University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow
Ashley Hullinger is a 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow and research analyst at the UArizona Water Resources Research Center. She manages the Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems program, which includes several counties in Arizona.
Hullinger’s work involves developing accessible tools and approaches to understand complex water resource issues and to promote sustainable water management throughout Arizona, especially in rural watersheds. As part of the Arizona Cooperative Extension, she works in communities facing issues that consider the people and history that have contributed to current conditions. Her work has been based primarily in Graham, Greenlee and Gila counties, where she has led scenario planning, geospatial analysis, water supply and demand studies, and process design for effective stakeholder engagement. She holds a UArizona master’s degree in urban planning with a concentration in water resources and bachelor of arts degrees in history and geography from the University of Kansas.
Hullinger noted that as difficult as COVID-19 has been, something positive can come from it. “Especially in challenging times, public awareness about the value and interdependence of social, economic and natural systems can grow,” she said. “I seek to innovate the platforms and virtual tools that engage Arizonans to learn about water and participate in decisions that impact sustainable natural resources for future generations.”