Gabriela joined the USDA California Climate Hub in August, 2022 as a postdoctoral scholar. In this role, she will use economic modeling techniques to characterize water use impacts and relative efficiency of differing adaptation strategies using data and key insights synthetized in the Water Adaptation Techniques for Resilience (WATR) catalog.
Prior to joining the Climate Hub, Gabriela received her doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Her dissertation research focused on quantifying how depletion of groundwater stocks reduces the flow of economic value and the production of goods from the resource in the context of the High Plains Aquifer in the central US. The dissertation also provides new insights on the potential of collective efforts by irrigators to manage the resource. As graduate student, Gabriela was a trainee in the Rural Resource Resiliency Traineeship Program funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct interdisciplinary research to solve the challenges of creating sustainable food, energy, and water systems in semi-arid regions such as Kansas.