Morales received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Geography. She was interested in earth and environmental sciences early on by an AP Environmental Science in high school. She hopes to take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of geography by combining remote sensing, GIS, and hydrological analysis with social science theory and methods
Synopsis: The Imperial Valley in southern California, a highly productive agricultural region serves as a large source of winter crops on both national and international levels. The region receives little annual rainfall; and high crop productivity is enabled by irrigation with water from the Colorado River. The enactment of the Quantification Settlement Agreement of 2003, however, reduced the volume of water being transported to the Imperial Valley from the Colorado River, which not only may have impacted crop production, but also farmer livelihoods that depend on a now further- limited water supply.