Melinda Laituri received a PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona in 1993. Her dissertation research focused on environmental equity and groundwater resources in the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border. Her other degrees are in Hydrology (MA, California State University, 1985) and Geography (BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1979). Dr. Laituri accepted a post doctoral position at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and served as a lecturer in a tenure-track position for three years. She worked with indigenous peoples throughout the South Pacific on issues related to natural resource management using geographic information systems (GIS). Dr. Laituri is currently based in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She works with Native American tribes on water resource management strategies, which utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. Her other research work focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management.