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Martha Conklin

Dr. Martha Conklin, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair of the Environmental Systems Graduate Group, joined UC Merced in 2003 as one of the Founding Faculty. Her current research focuses on how forest-management actions affect stream discharge in headwater catchments, assessing how better hydrologic data will improve river modeling and forecasting, and determining groundwater contributions to stream flow using natural tracers and modeling. Using innovative methods to determine travel times (isotopic tracers), sediment load (load cells) and snow depth (acoustic sounders) and deploying them in high elevation basins, her group and collaborators are developing unique data sets. With other collaborators and using the Sierra Nevada as a laboratory, she is developing a “whole-basin” approach to water-resources management: from headwater-catchment vegetation management to optimized reservoir operations to strategic groundwater recharge on the valley floor. To test the feasibility of this approach, Dr. Conklin is heavily involved in stakeholder engagement. She has also led multiple K-12 and stakeholder educational programs. Previously she was a Professor of hydrology at the University of Arizona from 1989 to 2003.

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