Water Insights is an interdisciplinary seminar series on water science, water management, and water policy sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES). 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.

All seminars are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and will be held via Zoom. Zoom room open from 11:30 for setup and log-in. Meetings (video, audio, and chat) will be recorded. No waiting room, and no passcode. Participants will be muted automatically upon entry.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98935202704

Fall 2021

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Lauren Greenlee
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Nutrients from Wasterwater: Rethinking Contaminants as Resources to Recover

Click here to watch the recording. 

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Jon Sweetman
Assistant Research Professor, Ecosystem Science Management

Water Insights into the Past: Extracting Environmental Information from Lake Mud

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Jamie Colburn
Joseph H. Goldstein Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law

Pathological Jurisdiction Splitting: The Phenomena of Jurisdictional Waters

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Christine Kirchhoff
Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut

Actionable knowledge production and improved governance to address water challenges

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November 2

Christopher Scott

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November 9

Alfonso Mejia & Michael Gomez

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Kim Van Meter
Assistant Professor of Geography

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November 30

Margaret Kalcic

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December 7

Suat Irmak

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Spring 2021

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Dave Swisher
Office of the Physical Plant
Water Sustainability: Penn State's Efforts – Past, Present and Future

Watch Dave's presentation here

February 23

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Andy Cole
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Ecology,
Interim Department Head, Landscape Architecture
College of Arts & Architecture
Designing nature - the case of the weird wetlands

Watch Andy's presentation here

March 2

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Karen Fisher-Vanden
Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Public Policy
Director, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES)
Co-Director, Program on Coupled Human and Earth Systems (PCHES)

Matt Royer
Associate Director of Partnerships & Engagement
Associate Research Professor
Director, Agriculture and Environment Center

Current and Future Water Activities in SAFES: how can SAFES help catalyze coordinated research in water?

Watch Karen & Matt's presentation here.

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Nathaniel Warner
Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Can freshwater mussels monitor water quality?

Watch Nathaniel's presentation here.

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Li Li
Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

The shallow and deep hypothesis: linking flow paths, biogeochemical reactions, and stream chemistry in the Critical Zone

Watch Li's presentation here.

March 23

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Paul Heinemann
Professor and Head
Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Scott Richardson
Associate Research Professor
Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

David Stensrud
Professor and Head
Meteorology & Atmospheric Science


The Pennsylvania Environmental Monitoring Network

Watch their presentation here.

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Michael Shreve
Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioconversion Engineering
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Wastewater-based epidemiology and Covid-19 surveillance at Penn State

Watch Michael's presentation here. 

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Ming Xiao
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Evaluation of erodibility of sand infill placed in synthetic grass using large flume testing

Watch Ming's presentation here.

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Alan Rotz
Agricultural Engineer, USDA/ARS and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


An integrated assessment of farm management effects on air and water quality

Watch Alan's presentation here. 

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Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy

Water use tradeoffs along development trajectories: Applications of hydro-economic modeling in international river basins

Hosted by Danny Brent

Watch Emily's presentation here.

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Jenn Fetter
Extension Water Resources Program Team Leader, Penn State Extension


Identifying and Addressing Pennsylvania's Water Resources Education Needs Through Extension

Watch Jenn's presentation here.

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Jim Shortle
Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics Emeritus

Agriculture and Water Quality: Better Results Require Better Policy

Watch Jim's presentation here.

Fall 2020

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Tuesday, September 22
Gerrad Jones, Oregon State University
Opening Pandora's box: machine learning applications for chemical forensics and non-target chemical analyses
Hosted by Heather Preisendanz

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Tuesday, September 29
Tyler Groh
Nutrient Removal in Riparian Buffers: My Research Journey from Iowa to Pennsylvania
Hosted by Beth Boyer

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Tuesday, October 27
Patrick Drohan
Ideas on a path for food production and society in the shadow of “big problems"
Hosted by Jon Duncan

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Tuesday, November 3
Hongxing Liu, Lafayette College
Best Management Practices and Nutrient Reduction: An Integrated Economic-Hydrological Model of the Western Lake Erie Basin
Hosted by Danny Brent

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Tuesday, November 10
Rob Brooks, Professor Emeritus Geography
Applying monitoring and assessment tools at multiple spatial and time scales on wetlands enforcement cases, with reflections on pending changes to the Clean Water Act
Hosted by Jim Shortle

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Tuesday, November 17
John Tooker
Integrated Pest Management as a solution to a water quality challenge from neonicotinoid insecticides
Hosted by Jim Shortle

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Tuesday, December 1
Michael Mashtare
Toilet to Field: Addressing Perceptions in the Age of Misinformation
Hosted by Cibin Raj

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Tuesday, December 8
Herschel A. Elliott
Biosolids Land Application: Putting Risk in Perspective
Hosted by Jim Shortle

Spring 2020

Tuesday, January 21
Alfonso Mejia
The Multilayer Network Structure of Virtual Water Flows in the United States

Recording of Mejia Webinar- start at 1:00

Note: there is no sound in this recording

Tuesday, January 28
Heather Preisendanz
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment: Understanding Occurrence, Risk, and Mitigation Strategies

Recording of Preisendanz Webinar - start at 1:30

Tuesday, February 4
Jeffrey Chanat
Exploring drivers of regional water-quality change using differential spatially referenced regression

Recording of Chanat Webinar - start at 3:18

Tuesday, February 11
Andrew Warner
What is Penn State Water?

Recording of Warner Webinar - start at 6:22

Tuesday, February 18
Rob Brooks & Tamie Veith
Riparian Forest Buffers of the Susquehanna-Chesapeake Watershed: Observations, Assessments, and Recommendations

Recording of Brooks & Veith Webinar - start at 4:13

Tuesday, February 25
Ben Hayes
Landscape Memory: The Legacy of Logging on Pennsylvania Streams and Implications for Adaptive Restoration Approaches

Recording of Hayes Webinar - start at 1:00