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Karletta Chief

About Karletta Chief

Dr. Karletta Chief is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences.  Additional information is available at:

Dr. Chief was awarded the John Rainer American Indian Leadership Award, Stanford University Minority Alumni Task Force Featured Alumni, University of Arizona Centennial Doctoral Student Award, Arizona Hydrological Society Scholar, and 2010 American Indian Science and Engineering Society “Most Promising Engineer/Scientist of the Year.

Areas of Study

Soil, Water and Enviromental Science - Extension; Assistant Specialist, Soil/Water and Environmental Science; Improving our understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology through the use of physically based methods.

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Contact Information

Karletta Chief
Assistant Professor, Environmental Physics/Hydrology
Telephone: (702) 501-9515
Fax: (520) 621-1647
Office: Shantz Building (#38) Room 429
Office Hours: Please contact to schedule


Ph.D. 2007  University of Arizona Hydrology and Water Resources (Vadose Zone Hydrology) Minor in Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences

2000  Stanford University Civil and Environmental Engineering

1998  Stanford University Civil and Environmental Engineering

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences