Skip to Content
Report an accessibility problem
Rebecca Muenich

Rebecca Muenich

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable 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 Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Program Lead for Agriculture and Biodiversity, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Rebecca Logsdon Muenich grew up in the rapidly-urbanizing area of northwest Arkansas where the local conflict between food production and water quality were at the forefront of local and national news. Influenced by these ongoing struggles between human-needs and the environment, she chose to study Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas where she earned her B.S. degree along with minors in Mathematics and Geology. She completed an MS and PhD in Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University where her focus was on quantifying ecosystem service trade-offs in agricultural systems. She completed a postdoctoral position at the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan focused on addressing the recurrence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. She recently joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Her focus at ASU is applying her environmental modeling and analysis expertise to evaluate trade-offs at the food-energy-water nexus. She is currently working on projects to assess the environmental impacts of agriculture and to evaluate the trade-offs between urban and agricultural land uses.


  • PhD, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2015
  • MS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
  • BS, Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2009


Journal Articles

In Press

Xu, X., Y. Wang, M. M. Kalcic, R. L. Muenich, E. Yang and D. Scavia. Evaluating the impact of climate change on fluvial flood risk in a mixed-used watershed. Environmental Modeling & Software DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.07.013. (link )


Finn, D. R., J. Maldonado, F. de Martini, J. Yu, C. R. Penton, R. S. Fontenele, K. Schmidlin, S. Kraberger, A. Varsani, G. H. Gile, B. Barker, D. R. Kollath, R. L. Muenich, P. Herckes, M. Fraser and F. Garcia-Pichel. 2021. Agricultural practices drive biological loads, seasonal patterns and potential pathogens in the aerobiome of a mixed-land-use dryland. Scence of The Total Environment 798(Dec):149239. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149239. (link )


Schaffer-Smith, D., S. W. Myint, R. L. Muenich, D. Tong and J. E. DeMeester. 2020. Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunties for social-ecological resilience in flooding and water quality problems. Environmental Science & Technology 54(12):7194-7204. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b07815. (link )


Cibin, R., I. Chaubey, R. L. Muenich, K. A. Cherkauer, P. W. Gassman, C. L. Kling and Y. Panagopoulos. 2017. Influence of bioenergy crop production and climate change on ecosystem services. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 53(6):1323-1335. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12591. (link )

Muenich, R. L., M. M. Kalcic, J. Winsten, K. Fisher, M. Day, G. O'Neil, Y. Wang and D. Scavia. 2017. Pay-for-performance conservation using SWAT highlights need for field-level agricultural-conservation. Transitions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 60(6):1925-1937. DOI: 10.13031/trans.12379. (link )

Scavia, D., M. Kalcic, R. L. Muenich, J. Read, N. Aloysius, I. Bertani, C. Boles, R. Confesor, J. DePinto, M. Gildow, J. Martin, T. Redder, D. Robertson, S. Sowa, Y. Wang and H. Yen. 2017. Multiple models guide strategies for agricultural nutrient reductions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(3):126-132. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1472. (link )

Steinman, A. D., B. J. Cardinale, W. R. Munns Jr, M. E. Ogdahl, J. D. Allan, T. Angadi, S. Bartlett, K. Brauman, M. Byappanahalli, M. Doss, D. Dupont, A. Johns, D. Kashian, F. Lupi, P. McIntyre, T. Miller, M. Moore, R. L. Muenich and E. Washburn. 2017. Ecosystem services in the Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43(3):161-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2017.02.004. (link )


Dennedy-Frank, P. J., R. L. Muenich, I. Chaubey and G. Ziv. 2016. Comparing two tools for ecosystem service assessments regarding water resources decisions. Journal of Environmental Management 177(Jul):331-340. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.03.012. (link )

Kalcic, M. M., C. Kirchhoff, N. Bosch, R. L. Muenich, M. Murray, J. G. Gardner and D. Scavia. 2016. Engaging stakeholders to define feasible and desirable agricultural conservation in western Lake Erie watersheds. Environmental Science & Technology 50(15):8135-8145. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01420. (link )

Li, P., I. Chaubey, R. L. Muenich and X. Wei. 2016. Evaluation of freshwater provisioning for different ecosystem services in the upper Mississippi River Basin: Current status and drivers. Water 8(7):288. DOI: 10.3390/w8070288. (link )

Muenich, R. L., I. Chaubey and M. Pyron. 2016. Evaluating potential water quality drivers of a fish regime shift in the Wabash River using the SWAT model. Ecological Modeling 340(Nov):116-125. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.09.010. (link )

Muenich, R. L., M. Kalcic and D. Scavia. 2016. Evaluating the impact of legacy P and agricultural conservation practices on nutrient loads from the Maumee River Watershed. Environmental Science & Technology 50(15):8146-8154. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01421. (link )

Muenich, R. L., S. Peel, L. C. Bowling, M. H. Haas, R. F. Turco, J. R. Frankenberger and I. Chaubey. 2016. The Wabash sampling blitz: A study on the effectiveness of citizen science. Cotizan Science: Theory and Practice 1(1):3. DOI: 10.5334/cstp.1. (link )


Logsden, R. A., M. M. Kalcic, E. M. Trybula, I. Chaubey and J. R. Frankenberger. 2015. Ecosystem services and Indiana agriculture: Farmers' and conservationists' perceptions. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 11(3):264-282. DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2014.998711. (link )


Logsden, R. A. and I. Chaubey. 2013. A quantitative approach to evaluating ecosystem services. Ecological Modelling 257(May):57-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.02.009. (link )



Muenich, R. L., O. Conroy-Ben, C. Williams and P. Condon. 2019. The nexus of agricultural and urban trade-offs: Enhancing interdisciplinary education and research to create emerging opportunities in urban agriculture. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 11, 2019, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.



Raub, E., M. J. Scholz and R. L. Muenich. 2019. A Compendium of Regulated Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Manure Land Application Regulations. Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. (link )

Scholz, M. J., E. Raub, N. Chan and R. L. Muenich. 2019. A Compendium of Biosolids Land Application Regulations. Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. (link )