Geomorphologist Adriana Martinez to talk about the Rio Grande and the US-Mexico Border Wall

The Earth and Environment Department will host its annual Robert E. Horton Lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in Norris 101. Dr. Adriana Martinez will lecture on “Floods and Fences: A Comprehensive Look at Border Wall Impacts in Eagle Pass, Texas”. Dr. Martinez is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a joint appointment in the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Systems and the Department of Environmental Science. She is currently an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Landing Academy national fellow and was awarded the 2021-23 Hoppe Research Professor Award. Her work in geography and geomorphology spans the physical, human, and technical with her use of modeling, GIS (geographic information systems), and drones in her research into human impacts on river systems. She is also involved in projects aimed at increasing science identity in underrepresented geoscience students, a project on environmental justice in St. Louis Metro East, and she is the primary investigator on the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM Watershed Scholars program that will fund 45 low-income graduate students studying watershed science. The Horton Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ellen Wilch (