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Melissa Thaw


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Hydrology, vegetation water use, water resources

PhD Student; Environmental Systems
UC Merced - University of California, Merced

MSc, Water Resources Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013

I research isotope hydrology, soil evaporation and vegetation water use. As an interdisciplinary researcher and friend of wild animals like the wolverine, I am especially interested in mountain hydrology that affects the ecosystem and water resources. At the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, I am currently studying vegetation water sources in order to understand evapotranspiration as a flux from the sub-surface to the atmosphere. I joined the Southern Sierra CZO from Lake Tahoe where I was an advocate for the environment and the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, where I earned a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management.

I am currently a PhD Candidate at U.C. Merced. I have professional profiles on Google Citations and LinkedIn.

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