Indige-FEWSS Faculty & Staff

Faculty Leadership Team


Karletta Chief, PhD | Principal Investigator
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of of Environmental Science
Historian, University of Arizona Native Faculty Association
Discipline: Hydrology and soil physics, tribal extension


Benedict J. Colombi, PhD | Co-PI
Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
Professor, American Indian Studies Department
Affiliate Professor, the School of Anthropology, School of Geography and Development, School of Natural Resources and Environment
Discipline: Indigenous resource management and globalization


Murat Kacira, PhD | Co-PI
Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering
Discipline: Biosystems Engineering (BE)


Kimberly Ogden, PhD | Co-PI
Professor, Department of Chemical &Environmental Engineering, Biosystems Engineering
Co-Director, WEST Center
Discipline: Bioreactor design for water purification, food and fuel


Erin L. Ratcliff, PhD | Co-PI
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Discipline: Thin film organic semiconductors for solar energy

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Robert Arnold | Senior Personnel
Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Management
Discipline: Wastewater reclamation and reuse


Vasiliki (Vicky) Karanikola, PhD | Senior Personnel
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Discipline: water treatment 

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Benita Litson | Senior Personnel
Director of Diné College Land Grant Office
Discipline: Tribal College Education, Extension Education


Kelly Simmons-Potter, PhD | Senior Personnel
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optical Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
Discipline: Photovoltaic materials, devices and systems aging and reliability


Valerie Shirley, PhD | Senior Personnel
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, American Indian Studies - GIDP
Discipline: Indigenous, teacher and multicultural education

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External Evaluator


Jennifer Fields, M.A. | External Evaluator
Director, Societal Impacts
Discipline: Evaluation, assessment, and education research


Torran Anderson | Community Engagement Coordinator 
Arizona Institutes for Resilience | ENR2 Building | 1064 E Lowell Street PO Box 210137 Tucson, AZ 85721-0137
(520) 621-3794


Cara Duncan Shopa, M.A. | Program Coordinator
Arizona Institutes for Resilience | ENR2 Building | 1064 E Lowell Street PO Box 210137 Tucson, AZ 85721-0137
(520) 621-3791


Nizhoni Greyeyes | Student Administrative Assistant

Love Foster-Malave | Student Administrative Assistant