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.
Daniel Penniman - School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Daniel Penniman is a doctoral student being co-advised by Dr. Greg Kiker in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Dr. Christine Angelini in Environmental Engineering Sciences. Daniel received his Bachelor's degree in Food and Resource Economics and his Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida. His undergraduate curriculum focused on international development, and his Master's research on the economic competitiveness of green infrastructure. After graduating, Daniel worked professionally as a consultant in the energy/mining sector and for a state government agency, performing ecological fieldwork and environmental compliance assessments. His research interests include watershed management, ecological restoration and addressing the failures of environmental regulations in bringing about intended ecological outcomes.
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.