Water Quality Team

    Water Quality Team

    Daniel BarandiaranDanny Barandiaran

    Biometeorology PhD student.


     


    PhD Student, with an area of study in Biometeorology.

    Joanna Endter-WadaJoanna Endter-Wada

    Program Director (NEPA Graduate Certificate); Associate Professor; (Research Interests: natural resource & environmental policy, water management & planning, human ecology).

    435-797-9084 | joanna.endter-wada@usu.edu


     

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Natural resource & environmental policy
    • Water management & planning
    • Human ecology

    Biography:

    Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science. Her research generally focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems, with emphases on water, public land, forest resources, fisheries and urban landscapes. She is currently conducting research on human dimensions of drought and climate change, urban landscape water use, and wetlands. The National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Western Water Assessment (NOAA) are funding her current research projects.

    During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in numerous activities related to translation between academic disciplines and translation of science to the general public. She has directed and been involved in interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects. She has served at state and federal levels in policy-related appointments. For the State of Utah, she served as Chairperson of the Utah Fish Health Policy Board (1998-2006, two terms), Chairperson of the Utah Forest Practices Task Force (1996, which resulted in a Forest Practices Act passed by the Utah Legislature), and Member of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Advisory Council (1995-1998). For the United States, she served as Chairperson (1996-1998) and Member (1993-1999) of the Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board Scientific Committee, U.S. Dept. of Interior. She has also served as Associate Editor of Society and Natural Resources (1994-1997) and reviewer for other academic journals.

    At present Dr. Endter-Wada advises graduate students in the Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management degree program and in the Master of Natural Resources degree program. Her former students have gone on to work in academia, natural resource agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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    Kelly Kopp

    Kelly Kopp

    Professor/Extension Water conservation and Turfgrass Specialist
    435-757-6650 | kelly.kopp@usu.edu


     
     

    Areas of Expertise:

    • State-wide responsibility for extension, research, and training programs in turfgrass management and landscape water conservation.
      • Water and nutrient management of turfgrass.
      • Water-wise landscaping principles.
      • Landscape irrigation practices and auditing of irrigation systems.
      • Collaboration and cooperation with federal, state, and local government agencies to promote water conservation in Utah.
    • Research program in support of extension efforts.
      • Turfgrass water use efficiency and carbon isotope discrimination.
      • Clipping management and nitrogen fertilization effects on soil moisture, nitrogen dynamics, and turfgrass quality.
      • Crop coefficient development for precision turfgrass irrigation using advanced micrometeorological techniques (eddy covariance).
      • Comparison of water and nutrient use and leaching between traditional, intermediate, and water-wise landscapes.
      • Assessment of native and adapted grass species for turfgrass applications in the Intermountain Western US.
      • Mini-rhizotron study of tree/turfgrass root competition.

    Education:

    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, 2000
    University of Connecticut - Storrs, Connecticut
    Department of Plant Science: Agronomy (Turfgrass Science)
    Courses concentrated in turfgrass science, soil analysis, soil genesis and morphology, ecological methods, analytical chemistry, statistics, and teaching methods.
    Dissertation: “Clipping Management Effects on N Availability and Leaching in Turfgrass.”

     

    MASTER OF SCIENCE, 1996
    University of Connecticut - Storrs, Connecticut
    Department of Natural Resource Management and Engineering: Hydrology
    Courses concentrated in soil fertility, soil physics and chemistry, soil morphology and genesis, non-point source pollution modeling, ground water hydrology, and watershed management. Thesis: "Hydraulic Head Effects on Solute Transport Through Large Intact and Packed Soil Columns."

     

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, 1991
    Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas
    Interdisciplinary Degree: Natural Resource Conservation, Soil Science emphasis
    Courses concentrated in soil morphology, soil fertility, soil microbiology, and soil genesis as well as general ecology, botany, forest ecology and policy, range science, and watershed management.

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    Larry RuppLarry Rupp

    Professor Ornamental Horticulture, Extension Specialist

    435-232-1158 | larry.rupp@usu.edu


     

    Education:

    Doctorate of Philosophy: Cornell University, Floriculture and Orn. Horticulture. 1984.
    Master of Science: Utah State University, Plant Science. 1980.
    Bachelor of Science: Utah State University, Plant Science. 1978

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    Nancy MesnerNancy Mesner

    Associate Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences, Extension Specialist in Water Quality

    435-797-7541 | nancy.mesner@usu.edu


     

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Water Quality Monitoring & Policy
    • Watershed Management
    • Environmental Education)

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    Niel AllenNiel Allen

    Irrigation Engineer/Specialist, Associate Professor

    435-797-3926 | n.allen@usu.edu


     

    Areas of Expertise:

    Estimation of irrigation water requirements, irrigation suitability analysis, economics of irrigation,
    water rights, preparation of water conservation and management plans, agriculture and
    landscape irrigation system assessment, water resources planning, technical litigation support,
    water rights negotiation support, and water management policy.

    Education:

    Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. 1991
    M.S., Agricultural & Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. 1980
    B.S., Agricultural & Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. 1979


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