Dr. Rosario Sanchez Flores is the PI of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act Program in the state of Texas. As a Senior Research Scientist, she leads the transboundary groundwater research team at the Texas Water Resources Institute and fosters collaboration with research institutions at national and international level on this topic.

She has 15 years of academic and work experience on transboundary issues between Mexico and the United States and has been working and publishing on transboundary water issues at international and binational levels since 2006.

(a) Professional Qualifications

Monterrey Tech International Relations B.S. 1998

Matias Romero Institute Diplomatic Studies M.S 2000

Texas A&M University WMHS Ph.D. 2009

(b) Appointments

June 2016 –Present

Senior Research Scientist, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University. College Station

Nov 2014 to date

Associate Graduate Faculty Member, Texas A&M University, College Station

Aug 2015 –June 2016

Academic Advisor, Atmospheric Science Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Feb 2012-June 2016

Program Coordinator, Water Management an Hydrological Science Graduate Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Courses: WMHS 681 Fall 2012: Water Without Boundaries with Brazil, Principal Instructor

WMHS 681 Fall 2013: Water Without Boundaries Series II with Mexico, Principal Instructor

WMHS 601 Spring 2014: Course Program Leader

WMHS 602 Maymester 2014/Rio Grande field trip: Coordinator and research leader

WMHS 602 Fall 2015 (Study Abroad): Instructor

Nov 2009-2011

Advisor on Water, Labor and Foreign Affairs Issues Federal Congress of Mexico, Congressman Tereso Medina

Nov 2009-to 2010

Post-doctoral Research, Texas A&M University, Water Management and Hydrologic Science Program


Research Assistant and Texas-Mexico Water Program Liaison Coordinator Texas A&M University, Water Management and Hydrologic Science Program


Executive Director, Coahuila State Government. Secretary of State Office. Foreign Affairs Office


Political Affairs Office and Technical Secretary Foreign and Border Affairs Advisor, Coahuila State Government

Fall 2006

Professor, Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Laureate Universities Subjects taught: International Political Systems and International Organizations

Spring 2006

Professor, Monterrey Tec, Saltillo Campus. Subjects taught: International Policy and International Negotiations

Jan-Dec 2003

Director, The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, Colorado, Protection Office


General Coordinator, The Consulate of Mexico in Yuma, Arizona, Protection Office


Sanchez, R., (2019). Acuíferos transfronterizos México-EUA: Condiciones, retos y propuestas. H20. Gestión del Agua. Enero-Marzo 2019. No 21. pp. 56-62

Sanchez, R., Rodriguez, L., Tortajada, Cecilia (2018). The transboundariness approach and prioritization of transboundary aquifers between Mexico and Texas, AMBIO. DOI 10.1007/s13280-018-1015-1

Sanchez, R., Rodriguez, L., Tortajada, Cecilia (2018). Transboundary aquifers between Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas, USA: Identification and categorization. Journal of Hydrology, Regional Studies, Special Edition on Transboundary Aquifers. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2018.04.004

Sanchez, R., (2018). Transboundariness, or, the End of Aquifer Boundaries as We Know Them. IMPACT. American Water Resources Association. May 2018, Vol. 20. No 3.

Sanchez, R. & Eckstein, G. (2017). Aquifers Shared Between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature: Groundwater, April 2017, DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12533

Sanchez, R. (2018). Book review: The International Law of Transboundary Groundwater Resources. Texas Water Journal. March 13, 2018. Vol. 9.

Sanchez R, Lopz V, Eckstein, G (2016) “Identifying and Characterizing Transboundary Aquifers Along the Mexico-US Border: An initial assessment’. Journal of Hydrology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.070).

Khedun CP, Sanchez R, Rughoonundun H. Kaiser R.A (2014). World Water Supply and Use: Challenges for the Future, Chapter 83. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems (AGRI). Elsevier.

Sanchez, R. & Kaiser, R.A. (2011). Multilateral Cooperation: Water as a Tool Not as a Goal. Journal of the International Relations and Affairs Group (JIRAG), 1(1), 75-91.

Khedun CP, Sanchez R, Giardino RJ (2009), Climate Change and Transboundary Water Resources, Water Resources IMPACT, Vol 11, No 2.

Sanchez R, Kaiser RA, Giardino JR (2010), Water Planning under a non-sustainable condition: Challenges for the Laguna region, Mexico. Paper to be presented at the ASCE-EWRI Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, May 2010. American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sanchez-Flores R, Conner, A, Kaiser RA (2016). “The Regulatory Framework of Reclaimed Wastewater for Potable Reuse in the United States”. International Journal of Water Resources Development. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2015.1129318.

Synergistic Activities


3,000 USD CUAHSI (Universities Allied for Research) Challenge Grant for a Let’s Talk About Water event.


Two Bridge to Doctorate LSAMP Fellowship for M.S students (60,000 USD).


Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the State of Coahuila and the University of North Texas, which included: student exchange, joint academic research and conferences and exchange of publications. Coahuila Liaison.


30,000 USD Coahuila State Grant for the Binational Project between Texas A&M University and the State of Coahuila, Mexico. Research project: Assessing the Impacts of Climate Variability on the Water Resources in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte Basin (delivered).


First Binational Water Congress, Saltillo, Coahuila (1,000 Academics and officials of Texas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Sonora participated), General Director.


Agreement for Regional Progress (signed by the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Texas). Mexican side Liaison.