Dr. Laura Elisa Garza Diaz

Area Water Quality, Quantity, and Climate Change Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE)
890 North Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
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Also in:
Lake County



Hello, I'm Laura Garza, the UCCE Area Water Quality, Quantity, and Climate Change Advisor for Mendocino and Lake Counties. My work focuses on developing water and climate resilience strategies for water supply and water demand challenges. I support Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) efforts in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and provide targeted outreach and educational initiatives to water users, tribes, well owners, irrigation districts, public water suppliers, and conveyors.

I hold a doctorate degree in Hydrologic Sciences with a specialization in Water Resources Management and Policy from the University of California, Davis. I'm originally from Monterrey, Mexico, known as the city of the mountains.


Ph.D. Hydrologic Sciences specialized in Water Resources Management and Policy, University of California Davis. 2022
M.S. Applied Ecology: Specialization in environmental quality and ecotoxicology, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Erasmus Mundus. 2016
M.S. Applied Ecology, University of Poitiers, France. Erasmus Mundus. 2016
M.S. Applied Ecology: Specialization in functional ecosystems analysis, Kiel University, Germany. Erasmus Mundus. 2015
B.S. Biotechnology Engineering, Tecnol├│gico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Mexico. 2013


Hydrologic Science


Water and Climate Change Resilience


Peer Reviewed

  • Garza-Diaz, L.E., and Sandoval-Solis, S (2022). Identifying thresholds, regime shifts, and early warning signals using long-term data in the transboundary Rio Grande - Rio Bravo. J. Water 2022, 14, 2555.

  • Garza-Diaz, L.E., and Sandoval-Solis, S (2022). Changes in stability landscapes of a river basin by anthropogenic droughts. J. Water 2022, 14(18), 2835; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182835.

  • DeVincentis, A. J., Guillon, H., Díaz Gómez, R., Patterson, N. K., van den Brandeler, F., Koehl, A., Ortiz-Partida, J. P., Garza-Díaz, L. E., Gamez-Rodríguez, J., Goharian, E., and Sandoval Solis, S. (2021) Bright and Blind Spots of Water Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, J. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-106

  • Samuel Sandoval-Solis, Stephanie Paladino, Laura Garza-Diaz, Luzma Nava, Jack Friedman, Sophie Plassin, Grace Gomez-Quiroga, J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida, Jennifer Koch, Jeri Fleming, Belize Lane, Sean Wineland, Ali Mirchi, Ramon Saiz-Rodriguez, Thomas Neeson (2021). Environmental Flows in the Rio Grande - Rio Bravo Basin. Journal of Ecology and Society.

  • Wineland, S.M., Ba?a?ao?lu, H., Fleming, J., Friedman, J., Garza-Diaz, L., Kellogg, W., Koch, J., Lane, B.A., Mirchi, A., Nava, L.F., Neeson, T.M., Ortiz-Partida, J.P., Paladino, S., Plassin, S., Gomez-Quiroga, G., Saiz-Rodriguez, R., Sandoval-Solis, S., Wagner, K., Weber, N., Winterle, J., and Wootten, A.M. (2021). The environmental flows implementation challenge: Insights and recommendations across water-limited systems. J. WIREs Water.

  • Garza-Díaz, L. E., DeVincentis, A. J., Sandoval-Solis, S., Azizipour, M., Ortiz-Partida, J. P., Mahlknecht, J., and Kisekka, I. (2019). Land-Use Optimization for Sustainable Agricultural Water Management in Pajaro Valley, California. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 145(12), 05019018.

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