Wednesdays 2pm, 1003 McLeod

A joint lecture series and capstone seminar (Environmental Resilience: Water) taps into UVA’s expertise through the new pan-university Environmental Resilience Institute. Healthy and productive watersheds provide a range of ecosystem services to human communities including freshwater supply quantity and quality, flood protection, and terrestrial/aquatic habitat. While healthy watersheds are vital to society they are increasingly threatened by a wide range of environmental issues such as over-development and wetland loss, pollution, climate change, and increased water demand. This lecture series and course emphasizes conceptual understanding of vulnerabilities, resilience, and solutions for water and watersheds. Speakers from across the university and external to UVA will be brought in weekly to present a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the challenges and possible solutions for maintaining and enhancing the resilience of water and watersheds. The lecture is open to the University community.

Speaker Schedule

All members of the university community are welcome to attend each lecture (no registration required; space is available on a first come first serve basis). At the conclusion of each lecture, after guests depart, students enrolled in the course will remain for a class discussion as part of their class work.





January 23rd

Emily Bernhardt

Duke University

Urban water, stream ecosystems & restoration

January 30th

Jonathan Cannon

University of Virginia

Clean Water Act

February 6th

Nancy Takahashi

University of Virginia

Winneba, Ghana Lagoon + City Project

February 13th

Jim Smith & Courtney Hill

University of Virginia

Water and Health

February 20th

Jill Baron

USGS/Colorado State

Alpine Lakes as Sentinels of Climate Change

February 27th

Jeff McDonnell

University of


Catchment water cycling: Green and Blue Water

March 6th

Brian Richter

Sustainable Waters

Chasing Water in a Dynamically Changing World

March 13th

Spring Break



March 20th

Leon Szeptycki

Stanford University

Water in the West

March 27th

Garrick Louis

University of Virginia


Water and Development

April 3rd

Peter Debaere

University of Virginia

Water Markets

April 10th

Steve Running

University of Montana

Global Drought

Climate Change

April 17th

Jay Famiglietti

University of


Global Water Security: Communicating about Water