Our Faculty

 

The Master of Science in Water Resource Management has received WASC approval for a launch in the spring of 2014.

Dr. Sharon Benes


Sharon BenesDr. Benes teaches undergraduate courses in soils and crop nutrition and graduate courses in plant nutrition and soil & water relations (salinity, trace elements, agricultural impacts on soil and water quality) at Fresno State. Her research focuses on salinity effects on crop production and the evaluation of salt tolerant forages and halophytes for saline drainage water re-use systems on the Westside San Joaquin Valley. She is co-coordinator of the graduate program and was the recipient of 2001 Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity Award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. She joined the Department of Plant Science at Fresno State in 1998.

 

Dr. Tom Holyoke

Tom HolyokeDr. Holyoke is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Degree in Political Science at Fresno State. A specialist in American politics, Dr. Holyoke teaches courses and conducts research on Congress, interest groups and social movements, and western water politics. He has published over two dozen research articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, and the American Journal of Education. His first book, Competitive Interests, was published in the fall of 2011 by Georgetown University Press. He is currently writing a new book titled Interest Groups and Lobbying: Pursuing Political Interests in America that is under contract with Westview Press and will be published in 2013.

 

Dr. Donald Hunsaker

Donald HunsakerDr. Hunsaker taught classes in introductory environmental science, oceanography/climate change, and atmospheric science in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Fresno State from 2008-2011. During that time he also served as Director of the Institute of Climate Change, Oceans and Atmosphere at Fresno State. He currently resides in Oregon and teaches at Southern Oregon University (Ashland) and Rogue Community College (Medford).

 

 

Dr. Peter K. Van de Water

Peter Van de WaterDr. Van de Water is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Fresno State and coordinator of the Water Resource Management degree program. He teaches Environmental Earth and Life Sciences (NSCI 115), Introduction to Environmental Science (EES4), Geochemistry (GEOL 124), and Terrestrial Paleoecology (EES 126). His interests center on vegetation, ecology and paleoecology and projects that study changes in plants and plant communities from current times to the late Quaternary using macro- and micro-fossils.  

 

Dr. Zhi (Luke) Wang

Zhi (Luke) WangDr. Zhi (Luke) Wang is an Associate Professor of Hydrology and Soil Physics at California State University, Fresno in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is the Coordinator of this GIS Certificate Program. Dr. Wang teaches courses in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, GIS, Geostatistics, Soil and Environmental Sciences. He has many publications in Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, and other peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Wang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering in China, his Ph.D. degree in hydrology from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and his post-doctoral fellowship from the University of California, Riverside. His research on watershed hydrology and environmental hydrogeology has been funded by the US Natural Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, California EPA and California Department of Water Resources.

Dr. William Wright

William WrightDr. Wright is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Civil Engineering at Fresno State. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from U.C. Davis. In 1999 Dr. Wright accepted a position with California State University, Fresno, in the Civil Engineering Program where he is currently responsible for undergraduate and graduate coursework in environmental and water resources engineering. Dr. Wright’s research interests include water and wastewater treatment with an emphasis on removal of taste and odor compounds and nitrate; conversion of food wastes to marketable products; and vapor-phase biofiltration--an air pollution control technology that utilizes microorganisms to degrade volatile contaminants.

Dr. Xiaoming Yang

Xiaoming YangDr. Xiaoming Yang is a Senior Analyst and the interim director of the Geo-spatial Information Center at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. Over the last ten years, Dr. Yang has been involved in more than one hundred different projects that have applied GIS, RS, and GPS technologies to areas ranging from health and human policy analyses, emergency response analysis and modeling, emergency management resource allocation, facility infrastructure inventory, land-use planning, and internet/web based citizen information system development, to county crop mapping, regional water planning, groundwater level and groundwater quality spatial modeling, groundwater rechargeable area mapping, and urban ecology analysis. Dr. Yang received his undergraduate degree in forestry from China. He studied Biometrics, GIS and spatial analysis at the Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.