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NMSU Fall Lecture Series Spotlights Water Experts

LAS CRUCES - Beginning in September, New Mexico State University's fall water lecture series will feature three leading experts in hydrology.



Karl Wood, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, will speak Sept. 8 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (08/26/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

On Sept. 8, Karl Wood, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU, will discuss grazing management for healthy watersheds. He will speak at 1 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus.

"Nearly all rivers and most lakes in the United States have been altered for human benefits since colonization," Wood said. "Some of these alterations have been more successful than others. With changing human needs and values, these rivers and lakes face more changes."

Wood is currently co-chairman of the New Mexico-Texas Water Commission and has served as chairman of the Lower Rio Grande Water Users' Organization. He is the recipient of the Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence and Distinguished Research Award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics .

The free, public seminars are part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and the civil and geological engineering department.

On Oct. 21, NMSU's featured speaker will be Bruce Hooper, an associate professor of geography and environmental resources at Southern Illinois University. Hooper will give a talk titled "Integrated Water Management: Governance Indicators Show the Way." The seminar will be at 10 a.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall.

Hooper is a nationally recognized natural resources management geographer. Earlier this year he was awarded the Universities Council on Water Resources water studies fellowship to develop a way to measure the effectiveness of river basin management organizations. His doctorate in integrated floodplain management is from Australia's University of New England.

On Nov. 9, Peter Ffolliott, a professor with the School of Natural Resources and Arid Lands Resource Studies at the University of Arizona, will discuss contributions of watershed research to water supply in the Colorado River basin. The seminar will be at 3 p.m. in Room 336 of Gerald Thomas Hall.

Ffolliott has authored or co-authored more than 500 publications on the ecology, management and appraisal of water and natural resources programs. He earned his bachelor's degree in forest management and a master's in forestry specializing in forest-wildlife management from the University of Minnesota. His doctorate in watershed management and water resources administration is from the University of Arizona.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.