Specific Program Areas and Advisors

Aquaculture: Freshwater and marine systems; aquaponics; integrated farming systems

Contaminant hydrology: Transport and fate of contaminants (organic/inorganic chemicals, pathogenic organisms) in soil and groundwater; transport modeling

Climate science: Applied climatology; global change; physical and environmental geography; environmental monitoring.

Ecosystem restoration: Phytoremediation; salt-tolerant plants; re-vegetation

Environmental chemistry: Analytical methods; sorption of chemicals; phase partitioning

Environmental Microbiology: Biodegradation of organic compounds; molecular/genetic techniques: microbial ecology of stressed environments

Environmental pedology: Pedogenesis; soil forming processes; response of soil systems to climate change

Soil and groundwater remediation: Innovative site characterization methods; innovative technologies for remediation of groundwater, source zones, and vadose zones

Remote sensing: Canopy modeling; terrestrial biophysics; global change

Soil-water-atmosphere Relations: Evapotranspiration; irrigation; leaching; plant water stress; crop production research; spatial variability; water use efficiency

Soil and water quality: Hazardous-waste chemistry; salinity; soil/groundwater contamination, water-borne pathogens

Soil biology and biochemistry: Molecular approaches tomicrobial ecology; pathogen detection; rhizosphere biology; N2- fixation

Soil fertility and plant nutrition:  Plant responses to N and P; nitrogen movement; denitrification losses; N-tracer chemistry; nutrient availability; fertilizer use efficiency

Soil morphology, genesis,classification and survey: Micromorphology; soil mineralogy; soil mapping; soil erosion; GIS; remote sensing in soil surveys

Vadose zone hydrology: Infiltration and redistribution of water; characterizing permeability

Waste disposal and management: Land treatment; land reclamation; waste-water reuse; waste management; air-pollution abatement


Special Programs/Certifications

M.S. Degree in SWES with a Research Translation for Environmental Science Concentration 

This program will award a M.S. degree in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science with a specific focus on research translation for environmental science.

M.S. Degree in SWES With a Journalism Concentration

This non-thesis program will award a M.S. degree in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science with a specific focus on journalism for environmental science. This program was developed in collaboration with the School of Journalism.

Dual Masters Degree Program in Journalism and Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Those interested in the MS degree in SWES with a Journalism concentration may also wish to consider the Dual Degree Program in Journalism and Soil, Water, and Environmental Science.  Details about this program and program requirements can be found on the Journalism website http://journalism.arizona.edu/node/745


Dual MBA/PHD Degree Program in Business Administration and Soil, Water and Environmental Science

The MBA is a perfect complement for the PHD student who plans for a high level career in consultation and commercial industry.  Employers often need managers who not only understand the science, but also know the basics of business, management, and leadership.  Completing the PHD and MBA as a dual program offers a significant benefit of time savings.  The SWES dual program allows for unit sharing for a number of courses including the required minor, reducing the time to completion if attempted independently. view the Eller MBA Programs website

Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture
The University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture supports research, development and training in aquatic food production systems with special interest in arid environments and developing countries.  Current research includes rearing fish and shrimp in irrigation systems, fish and shrimp nutrition and pathology, re-use of effluents as fertilizers for field crops and improving soils with fish wastes, and sustainable systems including aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture.   The certificate is especially designed for working professionals and international students who may want additional graduate experience on a flexible or reduced time scale. 

Aquaculture Curriculum

Graduate Certificate in Water Policy

The University of Arizona's Graduate Certificate in Water Policy offers breadth and depth of education. The Certificate is intended for two different and complementary groups of people who want to build their expertise in water policy: working professionals pursuing the Certificate only and UA graduate students concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program. There is flexibility in both course selection and schedule, to meet the specific needs and interests of a variety of students. The program is interdisciplinary. For more information about the program go to http://gcwp.arizona.edu/index.php

The Soil Science Certification

This is a program of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).   This program is designed to foment, certify, and advance the standards of professionalism for active practitioners of soil science, a process that is also available to other professionals such as engineers and geologists.
To pass the fundamentals exam, you should have taken no less than three semester courses in soil science, but preferably five courses. Certification as a Professional Soil Scientist (Soil Classifier).

You should consider taking this program if:
•You are in your senior year and will soon be graduating with a BS in Environmental Science and have a strong background in Soil Scienc  
•Your career plans include working as a consultant, regulator, researcher, or teacher in areas closely related to Soil Science 

For program information, including program description, exam dates and costs, and study guides, please link to: https://www.soils.org/certifications

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. J. Artiola (621-3516) (Exam Proctor) jartiola@cals.arizona.edu


Faculty Advisors and Research Interest

Chorover, Jon
   Department Head


Sorption and transformation reactions in soil and water

Artiola, Janick F.
   Associate Research Scientist
   Associate Professor


Soil, water, and waste chemistry;  analytical and environmental chemistry, land treatment of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, waste management

Brown, Paul W.
   Extension Specialist
   Research Scientist


Agricultural meteorology, biometeorology, evapotranspiration, crop water use, heat units, Ag weather informatio

Brusseau, Mark L.



Contaminant transport and fate, mass-transfer processes, modeling, soil/groundwater contamination and remediation

Chief, Karletta
   Assistant Professor
   Assistant Specialist


Watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and natural and human disturbance affect on soil hydrology through the use of physically based methods

Crimmins, Michael
   Assistant Extension Specialist
   Assistant Professor


Applied climatology, global change, physical and environmental geography, environmental monitoring


Curry, Joan
   Associate Professor


Soil physical chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular modeling

Fitzsimmons, Kevin
   Research Scientist 
   Professor, Intl Programs


Aquaculture, reuse of effluents for crop irrigation, international economic developmen

Gerba, Charles P.


Environmental microbiology: gene probes, water reuse, biocolloid transport in the subsurface, virology, parasitology, risk assessment

Glenn, Edward P.


New crops, utilization of saline water, plants for bioremediation, environmental management

Maier, Raina M.


Microbial ecology of stressed environments (caves, deserts, dust), bioremediation and reclamation of mining sites, biosurfactant discovery and characterization


Micro meteorology, energy budget, trace gases


Megdal, Sharon
   Director, Water Resources
   Research Center
   Extension Specialist


Projects include study of artificial recharge and municipal water use in growing, arid regions


Pepper, Ian
   Director ERL


Soils and human health; potable water quality including real-time sensors for microbial and chemical contaminants: fate of emerging microbial and biological contaminants; water and wastewater reuse

Rasmussen, Craig
   Assistant Professor


Pedogenesis, soil forming processes, response of soil systems to climate change

Rich, Virginia
   Assistant Professor


Microbial communities impact biogeochemistry and global change

Riley, James J.
Associate Professor


International agriculture, arid-land management, halophytes

Rock, Channah
   Assistant Specialist in Water Quality
   Assistant Professor


Molecular pathogen detection, water quality

Sanchez, Charles
   Research Scientist
   Res.Director, Yuma Ag. Center 


Soil fertility, vegetable/fruit crops, environmental impact of fertilizer use

Schaap, Marcel
   Assistant Professor


Environmental physics, measurements and computer modeling of physical transport processes in the environment

Silvertooth, Jeffrey C.
Soil fertility/plant nutrition, soil and water management, salinity and sodicity management

Tuller, Markus
   Associate Professor


Greenhouse gas emissions from natural and managed ecosystems; electromagnetic characterization and physical reclamation of mine tailings; X-Ray Computed Tomography; Modeling of evaporation and hydraulic behavior of soils and porous media

Walworth, James
   Extension Soils Specialist


Soil fertility, plant nutrition, bioremediation, waste management