Amparo Martinez Arroyo
AMPARO MARTÍNEZ ARROYO is Director of the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático. She is an expert in the analysis of environmental problems, as well as in the relations between science and society. She collaborated in the design of the National Clean Beaches Program; in the development of a scientific strategy for the construction of networks of Marine Protected Natural Areas in North America in the face of Climate Change; and has spearheaded the topic of climate change in the Citizen Agenda of Science, Technology and Innovation. She served as Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CCA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 2009 to August 2013 where she is also Principal Investigator and coordinator of the Atmospheric Aerosol group. While at UNAM she designed and launched the University Network of Atmospheric Observatories (RUOA). Dr. Martínez has been published in international journals, chapters in books, popular articles and technical reports. She received BS and MS in biology from UNAM and a PhD in ecology from the University of Barcelona.
Natalia Martinez Taguena
NATALIA MARTÍNEZ TAGUEÑA is a researcher and profesor at the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica. Her work has concentrated in the Sonoran desert, where she has specialized in analysis and identification of plants to understand subsistence and climate in the past. She participated in several research projects in Costa Rica and Mexico studying early settlers and agriculture, as well as coastal adaptations and human impacts on the environment. She as experience in archeology and paleobotany and has collaborated with members of indigenous communities to map their cultural landscape. Dr. Martínez currently co-directs a paleoclimate and archeology project on the coast of Sonora and is a collaborator in the project "Towards the residency of socio-ecosystems in the dry areas of Mexico." She received a BS in Anthropology with a specialization in Archeology from the University of the Americas, Puebla, and her MS and PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
IGNACIO RODRIGUEZ-ITURBE is the James S. McDonnell distinguished university professor and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. He is also a distinguished research professor in the Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) at Texas A&M University. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Engineering , American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vatican Academy of Sciences, Spain Royal Society of Sciences, Mexican Academy of Engineering, Venezuelan Academy of Engineering, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere de Arti, ThirdWorld Academy of Sciences, Water Academy (Uppsala, Sweden) and the Latin American Academy of Sciences. His research focuses primarily on the dynamics of the interaction between climate, soil, and vegetation. He also specializes in ecohydrology, hydrogeomorphology, and surface hydrology. Dr. Rodriguez-Iturbe received his MS from the California Institute of Technology and his PhD from Colorado State University.
Kelly T. Sanders
KELLY TWOMEY SANDERS is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory and market intervention, with particular emphasis on reducing the environmental impacts of providing energy and water services. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. Sanders has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30: Today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her contributions to the energy field. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. Sanders received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, as well M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. She teaches classes related to energy and the environment.
Robert A. Washington-Allen
ROBERT WASHINGTON-ALLEN has been assistant professor at the University of Nevada – Reno since 2017. He has also taught and conducted research on geology, ecosystem science and management, and environmental studies at University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Texas A&M University, and the University of Virginia. His work focuses on the environmental monitoring and assessment of ecosystems through the application of remote sensing technologies of which he has extensive experience. He has over 60 published peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, abstracts, posters, reviews, and book chapters. He has collaborated on grant-funded projects for several agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Science Foundation. He received his BS in Zoology from The Ohio State University and his MS and PhD in Range Ecology from Utah State University.