IGERT Students

Scott Fennema
My research interests are focused on further researching and studying water management. Water resource management is the unifying factor that creates a balance between water available, people, people’s needs and the environment. Within the realm of water resource science and management, I am extremely interested in expanding my disciplinary knowledge to better understanding how environmental changes have and will continue to directly affect the quantity and quality of our water resources. By participating in this IGERT program, I am also going to gain the interdisciplinary adequacy to understand how the changes in water quality and quantity will in turn how those changes affect communities. In summary, I am interested in researching how climate change is affecting precipitation regimes and how people directly interact with these changes.
Shana Hirsch
My previous degrees are in cultural studies and global environmental politics. In my research, I draw from the theoretical perspectives of critical social theory, political ecology, and science and technology studies to better understand the politics of natural resources and land use change. I am particularly interested in the communication of science to management how ecological restoration of watersheds can become adaptive and resilient in the face of climate change.
Karen Trebitz
I am a PhD student at University of Idaho (UI) for Water Resources in the track for law, policy, and management. I came to UI’s interdisciplinary water program because I believe specialized knowledge in different disciplines must be integrated if we are to effectively address water resource issues and improve community and ecologic resilience in the future. My principle interest is public engagement in water issues. I will be studying social and policy network analyses to learn how people interact to become involved in conservation and governance. This is important in understanding the feedbacks among ecologic drivers, sciences, and policy, and perhaps it can help to form more effective resource governance.
Natasha Wingerter
I am a PhD student in the University of Idaho’s Water Resource program on the Science and Management track. I came to the University of Idaho’s Water Resource program because it offered the interdisciplinary training needed to solve complex water issues. I am an aquatic ecologist with interests in community ecology, restoration, and management strategies in novel ecosystems. For my dissertation, I plan on researching the effects of surrounding land use on community interactions and life history patterns. By understanding these interactions, better management strategies can be created and implemented to preserve threatened and endangered systems.