Meghan Klasic, B.S., M.S.

Picture of Meghan and her bulldog, Franklin

Position Title
PhD Candidate, Geography, U of California - Davis
Research Specialist, U of Minnesota

Wickson Hall

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 PhD Candidate in Geography. Her dissertation looks at how risk shapes decision-making and policy processes in complex social-ecological systems. Her dissertation focuses on three different environmental cases: 1) California drinking water quality management and climate adaptation, 2) Environmental impacts of fracking and how they relate to policy adoption in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and 3) social and ecological risk shaping management approaches to harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Central and Western basins of Lake Erie. Meghan began working as a Research Specialist with the University of Minnesota in September 2021 on the Long-Term Ecological Research Project (LTER) related to advocacy, justice, policy process, and urban nature with Dr. Kristen Nelson (U of Minnesota) and Dr. Forrest Fleischman (U of Minnesota).

In addition to her dissertation, Meghan works on several broader projects related to: 

1. Lake Erie HABs: a National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) graduate student pursuit fellowship with Dr. Kelsey Leonard (U of Waterloo), Dr. Vanessa Vargas-Ngyuen (U of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), and Dr. Rachel Lamb (Fellow at Maryland Dept of Environment).

2. California drinking water, climate adaptation, and drought: funded through an EPA STAR Grant and a California 4th Climate Assessment BECI Grant with Dr. Amanda Fencl (AAAS Fellow at Millenium Challenge Corporation), Dr. Julia Ekstrom (CA Dept of Water Resources), and Dr. Mark Lubell (U of California - Davis)

3. Unconventional oil and gas drilling in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania: funded through NSF with Dr. Gwen Arnold (U of California - Davis), Dr. Abigail York (Arizona State U), Dr. Madeline Gottlieb Schomburg (Colorado Stae U), Connor Rosenblatt (PhD Student, U of California - Davis).

4. Mapping the Production of Knowledge on Arab Women and Gender: funded through the Foundation to Promote Open Society, Amman and co-partnered by the U of California Davis Arab Region Consortium (UCDAR) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). Project team: Dr. Suad Joseph (U of California - Davis), Dr. Lena Meari (Birzeit U), Dr. Martina Rieker (American U of Cairo), Dr. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley (American U of Sharjah), Dr. Sara Mourad (American U of Beirut), Dr. Zina Sawaf (Lebanese American U), Joanna Abillama (Lebanese American U), Diana W.S. Khanafer (American U of Beirut), Maya El Helou (U of Toronto), Zina Zarour (Birzeit U), Chris Choueiri (Birzeit U). 

You can find Meghan on Twitter (@rogue_PhD). 

Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, Professors for the Future, U of California - Davis
  • SESYNC Gradate Student Fellow
  • Instructor, Public Lands Management, U of California - Davis [Fall 2020]
  • Adjunct Instructor, Climate Change and Global Environmental Sustainability, Johns Hopkins U [M.S. level, 2020 - Present]
  • Instructor, Environmental Analysis, U of California - Davis [Summer 2021]
  • 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.
  • Méndez-Barrientos, LE., Klasic, M. , and A. Fencl. "The false premise of local control in California Groundwater Management." Water Resources IMPACT 23(3): 25-29.