STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 50 faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

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Yusuf Jameel

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Yusuf Jameel works with Dr. Gabe Bowen at the University of Utah where he studies urban and natural waterways. He has been analyzing the connections between human population, climate, water extraction, water use, and water use impacts, in regions of climatic aridity and extensive land-use change, such as rapidly urbanizing areas across the western United States of America (USA).
Using stable isotopes of water, he has developed methods to connect municipal water to its climatic source, calculating evaporative losses from regional water systems and characterizing their spatiotemporal patterns across the water districts within the region. This work aims to increase our understanding of the interactions between climate, water supplies, consumptive uses and the hydrological cycle in the intermountain west.

He is also working on quantifying the inorganic carbon budget (DIC) of the major rivers in the Great Salt Lake (GSL) basin using geochemical tracers, and understanding the variation in DIC among and within the rivers with respect to varying degrees of urbanization, land cover land used (LCLU) and agricultural practices along the rivers. He also plans to analyze historic data to quantify the changes in inorganic carbon flux in the GSL basin during the last 50 years due to significant LCLU changes in the region which will be useful in understanding the carbon biogeochemical cycling in inland basins and the effect of anthropogenic activities on these fluxes.

Yusuf enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading books, trying new foods and exploring nature.