Dr. Alexandra D. Lutz

Associate Research Professor Hydrogeology
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water resources, global development, climate

Professional Interests

My objective is to conduct research on groundwater sustainability as related to climate changes in West Africa and Nevada. Groundwater is being developed to meet domestic and agricultural needs in both locations, though the long-term sustainable yield is not known. To continue answering questions about sustainable yield, I anticipate continuing and expanding study sites in Mali and Ghana. Closer to home, I would like to examine how climate change will affect groundwater resources in Nevada. With a rapidly-growing population and limited water resources, Nevada faces issues similar to those in West Africa.

Research Areas

  • Groundwater
  • Sustainability
  • Recharge
  • Water Quality

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno Hydrogeology
M.S. University of Nevada, Reno Civil Engineering
M.A. University of Nevada, Reno German Literature
B.A. University of Vermont Economics and German Literature

Publications & Presentations

2016

Lutz, A. D., Crews, J. B., Pearson, C., Apambire, W. (2016). Final Report to Water4, July 6, 2016
Tang, G., Carroll, R. W., Lutz, A. D. (2016). Regulation of precipitation-associated vegetation dynamics on catchment water balance in a semiarid and arid mountainous watershed., Ecohydrology, 9, (7), 1248-1262, doi: 10.1002/eco.1723

2015

Carroll, R. W., Huntington, J. L., Lutz, A. D., Snyder, K., Niswonger, R. (2015). Vegetation and hydrologic response to climate in the Great Basin, (Invited) American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Craig, L., Lutz, A. D., Berry, K. A., Yang, W. (2015). Recommendations for ?uoride limits in drinking water based on estimated daily ?uoride intake in the Upper East Region, Ghana, Science of the Total Environment, 532, 127-137, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.05.126
Fisher, M. B., Shields, K. F., Chan, T. U., Christenson, E., Cronk, R. D., Leker, H., Samani, D., Apoya, P., Lutz, A. D., Bartram, J. (2015). Understanding handpump sustainability: Determinants of rural water source functionality in the Greater Afram Plains region of Ghana., Water Resources Research, 51, (10), 8431-8449, doi: 10.1002/2014WR016770
Holt, S. E., Lutz, A. D., Saga, B., Berger, D. L., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W. (2015). Developing an approach for a three-dimensional hydrogeologic framework to find water in Northern Ghana, Open Journal of Modern Hydrology, 5, 105-120, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojmh.2015.54010
Lutz, A. D., Holt, S. E., Saga, B., Apambire, W. (2015). Groundwater resources and well-drilling challenges How can we increase drilling success rates?, The 2015 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference: NCED Conference Center and Hotel, Norman, OK, September 21, 2015-September 23, 2015
Lutz, A. D., Minyila, S., Saga, B., Diarra, S., Apambire, W., Thomas, J. M. (2015). Fluctuation of Groundwater Levels and Recharge Patterns in Northern Ghana, Climate, 3, 1-15, doi: 10.3390/cli3010001

2014

Abatzoglou, J. T., Hegewisch, K., Carroll, R. W., Lutz, A. D., Leising, J. F., Rajagopal, S., Brooks, K., Thomas, J. M. (2014). Impacts of a Changing Climate on Water Resources in the Eastern Great Basin, DRI, DRI Report No. 41266
Beers, T., Weaver, S., Nejmeh, B., Lutz, A. D. (2014). A Remote Pump Monitoring System, AWRA 2014 Summer Specialty Conference INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: FROM THEORY TO APPLICATION: Reno, NV, June 30, 2014-July 2, 2014
Holt, S. E., Lutz, A. D., Berger, D., Saga, B., Boi-Addo, K., Apambire, W., Thomas, J. M. (2014). Developing a Three-dimensional hydrogeologic Framework for Water Management in Northern Ghana, West Africa, AWRA 2014 Summer Specialty Conference INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT:: Reno, NV, June 30, 2014-July 2, 2014
Leising, J. F., Lutz, A. D. (2014). The Range Fraction: An Applied Method to Characterize Regional Groundwater Responses, Environmental Monitoring Assessment

2013

Apambire, W., Thomas, J. M., Lutz, A. D. (2013). The Desert Research Institute's WASH Capacity Building Efforts over the last 20 years in West Africa, University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference: Norman, OK, September 23, 2013-September 25, 2013, Accepted
Eshchanov, R., Nurmetov, J., Lutz, A. D., Shanafield, M., Hoyjaz, J., Lamers, J. (2013). Preventing Water Loss through Agricultural Canals in an Arid Region: A Case Study from Khorezm, Uzbekistan, Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability: Hiroshima, Japan, January 23, 2013-January 25, 2013
Jabbarov, K., Eshchanov, R., Matniyazova, G., Lutz, A. D., Shanafield, M., Lamers, J. (2013). Canal Lining to Increase Water Use Efficiency and Remediate Groundwater Levels in Khorezm, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, International Journal of Agriculture: Research and Review, 3, (4), 742-750
Lutz, A. D., Apambire, W., Thomas, J. M. (2013). Estimating water storage in Northern Ghana, University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference: Norman, OK, September 23, 2013-September 25, 2013, Accepted
Lutz, A. D., Diarra, S., Thomas, J. M., Ayamsegna, J. (2013). Drinking Water from Hand-Pumps in Mali, Niger, and Ghana, West Africa: Review of Health Effects, Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 5, (8A)
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Diarra, S. (2013). Chemistry of Hand-Pump Waters in Ghana, Mali, and Niger, West Africa: Potential Health Effects, The Fourteenth International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Avignon, France, June 9, 2013-June 14, 2013
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Diarra, S. (2013). Chemistry of Hand-Pump Waters in Ghana, Mali, and Niger, West Africa: Potential Health Effects, Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, 541-545

2012

Abatzoglou, J. T., Diehl, H., Leising, J. F., Lutz, A. D., Redmond, K. T., Thomas, J. M. (2012). Evaluation of Climate Change Effects on Water Resources in Eastern Nevada, DRI Publication Number: 41255
Thomas, J. M., Redmond, K. T., Lutz, A. D., Abatzoglou, J. T., Stone, M. C., McCurdy, G. D., Earman, S. B., Leising, J. F., Donovan, D. J. (2012). Preliminary Evaluation of Climate Change Effects on Water Resources in Eastern Nevada, Ed. Lutz, A. D., 82, Desert Research Institute Publication prepared for the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, DRI Publication Number 41252

2011

Lutz, A. D. (2011). Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Water: Sub-Saharan Africa, Eds. Blanco, J., Kheramand, H., In Climate Change, Socioeconomic Effects, Intech: Croatia
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Abatzoglou, J. T., Diehl, H. (2011). Analysis of Observational Data: Hydroclimate Trends at Sites in Eastern Nevad, American Water Resources Association, Annual Water Resources Conference: Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 7, 2011-November 10, 2011
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Keita, M. (2011). Effects of population growth and climate variability on sustainable groundwater in Mali, West Africa, Sustainability, 3, 1, 21-34, doi: 10.3390/su3010021
Thomas, J. M., Redmond, K. T., Lutz, A. D., Abatzoglou, J. T., Stone, M. C., McCurdy, G. D., Earman, S. B., Leising, J., Donovan, D. (2011). Preliminary Evaluation of Climate Change Effects on Water Resources in Eastern Nevada, DRI Report No. 41252

2010

Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Panorska, A. K. (2010). Environmental controls on stable isotope precipitation values over Mali and Niger, West Africa, Environmental Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s12665-010-0655-7
Thomas, J. M., Lutz, A. D. (2010). Engaging students in water resources issues in developing countries, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13, 2010-December 17, 2010

2009

Heyvaert, A. C., Chandra, S., Fritsen, C. H., Hershey, R. L., Moser, D. P., Stone, M. C., Bruckner, J., Lutz, A. D., Memmot, J., Umek, J., Thomas, J. M. (2009). Contemporary Limnology of Walker Lake, Nevada, In Restoration of a Desert Lake in an Agriculturally Dominated Watershed: The Walker Lake Basin
Heyvaert, A. C., Lutz, A. D., Memmott, J. C., Thomas, J. M., Stone, M. C. (2009). Development and application of a limnological database and ecological model for Walker Lake in western Nevada, USA., International Symposium on Terminus Lakes: Reno, Nevada
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Keita, M. (2009). Ground Water Level Monitoring in Mali and Ghana, West Africa, Groundwater Summit: Tucson, AZ
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2009). Ground Water Level Monitoring in Mali and Ghana, West Africa - Ground Water Management Under Climate Change: Implications for Developing Countries, National Ground Water Association, Ground Water Summit: Tucson, New Mexico, April 22, 2009-April 22, 2009
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2009). Sustainability of ground water in Mali, West Africa, Environmental Geology, 58, 1441-1450, doi: 10.1007/s00254-008-1646-9

2008

Susfalk, R. B., Sada, D. W., Martin, C., Young, M. H., Gates, T., Rosamond, C. L., Mihevc, T. M., Arrowood, T., Shanafield, M., Epstein, B., Lutz, A. D., Woodrow, J., Miller, G., Smith, D. (2008). Evaluation of Linear Anionic Polyacrylamide (LA-PAM) Application to Water Delivery Canals for Seepage Reduction

2007

Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2007). Groundwater Resource Sustainability in Mali, National Ground Water Association Groundwater Summit: Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29, 2007-May 3, 2007
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., Keita, M., Apambire, W., McKay, W. A. (2007). Ground Water Resource Sustainability in the Bani Area of Mali
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., McKay, W. A. (2007). Groundwater resource sustainability in the Nabogo Basin of Ghana, West Africa, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 49, 61-70, doi: 10.10116/j.jafrearsci.2007.06.004

2005

Ayamsegna, J. A., Apambire, W., Thomas, J. M., Lutz, A. D. (2005). Groundwater quality assessment, treatment, and monitoring in the Greater Afram Plains and northern region of Ghana, Groundwater Summit: San Antonio, Texas
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M. (2005). West Africa Water Initiative: Water Chemistry Field Method Manual, Release 1.1, DRI Report No. 41222
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W., Ayamsegna, J. A., McKay, W. A. (2005). Groundwater resource sustainability in the Nabogo Basin of Northern Ghana
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W., Ayamsegna, J., McKay, W. A. (2005). Groundwater resource sustainability in a small watershed in northern Ghana, National Groundwater Association: San Antonio, TX

2004

Young, M. H., Grey, K., Lutz, A. D. (2004). West Africa Water Initiative: Users Manual WAWI Database Manager Version 1.2, DRI Report No. 41221

2000

McDonald, C., Lutz, A. D. (2000). Staff Report on Recommendation to Remove Pine Creek from the 303(d) List, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region

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