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Alexander "Sam" Fernald

Title: Professor of Watershed Management; Interim Director, Water Resources Research Institute
Major Field of Interest: Water quality hydrology

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Office Phone: 575-646-1041


  • B.A., International Relations, Stanford University
  • M.E.M., Water and Air Resources, Duke University 
  • Ph.D., Watershed Science, Colorado State University

Courses Taught:

  • Forestry and Society 
  • Watershed Management 
  • Advanced Watershed Management


  • Land use effects on infiltration, runoff, sediment yield, and nonpoint source pollution.  Effects of surface water/groundwater exchange on water availability and water quality.