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 ZoomZoom 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://tinyurl.com/SP21WaterInsights 

Spring 2021

February 16
Dave Swisher

February 23
Andy Cole

March 2
Karen Fisher-Vanden & Matt Royer

March 9
Nat Warner

March 16
Li Li

March 23
Paul Heineman, David Stensrud & Scott Richardson

March 30
Michael Shreve

April 6
Ming Xiao

April 13
Al Rotz

April 20
Emily Pakhtigian
Hosted by Danny Brent

April 27
Jenn Fetter

May 4
Jim Shortle

Fall 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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

Fall 2018

Tuesday, October 9
Charlie White
Crediting Soil Organic Matter and Cover Crops in a Variable
Rate Nitrogen Prescription*

*Note, this presentation was not recorded

Charlie White presentation slides
Accompanying Paper

Tuesday, October 16
Dave DeWalle
Water Quality of Springs and Streams in the Rapidly
Urbanizing Spring Creek Watershed in Central Pennsylvania

Recording of DeWalle Webinar

Tuesday, October 23
Aaron Cook
Dynamic management of nutrient pollution in aquatic
environments: Does Chesapeake Bay need a time-varying policy?

Recording of Cook Webinar

Friday, October 26
Jack Watson
Drinking our Medicines? Fate and Transport of Emerging Contaminants at Penn State's Living Filter

Recording of Watson Webinar

Friday, November 2
Lidiia Iavorivska
Mitigating eutrophication in the Great Lakes through
stakeholder-driven hydrologic modeling.

Recording of Iavorivska Webinar

Friday, November 9
Daniel Brent
Who signs up for free raingardens? Distributional effects of
green infrastructure subsidies.

Recording of Brent Webinar

Friday, November 16
Lauren McPhillips
Sustainable and resilient management of stormwater in
urban landscapes.

Spring 2018

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

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

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.

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

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)