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Water studies to help prepare for changing environmental conditions

ASU associate professor Enrique Vivoni.

ASU associate professor Enrique Vivoni.

As one of this year’s Fulbright Scholars, Arizona State University hydrology professor Enrique Vivoni will work with some of Mexico’s leading experts in his field on studies of the shared water resources between the United States and Mexico.

The Fulbright award enables Vivoni to spend nine months, beginning in August, conducting research at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada in Ensenada, Baja California, and at the research center of Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología.

Vivoni is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Each year, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program awards about 800 highly sought after teaching and/or research grants to selected faculty and experienced professionals, enabling them to engage in collaborative studies and research in more than 125 countries. Award recipients are chosen for exemplary achievements and proven leadership in their fields.

Vivoni’s research focuses on the intersection of hydrology and its allied disciplines – ecology, meteorology and geomorphology – to improve understanding of water resources in the region.

He has made significant contributions to the understanding of ecohydrologic processes in semi-arid areas. In recent years, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

During his time in Ensenada, he will conduct atmospheric and hydrologic research related to climate change in northern Mexico. Vivoni’s Fulbright project will build upon a decade of investigation in northern Mexico with a range of collaborators from institutions in the United States and Mexico.

“I am most interested in generating cross-border knowledge on water resources that can help both countries confront and adapt to changing land cover and climate conditions,” says Vivoni.

His most notable accomplishments include a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Kavli Fellowship and a Leopold Leadership Fellowship.

Written by Nikki Cassis

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