Amado Reyes Guzmán is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History and a proud New Mexican. His research examines the history of complex hydraulic and other social-ecological systems that developed in territorial New Mexico (1848–1912). In his master’s thesis, Amado examined the modification of acequia irrigation systems and riparian environments in arid southern New Mexico. His current research expands this examination to transportation landscapes and wood gathering practices around the territory and their growth and change during the period. He has worked in Public History in a variety of capacities from writing curricula to creating museum exhibits. As a Carson Scholar, Amado seeks to improve communication between stakeholders including historical preservationists and the living communities which maintain these land-based practices.