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Katherine Vammen
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Professional Biography-Katherine Vammen

Katherine Vammen has a Doctorate (PhD) with specialty in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Salzburg, Austria. She is presently Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Natural Sciences at the University of Central American (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua. She is Co-Chair of the Water Program of the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS). Her specialties are quality and management of water resources and has focused her research on Water Quality, Water and Forests and the Nexus between Water, Energy and Food Security.

She was former Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment of the University of Central America (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua, founder and former coordinator of the Central American Master’s Program on Science of Water and Deputy Director of the Center for Research in Aquatic Resources (Centro para la Investigación en Recursos Acuáticos-CIRA/UNAN).

Most recent publications:

Editor and Co-author: Water Quality in the Americas. Risks and Opportunities, IANAS-UNESCO, in final preparation.
Water Sustainability Challenges of the Americas, Science and Technology Diplomacy. A focus on the Americas with Lessons for the World, Volume III. Momentum Press, Engineering. Publication presented at conference in Tucson, Arizona in February 2017.
Co-editor del libro de IANAS, Desafíos del Agua Urbana en las Américas: Perspectivas de las Academias de Ciencias, IANAS y UNESCO, 2015.
Oportunidades y desafíos para la investigación en agricultura, y en seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en las Américas: Análisis regional elaborado por IANAS a partir de evaluaciones nacionales
Co-editor of Urban Water Challenges in the Americas, A Perspective from the Academies of Science, IANAS and UNESCO Publication, 2015. :
Water and Energy (,
Eutrophication of Lake Nicaragua, ( ,
“Water Resources and Climate Change in Nicaragua” (
“Water for the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities-Supply and Sanitation: How are the Unserved to be Served- Serving the Rural Unserved”