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Nagler, Pamela
Physical Scientist
Physical Geography
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Work Address:
125 Biological Sciences East, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Telephone Number:
(520) 626-1472; FAX: (520) 670-5001
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Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Pamela Nagler grew up in Atlanta, where her parents cultivated an early enthusiasm for adventure and an intense intrigue for people and places by traveling. Pamela's interest in topography and, more specifically, geomorphology developed naturally through her direct experiences with a variety of lands and cultures throughout her early school years. Her first experiences with USGS was as a hydrology technician while she was in high school, working for the Water Resources Division. Early in her undergraduate career, she was interested in Geology until a professor encouraged her to study Geography, as way to study the relationship between humans and the physical sciences. After obtaining a B.S. in Geography, Pamela interned with the late Barry Bishop at the National Geographic Society, where she was greatly influenced to pursue her passion for geography as a career. She then worked for the Solid Waste Division of the EPA, but wanted to pursue her interests in remote sensing skills to identify Superfund Cleanup Sites. She then took a position with the Defense Mapping Agency to apply remote sensing technology for environmental applications, but realized quickly she was better off going to graduate school. While obtaining a M.S. in Geography, Remote Sensing Science, Pamela gained experience and skills needed to address environmental applications, and took an assistantship with the USDA, Agriculture Research Service. Here, she helped develop techniques using hyperspectral data to distinguish soil from litter in the landscape. Pamela continued this research in Japan with a fellowship with NSF and took some time to travel throughout Asia before starting her Ph.D. research with Dr. Alfredo Huete at the UofA. Pamela's dissertation research was on the Colorado River delta in Mexico and her post-doctoral work with Dr. Ed Glenn, also from the UofA, was funded through a grant from NASA.

After her Ph.D. coursework, Pamela was engaged in additional research on seaweeds in Molokai, HI and phytoremediation with the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, as well as participating in international collaboration on border issues (estuary, wetland, riparian habitat conservation and water policy) and working with the border regions in collaboration with tribes, local, state, federal government, and non-profits agencies. During this time, Pamela also ran the Colorado River Delta information exchange and participated as a member of the NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for CRD. While she was synthesizing her work with the Delta Riparian Corridor research and starting to collaborate with other agencies on finding information on evapotranspiration rates of riparian and upland plants, Steve Gloss, SDRS Ecologist, contacted Dr. Nagler to work on a restoration project at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge to acquire information on evapotranspiration rates for cottonwood trees, and she gladly became a member of USGS again. Currently, Dr. Nagler balances her research and commitment to SDRS with adjunct faculty positions in two departments, including SNR and SWES at the University of Arizona. Pamela continues to feed her carefree and creative cravings by traveling, photography, camping, making pottery, watching live bands, and reading voraciously.

  • Expertise
    • Applications in Ecology
    • Evapotranspiration
    • Plant Physiology
    • Spatial Information Systems
  • Education
    • Ph.D. 2001, Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ
    • M.A. 1997, Geography, University of Maryland. College Park, MD
    • B.S. 1989, Geography, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL

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