Dr. Puneet Srivastava

Phone: (334) 844-4785

(July 2015 – present)

Dr. Srivastava received his Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a major in agricultural and biological engineering and a minor in computer science and engineering. He is now the Butler-Cunningham Eminent Scholar in the College of Agriculture and a Professor in
the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University.

At Auburn, he has been recognized for his research with four awards, a Junior Faculty Research Award and three Grantsmanship Awards. In addition, he has received Distinguished Engineer Award from the Alabama Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). He has served (and continue to serve) in numerous leadership roles in the ASABE. He is also one of the leaders of the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC;, serves on its Executive Council, and leads its Water Research Group.

His research interests include quantifying effect of climate variability and change on hydrology and water quality; monitoring and modeling of hydrologic and nonpoint pollutant transport and transformation processes; fate and transport of nutrients and sediment; application of geographic information, global positioning, and neural network systems for water resources management; and animal waste management. More information about Dr. Srivastava’s research can be found at


Sergio S. RuizCórdova, M.S.


Associate Director,  Global Water Watch
(April 2001 – present)

Sergio has a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Auburn University. Sergio oversees the activities of the Global Water Watch Program including the implementation of all international projects, the development and maintenance of the database for the Global Water Watch projects in other countries through the Water Resources Center and the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments. His work with AWW primarily involves data management and reporting. He works closely with citizens of all backgrounds and ages encouraging awareness about water issues and the environment, and conducting water monitoring and community-based, science-based watershed stewardship workshops.

Mona Scruggs Dominguez, M.C.P.


AWW Program Director / 4-H AWW Program Coordinator

(August 2009 – present)

Mona Dominguez has worked with the Alabama Water Watch and Global Water Watch Programs since 2009 in various roles including Watershed Management Coordinator, AWW Volunteer Coordinator, and 4-H AWW Program Coordinator. In Fall 2017, she became Director of the AWW Program after the retirement of former Director Eric Reutebuch. In addition to overseeing the operations of AWW, she develops training materials, facilitates workshops, and seeks out opportunities for collaboration and growth. She also works internationally with the Global Water Watch Program to develop and implement community-based water monitoring programs. Dominguez has a B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from the University of the South (Sewanee), and a Masters of Community Planning (M.C.P) from Auburn University. She also served as a volunteer in the Community and Environmental Conservation Program with the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama.

Billy Earle


Grants and Contracts
(2013 – present)

Billy handles the business and financial matters for the AU Water Resources Center.  He has a B.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Alabama. He has been with Auburn University since 1992 focused on Research Administration, following an initial career in human resources.  He has worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs, Department of Fisheries, and College of  Agriculture where he worked  on both domestic and international funding arrangements for research, technical assistance and outreach projects.  He has traveled to the Philippines, related to the establishment of the Global Water Watch program as well Romania, Uganda and China for other sponsored projects. He  as been involved with the grants administration process that supplied funding for the Alabama Water Watch and the Global Water Watch programs for the duration of his career at Auburn.

Sydney Smith


Volunteer Monitor Coordinator, Alabama Water Watch
(July 2017 – Present)

Sydney began volunteering as a water quality monitor with AWW in 2014 and became a citizen trainer in 2015. Her work with AWW involves communicating and coordinating with volunteer monitors and trainers, preparing for workshops and helping the other program staff where needed.


Rachel McGuire

 Rachel has a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from N.C. State University in 2012 and a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University in 2015. She then worked as a field biologist for a timber company, primarily conducting ecological monitoring and land management of stream, wetland, and endangered species mitigation banks in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. She joined the AWW team in May 2018. Her duties include a mix of outreach and research.




Ritesh Karki


Ph.D Student

Ritesh is a Ph.D. student in the Biosystems Engineering department at Auburn University. His research is focused on ground and surface water modeling of the lower ACF basin. Ritesh received his Master’s degree from Mississippi State University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, where hisresearch focused on evaluating nutrient, and sediment loading as well as water harvesting from agricultural fields in East Mississippi using monitoring and modeling techniques.


Dr. Sandra Guzmán


Postdoctoral Fellow, Biosystems Engineering

Dr. Guzman holds a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering with an emphasis in water resources from Mississippi State University. Her current research includes groundwater-surface water, water quality and crop modeling, water management, and social-water nexus. In conjunction with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), she also coordinates monthly drought early warning webinars for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. During her doctoral studies, she determined the most effective Artificial Intelligence (AI) model for forecasting groundwater levels in northwest Mississippi and couple this AI with crop models to evaluate water management strategies. Her research interests include application of information technology for understanding hydrological-agricultural processes, crop and hydrologic modeling, AI for water management, and climatic impacts on agriculture and water resources.

Danielle Tadych


M.S. Student

Danielle is a Masters student in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (CSES) at Auburn University. Danielle received her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science at Auburn University with a focus in Soil Science. While pursuing her degree she was an intern with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Water Resources Program and was later hired by CSES as the department’s Distance Education Program Assistant. Now she continues to work as a Distance Education assistant and also serves as the department’s Webmaster. Her research is focused on climate and hydrological modeling. (Danielle is pictured here with her pup Ellie!)


Casey Nowell


M.S. Student

Casey is a Masters student in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (CSES) at Auburn University. His research is focused on the microbial contamination of water resources. Casey received his Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University in Environmental Science with a focus in water conservation. While pursuing his degree, he was hired by CSES as a research assistant to study E. coli contamination in south Alabama. He now works as a graduate research assistant researching alternative methods for E. coli quantification.



Hemendra Kumar


Ph.D. Student

Hemendra is a Ph.D. student in the Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University. He holds an M.S. degree in Hydrology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India and a B.Tech. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),  Ludhiana, India. His master’s research with the title “Regionalization of Flow Duration Curves of Meso-scale Catchments” was focused on streamflow predictions in ungagged basins. He conducted his master’s research at the University of Stuttgart in Germany on a DAAD fellowship. Hemendra’s Ph.D. research involves the use of short- and medium-range climate forecasts for efficient irrigation water management in Alabama and Tennessee.