Research

Our research group seeks greater understanding around the transdisciplinary nature of water resources, particularly within the water, energy, and food security international development community. Throughout local, regional, and international pursuits,  complex decision-making takes place between competing interests for water resources. This work, which in the past has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the CGIAR International Research Consortium, strikes a balance between fundamental advancements and practical outcomes.

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Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development
In order to achieve global goals in sustainable development, implementing successful water and food development projects will remain a priority for engineers and policymakers alike. It is important to learn from previous failures in water, sanitation, and agricultural projects in international communities and address these challenges going forward. This work investigates new alternatives for water engineering projects based on the integration of transdisciplinary data throughout the monitoring and evaluation process.

 

Decision-making and Network Analysis

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Hydrologists and social scientists alike have been utilizing similar network principles to analyze data for decades. The field of Social Network Analysis is expansive and constantly growing. Hydrologists use watershed network delineation for countless aspects of modeling. This research looks for more innovative ways to utilize these principles together.

 


Transdisciplinary Global Environmental Challenges
We are always looking for innovative collaboration opportunities spanning multiple global environmental challenges including:

  • Climate change vulnerability modeling
  • Costs and benefits of international environmental treaties
  • Food, water, energy nexus challenges
  • Scientific integrity in policy decision-making
  • Environmental justice issues