This program will assist in fundamentally changing academic culture by coalescing students and faculty from natural science, social science, computational science and law around a common goal: the responsible management of over-appropriated watersheds.
As the next generation of natural resource scientists, managers, and policymakers, you will increase your scientific understanding of how resilience – the ability to withstand multiple stresses without losing critical structure and function – is generated in complex systems of people and nature.
- The program provides opportunities for minority students.
- Students will receive academic training in resilience and adaptive management. Training will cover the complex interactions of ecological and societal systems affecting water management, and the use of sophisticated mathematical and computational tools for decision support. Many possibilities exist for research projects.
- Students will also participate in externships and workshops that expose them to real-world applications and transfer knowledge in a way that is useful to policymakers.
- An international experience will compare compromised watersheds in the Great Plains of the United States to similarly challenged watersheds in Europe.
- Local, state and federal agencies will help shape curricula in natural science, policy and law by developing student research externships.
The NSF IGERT program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.