Formal Amorina
Ph.D. Student
Environmental Studies


  • BA in Environmental Studies, CU Boulder (2014)
  • BA in Studio Arts, CU Boulder (2014)
  • MS Environmental Studies, CU Boulder (2017)

Research Interests

  • Collaboration for river management
  • Investigating conflict resolution and negotiation strategies among river stakeholders to acheive sustainabiilty of water resources
  • Research focus on the Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado River

Major Field/Concentration

Western Watershed Management
Sciences Core


Amorina is from the Four Corners region in Southwest Colorado. She is attending graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder working with Patty Limerick, founder of the Center of the American West. Amorina received her Masters in Environmental Studies from CU Boulder in 2017. Her Masters thesis is entitled: What Helps and Hinders Collaboration for River Management?: Four Case Studies in the Dolores River Watershed

Now in pursuit of her PhD in Environmental Studies at CU Boulder, Amorina continues to investigate collaboration for river management, with the goal of finding strategies to overcome disagreement among river stakeholders in order to achieve sustainability of water resources in the Colorado River watershed. Amorina is studying the Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado, in order to investigate patterns of conflict and resolution that may be addressed throughout the watershed.