Matt Foster - Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Matt Foster is a doctoral student of Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. Matt has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources) from University of California, Los Angeles. Matt’s research interests include modeling and analysis of water quality in river basins and coastal zones as well as environmental management in agriculture and aquaculture.
Caroline Huguenin - Geography

Caroline Huguenin is a doctoral student of Dr. Peter Waylen in the Geography Department. Caroline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Costa Rica and a Master’s degree in Water Science and Engineering from UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. Caroline previously served as an Advisory Board member at the Water Youth Network. Her Master’s thesis research focused on using the potential of thermal infrared remote sensing for source apportionment of river discharge and detection of groundwater occurrence in the Mara catchment. Her research interests include hydrology, remote sensing, climate-change scenarios, and working with youth on water issues.
Oswaldo Medina-Ramírez - Anthropology

Oswaldo Medina-Ramírez is a doctoral student of Dr. Jeffrey Johnson in the Anthropology Department. Oswaldo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Socioeconomic Development and Environment from Zamorano University in Honduras, and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development Practice from University of Florida with a specialization in governance and public policy. Oswaldo is a social scientist from Loja, Ecuador, and worked for six years in socioeconomic-related development issues in Ecuador and other Latin American countries with governmental and international organizations. His research interests include public policy, social network analysis, governance, agriculture, and multidimensional approaches to rural and urban socioeconomic development.
Marco Pazmiño-Hernandez - Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Marco Pazmiño-Hernandez is a doctoral student of Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. Marco’s dissertation research focuses on integration and implementation of agent-based modeling in the Tempisque-Bebedero watershed in Costa Rica. This makes him an important member to the Tempisque WIGF cohort, although he is not funded by a WIGF student Fellowship.

Marco is from Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral. Marco received a Master’s degree from University of Florida with emphasis on biofuels and gasification. Marco also earned a minor in Environmental Science in water treatment. Marco’s research interests include surface-runoff modeling, global sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, agent-based modeling, water-quality management in coastal wetlands, and time-series analysis.
Pierre Sosnowski - Department of Environmental Sciences of the Earth and Life Institute (Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium)

Pierre Sosnowski is a doctoral student co-advised by both Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena at University of Florida’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and Dr. Mathieu Javaux at Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve’s Department of Environmental Sciences of the Earth and Life Institute. Pierre holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Bioengineering from Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, specializing in management of soil and water resources. Pierre’s scientific interests focus on links between ecological integrity and hydrological regime of tropical environments, with emphasis on wetland systems such as the Palo Verde wetland in western Costa Rica.
Pierre’s PhD research aims to identify, quantify and model water fluxes and dominant processes controlling Palo Verde wetland’s hydrological partitioning, and develop and calculate a list of representative indicators to assess degree of wetland hydrological alteration and its potential link to ecological degradation. His research findings will help identify effective restoration and management programs for Palo Verde and other wetlands.
Kati Vazquez - Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Kati Vazquez will be a doctoral student of Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department beginning January 2018. Kati received her Bachelor's degree and is completing a Master's degree in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida. As a Water Institute Graduate Fellow, Kati will model coupled human-natural systems in the Tempisque River watershed. Her research interests include links between hydrology and humans, tradeoffs in environmental policy, and water quantity and quality issues.