Martha Whitaker

Associate Professor of Practice, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science
Undergraduate Advisor, Hydrology, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science
Director of Graduate Studies, Hydrology, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science

Dr. Whitaker is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Science. She instructs three undergraduate classes in the fall semester, and three classes in spring semester. These include: HWRS 203 "Arizona Water Issues"; HWRS 350 "Principles of Hydrology; HWRS 498/498H "Senior Capstone", HWRS 195a "Careers in Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences"; and HWRS 695a "Careers in Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences". Dr. Whitaker also serves as an undergraduate academic advisor for the HAS-Environmental Hydrology majors in the Department, and is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Hydrology programs. She is the lead faculty coordinator for a Vertically-Integrated Project (VIP) called "Integrated Climate Research: Ecosystems, Water, and Weather" (ICREWW), which seeks to engage underrepresented undergraduate students and graduate students in collaborative research. Dr. Whitaker earned her Bachelor's degree in geology from Michigan State University, then moved to Arizona to complete her Master's and Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources at UArizona. She worked as an Assistant Research Scientist with the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Science Steering Group (SSG), and did a postdoc as a Soil Moisture Research Scientist, with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Soil Moisture Campaign. She is also a nationally-recognized undergraduate academic advisor (National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding New Faculty Advisor, 2010) and is the recipient of several University, College of Science, and Departmental Awards for her excellence in advising and commitment to student advocacy and success.


  • PhD, Hydrology & Water Resources, University of Arizona, 2000