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Margaret Garcia

Margaret Garcia

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
660 S. College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281-3005


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Dr. Margaret Garcia is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe. Dr. Garcia received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University in 2017. Her research investigates the factors influencing the sustainability and resilience of urban water supply systems by advancing the theory of coupled systems, translating theory into actionable models, and applying these models to support infrastructure planning and policy analysis. Dr. Garcia has worked with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis through their Young Scientists Summer Program and the Stockholm Environment Institute as a research intern. Dr. Garcia has also worked in industry as a civil engineer for Arup in their infrastructure group and volunteered for Engineers Without Borders designing rural water supply systems in Honduras and Peru.


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, 2017
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles, 2012
  • BA, International Studies, Lafayette College, 2007
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, 2007


Journal Articles


Chester, M. V., S. Underwood, B. R. Allenby, M. Garcia, C. Samaras, S. A. Markolf, K. Sanders, B. Preston and T. R. Miller. 2021. Infrastructure resilience to navigate increasingly uncertain and complex conditions in the Anthropocene. npj Urban Sustainability 1(4):. DOI: 10.1038/s42949-021-00016-y. (link )

Gilrein, E. J., T. M. Carvalhaes, S. A. Markolf, M. V. Chester, B. R. Allenby and M. Garcia. 2021. Concepts and practices for transforming infrastructure from rigid to adaptable. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 6(3-4):213-234. DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1599608. (link )


Srinivasan, V., M. Sanderson, M. Garcia, M. Konar, G. Bloschl and M. Sivapalan. 2017. Prediction in a socio-hydrological world. Hydrological Science Journal 62(3):338-345. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2016.1253844. (link )

Treuer, G., E. Koebele, A. Deslatte, K. Ernst, M. Garcia and K. Manago. 2017. A narrative method for analyzing transitions in urban water management: The case of the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department. Water Resources Research 53(1):891-908. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019658 . (link )


Garcia, M., K. Portney and S. Islam. 2016. A question driven socio-hydrological modeling process. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20:73-92. DOI: 10.5194/hess-20-73-2016. (link )

Levy, M. C., M. Garcia, P. Blair, X. Chen, S. L. Gomes, D. B. Gower, J. Grames, L. Kull, Y. Liu, L. Marston, P. McCord, M. Roobavannan and R. Zang. 2016. Wicked but worth it: Student perspectives on socio-hydrology. Hydrological Processes 30(9):1467-1472. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10791 . (link )


Read, L. and M. Garcia. 2015. Water diplomacy: Perspectives from a group of interdisciplinary graduate students. Journal of Contemporary Water Research 155(1):11-18. DOI: 10.1111/j.1936-704X.2015.03191.x . (link )

Book Chapters


Turlington, M. W., R. de Neufville and M. Garcia. 2017. Flexible design of water infrastructure systems. Pp. Chapter 4 In: Islam, S. and K. Madani eds., Water Diplomacy in Action: Contingent Approaches to Managing Complex Water Problems. Anthem Press. ISBN: 9781783084906.



Shrestha, A., A. Helmrich, M. Garcia, M. V. Chester, E. Doerry and J. Eppinger. 2020. Exploring citizen science as a novel data source to improve real-time urban flood modeling. Poster presented at the Twenty-second Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 17, 2020, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )