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Hurd Brings Water Expertise to New Mexico State University

LAS CRUCES -- Brian Hurd, an economist who specializes in water research, joined New Mexico State University's agricultural economics and agricultural business faculty last month.

Hurd will conduct research that considers the social, community and financial value of water and other natural resources. He will serve on NMSU's Water Task Force, an interdisciplinary group of more than 75 scientists who are specialists on water-related issues.

In the classroom, he will teach a course on global agriculture and food problems and a graduate seminar on water policy.

"After working as a consultant, it gives me a real sense of satisfaction to be in a university environment where we can connect with students and the end users of our research and make it accessible to the community, including landowners and urban dwellers," Hurd said.

Hurd was a senior associate with Stratus Consulting of Boulder, Colo., from 1993 to 2001, where his clients included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, Electric Power Research Institute and United Nations Development Programme.

He has provided training and technical support for projects in Senegal, Philippines, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

He was the lead author of a national research report on water resource indicators excerpted in the July issue of Scientific American.

Hurd earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Colorado in 1985. Both his master's degree and doctorate in agricultural economics are from the University of California-Davis.

"The cotton fields of the Mesilla Valley fondly remind me of my dissertation research in the San Joaquin Valley, where I examined the economics of integrated pest management and pesticide use by cotton producers," he said.