Sharon Megdal

Sharon Megdal

Director - Water Resources Research Center
Professor - Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Director - Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) Program

Adaptation programs/projects:

Groundwater Governance and Management Arizona Water Banking Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management

Selected publications:

  • Eden, S., S.B. Megdal, E. Shamir, K. Chief, and K. Mott Lacroix, 2016. Opening the Black Box: Using a Hydrological Model to Link Stakeholder Engagement with Groundwater Management. Water, 8(5), 216; doi: 10.3390/w8050216.
  • Mott Lacroix, K.E., B. Xiu, J. Nadeau, and S.B. Megdal, 2016. Synthesizing environmental flow needs data for water management in a water-scarce state: The Arizona environmental water demands database. River Research and Applications, 32: 234 –244. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2858.
  • Megdal, S.B., P. Dillon, and K. Seasholes, 2014. Water banks: Using managed aquifer recharge to meet water policy objectives. In Megdal, S.B., and Dillon, P. (eds.), [Special Issue on Policy and Economics of Managed Aquifer Recharge and Water Banking]. Water 6(6):1500-1514.
  • Shamir, E., S.B. Megdal, C. Carrillo, C.L. Castro, H-I Chang, K. Chief, F.E. Corkhill, S. Eden, K.P. Georgkakos, K.M. Nelson, and J. Prietto, 2014. Climate change and water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River, Arizona, J. Hydrology, 520: 18-33. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.11.062
  • Megdal, S., R.G. Varady, and S. Eden, eds., 2013. Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, in coop. with UNESCO IHE.
  • Scott, C.A., S. Megdal, L.A. Oroz, J. Callegary, P. Vandervoet, 2012. Climate change and population growth impacts on the transboundary Santa Cruz aquifer. Climate Research, 51: 159-170.

Education/employment highlights:

  • President-Elect of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR)
  • Member of the board of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and the Western Rural Development Center
  • Elected member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors


  • Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University
  • M.A., Economics, Princeton University
  • A.B., Economics, Rutgers University
Expertise Area
Public Policy and Governance
Transboundary Water
Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand