Leslie Gunatilaka

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
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Director, Natural Products Center
Professor, Bio5 Institute
Member, AZ Cancer Center
Affiliate Faculty, Institute of the Environment
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PhD, Chemistry, Imperial College, University of London, UK, 1974.
(520) 621-9932
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Natural products science focusing on innovative strategies for the discovery and development of small-molecule natural products for medicine and agriculture, chemistry and biology of arid land plants and symbiotic microorganisms, biodiversity conservation, plant-fungal interactions, medicinal plants, and application of environmentally-friendly techniques for production of plant biomass and plant secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical potential.

Peter Waller

Associate Professor. Ag and Biosystems Engineering
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Affiliate Faculty, Institute of the Environment
Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1992.
(520) 621-2896
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My background is in irrigation and remote sensing. My primary research focus at this time is the production of biofuels from algae. We have a patent pending algae growth system installed at the ARID research facility, which includes infrastructure and instrumentation for research on algae production. I also have a long standing project with the USDA-ARS focused on remote sensing and precision agriculture. My part in this project is the development and programming of the WINDS model, which is a computer model run on daily time steps for precision agriculture management in irrigation agriculture.

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David Tecklin

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My research interests center on environmental politics and policy, property rights, conservation,natural resource industries and environmental change with a particular focus on Latin America. My PhD project analyzes private and public efforts to regulate the use of forests and coastal areas in southern Chile. My earlier work included an MA thesis on the mahogany frontier in the Bolivian Amazon, and a BA thesis on the role of local activism in shaping national forest policy in California, as well as extensive work on ecological conservation and environmental policy in Chile. 

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My thesis focuses on private environmental governance and property rights in coastal and temperate rain forest areas of Southern Chile.

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January, 2013

Stephen G Nelson

Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Research Laboratory
Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, 1976.
(520) 626-3322
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My research interests are in the areas aquaculture and ecology.  Much of my research has been in the Micronesia, Guam, and Hawaii. Projects have included a diverse array of topics including aquaculture,  herbivorous reef fishes, marine algae, and the streams of Micronesia. .  Recent projects have involved the inland culture of marine shrimp and aspects of the physiology and ecology of invasive plants and seaweed.

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