Miguel Santistevan has achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.  His research interests are in the adaptation of crops and traditional acequia-irrigated and dryland agricultural systems of the Upper Rio Grande and Sangre de Cristo mountains. Miguel is certified in Permaculture and ZERI Design and has directed several youth-in-agriculture programs for different organizations over the years.  He has produced a public radio program called "¡Que Vivan las Acequias!" with the New Mexico Acequia Association and Cultural Energy in addition to a video about food and seed sovereignty in New Mexico (  He maintains a conservation farm with his wife and daughter in Taos called Sol Feliz where many visitors have participated in educational presentations, tours, and hands-on workshops (  His farm is the venue for much of his research and is connected to the Acequia Madre del Sur del Río don Fernando de Taos of which he is a parciante and has served as past Mayordomo and President.  Miguel also serves as the founder, President, and Executive Director for the non-profit organization Agriculture Implementation, Research, & Education (  Miguel is currently under contract with the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District to produce a video about an acequia-mapping project completed in the Summer of 2016 in the Town of Taos with the Youth Conservation Corp.