Rachata Muneepeerakul

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

Rachata.Muneepeerakul@asu.edu
480-965-5738

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

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.

PhD, Princeton University, 2007

MS, University of California-Berkeley, 2000

BEng, Chulalongkorn University, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. How hard is it for urban economies to become "green"?. Environment and Planning B Planning and Design

2015

Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2015. Quantifying urban economic resilience through labour force interdependence. Palgrave Communications 1:Article 15010. DOI: 10.1057/palcomms.2015.10. (link)

2014

Qubbaj, M. R., S. T. Shutters and R. Muneepeerakul. 2014. Living in a network of scaling cities and finite resources. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 77(2):390-407. DOI: 10.1007/s11538-014-9949-3. (link)

2013

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)

2012

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)

Muneepeerakul, R. and M. R. Qubbaj. 2012. The effect of scaling and connection on the sustainability of a socio-economic resource system. Ecological Economics 77:123-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.02.017. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., M. R. Qubbaj, R. M. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Critical transition between cohesive and population-dividing responses to change. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9:3303-3311. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0431. (link)

Qubbaj, M. R. and R. Muneepeerakul. 2012. Two-actor conflict with time delay: A dynamical model. Physical Review E 86:056101. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.056101. (link)

Shutters, S. T. and R. Muneepeerakul. 2012. Agricultural trade networks and patterns of economic development. PLoS One 7(7):e39756. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039756. (link)

Todd, M. J., R. Muneepeerakul, F. Miralles-Wilhelm, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2012. Possible climate change impacts on the hydrological and vegetative character of Everglades National Park, Florida. Ecohydrology 5(3):326-336. DOI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eco.165/abstract. (link)

2011

Lynch, H. J., E. H. Campbell Grant, R. Muneepeerakul, M. Arunachalam, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe and W. F. Fagan. 2011. How restructuring river connectivity changes freshwater fish biodiversity and biogeography. Water Resources Research 47:W05531. DOI: 10.1029/2010WR010330. (link)

Muneepeerakul, C. P., R. Muneepeerakul, F. Miralles-Wilhelm, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2011. Dynamics of wetland vegetation under multiple stresses: A case study of changes in sawgrass trait, structure, and productivity under coupled plant-soil-microbes dynamics. Ecohydrology 4(6):757-790. DOI: 10.1002/eco.165. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., S. Azaele, L. A. Levin, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2011. Evolution of dispersal in explicitly spatial metacommunities. Journal of Theoretical Biology 269(1):256-265. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2010.11.003. (link)

2010

Azaele, S., R. Muneepeerakul, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2010. Inferring plant ecosystem organization from species occurrences. Journal of Theoretical Biology 262(2):323-329. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.09.026. (link)

Konar, M., R. Muneepeerakul, S. Azaele, E. Bertuzzo, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2010. Potential impacts of precipitation change on large-scale patterns of tree diversity. Water Resources Research 46:W11515. DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009384. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., S. Azaele, G. Botter, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2010. Daily streamflow analysis bsed on a two-scaled gamma pulse model. Water Resources Research 46:W1156. DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009286. (link)

Tamea, S., R. Muneepeerakul, F. Liao, L. Ridolfi and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2010. Stochastic description of water table fluctuations in wetlands. Geophysical Research Letters 37:L06403. DOI: 10.1029/2009GL041633. (link)

Todd, M. J., R. Muneepeerakul, D. Pumo, S. Azaele, F. Miralles-Wilhelm, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2010. Hydrological drivers of wetland vegetation community distribution within Everglades National Park, Florida. Advances in Water Resources 33(10):1279-1289. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2010.04.003. (link)

2009

Azaele, S., R. Muneepeerakul, A. Maritan, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2009. Predicting spatial similarity of freshwater fish biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 106(17):7058-7062. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0805845106. (link)

Bertuzzo, E., R. Muneepeerakul, H. J. Lynch, W. F. Fagan, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe and A. Rinaldo. 2009. On the geographic range of freshwater fish in river basins. Water Resources Research 45:W11420. DOI: 10.1029/2009WR007997. (link)

Convertino, M., R. Muneepeerakul, S. Azaele, E. Bertuzzo, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2009. On neutral metacommunity patterns of river basins at different scales of aggregation. Water Resources Research 45:W08424. DOI: 10.1029/2009WR007799. (link)

Rodriguez-Iturbe, I., R. Muneepeerakul, E. Bertuzzo, L. A. Levin and A. Rinaldo. 2009. River networks as ecological corridors: A complex systems perspective for integrating hydrologic, geomorphologic, and ecologic dynamics. Water Resources Research 45:W01413. DOI: 10.1029/2008WR007124. (link)

2008

Muneepeerakul, R., E. Bertuzzo, H. J. Lynch, W. F. Fagan, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2008. Neutral metacommunity models predict fish diversity patterns in Mississippi-Missouri basin. Nature 453:220-222. DOI: 10.1038/nature06813. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., E. Bertuzzo, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2008. Patterns of vegetation biodiversity: The roles of dispersal directionality and network structure. Journal of Theoretical Biology 252(2):221-229. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.02.001. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., A. Rinaldo, L. A. Levin and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2008. Signatures of vegetational functional diversity in river basins. Water Resources Research 44:W01431. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006153. (link)

2007

Muneepeerakul, R., L. A. Levin, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2007. On biodiversity in river networks: A trade-off metapopulation model and comparative analysis. Water Resources Research 43(7):W07326. DOI: 10.1029/2006WR005857. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2007. The effects of river flow scaling properties on riparian width and vegetation biomass. Water Resources Research 43:W12406. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006100. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., J. S. Weitz, L. A. Levin, A. Rinaldo and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2007. A neutral metapopulation model of biodiversity in river networks. Journal of Theoretical Biology 245(2):351-363. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2006.10.005. (link)

Presentations

2014

Yu, D. J., M. R. Qubbaj, R. Muneepeerakul and J. M. Anderies. 2014. The effect of infrastructure on social-ecological system dynamics: Provision thresholds and asymmetric access. Presentation at the 2014 Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop, June 14, 2014, Bloomington, IN. (link)