Acting Dean of Graduate Studies Jesse Alemán announced that Rebecca Bixby is the new director of the water resources program at the University of New Mexico.
The Water Resources program is an interdisciplinary master’s-level professional degree program focused on water science and policy in the Southwestern United States. It draws on faculty on the university campus to give students the opportunity to explore a rich diversity of water-related academic topics, with the goal of improving water management in the Arid West.
“Dr. Bixby is the perfect person to lead the water resources program,” Alemán said. “She has been active in the program since 2007, teaching the program’s Field Methods course, mentoring students, and previously serving Associate Director of the program and an outstanding researcher in the field.
Bixby leads a research program at the intersection of aquatic ecology, biodiversity, and water management, focusing on rivers in the southwestern United States. His research examines the responses of aquatic organisms and food webs to natural and anthropogenic stressors, including fire, drought and flooding in drylands. aquatic systems. She obtained a doctorate. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in natural resources and has been a research professor in the Department of Biology and the Biological Museum of the Southwest since 2007. Central to his research is the roles of water management and restoration strategies that shape dryland river ecosystems.
“My involvement with the Water Resources program over the past few years has been incredibly collaborative in terms of student training and research initiatives,” Bixby said. “This interdisciplinary program is one of the few at UNM that has one foot in the academics and one foot in the New Mexico water management community. As the new Principal, I am excited to build on this excellent program by continuing to support the students of the program and strengthening the bonds within the University and the state water community.
“Dr. Bixby has had such an impact on so many of our water resources students. She will further strengthen the program by bringing together students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to study, address, and seek solutions to one of the world’s most pressing problems. of our region: the management and sustainability of our water resources in a climate of scarcity,” noted Dean of Graduate Studies Julie Coonrod, who is herself a civil engineer specializing in water resources and hydrology.