Meet the Team

We are a student-led vertically integrated research project at the University of Arizona.  Graduate and undergraduate students from many departments work collaboratively with faculty in hydrology and journalism to learn what it takes to work collaboratively with faculty in hydrology and journalism to create professional quality graphics.

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Water Whys Team Spring 2023

Water Whys Team Fall 2023

Current Students:

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Wilzave Quiles Guzmán

Graduate: Water, Society, and Policy
Involved since: Spring 2023
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Lev Brikmanis

Undergraduate: Enviro. & Water Resource Economics
Involved since: Spring 2023

Danielle Tadych

Graduate Student: Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Involved since: Fall 2023

God’sgift Nkechi Chukwuonye

Graduate Student: Environmental Sciences
Involved since: Fall 2023

Harish Vernekar

Graduate Student: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Involved since: Fall 2023

Taylor Ann Foerster

Graduate Student: Communication
Involved since: Fall 2023

Adriana Arcelay

Graduate Student: Civil Engineering
Involved since: Fall 2023

Interested in joining our project?

You don’t need to be a water expert. We are an interdisciplinary group and we are looking for students with an interest in graphic design, journalism, and physical sciences. All students will learn about the physical processes we will be representing as well as the science behind effective communication. 

To apply you can check out our VIP website.

University of Arizona students only.

Team Advisors:

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Laura Condon

Project Co-Lead
Associate Professor Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
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Sara Kobilka

Project Co-Lead
Education Coordinator
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Megan Roxbury

Graphics Advisor
Senior Graphic Designer, eLearning & Multimedia Services, Eller College of Management
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Liliana Soto

Journalism Advisor
Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Journalism
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Garry Forger

Media Advisor
Project Manager
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Ellie Broadman

Science Advisor
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Past Students and Advisors:

Name Role: Specialty Participated
Carol Schwalbe Faculty: Journalism Spring 2022, Fall 2023, Spring 2023
Ty Ferrie Faculty: Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2022, Fall 2023
Lillie Orth-Williams Undergraduate: Information Science and Esociety Spring 2022, Fall 2023
Denise Meeks Graduate: Science journalism Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Sofia Rodriguez Undergraduate: Geosciences Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Xenia De Gracia Graduate: Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Hisashi Colman Undergraduate:  Biology, Biomedical Sciences Spring 2022
Alexandra Lombard Undergraduate: Microbiology Spring 2022
David Morales Graduate:  Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2022
Chloe Thomas Graduate: Biosystems Engineering Spring 2023
Yike Xu Graduate: Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Spring 2023
Nikhil Garuda Undergraduate: Astronomy, Physics Spring 2023
Sohi Kang Undergraduate: Journalism Spring 2023


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Katie Yung

Graphic Designer
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Amber Sullins

ABC15 Chief Meteorologist (Phoenix)