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Native Voices in STEM Fall 2022 Seminar Series: Collaborative Hydrology Research with the Navajo Nation
September 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Lani Tsinnajinnie, Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning,
University of New Mexico
Lani Tsinnajinnie is an assistant professor in Community and Regional Planning. Lani is Diné and Filipino and was born and raised in New Mexico. Her home community of
Na’Neelzhiin lies in the easternmost area (also known as “Checkerboard area”) of the Navajo Nation.
Lani received a BS in Environmental Science, a BA in Native American Studies, and a Master of Water Resources degree from the University of New Mexico. Following her
studies at UNM, she received her PhD in Earth and Environmental Science with a dissertation in Hydrology from New Mexico Tech.
Lani’s expertise is in mountain and watershed hydrology. Her research focuses on groundwater and surface water interactions in semiarid mountainous watersheds and
impacts of climate change on mountainous watersheds She’s had previous experience collaborating with the Navajo Nation and other tribes and communities in New Mexico in
the various environmental work she has done and hopes to further collaborate with more Indigenous communities and New Mexican communities.