Zachary Sugg is a non-resident fellow with Water in the West and the Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, working on research seeking to understand how improving water users’ and managers’ access to data and analytical tools could lead to more transparent, timely, and efficient water management decisions. This research will evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of open source data analysis tools for water allocation decision-making in the Sacramento River Basin and for groundwater recharge planning in Central Valley farming areas.
Dr. Sugg is a human-environment geographer with research interests in water governance in the American West; water transfers and markets; rural-urban natural resource politics; and international transboundary water governance.
Prior to his fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Sugg was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Southwest Studies Program at Colorado College. Zachary has PhD and MA degrees in Geography from the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Water Policy, also from the University of Arizona. He holds a BS in Geography with honors from Texas A&M University, College Station.