosms of a semiarid ecosystem”

Dr. Raina Maier, Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona and Dr. Francisco Molina Freaner, Instituto de Ecología UNAM.

“Phytostabilization of copper mine tailings in the Arizona-Sonora region”

Dr. David Breshears (daveb@email.arizona.edu), School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Arizona and Dr. Hugo Beraldi-Campesi (hberaldi@unam.mx), Instituto de Geología, UNAM.

“Will climate change and land use intensification increase dust events in the Sonoran desert?”

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