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Water Insights

Water Insights is an interdisciplinary seminar series on water science, water management, and water policy sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute. Speakers include researchers, water managers, and water policy makers from Penn State, other universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The series engages the University and broader community in collaborative learning and discussion about critical water challenges from local to global scales.

This seminar series is offered both as a live seminar and Zoom webinar with recorded webinars available for viewing at a later time.

Spring 2018 Schedule
All Seminars begin at 12:00 PM and all are held in 102 Forest Resources Building

January 23

Matt Royer, Director, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center

Pennsylvania & the Chesapeake Bay: Emerging Policy and Practice Innovations to Improve Water Quality

Royer Seminar Recording

January 30

Lara Fowler, Sr. Lecturer, Penn State Law; Assistant Director for Outreach and Engagement, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

What is "water law" and why should scientists care?

Fowler Seminar Recording

February 6

Chaopeng Shen, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Penn State

Near-authentic long-term reconstruction of global soil moisture using deep learning: impacts on your research?

Shen Seminar Recording

February 13

Sarah Goslee, Ecologist, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

Blue and Green: Modeling rain-fed and irrigated agriculture on the landscape

Goslee Seminar Recording

February 20

Kate Zipp, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics, Penn State

Optimal spatial-dynamic management policies to minimize the damages cased by aquatic invasive species

Zipp Seminar Recording

February 27

Mike Nassry, Assistant Research Professor, Geography, Penn State

Climate Change impacts on Wetland Hydrology

Nassry Seminar Recording

March 13

Caitlin Grady, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Penn State

Bridging disciplines to explore the water food energy nexus

Grady Seminar Recording

March 20

Melinda Daniels, Associate Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center

Multi-Strategy Whole Watershed Restoration for Ecological and Human Resiliency

Daniels Seminar Recording

March 27

Tom Richard, Directory, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Profiting More by Farming Less? A New Paradigm for Chesapeake Water Quality

Richard Seminar Recording

April 3

Doug Wrenn, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics, Penn State

Price-Based Policies for Managing Residential Development and Impacts on Water Quality

Wrenn Seminar Recording

April 17

Pete Kleinman, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

Haven't we figured that out yet? Reflections on persistent issues in agricultural phosphorus management.

Kleinman Seminar Recording

Fall 2017 Series

September 26

Donnacha Doody, Programme Leader for Catchment Science Research
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland

Optimizing Phosphorus Management for the Delivery of Catchment Ecosystem Services.
Related papers: Optimizing land use for the delivery of catchment ecosystem services; and Guiding phosphorus stewardship for multiple ecosystem services

October 3

Tony Buda, Research Hydrologist
USDA-ARS

Hydrological Connectivity and Nutrient Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. (Previously recorded at Cornell University)

October 10

Stephanie Velegol, Senior Lecturer
Penn State Chemical Engineering

Modeling the Removal of Pathogens from a Moringa-coated Sand Filter.
(You will need to pause the background music)

October 17

Alfonso Mejia, Assistant Professor
Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering

A network approach to the U.S. food-energy-water nexus: Role of cities in the U.S. virtual water network of commodity flows.

October 24

Tamie Veith, Agricultural Engineer
USDA-ARS

Cost-efficient selection and placement of best management practices within the upper Chesapeake Bay catchment.

October 31

Cibin Raj, Assistant Professor
Penn State Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Watershed scale analysis to develop strategies for environmentally sustainable planning.

November 7

Rachel Brennan, Associate Professor
Penn State Environmental Engineering

Food, Energy, and Water for 11 Billion People by the End of the 21st Century: How Will We Do it?

November 14

Li Li, Associate Professor
Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering

Watershed Hydrobiogeochemical modeling for Water Quality forecasting.

November 28

Klaus Keller, Professor
Penn State Geosciences

Managing Flood Risks in the Anthopocene: From Basic Science to Decision Making (and Back)