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U of I Hosts First IWRRI Water Research Symposium March 7

March 01, 2018

The University of Idaho Moscow will feature the work of seven research teams involved in grant-funded work through the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 104b program on Wednesday, March 7, at the first ever Water Research Symposium.

The symposium begins at 2 p.m. in Room 305 at the Integrated Research Innovation Center. It will showcase the work of U of I faculty members and researchers who received USGS 104b grants in 2016 and 2017.

The presentation schedule is:

  • Assistant Professor Jeff Langman, Department of Geological Sciences, College of Science, will present his 2016 work on the influence of sulfur form on metal mobility and water quality in a mining-impacted lateral lake of the Coeur d'Alene River, as well as 2017 research on the seasonal flux of environmental conditions and metal solutes in the shallow groundwater environment of the mining-impacted Upper Coeur d'Alene River Basin.

  • Professor Frank Wilhelm, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, College of Natural Resources (CNR), will present his work on estimating the bulk exchange of water and solutes between fringing wetlands and lakes to estimate the role of wetlands in water quality.

  • Professor Dan Strawn and Associate Professor Erin Brooks, Department of Soil and Water Systems, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), will present their research linking agronomic soil-P with water quality in Palouse cropping systems.

  • Evan Williamson, digital infrastructure librarian at the U of I Library, and his team will present work on the development of the Idaho Waters Digital Library, Phase Two.

  • Brant Miller, associate professor of science education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, will present his work on stakeholder engagement, outreach and education.

  • Alycia Bean, research assistant and  doctoral candidate in geography, will present work on the Idaho dairy industry's vulnerability to long-term drought.

  • IWRRI Associate Director Mark Solomon will present his work on drought planning.

Symposium participants and attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from the U of I's four newest water resources faculty: Alan Kolok, IWRRI director and professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, CNR; Assistant Professor Chloe Wardropper in the Department of Natural Resources and Society, CNR; Alex Maas, assistant professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, CALS; and Assistant Professor Zachary Kayler in the Department of Soil and Water Systems, CALS.

In four 5-minute lightning presentations, each of the faculty members will share their backgrounds and their latest research. All staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Please direct questions to Mary Schierman at

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