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Office of the Vice President for Research


NMSU possesses comprehensive capabilities in water-related research, education, outreach, and economic development. More than 80 faculty, researchers, and staff from 15 departments within six colleges, as well as the agricultural science centers and the Cooperative Extension Service, offer extensive expertise and experience in water. Faculty research efforts focus on

  • Agricultural Water Use Efficiency: Revegetation with produced/waste water, acequia irrigation systems , runoff and erosion, microirrigation and water management, plant physiology and water stress, and water-efficient crops
  • Watershed, Riparian, and Aquatic Systems: River riparian areas; fish, wildlife, and conservation ecology; aquatic ecology; aquatic contaminants and toxicology, surface- and groundwater hydrology, and watershed management
  • Water Quality and Treatment: Desalination, organic waste management, water quality hydrology, energy-positive water treatment/ remediation technology, water-borne diseases and community health, water chemical analysis, and produced water treatment
  • Water Economics and Policy: Demographics and water demand, irrigation economics and water policy, natural resources and environmental policy, regional economic modeling, and sustainable economic development
  • Water Informatics: Geospatial techniques and analysis for natural resources assessment, geodatabase design, and remote sensing

NMSU has been awarded numerous federal grants, with water-related funding exceeding $35 million from more than 25 different sponsors. These awards include prestigious grants, such as the NSF EPSCoR Energize New Mexico grant; NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Reinventing America.s Urban Water Infrastructure; water technology research in Afghanistan; U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)- funded projects to monitor and solve transboundary water issues along the U.S-Mexico border; the NSF-funded study of the link between traditional irrigation systems and ecosystem and watershed health; a study of the effects of climate change on New Mexico.s mountain sources of water; and US DOE projects for water-efficient algal cultivation that reuses and treats dairy and municipal wastewater while recovering nutrients. In 2011, NMSU had more than $37 million in current funding from more than 25 sponsors in support of water research.

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