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February 24, 2010
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Graduate student research papers

Two Udall Center graduate students, members of the Center's Environmental Policy Programs team, recently published journal articles with their respective major professors.

Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid and rural southeastern Arizona, USA

Ashley Coles
, a doctoral student in the UA School of Geography and Development, and Christopher Scott, assistant professor of water resources policy at the Udall Center and assistant professor of geography and development, are authors of a research paper published in Natural Resources Forum.

Based on interviews with farmers, ranchers, and UA Cooperative Extension county agents, Coles and Scott identify the vulnerabilities of agricultural producers to drought, floods, and frost and the relative importance of their adaptive strategies, including the use of information (such as seasonal climate forecasts).

Coles, a member of Scott's Water Policy Research Group, has research interests in water, climate, and vulnerability, particularly in the U.S.-Mexico border region.


Coles, A.R., and C.A. Scott. 2009. Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid and rural southeastern Arizona, USA. Natural Resources Forum 33: 297-309. DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.2009.01253.x  [link]

Scott Water Policy Research Group  [link]

Saving nature under the big tent of ecosystem services: A response to Adams and Redford

Matt Skroch, a master's degree student in the UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Laura L�pez-Hoffman, assistant professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center and assistant professor of natural resources and the environment, discuss, in a recent issue of Conservation Biology, assumptions about ecosystem services' valuation and application in nature conservation.

Skroch, former executive director of the Sky Island Alliance, a Tucson-based nongovernmental environmental organization, is a member of the L�pez-Hoffman Lab. His research interests include land use planning for conservation, with emphasis on ecosystem services.


Skroch, M., and L. L�pez-Hoffman. 2010. Saving nature under the big tent of ecosystem services: A response to Adams and Redford. Conservation Biology 24(1): 325-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01416.x  [link]

L�pez-Hoffman Lab  [link]

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Water and sustainability in arid regions

Graciela Schneier-Madanes, visiting professor at the Udall Center and a professor of geography with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), has co-edited the book, Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Social Sciences with Marie-Fran�oise Courel, former director of Human and Social Sciences at CNRS.

The book, published by Springer, discusses water use and management in arid regions of China, the northern Mediterranean, southwestern United States, Iran, the Maghreb region, Argentina and Chile, and Mexico.

Schneier-Madanes also is deputy director of the Joint International Unit on Water, Environment and Public Policy, a research partnership between the UA and CNRS, and based at the Udall Center.


Schneier-Madanes, G., and M. Courel, eds. 2010. Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Social Sciences. New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-90-481-2775-7  [link]

Graciela Schneier-Madanes  [link]

Christopher Scott publishes on water policy

In addition to the article listed above in "Research," Christopher Scott has co-authored five articles published recently online or in print on various aspects of water resources policy.

Scott's research interests include the public policy aspects of water reuse, water-energy nexus, climate and water adaptation, and transboundary waters, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border. His publications portfolio now comprises:

Urban-agricultural water appropriation: The Hyderabad, India, case

Celio, M., C.A. Scott, and M. Giordano. 2010.
The Geographical Journal 176(1): 39-57. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2009.00336.x [link]

Examines the history and institutional response to urban-rural competition for water in the rapidly urbanizing region of Hyderabad, in central India.

Water management and biodiversity conservation interface in Mexico: a geographical analysis

D�az-Caravantes, R.E., and C.A. Scott. 2009 (online).
Applied Geography DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.10.003 [link]

Investigates how conservation areas in northwestern Mexico are currently being reconfigured by human water use.

Sewage disposal in the Musi River, India: Water quality remediation through irrigation infrastructure

Ensink, J.H.J., C.A. Scott, S. Brooker, and S. Cairncross. 2009 (online). Irrigation and Drainage Systems. DOI: 10.1007/s10795-009-9088-4 [link]

Presents findings of a survey to quantify spatial and temporal changes in key water quality parameters along the Musi River, Hyderabad, India.

Groundwater rights in Mexican agriculture: Spatial distribution and demographic determinants

Scott, C.A., S. Dall'erba, and R. D�az Caravantes. 2010. Professional Geographer 62(1): 1-15. DOIi: 10.1080/00330120903375837 [link]

Presents a spatial analysis of groundwater-use intensity and aquifer depletion across Mexico, with a focus on agricultural data.

Energy supply and the expansion of groudwater irrigation in the Indus-Ganges Basin

Scott, C.A., and B. Sharma. 2009.
International Journal of River Basin Management 7(1): 1-6. [link]

Examines trends in electricity supply and groundwater development in the Indian portion of the Indus-Ganges Basin over the period, 1980-1999.


Christopher Scott [link]

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Native Nations Institute Upcoming Events

The Native Nations Institute is hosting several of its highly acclaimed and award-winning educational and outreach events in the coming months.

Executive Education Seminar: Emerging Leaders
March 24-25, 2010 | JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson, AZ  [link]

Native American Youth Governance Camp
June 14-18, 2010 | UA Campus, Tucson, AZ  [link]

Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp
July 18-23, 2010 | UA Campus, Tucson, AZ  [link]


For more information, contact Norma Monta�o or Julian Billy at (520) 626-0664.

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Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and The University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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