PhD Research - Aubrey Dugger

MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas, Austin; BS Civil Engineering, Duke University.

Aubrey Dugger's academic and professional work focus on the synthesis of hydrological modeling and geospatial analysis tools, with applications ranging from flood prediction and stormwater management to habitat restoration.Her doctoral research explores interactions between climate and land-use changes in semi-arid mountain watersheds, with the ultimate goal of improving impact assessment on downstream water supply systems. Aubrey uses a coupled hydrologic-ecologic modeling system (RHESSys) to examine changes in streamflow regime due to interacting effects of forest management and climate change in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed in Northern New Mexico. While there is an abundance of research on climate warming as it impacts streamflow or forest productivity individually, few studies examine combined impacts and interactions between them. Aubrey's work demonstrates the critical need for including these coupled vegetation and water dynamics in successfully evaluating water supply vulnerability in semi-arid forest systems like Santa Fe. This research is being conducted in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Western Mountain Initiative.

Year Admitted: 2008
Research Areas: Hydrologic-Ecologic Modeling, Watershed Analysis, Land Management Strategies, Climate Change, Water Resources
Faculty Advisor: Naomi Tague
Office: Bren Hall 1005

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