- Assistant Professor, Land, Air, Water Resources
- Assistant Earth System Scientist, Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Hernandez’s research is focused on aridland ecology and sustainability, emphasizing the exploration of processes that elucidate the functioning of the Earth system in water-limited environments and those where human and natural systems interact, respectively. Her research methodologies include computational programming, advanced geographic technologies, and 21st century experimental field, greenhouse, and laboratory methods. Dr. Hernandez’s research quantifies and informs exigent ecological issues, including global environmental change, soil ecology, and issues of energy development, in arid ecosystems across the globe from West Africa to California.