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.