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Emile Elias

Emile Elias is a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Director at the USDA Southwest Climate Hub.  She holds a MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a PhD in Hydrology from Auburn University. Her research interests include land use and climate change impacts on hydrology, water quality and agricultural communities in the Southwestern United States. Emile collaborates with partners to study and report on the impacts of regional changes on water resources, agriculture and interconnected communities reliant on these resources. This includes publishing in traditional peer-reviewed scientific journals, developing tools for informed decision-making and managing science synthesis projects. She has reported on the impacts of climate change on snowmelt runoff in western streams and the cumulative impacts of these changes. She is serving as one of the authors on the Southwestern Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment. When not studying water, she likes to play on, in and around lakes, streams and rivers with her family.

Featured Work

Elias, E., Rango, A., Smith, R., Maxwell, C., Steele, C., & Havstad, K. (2016). Climate Change, Agriculture and Water Resources in the Southwestern United StatesJournal of Contemporary Water Research & Education158(1), 46-61.

Elias, E., Schrader, T. S., Abatzoglou, J. T., James, D., Crimmins, M., Weiss, J., & Rango, A. (2017). County-level climate change information to support decision-making on working landsClimatic Change, 1-15.

Emile Elias


  • Director, USDA Southwest Climate Hub
  • Research Hydrologist


USDA Southwest Climate Hub, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range


USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range,
PO Box 30003 MSC 3JER,
Las Cruces,
NM 88001

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Focus Area

  • Water resources, hydrology, water quality
  • Climate impacts on agriculture