Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Hydrology and Water Security for S-E Systems

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David Kaplan, University of Florida;
Brian Chaffin, University of Montana;
Tara Troy, Leigh University;
Simone Pulver (Facilitator), UC Santa Barbara
Time of Event: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, November 16, 2018 - 17:00

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Hydrology & Water Security for S-E Systems.

David Kaplan, University of Florida

Dr. David Kaplan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences within the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida and Director of the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Research in Dr. Kaplan’s Watershed Ecology Lab ( focuses on linkages among the hydrological cycle, ecosystem processes, and human activities, with the goal of advancing natural resources conservation and management. He has worked extensively with water and environmental management agencies to tie hydrological modeling to ecological outcomes, predict restoration effects, and guide water management decision-making. Dr. Kaplan is a 2017 UF Water Institute Early Career Faculty Fellow, a 2017 UF Term Professor, and an organizing member of the NSF-funded Amazon Dams Network.



Brian Chaffin, University of Montana

Brian Chaffin is an Assistant Professor in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana. His teaching and research focus on complex questions of water policy and governance, including the emerging realities of administering systems of prior appropriation water rights in a changing climate. A human geographer by training, Dr. Chaffin leverages theories of complex systems with an application of mixed social science research methods to better understand how informal aspects of water governance (e.g., social norms and collaborative networks) influence social-hydrologic outcomes on the landscape. Dr. Chaffin works closely with ecologists and hydrologists in a focused effort to span boundaries between disciplinary science, interdisciplinary synthesis, and environmental decision making. Dr. Chaffin’s research spans both urban and rural settings and is funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.



Tara Troy, Leigh University

Dr. Tara Troy's research group studies how hydrologic processes are impacted by climate and human activities, which encompass water use, land cover changes, and infrastructure. She joined Lehigh University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in September 2013. Prior to joining Lehigh, she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia Water Center in the Earth Institute at Columbia University, with research focusing on water resources sustainability and flood modeling. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2010, where her doctoral research explained why observed historical trends in northern Eurasian streamflow were occurring through quantifying the water and energy budgets.





Simone Pulver (Facilitator), UC Santa Barbara

The Immersion Program centers around a series of collaborative workshops led by Immersion Distinguished Scholars. These workshops are designed to immerse participants in theories and methods foundational to understanding current environmental challenges and their underlying socio-environmental systems. 





This is a closed workshop designed for SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows.

For more information about the the Immersion Wokshop click here.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.

Event type: 
Immersion Workshop
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group
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