University of New Mexico Water Resources Program

Valles Caldera UNM Water Resources Program field camp


The science and policy of water

Based at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, the UNM Water Resources Program is a regionally prominent center of expertise on water-related issues and training for environmental professionals, promoting fair, healthy and sustainable solutions to the challenges of water use in New Mexico and the southwest. Drawing from faculty across the university campus, the interdisciplinary program gives students a chance to explore a rich diversity of academic topics related to water, to further their careers and in the process improve the management of water in the arid West. 

New Associate Director, Water Resources, announced

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jingjing Wang as the new Water Resources Associate Director.  She comes to the program with a wealth of experience in environmental and natural resource economics focused on policy research centered on water resources management, nutrient pollution, and clean energy.  Dr. Wang is no stranger to the Water Resources Program and has served on a number of Water Resource graduate student committees and co-taught WR 572 Models class.  She is a member of the leadership team for the university-wide Sustainable Water Grand Challenge and received the UNM New Teacher of the Year Award in 2021-2022.  She is also a member of the Technical Customer Advisory Committee for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

Our thanks to Dr. Bruce Thomson for his work as Interim Associate Director.  His experience and enthusiasm have been invaluable for the Program.

Land Acknowledgement

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the unceded homelands of the Tiwa people, whose descendants today include the Pueblos of Sandia and Isleta. The original peoples of New Mexico – Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), Apache, Comanche, Ute, Genízaro and others – since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who survived colonization throughout the generations, and also acknowledge our only newly committed relationship to Indigenous peoples. We solemnly recognize the history of colonization and genocide not only here in New Mexico, but across the entire world.