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UNCE names state water resources specialist

Posted 2/5/2008

Fulton brings in strong education background in social sciences and natural resources

LAS VEGAS --- Evan Fulton, Ph.D., joined the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff on Jan. 1 as the new state water resources specialist for 17 Nevada counties.

"I anticipate working with both large and small communities and water stakeholders to research water resource issues," Fulton said. "I plan to bring the best data the University of Nevada, Reno can offer and to educate and assist stakeholders in their efforts to manage Nevada's waters."

Fulton brings solid experience and research in water resources from Minnesota and Colorado. His field research included a study of agricultural practices in southeastern Minnesota and its relationship to ground water contamination by agricultural chemicals. Fulton also conducted a study of the participation in the Dolores River Project by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in southwestern Colorado.

Most recently, Fulton was the director of development for the Midwestern office of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, a non-profit organization that works in the rural United States by improving the drinking water among lower income communities.

"This interest emerged from examinations of cross-cultural approaches to water rights and water use, and studies in the field of common resources management," Fulton said. "My goals are to better understand how socially and culturally diverse peoples can work out arrangements to manage water across different types of boundaries: geographic, political, economic, technical and ideological."

Fulton earned a doctorate degree in social sciences and natural resources policy and a master's in social and cultural anthropology.

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