Dr. Ramzi Touchan is Research Professor at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring and the School of Natural Resources Environment, Watershed Management and Ecohydrology Program, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. His activities have encompassed research, teaching and service/outreach to add to the fundamental knowledge base of dendrochronology dendroclimatology and to benefit scientists, natural and water resource managers and planners, and students around the world. His current research as an environmentalist is to integrate dendrochronology into natural and water resources management. His current research programs include establishing new tree-ring chronologies to study large scale patterns of climate variability in the Mediterranean Basin, North America, and Russia. His research has been published in well recognized and respected scientific journals. Furthermore, he has the recipient of numerous federal, state, and university research grants. He is the creator of and the main instructor in the International Summer School: Tree Rings, Climate, Natural Resources, and Human Interaction, conducted each summer in the US and a different country. He was awarded the 2019 Copernicus Award from the College of Science for his long-standing contributions to tree-ring research including the development and analysis of important tree-ring networks with a particular emphasis on the foundational work across the Mediterranean region, and further major contributions to SW USA and Russia as well.