Water Directory

  • Kevin Bell

    Research Fellow
    College Eight
    E-Mail: kwbell@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Sustainable Water Resource Policy.
    Professional experience: Principal, Convergence Research 1992-current. Policy Director, Northwest Energy Coalition, 1990-1992. Field Hydrologist, King County Surface Water Utility, 1989-1990.
    Research Topics: urbanizing watershed management, outcomes of the Pacific Northwest Power Planning Act of 1980, sustainable water development policy.
    Current agenda: Building a coordinated water research and teaching agenda at UCSC.
  • Peter Brewitt

    Ph.D. Candidate
    Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: pbrewitt@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I study dam removal in the American West. I approach dam removal as a political and ecological phenomenon. Dam removal is a reversal of the political status quo and a process-based ecological restoration with watershed-scale benefits.
    Website: http://envs.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=pbrewitt
  • Abigail Brown

    Ph.D. Student
    Department of Sociology
    E-Mail: ablbrown@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Empowerment and gender equality for water and sanitation.
    Website: http://sociology.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=ablbrown and http://waterfortheages.org
  • Jeffrey Bury

    Associate Professor
    Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: jbury@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Professor Bury examines the impacts of extractive industries on water resources at the household and watershed scale, including mining and hydrocarbons activities. His research also examines the impacts of climate change on glacier recession and water resources in the Andes. He works extensively with local communities and households across the region and with an interdisciplinary research team.
    Website: http://people.ucsc.edu/~jbury/
  • Christopher Butler

    Ph.D. Candidate
    E-Mail: cjbutler@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I am researching how local infrapolitics and historical patterns of access to water influence people’s willingness to mobilize in resistance to dams and the mode of that resistance. I am also interested to observe how concerns about and knowledge of climate change influence resistance efforts.
    This June (2013) I will begin a year of fieldwork in western Nepal, conducting a comparative study of two proposed dam sites which have been resisted by local communities. One dam will be built by the Three Gorges Corporation of China and the other by the GMR Consortium of India.
  • Ben Crow

    E-Mail: bencrow@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I do research on urban water access, particularly in low income areas of cities in the global south. I am using GPS to map and document how domestic water is obtained in slums, particularly in Kenya. My immediate work is on a comparison of contending sociotechnical systems for extending water provision. A larger book on Freedoms and Equity in Urban Water Provision is planned.
  • Bruce Daniels

    Ph.D. Candidate
    Earth Sciences Dept.
    E-Mail: bdaniels@EarthSci.UCSC.edu
    Research Description: I am researching hydroclimatology, or the impact of climate change on water resources. This work involves two tasks. First is the examination of precipitation climatological records and the determination and characterization of long-term trends in precipitation components. Second is the calculation of the numerical sensitivity of the many hydrological elements, such as runoff, streamflow, soil moisture, and groundwater recharge, to change of these same precipitation components. Combining these two tasks would yield the expected impacts.
    Website: http://earthsci.ucsc.edu/~bdaniels
  • Ann Drevno

    Ph.D. Student
    Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: agdrevno@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I research effective water pollution control policies in California's urban-agricultural interface.
    Website: http://envs.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=agdrevno
  • Duran Fiack, M.Sc.

    Ph.D. Student
    Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: dfiack@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I apply theories and concepts from New Institutional Economics and Political Science to address questions related to resource management and environmental governance in the U.S. In particular, I am interested in the role that the public, interest groups and government institutions at the federal, state and local levels play in the development of laws and policies to manage natural resources and provide environmental regulation. I hope to improve our understanding of the mechanisms that produce particular policy outcomes by investigating the development of environmental laws and policies, the practice of environmental politics and policy decision-making, and environmental governance institutions.
    Website: http://envs.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=dfiack
  • Andrew T. Fisher

    Earth and Planetary Sciences
    E-Mail: afisher@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Andrew T. Fisher is a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with interests in surface water - groundwater interactions, water resources, managed recharge, and aquifer characterization. Fisher teaches classes in Geologic Principles, Hydrology, Groundwater, and Groundwater Modeling, has served on technical advisory committees for municipalities, agencies, and stakeholder groups. Fisher leads The Recharge Initiative (www.rechargeinitiative.org), a focused effort to protect, enhance, and improve the availability and reliability of groundwater resources through research, teaching, service, and outreach. Fisher also has expertise in geothermics, computer modeling of coupled flows, inverse methods, borehole geophysics, water quality, and marine and subglacial hydrogeology.
    Website: http://pmc.ucsc.edu/~afisher/
  • Adam French

    Ph.D. Candidate
    Environmental Studies Department
    E-Mail: akfrench@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: My research focuses on environmental governance under converging processes of climatic and economic change. My dissertation work examines the governance networks and institutional innovations emerging to manage water conflict in Peru’s Santa River watershed. I am also working on a project that explores the political economy of hydropower development in Chilean Patagonia.
  • Brent Haddad

Associate Dean, Engineering
Professor, Technology Managment Department & Environmental Studies Department                                                                                                                                       Director, Center for Integrated Water Research
E-Mail: bhaddad@ucsc.edu
Research Description: Integrated Water Management, Regional Water Management, Water and Energy Policy, Renewable Engergy                                                                      Website: www.ciwr.ucsc.edu

  • Colin Hoag

    Ph.D. Candidate
    Department of Anthropology
    E-Mail: colinhoag@gmail.com
    Research Description: I examine soil erosion, rangeland ecology, water histories, and the water export economy in Lesotho.
    Website: http://anthro.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=choag
  • Amber Jean Kuss M.Sc.

    Ph.D. Student
    Department of Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: akuss@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Amber Jean Kuss, M.Sc. is currently a graduate student in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC working with Dr. Brent Haddad. She received her master’s degree at San Francisco State University where her research focused on the effects of climate variability on groundwater availability and recharge throughout the United States. Ms. Kuss also is the center lead for the DEVELOP Program at NASA Ames Research Center, where she has completed and advised many student-lead research projects using NASA satellite technology for environmental issues. Future research for Ms. Kuss includes the integration of remotely sensed data into surface water and groundwater models in an effort to accurately inform and engage water resource managers, state and federal organizations, and local communities under climate variability and change.
  • Ruth Langridge

    Associate Researcher – Center for Global, International and Regional Studies (CGIRS)
    Principal Investigator - Drought Reserves Project
    Continuing Lecturer - Legal Studies Program-Politics Department
    E-Mail: rlangrid@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: My work focuses on legal institutions: the impacts and beneficiaries of existing rules and the consequences of proposed changes. Current research is centered on access to, and management of, water. Our current interdisciplinary project examines insights into the conditions contributing to drought vulnerability and consequent drought adaptation strategies in California, including studies of one proactive, long-term approach to increase resilience to drought and associated water shortages - the development of locally based groundwater drought reserves.
  • Aaron Mamula

    Research Economist/Research Fellow
    NOAA - Fisheries/UCSC Courtesy Appointment UCSC Dept. of Physical and Biological Sciences
    E-Mail: aaron.mamula@noaa.gov
    Research Description: My research focuses on the tradeoffs inherent in managing water to satisfy agricultural, municipal and industrial demand while also meeting the habitat requirements of fish and wildlife. Specifically, freshwater diversions utilized in agricultural and industrial production and municipal consumption have the potential to alter both the quantity and quality of available salmonid habitat. My current research focuses on models capturing the stochastic dynamics of managing freshwater for environmental flows and statistical models characterizing the socio-economic impacts of different allocation rules.
    Website: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/staff.aspx?&id=13212
  • Daniel Press

    Olga T. Griswold Professor, Environmental Studies Department
    Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
    E-Mail: dpress@ucsc.edu
    Research interests: Water quality, non-point sources, policy evaluation, agricultural water quality, environmental regulation.
    Website: www.envs.ucsc.edu
  • Costanza Rampini

    Ph.D. Candidate
    Environmental Studies Department
    E-Mail: crampini@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: River management in the context of climate change impacts in Northeast India
  • Sarah T. Romano, Ph.D.

    Lecturer, Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies at UCSC
    Politics Department
    E-Mail: sromano@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Sarah's research centers upon questions of access to resources, water in particular, and the politics of participation surrounding resource governance. Her dissertation, "From Resource Management to Political Activism: Civil Society Participation in Nicaragua’s Rural Water Governance," reveals how community-based, rural water users’ associations in Nicaragua transcend their rural localities as resource managers in order to engage in fundamentally new forms of political engagement, advocacy and networking. Sarah engages with the scholarship on common property regimes, decentralized natural resource management, and social capital to shed light on 1) how local water managers demand greater state attention and resources from below, and 2) how they "scale up" to influence the design and implementation of the higher-level resource policies that affect their communities.
    This August (2013), Sarah will begin a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Kirsten Rudestam

    Ph.D. Candidate
    E-Mail: krudesta@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: My research examines water policy and management in the American West, paying particular attention to the historical, affective, and discursive dimensions of human/environment relations and the ways these play out in the western landscape.
    Website: http://sociology.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=krudesta
  • Kim Schneider

    Associate at Ecoconsult.
    UCSC Alumnus, Environmental Studies Department
    E-Mail: kimberly.c.schneider@gmail.com
    Research Description: Ecoconsult is a full-service government affairs, political strategy and environmental advocacy firm located in downtown Sacramento, California. I advocate in the Capitol on behalf of our environmentally-minded clients and work closely with other environmental organizations and green business groups in the state.
    Website: ecoconsult.biz
  • Lisa Sloan

    Earth & Planetary Sciences
    Director, Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory
    E-Mail: lsloan@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Sloan's research focuses upon global and regional climate change modeling. The results that Sloan and her group look at include temperature, precipitation, snowfall, upwelling, winds, and other climatic variables; we also are interested in how these changing conditions affect human and natural systems.
  • Cameron Speir

    NOAA Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Fisheries Ecology Division (I also have a courtesy appointment with UCSC)
    E-Mail: cameron.speir@noaa.gov
    Research Description: My research involves the economic effects of water re-allocation as it relates to recovery planning for threatened and endangered salmon fish species. I am currently working on three specific projects that develop economic models to analyze the effects of water policy. First is a model to estimate the economic impact of water export restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The second analyzes the effect of water supply on the demand for agricultural labor. The third incorporates spatial-temporal aspects of groundwater-surface water interaction into production models for irrigated agriculture.
    Website: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/staff.aspx?id=12884
  • Bronwen Stanford

    Ph.D. Student
    Environmental Studies Department
    E-Mail: bstanfor@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Restoration, management, and ecological function of California streams and wetlands. Investigation of ecosystem services provided by wetlands and future impacts of climate change on management and ecological health.
  • Peter Towbin

    Ph.D. Student
    Economics Department
    E-Mail: ptowbin@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: Economic valuation of public goods (e.g., groundwater). Participatory governance and stakeholder engagement. Facilitation of deliberative dialog on contentious issues (e.g., ocean water desalination). Mechanisms for substantive public input into government decision.
  • Tiffany Wise-West, P.E.

    Environmental Engineer & Ph.D. Candidate
    Environmental Studies
    E-Mail: twisewes@ucsc.edu
    Research Description: I am broadly interested in the political, sociocultural and techno-economic dimensions of community-based natural resource management. My current research work is focused on sustainable municipal infrastructure projects, ranging from renewable energy, to energy efficiency, to education, training and workforce development at the water and energy nexus. My field sites include urban communities in the US and Denmark as well as rural Tanzania.
    Website: http://people.ucsc.edu/~twisewes/