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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
Email Address:
Office Phone: 575-646-1041

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
New Mexico State University
MSC 3167, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Ph: 575-646-4337, Fax: 575-646-6418


B.A., International Relations, Stanford University, 1987
M.E.M., Water Resources Management, Duke University,1993
Ph.D., Watershed Science, Colorado State University, 1997
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, US EPA, 1997-2000

Courses Taught:

Watershed Management (RGSC 318)
Interdisciplinary Modeling (RGSC 618)
Watershed Methods and Measurements (RGSC 518)
Land Use and Water Quality (WS 319)
Forestry and Society (RGSC/HORT 302G)
Range Science Graduate Seminar (RGSC 515)
Application of Surface Water-Groundwater Interaction Simulation Models taught in Chile and Argentina during Fulbright Fellowships in 2000 and 2008

Research interests
Surface water-groundwater interactions
Integrated human and natural systems
Runoff and water quality processes
Forest management effects on water yield and watershed health
Ecohydrology of rangelands
Regional water budgets
Groundwater management institutions