Sonya Ziaja

Institute of the Environment Fellow
School of Geography and Development

Sonya Ziaja is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Development and a California-licensed attorney with a background in water law, policy, and science. As a researcher, her work straddles the intersection of law and science as each relates to the environment and human health. She is particularly interested in how science and law interpret one another in encounters over scarce natural resources. She is committed to facilitating communication between environmental science, law, and the public. Her current research examines how science informs court decisions over water disputes in the Southwest, how scientific information is changed through the litigation process, and the affects of that process on natural resources management and policy.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences