Collecting samples on the Rio San Miguel, Sonora, MX 

Kirstin L. Neff

Ph.D. Candidate, EPA STAR Fellow
University of Arizona
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Tom Meixner. My research interests include assessing the impacts of climate change, development and population growth on the water quantity and quality of aquifers, as well as the application of spatial analysis tools to hydrological problems, and groundwater-surface water interactions. I am currently an EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellow, conducting my dissertation research to characterize recharge processes and evaluate potential climate change impacts to groundwater recharge in the Basin and Range Province of western North America. I am also a Graduate Fellow in K-12 outdoor science education with the UA Mt. Lemmon Sky School. I also have an interest in U.S. and international water policy, and have done research to describe the sensitivity of a groundwater model to climatic parameters. As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, I conducted research on U.S. immigration policy towards Mexico as well as the impacts of watershed development on the littoral community of Lake Baikal in Siberia. I grew up in Tucson, AZ and speak Spanish, Russian, and some Mandarin Chinese.