National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Deadline to Apply: December 6, 2019
Theme #1: Socio-Environmental Approaches to Watershed Management and Governance Workshop
This thematic workshop invites scholars and professionals analyzing, evaluating, and/or synthesizing the natural, social, or actionable elements associated with watershed management and governance. This may include but is not limited to the biophysical elements (e.g., quality, quantity, flow, effects of climate change, etc.), the social significance (e.g., access, cost, and right to clean water, etc.), and the strategies (e.g., resource economics, governance) to significantly improve understanding or inform socio-environmental decision making or policies.
This workshop's Distinguished Scholars are Dr. James Knighton of SESYNC; Dr. Elizabeth Koebele of the University of Nevada, Reno; and Dr. Jampel Dell'Angelo of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Learn more about them below.
James Knighton, SESYNC
Dr. James Knighton is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University (2019) and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2013). Prior to Cornell, he worked as a PE for eight years in the nuclear industry and government performing risk analysis for power generation facilities and urban environments.
His research centers on how regional forests cover and synoptic-scale atmospheric mechanisms of extreme rainfall drive flooding risks. He is currently working on research to evaluate why forest cover change has varied impacts on flooding risks worldwide. He is also interested in how individuals and governmental organizations make investment decisions for flood mitigation. Specifically, he is working to understand how local hydrology and population demographics come together to influence the generation of flooding insurance claims from urban environments in New York State through a collaboration with the New York Water Resources Institute. Finally, he is interested in bridging the gap between emerging methods in isotope-hydrology and modern tools used for flooding risk forecasting. Working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team, he is carrying out modeling experiments drawing on data from both lab- and field-scale studies of isotopic transport and tree root water uptake with the goal of incorporating the functional traits of tree rooting structures into land surface models.
Elizabeth Koebele, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Elizabeth Koebele is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a faculty affiliate in the Graduate Program for Hydrologic Sciences and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences graduate program. She holds B.A.s in English literature and secondary education from Arizona State University, where she was a proud first-generation college student, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (policy focus) from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Koebele teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the public policymaking process and environmental politics and policy. Much of her recent research uses mixed methods to better understand how collaborative approaches to environmental governance shape the policy process and its outcomes, especially in the context of arid river basins. She has published on topics such as water governance and policy in the western United States (Colorado River and Lake Tahoe Basins), sustainable urban water management, disasters and hazards policy (wildfire and flooding), and environmental regulatory processes. Dr. Koebele has recently been named co-PI on a $1.5 million grant from U.S. National Science Foundation to study how urban water utilities transition to more sustainable management practices – a project that she and her colleagues initially developed while participating in a SESYNC graduate student pursuit. She is also currently a co-PI on a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the impacts of changing snowpack in the West on a major water allocation institution called prior appropriation. When not working, Dr. Koebele loves exploring the Eastern Sierra Nevada region on her bicycle.
Jampel Dell'Angelo, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Dr. Jampel Dell’Angelo is Assistant Professor of Water Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is an environmental social scientist interested in the political economy of natural resources, in particular water.
His research is on the multilevel dimensions of cooperation and conflict over freshwater resources. The focus of his research spans from socio-environmental dynamics of climate change adaption in community irrigation schemes of rural Kenya to global patterns of virtual water appropriation associated with transnational land investments. He employs mixed methods and builds on theoretical pluralism combining perspectives from the Bloomington School of Political Economy and the Barcelona School of Political Ecology. Believing in the necessity to conduct true interdisciplinary research to tackle complex water governance problems he draws on a socio-environmental synthesis approach.
Dell’Angelo is a Visiting Scholar and Member of the Ecohydrology Lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley and an Environmental Governance Affiliate Scholar at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland.
Before joining IVM he held different postdoctoral appointments, at the Environmental Sciences Department of University of Virginia, at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland and at the Ostrom Workshop of Indiana University. As a postdoc, Dell’Angelo was the Principal Investigator on the Global Water Grab Syndrome project and the coordinator of the Kenya team in the NSF Institutional Dynamics of Adaptation to Climate Change research.
How to Apply
Please review the eligibility and selection criteria before submitting an application.
Applicants are asked to complete a short questionnaire and submit the following items as a single PDF:
- Statement of Interest (no more than two page)
- Describing why the applicant would like to attend;
- Describes the applicant’s past and current research or related work in the field;
- Discusses how the applicant would benefit from participating in the selected S-E thematic workshop, including outlining challenges or constraints encountered so far;
- Discuss what you may contribute to the workshop, and what you hope to gain from this experience;
- Demonstrates an enthusiasm and openness to new, inter- or transdisciplinary interactions;
- Strong commitment to attending the workshop in its entirety.
- Applicant’s full C.V.
- Names and contact information for two professional references.
Applications missing any materials or exceeding page limits will not be considered.
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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at www.sesync.org and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.