M&A continued a longstanding tradition this year by awarding the Montgomery Prize to a student from the University of Arizona’s Hydrology & Water Resources Department. The winner was selected by a panel of professionals based on oral presentations at the El Dia del Agua Symposium. This annual 1-day event was held on April 10, 2013. The symposium serves as a research showcase for the Department; this year’s event featured nine student presentations and twenty posters. The award includes $2,000 in cash — a symbol of M&A’s ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in research and communication in the field of hydrology.
The winner of the Montgomery Prize for best oral presentation was Joel Biederman, a Ph.D. student. His presentation, entitled “Compensatory Processes Dampen Impacts of Insect-Induced Forest Die-Off on Catchment Water Balance and Biogeochemical Fluxes,” described his research on how the mountain pine beetle is affecting hydrologic processes in mountain watersheds.