Patricia is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the diversification of water supplies and policy solutions to enhance the reliability and resilience of urban water resources from a socio-hydrologic perspective.
She has led and collaborated in various data-driven research projects through Stanford University’s Water in the West program and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Her recent work uses geospatial analyses, statistical and economic principles, and interactive visualizations to examine the changing dynamics of water supply and demand in California, develop insights of the underlying human-water relationships, and design better decision-support tools.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Gonzales was a researcher at the University of Arizona’s Superfund Research Program, where she conducted technical and analytical work as part of an interdisciplinary team at the science-policy interface of arsenic contamination in the environment. Gonzales received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona.