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Curriculum Vitae
Name: Rodolfo Martinez Morales
Nationality: Mexican

Age: 45 yrs

Marital status: Married

Languages: English, French, native Spanish


Place of Birth and Date: Tezonapa, Veracruz, Mexico on November 24, 1967
Contact information: 

Biology Department, Northern Arizona University

PO Box 5640, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Telephone: office 928-523-6587, Cellular: 928-221-9526

Emails: rodolfo.martinez-morales@nau.edu, rodolfom@hawaiii.edu
 

Education



2006-2010

Ph.D. on Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1910 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822.



1996-1997

One year training on remote sensing and geographical information systems for vegetation and soil mapping. Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara.



1991-1994
M. Sc. in Agronomy and Soil Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1910 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822.

1984-1989

B. Sc. in Agronomy and Soil Science, Soils Department (Departamento de Suelos), Autonomous University of Chapingo (Universidad Autonoma Chapingo), Campus Chapingo, Mexico.


Professional Experience



June 2013-15:

Postdoctoral Scholar at Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University. I am currently working on climate change and drought effects on forests across the US Southwest. My research is focused on developing GIS and remote-sensing methods to determine how various landscape-scale land, vegetation and hydrological processes are changing due to climate change effects and how forest management actions are mitigating short and long term changes.

Undergoing projects:



  • Effect of the 2000s drought on water availability in Arizona’s forests: As surface water supply generated in Arizona derives largely from the forests, assessments on how much drought will affect water supply for stream ecosystems, human consumption and irrigated agriculture downstream are required to prioritize regional and local management. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of ten years of drought in precipitation (PPT) and stream water discharge (SWD) across Northern Arizona forests. The investigation is being carried out through the analysis of existing data on PPT, SWD, and evapotranspiration, in relation with exogenous factors such as elevation, drainage area, and soil, rock and vegetation types.

Submitted proposals as collaborator with Dr. George Koch:

  • Climate change resilience and management of southwestern forests. Unaccepted proposal by the Southwest Climate Science Center in June 2013.

  • Effects of forest fires and management on forest hydrology in the Southwest: an integrated analysis to inform decision-making. Submitted on Dec 11, 2013 and under review by the BLM Joint Fire Science Program.


2011-2013:

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Niamey, Niger: Senior Scientist, Tree-Crop Research Program Head and Head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit.

Human Resources Management: One scientific officer and five technicians as Head of the tree-crop research program; Two GIS specialists as Head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit.
My research focused on integrating environmental, agro-ecological and socio-economic knowledge at landscape and regional scales to increase and diversify agricultural production systems in the dry lands while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts and restoring degraded lands. The overall goal was to develop adoptable and economically viable strategies to increase and diversify smallholder food production, improve the productive capacity of soils and enhance ecosystem services through improvements in soil vegetative cover, nutrient cycling and availability and carbon storage.

Management of funded research projects:




  • Developing an integrated crop-agroforestry approach in Sahelian environments. A three-year project (2011-2014) with a total budget of US$150,000 granted by NGO World Vision.

  • Designing an intensive vegetable production system in the Sahel under irrigation systems operated by solar energy (2011-2013). A two-year project funded by NGO SELF (Solar Electric Light Fund) with a total budget of US$160,000.

  • An integrated strategy for crop-tree-livestock integration in West Africa (2012-2015). A three-year project funded by the McNight Foundation with a total budget of US$300,000.


2010-2011

Director of Terrestrial Science at the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Human resources management:A group that included 5 international scientist and 15 junior scientists and technicians from Ecuador were directly under my supervision.
My research focused on determining anthropogenic impacts in several islands of the Galapagos archipelago from agriculture, ranching, introduced plants and urban expansion.  These activities have contributed to extensive degradation of soil and vegetation resources which greatly affects the health of terrestrial ecosystems, reduces critical habitat for native flora and fauna, and facilitates invasion by introduced species. I collaborated with groups of scientists from the US, England, Germany, France, Australia, Ecuador and agencies of the Government of Ecuador to develop and implement efficient monitoring strategies for terrestrial ecosystems in order to achieve a more complete assessment of ecological conditions at watershed and landscape levels across the islands.

Management of funded research projects:




  • An integrated soil and vegetation survey in Floreana island to assess ecological restoration needs. A one-year project (2010-2011) funded by NGO Galapagos Conservation Trust with a total budget of US$100,000.



2006-2010

Research assistant at the Tropical Agroforestry Laboratory, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

I developed methodologies for the assessment of forest growth, productivity and health at watershed and landscape levels using advanced remote sensing, GIS, GPS and statistical modeling technologies. This project improved existing classification and characterization of individual tree species across a wide range of climates and elevations in the Islands of Hawaii. It also provided more accurate assessments of forest health of important native tree species that will aid development of regional programs to combat the spread of pest and disease.

Grant proposal:


  • In 2008, I developed a grant proposal funded by the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife for the amount of US $20,000 to acquire fine resolution satellite imagery for development of methodologies to detect the spread of koa (Acacia koa) wilt disease across the Islands of Hawaii.

2000-2005


Agricultural Program Coordinator and Head of the Laboratory of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, State Government of Veracruz, Mexico.

Human resources management: three junior managers and 15 technicians were directly under my supervision.

I developed projects that included the elaboration of feasibility studies and environmental impact assessments for the development of government projects on agriculture, forestry, and watershed management using GIS and remote sensing.


Management of funded development projects:

  • Development of a state-wide digital cartography information system in support of the State of Veracruz agricultural development. A two-year project (2004-2005) funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with a total budget of US $200,000.


1995-2000
Researcher at the Laboratory of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Institute of Geography, National University of Mexico.
I collaborated in a 2 year project funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency focused on the assessment of land use change using historical Landsat satellite imagery. Through this program, I established collaboration ties with researchers at the Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara to complete the national forest inventory in Mexico.
1992-1994
Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Agricultural Meteorology, Agronomy and Soil Science Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

I collaborated in a 2-year project funded by NASA focused on the development of micro-meteorological measurement techniques (Eddy-covariance and Bowen-ratio) to quantify fluxes of greenhouse gases such as nitrogen oxides (nitric and nitrous oxide), carbon dioxide, ozone and methane from agricultural areas in Hawaii. These findings were part of the global assessments of tropical agriculture impacts on global warming.


Publications

Martinez Morales, R. (2012). Using Remotely Sensed Imagery for Forest Resource Assessment and Inventory, in Forest Ecosystems-More than Just Trees (Eds. Juan A. Blanco and Yueh-Hsin Lo, http://www.intechopen.com/books/forest-ecosystems-more-than-just-trees), INTECH, Open Access Company, Rijeka, Croatia.



Martinez Morales, R., Idol, T. and Chen, Q. (2012). Classification of Koa (Acacia koa) forest stands across an environmental gradient in Hawai‘i using fine resolution remotely sensed imagery, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(11), 3492-3511.
Martinez Morales, R., Idol, T. and Friday, J.B. (2011). Remote sensing of Acacia koa forest health across elevation and climate gradients in Hawaii, Sensors, 11, 5677-5694; doi:10.3390/s110605677.
Martinez Morales, R. and Idol, T. (2010). Using remote sensing to assess forest structure and growth at the tree level. Hawaii Forest Journal, Vol. 5, August 2010.
Martinez Morales, R. (2010). Differentiation of forest stands, assessment of forest health and silvicultural guidelines for growing and managing the native Hawaiian hardwood Acacia koa. PhD thesis, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Martinez Morales, R., Miura T, and Idol TW. (2008). An assessment of Hawaiian dry forest condition and restoration potential with fine resolution remote sensing. Forest Ecology and Management, 255:2524-2532.
Tosquy, O., Martinez Morales, R. (2005). Comportamiento Agronomico de hibridos de maiz en dos municipios de Veracruz, Mexico. Agronomia Measoamericana, 16(1):7-12.
Martinez Morales, R. (1994). Fluxes of greenhouse gases from a sugarcane field in Hawaii. MSc. Thesis, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Professional Presentations
Martinez-Morales, R., Koch, G. and B. Hungate. Effects of 10 years of drought (2000-2009) on forest hydrology in Northern Arizona. 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, September 16–19, 2013
Martinez-Morales R. and Saidou Abdoussalam. An integrated agro-ecological cropping system strategy to increase sustainable food production and climate change adaptation in West Africa. Global Research Alliance (http://www.theglobalresearchalliance.org) Workshop on measuring greenhouse emissions and climate change adaptation in West Africa. Accra, Ghana, Nov 19-21, 2012.
Martinez-Morales R. and Saidou Abdoussalam. Rock phosphate application and Sesbania (a wild legume shrub) planting: an integrated strategy to double millet and sorghum yields in the Sahel. Integrated Soil Fertility Management Conference (ISFM 2012: From Microbes to market, www.isfmafrica2012.org) Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 22-26, 2012.
Martinez-Morales R. and Saidou Abdoussalam. An integrated agro-ecological cropping system strategy to increase sustainable food production and climate change adaptation in West Africa. CORAF/WECARD agricultural science week. Njamena, Tchad, May, 2012.
Martinez-Morales R, Idol T and Chen Q. Acacia koa forest classification and productivity assessment across environmental gradients in Hawaii using fine resolution remotely sensed imagery. American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly, Toronto, Canada, May 23-27, 2009.
Friday J, Idol T, Scowcroft P and Martinez-Morales R. Carbon Sequestration Possibilities in Koa Forest Restoration. Hawaii Conservation Conference. July 28-30, 2009. Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Honolulu, HI.

Martinez-Morales R, Idol T, Friday JB, and Chen Q. Remote Sensing of Acacia koa Forest Growth, Productivity, and Health Across Elevation and Climate Gradients. Hawaii Conservation Conference. July 28-30, 2008. Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Honolulu, HI.


Friday, J.B., Scowcroft, P., Idol, T., Dudley, N., Haraguchi, J., Meason, D., Martinez-Morales, R. Management of Young Koa Forests. Hawaii Conservation Conference. July 28-30, 2008. Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Honolulu, HI.
Martinez-Morales R and Idol T. Remote Sensing Applications in the Study of Tropical Forest Ecosystems. Graduate Student Symposium. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, April 11-12, 2008.
Martinez-Morales R, Miura T, and Idol T. An assessment of Hawaiian Dry Forest Condition with Fine Resolution Remote Sensing. February 11-15, 2008. USDA Forest Health Monitoring Working Group Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Friday, J.B., Scowcroft, P., Idol, T., Dudley, N., Haraguchi, J., Meason, D., Martinez-Morales, R. Management of Koa Stands. Hawaii Conservation Conference. July 28-30, 2007. Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Honolulu, HI.


Martinez-Morales R, Miura T, and Idol T. Advanced remote sensing methodologies for the assessment of Hawaiian Dry Forest conditions. Hawaii Conservation Conference. July 28-30, 2006. Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Honolulu, HI.
Courses Taught
Principles and applications of remote sensing and GIS technologies for natural resource assessment and management at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Niamey, Niger and Hyderabad, India.
Application of remote sensing and GIS technologies for natural resource assessment and management at the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Principles of Remote Sensing for Vegetation Studies at Los Tuxtlas Biological Station, National University of Mexico (UNAM).
Principles of Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications at University of Veracruz (Universidad Veracruzana) and Postgraduate College (Colegio de Posgraduados) Campus Veracruz, Mexico.
Principles of Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring at various Technological Institutes in Veracruz, Mexico.






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