Education: Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, 1990, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Az.
M.A., Geography, 1982, U.C.S.B., Santa Barbara, Ca.
B.A., Geography, 1976, S.D.S.U., San Diego, Ca.
2006-present: Hydrologist, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, AZ
2000-2005: Research Leader, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, Az.
1991-present: Adjunct Professor, U.A. Dept. of Soil, Water and Env. Sci., Tucson, Az.
1984-1999: Physical Scientist, USDA U.S. Water Conservation Lab., Phoenix, Az.
Research Interest: Research is concentrated on arid and semiarid regions with a broad focus on the impact of global change on natural resources management and a specialized focus on the application of remote sensing to agricultural research.
Fellow: Amer. Society of Agronomy (ASA) & Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Senior Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Associate Editor: J. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Editorial Board: J. Remote Sensing of Environment
Recent Publications(full list and pdf available at http://www.tucson.ars.ag.gov/unit/Publications):
Moran, M.S., R.L. Scott, T.O. Keefer, M. Hernandez, G.S.
Moran, M.S., B. Hutchinson, S.E. Marsh, M.P. McClaran and A. Olsson, Archiving and distributing three long-term interconnected geospatial data sets, Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing 47:59-71. 2009.
Verhoest, N.E.C., H. Lievens, W. Wagner, J. Álvarez-Mozos, M.S. Moran, and F. Mattia, On the soil roughness parameterization problem in soil moisture retrieval of bare surfaces from Synthetic Aperture Radar, Sensors 8:4213-4248; doi: 10.3390/s8074213. 2009.
Moran, M.S., D.C. Peters, M.P. McClaran, M.H. Nichols and M.B. Adams, Long-term data collection at USDA experimental sites for studies of ecohydrology, Ecohydrology 1:377-393. 2008.
Holifield Collins, C.D., W.E. Emmerich, M.S. Moran, M. Hernandez, R.L. Scott, R. Bryant, D.M. King, and C.L. Verdugo, A remote sensing approach for estimating distributed daily net carbon dioxide flux in semiarid grasslands. Water Resour. Research. Vol. 44, W05S17, doi:10.1029/2006WR005699. 2008.
Peters-Lidard, C.D., D.M. Mocko, J.A. Santanello, Jr. M.A. Tischler, M.S. Moran, M.E. Garcia and Y. Wu, The role of precipitation uncertainty for soil property estimation using soil moisture retrievals in a semi-arid environment, Water Resour. Res. Vol. 44, W05S18, doi:10.1029/2007WR005884. 2008.
Thoma, D.P., M.S. Moran, R. Bryant, M.M. Rahman, C.D. Holifield Collins, T.O. Keefer, R. Noriega, I. Osman, S.M.
Rahman, M.M., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, R. Bryant, C.D. Holifield Collins, T. Jackson, B. J. Orr and M. Tischler, Mapping surface roughness and soil moisture using multi-angle radar imagery without ancillary data, Rem. Sens. Env. 112:391-402. 2008.
Bryant, R., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S.
Rahman, M.M., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, R. Bryant, E.E. Sano, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S.
Thoma, D.P., M.S. Moran, R. Bryant, M. Rahman, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S.
González-Dugo, M.P., L. Mateos, M.S. Moranand R. Bryant, Canopy temperature variability as an indicator of crop water stress severity, J. Irrig. Science 24:233-240. 2006.
Tischler, M., M. Garcia, M.S. Moran, C.