External Guest

Rebecca Muenich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University


Dr. Muenich has 15+ years of environmental and watershed modeling experience, with a focus on managing agroecosystems and providing policy-relevant solutions. Her work has been used by policymakers and regulators in the Midwest to inform domestic action plans to achieve nutrient load targets. She has published over 43 peer-reviewed articles and received over $14 million in external grants since at ASU. Most of her research is stakeholder-driven, with specific goals of enhancing the long-term sustainability of agricultural and urban systems. She leads a team at ASU that includes 2 postdoctoral scholars, 4 PhD students, 2 MS students, and 5 undergraduate students.

Dr. Muenich’s degrees include a B.S. in biological engineering from the University of Arkansas and an MS and PhD in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute prior to starting at ASU in 2017. She is a Research Scientist with the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance and a member of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers and the American Geophysical Union. She was a recipient of the ASABE Robert E. Stewart Engineering and Humanities Award from ASABE in 2011, named a New Face of ASABE in 2020, inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2020, a recipient of the ASU Faculty Women’s Association’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor award in 2021, and given and Early Career Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas in 2022.

Rebecca Muenich, PhD

Research Projects

This project aims to harmonize water resources infrastructure, such as reservoirs and levees, with agricultural land management across the U.S., pr......
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