James Powell

Applied Mathematics & Biology
Specializations: Mathematical Fields: Applied Mathematics, Asymptotic Methods, Nonlinear Evolution PDE, Dynamical Systems, Model Fitting and Competition jim.powell@usu.edu

Daniella Hirschfeld

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Community resilience, landscape strategies for climate adaptation, disaster mitigation and planning. daniella.hirschfeld@usu.edu

Joel Pederson

Specializations: Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution joel.pederson@usu.edu  

Sarah Klain

Environment & Society
Cultural Ecosystem Services, Renewable Energy Landscapes

Kezia Manlove

Wildland Resources & Ecology Center


Emile Elias

Acting Director, USDA Southwest Climate Hub Water Resources, Agriculture, & Climate Change

Ryan Choi

Wildland Resources
I have a BA in Biology from Whitman College, and an MS in Ecology, Wildland Resources from Utah State University. I am studying the impacts of climate change on ecosystem function in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. I have focused on how phenology of sub-arctic tundra plants and the seasonal arrival of migratory Pacific black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) affects nutrient cycling and storage in a sedge-dominated ecosystem.

Emily Esplin

Environment & Society
I have a BS in Marriage, Family & Human Development from Brigham Young University and a BA in Spanish from Utah Valley University. I am passionate about helping local people build resilience to natural hazards in their community through protective behaviors, smart planning, and emergency preparedness. I am currently studying how Americans adapt to extreme heat events and how this hazard is communicated in Utah. My other research interests include disaster risk reduction, risk perception and communication, and natural hazards mitigation and outreach campaigns.
MS Geography, 2018

Muyang Ge

Applied Economics
I have a BS in Environmental Science & Management from Xiamen University and an MS in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics from the University of Illinois. I am researching the dynamic interaction of rural and urban economies in response to water use constraints and its variability under a changing climate. I am interested in the impact of land property rights on agricultural practices and on water market. I am currently working on climate resiliency of agricultural production on American Indian Lands of the Great Basin region.
PhD Economics, 2019
Faculty, Nanjing Audit University

Natalie Gillard

Watershed Science
I have a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado. I am researching the forms and functions of river systems to gain a deeper understanding of sediment transport, its role in ecosystem processes and implications for societal welfare and risk. I am specifically interested in disturbed river systems and restoration strategies to enhance resilience and health of those rivers and their surrounding ecosystems and am interested in how to predict and understand the ecosystem and societal effects of climate extremes. My overall goal is to not only gain a deeper understanding of these processes but also to gain experience communicating my results effectively to the scientific and nonscientific community to develop solutions.