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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Richey

Assistant Research Professor

Office:

PACCAR 401

Phone:

(509) 335-1691

Fax:

(509) 335-7632

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering – Hydrology and Water Resources Specialty, University of California, Irvine, 2014
  • M.S. Civil Engineering – Hydrology and Water Resources Specialty, University of California, Irvine, 2012
  • B.S. Civil Engineering – Environmental and Water Studies Specialty, Stanford University, 2008

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, January 2017 – Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, July 2015 – December 2016
  • Short-term Consultant, The World Bank, January 2011 – Present

Awards

Research Interests

Dr. Richey’s research leverages a diversity of tools and data to better answer three questions: How much water do we have? How much water do we use? How much water do we need? Her main interest is in identifying and quantifying the interaction between human and physical systems, with a focus on groundwater and large-scale hydrologic systems. Currently, Dr. Richey’s research combines satellite and in situ observations of hydrologic systems into modeling and decision support frameworks over large regional scales, including in the Columbia Plateau Aquifer in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and in Central Asia. She mainly focuses on complex groundwater systems, where interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to understand both natural and anthropogenic drivers of aquifer change. She enjoys working at the interface of research and water resources management and has contributed to multiple “science diplomacy” efforts in the United States and internationally to advance the role of scientific research in decision making.

Projects

Teaching

Publications

  • Richey, Alexandra S. (2015). Moving from Aquifer Stress to Sustainable Management with Remote Sensing and Local Knowledge. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 13(3). jmie_sfews_28789. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4vc9m0v7.
  • Richey, A. S., B. F. Thomas, M.-H. Lo, J. T. Reager, J. S. Famiglietti, K. Voss, S. Swenson, and M. Rodell (2015), Quantifying renewable groundwater stress with GRACE, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:1002/2015WR017349.
  • Richey, A. S., B. F. Thomas, M.-H. Lo, J. S. Famiglietti, S. Swenson, and M. Rodell (2015), Uncertainty in global groundwater storage estimates in a Total Groundwater Stress framework, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:1002/2015WR017351.