SAFES Leadership

Karen Fisher-Vanden, Ph.D.

Karen Fisher-Vanden, Director
Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, and Public Policy, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Areas of expertise: economy-wide modeling; integrated assessment; energy-water-land interactions; climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience

Matthew B. Royer

Matt Royer, Associate Director of Partnerships & Engagement
Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; Director, Agriculture and Environment Center

Areas of expertise: environmental law; nonpoint source pollution of water (agriculture and urban stormwater runoff); stakeholder engagement at local, state, regional, and federal levels


Heather Preisendanz, Associate Director of Research Programs
Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Natural Resource Engineering

Areas of expertise: Emerging Contaminants, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Environmental Hydrology

Robert Shannon, Ph.D.

Robert Shannon, Associate Director of Educational Programs
Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management Program

Areas of expertise: wetland biogeochemistry; riparian wetlands; pollutant impacts on aquatic systems; resource systems analysis


Kathryn Bartling

Kathryn Bartling
Watershed Project Coordinator
Agriculture and Environment Center

Aaron Matthew Cook

Aaron Cook
Research Initiative Associate


Jennifer Fetter
Extension Educator, Water Resources
Collaborator, Agriculture and Environment Center


Terra Ingram
Administrative Coordinator for the SAFES Institute


Emily Jozefik
Proposal and Award Generalist

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Kristen Koch
Program Manager, Agriculture and Environment Center

Harmony Miller
Agricultural Outreach Specialist


Tammy Shannon, M.Ed.
Academic Advising Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management
Course Instructor, ERM Program

Institute Membership

Associate Members of the institute have faculty appointments in the College of Agricultural Sciences, can serve on operating committees, benefit from the technical infrastructure, and are permitted to request the use of resources and services provided by institute staff.

Affiliated Members of the institute are collaborators on institute-sponsored research projects and can benefit from the institute's resources, services, and infrastructure through affiliation with an Associate Member.

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