Current Faculty


    Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and Director of the WaterMAPS™ Initiative at USU. Her research focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems, with emphases on water resources, urban ecology, and public land and wetland management. Main emphases of her research program and extension activities for many years have been urban landscape water use and conservation, and policy and social responses to drought and climate change.

    Dr. R. Douglas Ramsey is a Professor of Wildland Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Director of the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory. His research focuses on developing techniques to monitor natural landscapes. He develops tools and protocols to use remotely sensed imagery collected from various platforms to assess and monitor natural resources.

    Past Faculty

    Dr. Roger Kjelgren is a former Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plants, Soils & Climate of the College of Agriculture at USU. His research focuses on water conservation in irrigated horticultural landscapes with an emphasis on the use of native plants and landscape designs. He develops and disseminates information on demand-side management through effective irrigation and sustainable landscaping to the green industry, water purveyors, and the general public. Currently, Dr. Kjelgren is the Director of the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopoka, Florida, which is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

    Dr. Christopher M.U. Neale is a former Professor of Irrigation Engineering in the College of Engineering and Director of the Remote Sensing Services Laboratory at USU. His research interests are in developing remote sensing applications in hydrology, irrigated agriculture, and for monitoring natural resources. He developed a low-cost airborne remote sensing system that has been recently used to map spatially distributed energy balance terms and evapotranspiration of riparian and agricultural vegetation. Currently, Dr. Neale is the Director of Research for the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.