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Kristin Dobbin

Kristin is a first-year doctoral student in Ecology studying the interplay of community water management and regional water management in the San Joaquin Valley as it relates to the human right to water. Prior to coming to Davis, Kristin served as Regional Water Management Coordinator at Community Water Center in Visalia. She holds a degree in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College. Kristin is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2022), Fulbright Fellow (2013-2014) and Udall Scholar (2012).

Contact Information
Office Location: 
2125A Wickson

Research interests and methodologies:

  • Community Drinking Water Management
  • Water Governance
  • Environmental Justice
  • Disadvantaged Communities
  • The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Integrated Regional Water Management
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Network Analysis

Stephanie Tatge

Stephanie is an IAD graduate student working on agricultural practices

Sam Collitt

Sam is a political science graduate student studying environmental politics

Mackenzie Johnson

Mackenzie is a geography graduate student.

Megan Foster

Megan is a geography student who studies public participation in national parks.

Cristina Murillo Barrick

Cristina is a masters student studying protected areas in Central America

Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos

I am a third year PhD student in Ecology, National Science Foundation (NSF GRFP) Fellow and Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) NSF IGERT trainee at UC Davis. I am interested in understanding processes of decision making, participation and collaboration at various institutional levels, using groundwater governance in California as the 'vehicle' to analyze these processes.

Contact Information
Office Location: 
2128 Wickson Hall
Phone: 
4158679364

I hold two masters degree, one on Irrigation and Water Engineering from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the other on Agricultural Policy from the Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques Montpellier SupAgro in France. Previously, I worked with UNESCO-IHE and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where I developed an etnographic research project to understand processes of implementation of South Africa's monumental land and water reform in its effort to address apartheid's heritage of inequality. 

Meghan Klasic

Title: 
3rd Year PhD Student in Geography

Meghan is a 3rd Year PhD student in Geography. Her educational interests include water quality, climate change, and decision-making across spatial and temporal scales.

A Pennsylvania native, Meghan spent 10 years working in Washington, DC for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), focusing on the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program and the Drinking Water Operator Certification and Capacity Development Program. Meghan received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Dickinson College in 2006 and her M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2013.

Current Projects:

1. California drinking water, drought, and climate adaptation

2. Moving beyond random acts of restoration to robust adaptive resilience: Lake Erie

You can find Meghan on Twitter (@rogue_PhD). Her personal website is klasicH2O.com.

Contact Information
Office Location: 
Wickinson Hall

Jess Rudnick

I am a third year PhD Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology.  I am interested in studying social-ecological challenges and looking at the influence of networks and social learning on the decision-making processes and risk management behaviors in agroecological systems in California's Central Valley.  I am also broadly interested in how different agricultural systems globally are adapting to and building resilience within rapidly changing climates.  In this regard, I  worked as a research fellow with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop international partnerships and education and outreach materials on climate-smart agriculture practices and incentive programs, to assist growers and agricultural advisors in adapting to changing climates, resource availability, and policies in both California and abroad. Prior to coming to UC Davis, I received my bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and worked with community development organizations on urban farming projects in St. Louis. 

Contact Information
Office Location: 
Wickson Hall
Phone: 
(314) 488-7646

Madeline Gottlieb

Madeline is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Group in Ecology, focusing on human ecology and environmental policy. Before coming to UC Davis she worked at Resources for the Future, a Washington, DC-based think tank, on a multi-faceted project examining public perceptions and regulatory aspects of shale development. Her interests broadly center on human-environment interactions and how social networks shape those interactions, particularly in the context of environmental justice. At UC Davis her research focuses on community impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. She holds a dual degree in environmental studies and economics from Connecticut College. Madeline is an active participant in her community - she was the co-chair of the Ecology Graduate Student Association and she co-founded a new publication to increase the visibility of ecology students' research. She in an avid reader, thinker and adventurer who always looks forward to the next challenge.

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