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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

Title: 
GSR

Stephanie is a graduate student in the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group.  She researches grower decision making surrounding improved nitrogent management practices in California's Central Valley, using a geospatial statistical modeling approach.   She lived in East Africa for four years before beginning her degree at UC Davis, working on similar behavior change communication challenges in agriculture.

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Office Location: 
2125A Wickson Hall

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

Hi! I am a third year PhD student in Ecology, who studies environmental governance of complex socio-ecological systems. Over the last 10 years, I've been specializing on water governance, studying the design and implementation of progressive water reforms. This work has taken me to many places around the world including Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa and Spain where I've experienced and analyzed the challenges of policy implementation and institutional change. For my dissertation, I am studying how inequality and power asymmetries among institutions and people shape the implementation of groundwater management reform in California. I am using a mix-methods approach combining participant observation, in-depth interviews, surveys and the review and collection of archival information to build state-wide databases that look both at the water resource, the groundwater basins, and at the institutions statewide. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation IGERT on Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowhip Program (GRFP).

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Office Location: 
2128 Wickson Hall
Phone: 
4158679364

Hi! I am a third year PhD student in Ecology, who studies environmental governance of complex socio-ecological systems. Over the last 10 years, I've been specializing on water governance, studying the design and implementation of progressive water reforms. This work has taken me to many places around the world including Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa and Spain where I've experienced and analyzed the challenges of policy implementation and institutional change. For my dissertation, I am studying how inequality and power asymmetries among institutions and people shape the implementation of groundwater management reform in California. I am using a mix-methods approach combining participant observation, in-depth interviews, surveys and the review and collection of archival information to build state-wide databases that look both at the water resource, the groundwater basins, and at the institutions statewide. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation IGERT on Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowhip Program (GRFP).

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 social-ecological systems and looking at the influence of social networks and group learning on decision-making processes and risk management behaviors in agroecological systems in California. In California, I have been closely studying agricultural nitrogen management for its importance to water quality, soil health and greenhouse gas emissions.  I am also broadly interested in how different agricultural systems globally are adapting to and building resilience within rapidly changing climates.  I worked as a research fellow with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop international partnerships, 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 fourth 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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