Meghan Klasic

Picture of Meghan and her bulldog, Franklin

Position Title
PhD Candidate in Geography

Wickson Hall

Meghan is a PhD Candidate in Geography. Her dissertation focuses on decision-making and governance processes of complex social-ecological systems. Meghan's current geographical focus is the Lake Erie region, specifically around Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) management. 

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.

Meghan is a Fellow with the University of California - Davis' Professors for the Future program.

Current Projects:

1. DissertationWhat's "HAB"-ening: exploring governance in social-ecological systems.

2. Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom governance networks (work with Dr. Kelsey Leonard- PostDoc @ McMaster University, Dr. Vanessa Vargas- PostDoc @ University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Rachel Lamb- PhD Candidate @ University of Maryland).

3. California drinking water, climate adaptation, water quality, and drought (work with Dr. Amanda Fencl- PostDoc @ Texas A&M, Dr. Julia Ekstrom @ CA Department of Water Resources, & Dr. Mark Lubell).

4. Policy entrepreneurship and fracking in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (work with Dr. Gwen Arnold, Dr. Abigail York @ Arizona State University, and Dr. Madeline Gottlieb Schomburg @ Colorado State University).

You can find Meghan on Twitter (@rogue_PhD). 

  • Instructor, Public Lands Management, University of California - Davis [Fall 2020]
  • Adjunct Instructor, Climate Change and Global Environmental Sustainability, Johns Hopkins University [M.S. level, 2020 - Present]
  • Klasic, Meghan and Mark Lubell. 2020. "Collaborative governance: from simple partnerships to complex systems." In Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy.
  • Ekstrom, Julia, Meghan Klasic , Amanda Fencl, Mark Lubell, Frances Einterz, and Ezekiel Baker. 2018. Drought management and climate adaptation of small, self-sufficient drinking water systems in California. California's 4th Climate Assessment.