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://tinyurl.com/SP21WaterInsights

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

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Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy
Talk Title: Forthcoming
Hosted by Danny Brent
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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

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Jim Shortle
Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics Emeritus

Agriculture and Water Quality: Better Results Require Better Policy



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

Fall 2019

Tuesday, September 10
Aine Anderson

No recording available

Tuesday, September 17
Brian Swistock
Regulatory and Management Challenges for Household Drinking Water Wells and Springs in Pennsylvania

Recording of Swistock Webinar - start at 11:15

Tuesday, October 1
Jason Kaye
Water Insights from the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

Recording of Kaye Webinar - start at 9:13

Tuesday, October 8
Christopher Scott
Sustaining groundwater irrigation in breadbasket regions: A water-energy-food nexus diagnostic assessment

Recording of Scott Webinar - start at 0:42

Tuesday, October 15
Tyler Wagner
Putting together the pieces of the puzzle: contaminants, pathogens, and smallmouth bass population dynamics in the Susquehanna River Basin

Recording of Wagner Webinar - start at 4:30

Tuesday, October 22
Mumbi Kimani
City of Cape Town's Water Crisis: Perspectives from Recent Drought

Recording of Kimani Webinar - start at 0:35

Tuesday, October 29
Casey Wichman
Water Affordability in the United States

Recording of Wichman Webinar - 0:41

Tuesday, November 5
Matt Royer
Moving from Planning to Implementation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Pennsylvania's Phase 3 WIP and the Role of Community Watershed Engagement

Recording of Royer Webinar

Tuesday, November 12
Lisa Wainger
Evaluating the efficiency of water body restoration: Evidence from the Chesapeake Bay

Recording of Wainger Webinar - start at 0:40

Tuesday, November 19
Gopal Bhatt
Water quality impacts of land use and climate change in Chesapeake Bay TMDL Mid-Point Assessment

Recording of Bhatt Webinar - start at 3:41

Tuesday, December 3
Odette Mina
The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories: Capabilities and Collaboration Opportunities

Recording of Mina Webinar

Tuesday, December 10
Allison Lassiter
Drinking Water Vulnerability and Rising Seas: The Case of Philadelphia

Recording of Lassiter Webinar - start at 8:00

Spring 2019

Tuesday, March 19
Matthew Ehrhart
Soil Health Related Research and Practice Implementation at Stroud Water Research Center

Recording of EhrharWebinar- start at 42:00

Tuesday, March 26
Shirley Clark
Playing the Hand We're Dealt: Understanding the Effects of Historical Urban Development while Seeking Opportunities to Reduce the Impact of Flood Events

Recording of Clark Webinar - start at 12:00

Tuesday, April 2
Raymond Najjar
Carbon biogeochemistry of Chesapeake Bay

Recording of Najjar Webinar - start at 0:25

Tuesday, April 9
Kathryn Braiser, Walter Whitmer, and Weston Eaton
Water for Agriculture: Creating an Engaged Approach to Water For & From Agriculture

Recording of Braiser, Whitmer, and Eaton Webinar - start at 1:05

Tuesday, April 16
Meng Wang
Intensification of Wastewater Treatment for Nutrient Removal and Resource Recovery

Recording of Wang Webinar

Tuesday, April 23
Larry Fennessy
An Overview of Penn State's Stormwater Facilities, Permits, and Water Resource Data Collection and Management Efforts

Recording of Fennessy Webinar - start at 1:40

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
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.

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)