Perrone, Debra

Associate Professor

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Debra Perrone is an Associate Professor of UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Debra was a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University with a dual appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Woods Institute for the Environment (Water in the West). She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2014 and was awarded first honors as the Graduate School’s Founder’s Medalist. Debra has been recognized by numerous early career awards, including the Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award from the American Geophysical Union (2022) and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2023). Deb integrates research methods from engineering, physical science, and law to inform water sustainability and policy; she uses a wide-spectrum of outlets to disseminate her research, including peer-reviewed journals, policy briefs, and interactive-online dashboards. Debra is a co-author of a textbook for undergraduate students that focuses on the challenges and opportunities surrounding our global water resources by providing a foundation in water science and policy.


2014 Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

2010 M.S., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

2008 B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania


For a full list of publications, please visit Dr. Perrone's website.


Water Resources Engineering, Groundwater Science and Policy