Rachata Muneepeerakul

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
Email: Rachata.Muneepeerakul@asu.edu


Dr. Muneepeerakul has worked on a wide variety of problems pertaining to sustainability, ranging from life to social sciences.  His primary investigative tools are mathematical and computational models.  In particular, he is interested in dynamical models, complex networks, game theory, and stochastic processes.  His diverse research interests are reflected in the projects in which he is involved and his publication record.  An ongoing project (NSF-CNH) investigates how robust or vulnerable irrigation systems are with respect to rapid changes in disturbance regimes, both social and biophysical.  Another ongoing project (DoD-SERDP) addresses the biodiversity patterns of aquatic ecosystems in dryland streams whose challenging characteristics include pronounced hydrological seasonality and spatial heterogeneity.  In another project, he is investigating how to incorporate scaling properties of urban phenomena and complex network theory into investigation of sustainability.  Several other projects are under development, all of which share a common theme of inventing and blending concepts and analytical/computational techniques from different disciplines to achieve an insightful investigation.


ecohydrology; theoretical ecology; biodiversity; stochastic processes; modeling and simulation; ecosystem ecology; watershed hydrology; population biology; mathematical and system dynamics modeling; complex adaptive systems


    Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007

    M.S., University of California-Berkeley, 2000

    B.Eng., Chulalongkorn University, 1998

Journal Articles


Konar, M., M. J. Todd, R. Muneepeerakul, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2013. Hydrology as a driver of biodiversity: Controls on carrying capacity, niche formation, and dispersal. Advances in Water Resources 51:317-325. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.02.009. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., J. Lobo, S. T. Shutters, A. Goméz-Liévano and M. R. Qubbaj. 2013. Urban economies and occupation space: Can they get "there" from "here"?. PLOS One 8(9):e73676. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073676. (link)


Grant, E. H., H. J. Lynch, R. Muneepeerakul, M. Arunachalam, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe and W. F. Fagan. 2012. Interbasin water transfer, riverine connectivity, and spatial controls on fish biodiversity. PLoS One 7(3):e34170. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034170. (link)

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