My research interests involve studying land use effects on ecological and hydrological processes occurring in watersheds and riparian areas across multiple spatial and temporal scales. We use a holistic (systems-based) approach to better understand some of these ecohydrological and land management interactions taking place in several coupled human and natural ecosystems throughout the West.
Some of my current research efforts are:
Upland-valley ecological and hydrological connectivity. Surface water and groundwater interactions in treated (juniper removal) and untreated watersheds of Oregon and New Mexico.
Vegetation-stream-aquifer interactions. Natural variability and land use effects on water quantity/water quality indicators (e.g., temperature) in semiarid riparian systems of Oregon.
Soil moisture and vegetation interactions in dryland ecosystems: Plant-soil-water relations in response to soil and water conservation practices in rangeland ecosystems of the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico.
Watershed – agricultural valley connections: Water budget estimates at field and valley scales, irrigation contributions to aquifer recharge, surface water and groundwater connectivity of irrigated valleys and contributing watersheds. Also, we are looking at other multiple biophysical and socioeconomic relationships occurring in these traditional agricultural systems in northern New Mexico.