Joshua Villalobos is a lifelong El Pasoan and attended The University of Texas at El Paso receiving both his B.S. and M.S. in Geological Sciences.
His educational and thesis focus was in remote sensing, GIS (Geographical Information System), and geophysics of South Central New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Basin. While at UTEP he worked for NASA’s Pan-American Center for Earth and Environmental Studies focusing on utilizing satellite imagery in projects ranging from environmental analysis of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas to the identification of dinosaur fossils sites in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.
In 2000 Joshua began working for the Texas A&M Agricultural Resource Center as GIS specialist/geologist. At Texas A&M his primary research focus was investigation of groundwater and surface water interactions in El Paso’s Upper and Lower Valleys.
In 2005 he began teaching full-time at EPCC. Currently he is Principle investigator for the NSF (National Science Foundation) funded EPCC program SOLARIS (Student Opportunities in Learning Advanced Research in the GeoSciences).
SOLARIS allows EPCC geology majors to conduct cutting edge research projects in conjunction with UTEP faculty. These research opportunities allow EPCC geology majors to interact with UTEP faculty and facilities better preparing them to continue their education at a 4-year university.