El Equipo - Who We Are
Hiking at the Sweetwater Preserve trail in Tucson, Arizona, February 2020
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 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.
Sonia Delphin Perez
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.
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.
Matthieu Ombrouck is an intern at the University of Arizona. He just completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. His research assesses the cost of different treatments to eliminate buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare syn. Cenchrus ciliaris), with a special focus on the cost of manual treatment. The results will help stakeholders identifying the most efficient strategies to fight against this threat in Southern Arizona.