El Equipo - Who We Are


Hiking at the Sweetwater Preserve trail in Tucson, Arizona, February 2020

Principal Investigator

Jose Soto


Dr. Soto's Google Scholar page


Curriculum Vitae

José R. Soto is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He is also an affiliated faculty at UA's Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs in American Indian Studies and Arid Lands Resources Sciences, along with UA's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (courtesy appointment). His research centers on the modeling of coupled natural-human systems at different spatial and temporal scales—for both fundamental insight and practical real-world applications.

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Abu Kibria


Dr. Kibria's Google Scholar page


Abu Kibria is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He was successful in securing competitive scholarships and research grants to pursue his PhD, MSc and BSc (Honors) studies. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of coupled human-environment systems to address research, policy and management issues. He uses a range of methods and models to estimate the value of ecosystem services as well as analyze the interactions in the dynamics of coupled human-environment systems.

Doctoral Candidate

Sonia Delphin Pérez


Sonia's Google scholar page


Sonia Delphin Pérez is a doctoral candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. She has worked for World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Paraguay for many years implementing conservation projects. Her research aims to identify the feasibility of integrating ecosystem services in land use planning to meet environmental, economic and social goals in developing countries. Her research site is in the second largest forests of South America, the Gran Chaco.

Doctoral Student

Marianela Velilla


Marianela's Google scholar page


Marianela Velilla is a doctoral student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. She is a Level I PRONII Researcher registered at the National Science and Technology Council from Paraguay (CONACYT), and she is the co-PI for the Jaguar Program at the NGO Guyra Paraguay. Her research evaluates potential economic incentives to promote coexistence between jaguar-ranchers in the Chaco of Paraguay.


Special lab members





Previous lab members

Sophia Tanner, PhD

Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University


Position: Post-Doctoral researcher

September 2018 - February 2020

Current affiliation: USDA Economic Research Service

Matthieu Ombrouck


Position: Intern

February - May 2020