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I’m a (recently graduated) PhD student in the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, and I study water governance from a complex social-ecological systems perspective. My dissertation is being carried out in partnership with the Global Water Initiative in Central America, and focuses on two core governance challenges practitioners are facing: (1) managing conflicts among water-users and other stakeholders, and (2) improving coordination among governance actors working at multiple interacting geographic and institutional scales.

Bethany completed her graduate work at Arizona State University. There, she was involved in the Decision Center for a Desert City. At UC Davis, she worked on the Rangelands Decision-Making project, which asks how social networks, institutions, scientific information, and econonic priorities shape grazing practices and ecosystem services. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Meredith received her Ph.D. in Ecology in 2014. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sustainability science at Harvard University and is now an assistant professor at the University of Vermont. As a graduate student, she was a NSF IGERT Trainee, NSF Graduate Fellow, and Switzer Fellow. She studies environmental behavior focused on farmer perceptions of climate change and adoption of mitigation and adaptation techniques in New Zealand and California. Meredith holds a B.A. in political science from The Catholic University of America where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She previously worked in Washington D.C as the director of a climate change and agriculture campaign and as the Public Affairs Coordinator on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at the US State Department. She served as a member of the Climate Action Reserve's nutrient management workgroup and as a UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute board member. Meredith was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and the External Chair for the UC Davis Graduate Student Association.

I'm a PhD candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group and an NSF IGERT Trainee. I'm interested in the role of collaborative institutions in promoting adaptive capacity in complex social-ecological systems. My main research project uses approaches from network science to evaluate patterns of interactions among organizations and institutions engaged in climate change adaptation policy-making in the Lake Victoria region.

Angee is an alumni of the UC Davis's Graduate Group in Ecology, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. She is currently working as a California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Policy Fellow, and is assigned to the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water. Her dissertation work examined the intersection of social science and natural science, by looking into policies leading to the sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries. Specifically, Angee focused on marine resource use in the Bahamas, particularly the Caribbean spiny lobster fishery. Along with her dissertation work, Angee has published an encyclopedia chapter on Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries and two manuscripts. The first was a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for a National Seashore and the second reexamined conservation monitoring, approaching it as an investment decision. Angee is a Switzer Fellow and a Packard Conservation Management Fellow. Angee's graduate advisor was CEPB's Jim Sanchirico.

I'm a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology and broadly interested in biodiversity conservation and rural smallholders in the tropics. My current research examines how land resources and protected areas are utilized at local and national scales in Tanzania, including three areas of study. First, I'm evaluating the presence and extent of human migration around protected areas across Tanzania and the effects of community conservation projects on these movements. Second, I work with Sukuma agropastoralists in western Tanzania to model individual and household decision-making regarding mobility, land use, and conservation. Third, I collaborate with Savannas Forever Tanzania to examine the impacts of community managed conservation areas on household food security. My approaches include spatial analyses of demographic patterns and mechanisms as well as models and methods of decision making from human behavioral ecology.

I'm a post-doctoral researcher who specializes in networks science. For the Rangeland project, I wrote an interactive, electronic survey that asked Ranchers, Environmentalists, and Rangeland Professionals what they would do with a specific rangeland property. Using those surveys, and data collected from group discussions on the same topic, I am mapping individuals' cognitive networks and how these change during the group discussion. I'm also working on other projects around the lab from organizational to semantic network projects.

Michael is a PhD Candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group. He does computational social science to understand how people think about and solve sustainability challenges. He has an MS in Biology from West Virginia University and a BS in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College.

Please visit my personal website: www.michaellevy.name.

My work deals with environmental governance in the Andean region and applies a variety of methods to study policy change in areas such as mining, and water management. I am particularly interested in how social actors organize to seek for policy change and how change affects civil society organizations. My current research at UC Davis applies methods from social network analysis to study changes in water partnerships associated with new regulations of water manegement in Ecuador.

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of California, Davis. I lead the social media analysis portion of the Knowledge Networks Project under supervision of Professor Mark Lubell.

My research is motivated by the conflicting ecosystems of network and broadcast media and by the elapsed effects of online and onsite networks. I am trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and my work relies on R for statistical computing and visualization.

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