Resume

Josué Medellín-Azuara

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Watershed Sciences
University of California; Davis
Davis, California 95616

Tel. (530) 754-9354
Cel. (530) 574-8019
jmedellin@ucdavis.edu
URL://watershed.ucdavis.edu/medellin

Research Interests

  • Large scale hydro-economic modeling for water management and policy analysis
  • Water management for agricultural, environmental and urban uses
  • Agricultural production adaptation to drought and climate change
  • Consumptive water use in agriculture using remote sensing
  • Impact analysis using partial and general equilibrium models
  • Data management software systems

Education

Ph.D. (2006) Ecology-Environmental Policy Analysis. University of California, Davis

    Dissertation: Economic-Engineering Analysis of Water Management for Restoring the Colorado River Delta, Mexico. Professor, Jay R. Lund.

M.S. (2003) Agricultural and Resource Economics. University of California, Davis.

M.B.A. (1998) Escuela de Graduados en Alta Dirección de Empresa. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México.

B.S. (1993) Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México.

Honors and Awards

  • International Association of Hydrogeologists, Hydrogeology Journal, Editor's Choice Article for 2015, Paper Medellín-Azuara et al. (2015).
  • American Geophysical Union, Water Resources Research. Editor’s Choice Award (2011). Paper Harou, Medellín-Azuara et al. (2010).
  • Mexican National Network of Researchers (Sistema Nacional Investigadores), Level I, September 2010 to date.
  • Mexican National Chamber of the Editorial Industry (CANIEM) award for the book: “El Agua en México”, in the category of economic essay, October 2009.
  • UC Davis Jastro-Shields Graduate Scholarship, 2005, Graduate Studies, UC Davis
  • CONACYT-UC MEXUS Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2005, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (México)
  • ITESM Undergraduate Education Scholarship, 1992-1993, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (México)
  • ITESM Academic Excellence Scholarship, 1986-1989, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (México)

Professional Experience

Academia

2015 to present, Associate Research Engineer Step I. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California Davis.

2015, Visiting Professor. Instituto de Pesquisas Hidraulicas. Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

2013-2015, Associate Project Scientist Step II. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California Davis.

2011-2013, Assistant Project Scientist Step IV. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California Davis.

2009-2011, Assistant Project Scientist Step III. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California Davis.

2007-2009, Postdoctoral Scholar, Professor Jay R. Lund, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor Richard E. Howitt, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Davis.

2005-2006, Graduate Student Researcher, Professor Jay R. Lund. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis.

2003-2005, Director, Aquatic Toxicology Outreach Program (ATOP). Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis.

2002-2005, Graduate Student Researcher. Professor J. Edward Taylor. Dept. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Davis.

Consulting

2007, Natural Heritage Institute, San Francisco, California. Development of water management scenarios for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo Basin.

2005-2006, El Colegio de México and The World Bank. Project: México Economic Sector Work (ESW) Economic Assessment of Policy Interventions in the Water Sector. Evaluation of policy

Industry

1997-2000, Environmental Coordinator. Navistar, formerly International Truck and Engine Corporation Mexico. Management of water treatment, waste disposal, air emission reporting and government permitting. Escobedo, Nuevo León, México.

2005-2006, Plant Engineer. Corporativo Copamex, S.A. de C.V. Supervision and plant engineering for a Pulp and Paper corporation. Garza García, Nuevo León, México.

Selected Publications

Referred Journal Papers

Fraga, C.C., Marques, G.F., Medellín-Azuara, J. (In Press). Planning for Infrastructure Expansion of Urban Water Supply Portfolios with an Integrated Simulation-Optimization Approach. Submitted to Journal of Cleaner Production.
Forni, L. Medellín-Azuara,  J. Purkey D. Howitt, R. E. and Tansey M. (2016). Integrating Complex Economic and Hydrologic Planning Models: An Application for Drought under Climate Change Analysis Water Resources and Economics, Water Resources and Economics.
Sandoval-Romero, F., Valdivia-Alcalá, R., Cuevas-Alvarado, C.M., Hernández-Ortiz, J., Medellín-Azuara, J., Hernandez-Avila, A. Voloración Económica del Agua Potable en la Delagación Iztapalapa, D.F. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Agrícolas 7(6):1467-1475.
Medellín-Azuara, J. (2016). The California Case: Managing Groundwater in Irrigated Agriculture. Harvard College Review of Environment and Society, 3:11-12. Invited contribution.
Nelson, T; H Chou; P Zikalala; J Lund; R Hui and J Medellín-Azuara (2016). Economic and Water Supply Effects of Ending Groundwater Overdraft in California's Central Valley. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 14(1).
Nelson, T; R Hui; J Lund and J Medellín-Azuara (2016). Reservoir Operating Rule Optimization for California's Sacramento Valley. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 14(1).
MacEwan, D; R Howitt and J Medellín-Azuara (2016). Combining Physical and Behavioral Response too Salinity. Water Economics and Policy, 02(01),1650010.
Medellín-Azuara J, MacEwan D, Howitt R, Kourakos G, Dogrul E, Brush C, Kadir T, Harter T, Melton F, Lund J (2015) Hydro-economic analysis of groundwater pumping for irrigated agriculture in California’s Central Valley, USA. Hydrogeology Journal 23: 1205-1216 DOI 10.1007/s10040-015-1283-9. Winner Editor Choice Award 2015.
Mayzelle M, Viers J, Medellín-Azuara J, Harter T (2015) Economic Feasibility of Irrigated Agricultural Land Use Buffers to Reduce Groundwater Nitrate in Rural Drinking Water Sources. Water 7: 12-37.
Medellín-Azuara, J. Howitt, R.E. Hanak, E., Lund, J.R. and Fleenor, W.E. (2014). Agricultural Losses from Salinity in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science Journal. 12(1):1-16.
Null, S. Medellín-Azuara, J., Escriva-Bou, A., Lent, M., Lund, J.R. (2014) Optimizing the dammed: Water supply losses and fish habitat gains from dam removal in California. Journal of Environmental Management, 136:121-131.
Sicke, W.S., Lund, J.R., and Medellín-Azuara, J. (2013). Climate Change Adaptations for California’s San Francisco Bay Area Water Supplies. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change. 3(3):292-315.
Cahill, R., Lund, J.R., DeOreo, B., Medellín-Azuara, J., (2013). Household water use and conservation models using Monte Carlo techniques. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 10(4):4869-4900.
Medellín-Azuara, J, Rosenstock, T., Howitt, R.E., Harter, T., Jessoe, K., Dzurella, K., Pettygrove, S., Lund, Jay R. (2013) Agro-Economic Analysis of Nitrate Crop Source Reductions. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. 139(5):501-511.
Howitt, R.E., Medellín-Azuara, J, MacEwan, D.M, and Jay R. Lund, (2012) Calibrating Disaggregate Economic Models of Agricultural Production and Water management, Environmental Modeling and Software. 38:244-258.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Howitt, R.E. and Harou, J.J. (2012). Predicting farmer responses to water pricing, rationing and subsidies assuming profit maximizing investment in irrigation technology. Agricultural Water Management, 108:73-82
Medellín-Azuara, J. Howitt, R.E., MacEwan, D.M. and Lund, J.R. (2012) Economic Impact of Agricultural Climate Related Yield Changes in California. Climatic Change, 109(1):387-405.
Connell, C.R., Medellín-Azuara, J., Lund, J.R. and Madani, K. (2012). Adapting California’s water system to warm vs. warm-dry climates. Climatic Change, 109(1):103-149.
Tanaka, S.K., C. Connell, K. Madani, J. Medellín-Azuara, J. Lund, E. Hanak, (2011) "Economic Costs and Adaptations for Alternative Regulations of California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta," San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Harou. J.: Howitt, R.E. (2010). Estimating economic value of agricultural water under changing conditions and the effects of spatial aggregation. Science of the Total Environment, 408(23):5639-5648. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.08.013.
Harou, J., Medellín-Azuara, J., Zhu, T., Tanaka, S., Lund, J., Stine, S., Olivares, M. and M. Jenkins (2010) Extreme Drought and Water Management in California. Water Resources Research, 46(W05522): 1-12. Winner of the Editor’s Choice Award in Water Resources Research.
Harou, J., Pulido-Velazquez, M.A., Rosenberg, D.E., Medellín-Azuara, J., Lund, J.R., Howitt, R.E. (2009), Hydro-economic Models: Concepts, Design, Applications, and Future Prospects, Journal of Hydrology, 375:334-350.
Waller-Barrera, C., Mendoza-Espinosa, L. G., Medellín-Azuara, J. and J.R. Lund, (2009) Optimización económico-ingenieril del suministro agrícola y urbano: una aplicación de reúso del agua en Ensenada, Baja California, Revista Ingeniería Hidráulica en México, 24(4):87-103.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Mendoza-Espinosa, L.G., Lund, J.R., Harou, J.J., and Howitt, R.E. (2009) Virtues of simple hydro-economic optimization networks: Baja California, México. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(11):3470-3478.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Lund, J.R., Howitt, R.E. (2009). A calibrated agricultural water demand model for three regions in northern Baja California, Agrociencia, 43(2):83-96.
Medellín-Azuara, J., L.G. Mendoza-Espinosa, J.R. Lund, and R.E. Howitt (2008). Hydro-economic analysis of water supply for the binational tranboundary region of Baja California, Mexico, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply8(2):189-196.
Medellín-Azuara, J. Harou, J.J., Olivares, M.A., Madani, K., Lund, J.R., Howitt, R.E., Tanaka, S., Jenkins, M.W., and Zhu, T. (2008) Adaptability and Adaptations of California’s Water Supply System to Dry Climate Warming. Climatic Change, 87 (Suppl 1):S75–S90.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Lund, J.R. and Howitt, R.E. (2007) Water Supply Analysis for Restoring the Colorado River Delta, México. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 133(5):462-471.
Medellín-Azuara, J., Mendoza-Espinosa, L.G., Lund, J.R., Ramirez-Acosta, R.J. (2007). The application of economic-engineering optimization for water management in Ensenada, Baja California, México. Water Science and Technology, 55(1-2):339-347.
Medellín-Azuara, J. and J.R. Lund (2006). Systems Analysis for Restoring the Lower Colorado River Delta. Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, 19(1) 2006.

Books and Book Chapters

Medellín-Azuara, J., Howitt, R.E. and J.R. Lund. Modeling Economic-Engineering Responses to Drought- The California Case (2013). In Schwabe et al. Eds. (2013) Drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments: A Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Country Perspective. Springer Publishing, Dordrecht: 341-356.
Medellín-Azuara, Josué, Howitt, R.E. and Lund, J.R. (2011). Hydro-economic modeling to assess climate impact and adaptation for agriculture in California in Dinar and Mendelsohn (eds). Handbook of Climate Change and Agriculture. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Medellín-Azuara J, Mirchi A, Madani K (2011) Water supply for agricultural, environmental and urban uses in California’s borderlands:201-212.
Guerrero, H., Yunez-Naude A. and Medellín-Azuara, J., (2008). El Agua en México: Consecuencias de las políticas de intervención en el sector. Lecturas El Trimestre Económico 100. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Howitt, R.E. and Medellín-Azuara, J. (2008) Un Modelo Regional Agrícola de Equilibrio Parcial: El Caso de la Cuenca del Río Bravo in Guerrero, H., Yunez-Naude, A. and Medellín-Azuara, J. ed. El Agua en México: Consecuencias de las políticas de intervención en el sector. Lecturas El Trimestre Económico 100. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Ramírez-Acosta, R.J., Mendoza-Espinosa, L.G., Medellín-Azuara, J. y Lund, J.R. (2006). Economía, población y eficiencia para el abastecimiento futuro de agua potable en Baja California, en Mungaray-Lagarda, A. y Ocegueda-Hernández, J.M. (Ed.), Estudios Económicos sobre Baja California. (p. 199), México, D.F.: Miguel Angel Porrúa.