GRAD592 - Colorado Water Institute


Spring 2014 theme:

Addressing Global Water Resource Challenges with Local Expertise

Mondays at 4:00PM
Natural Resources Building - Room 109

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The purpose of the 2012 Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar (GRAD592) is to expose students to the broad gamut of opportunities and trends within the field of water resources through guest lectures by prominent Colorado water practitioners. The 13 week seminar series will feature the work of CSU graduate students and their major professors on tackling the big problems in water resources: scarcity, quality, energy, food, climate, population and sustainability.

Students interested in taking the one-credit seminar should sign up for GRAD592, Water Resources Seminar, CRN 67067. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis with student participation and written assignments comprising the grade requirement. The seminar will be held at 4:00 PM Monday afternoons in NATRS 109. (Students who have enrolled in GRAD592 in the past, can also enroll for this offering). For further information, contact Reagan Waskom at

All interested faculty, students and off-campus water professionals are encouraged to attend and participate.

Information about the semester assignment can be found here.

Students may check their progress in the course here.

Employers interested in student resumes may view them here.

Fall 2012 Grading Policy / Attendance

For students taking the 2012 Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar (GRAD592), the course will be graded as pass/fail. To receive a passing grade, students will be asked to prepare responses to 8 of the lectures.


Expand/Collapse[2012-08-20] John Stednick, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship

Graduate Student: Erin Donnelly

Lecture Title: Environmental Flows; or can Groundwater Pumping Grow More Sturgeon?

Expand/Collapse[2012-08-27] Susan De Long, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Graduate Student: Jeremy Chignell

Lecture Title: Energy recovery from wastewater: new trends and possibilities

Expand/Collapse[2012-09-03] No Class , Labor Day

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Labor Day

Expand/Collapse[2012-09-10] Brian Bledsoe, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Student: Joel Sholtes

Lecture Title: River Management in a Changing Climate: Tools for Planning under Uncertainty

Expand/Collapse[2012-09-17] Larry Roesner Sybil Sharvelle, CIVE

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Integrated Urban Water Mangement

Expand/Collapse[2012-09-24] Kurt Fausch, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Graduate Student: James Roberts

Lecture Title: Ecological Futures for Native Trout of the Interior West in a Changing Climate: Are We in Hot Water Yet?

Expand/Collapse[2012-10-01] Patty Rettig, Library

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Using the Water Resources Archive for Research, Teaching and Scholarship

Expand/Collapse[2012-10-08] Patrick Byrne, Soil and Crop Sciences

Graduate Student: Steve Becker

Lecture Title: Improving Drought Tolerance in Great Plains Wheat Cultivars with Synthetic Hexaploid Wheat

Expand/Collapse[2012-10-15] Allan Andales Neil Hansen, Soil and Crop Sciences

Graduate Student: Kendall DeJonge

Lecture Title: Addressing Water Scarcity through Limited Irrigation Cropping: Field Experiments and Modeling

Expand/Collapse[2012-10-22] Susan De Long, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Student: Maria Irianni Renno

Lecture Title: Development of Sustainable Water Treatment Technologies

Expand/Collapse[2012-10-29] William Bauerle, Horticulture

Graduate Student: Grace Lloyd

Lecture Title: Measurement and Modeling of Physiological Responses to Soil Moisture Deficits: Applications to Irrigation Scheduling, Plant Breeding, and Global Climate Models

Expand/Collapse[2012-11-05] Mark Fiege, History

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Using Digital History for Education About Local Water Resources

Expand/Collapse[2012-11-12] Melinda Laituri, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Graduate Student: Faith Sternlieb

Lecture Title: Spanning Boundaries Across the Colorado River Basin: A Geospatial Analysis of Agricultural Water Governance

Expand/Collapse[2012-11-19] No Class , Thanksgiving Break

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Thanksgiving Break

Expand/Collapse[2012-11-26] Jorge Ramirez, CEE

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Vulnerability of US Water Supply to Hydroeconomic and Climate Variability

Expand/Collapse[2012-12-03] LeRoy Poff, Biology

Graduate Student:

Lecture Title: Using Environmental Flows to Stem Species Invasion of Western Rivers in a Period of Rapid Climate Change

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