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PPIC senior fellow Ellen Hanak is director of the PPIC Water Policy Center. The center’s research network is a dynamic group of top researchers with expertise in a range of disciplines—including biology, economics, engineering, geology, and law.

Water Center Staff

Ellen Hanak
Ellen Hanak
Center Director and Senior Fellow
415-291-4433
hanak@ppic.org
Expertise:
Economics
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Caitrin Chappelle
Caitrin Chappelle
Associate Center Director
415-291-4435
chappelle@ppic.org
Expertise:
Public policy
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Theresa Dang
Administrative Assistant
415-291-4432
dang@ppic.org
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Brian Gray
Senior Fellow
415-565-4719
graybe@icloud.com
Expertise:
Environmental law
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Jelena Jezdimirovic
Research Associate
Expertise:
Economics
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Henry McCann
Research Associate
415-291-4409
mccann@ppic.org
Expertise:
Geography
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Jeffrey Mount
Jeffrey Mount
Senior Fellow
415-291-4476
mount@ppic.org
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Hannah Noonan
Center Administrator
415-291-4458
noonan@ppic.org
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Lori Pottinger
Center Communications Manager
415-291-4428
pottinger@ppic.org
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Research Network

Water Center Research Network

Newsha Ajami
Director of Urban Water Policy, Stanford University, Water in the West
Expertise:
Water resource hydrology
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Ken Baerenklau
Adjunct Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside, School of Public Policy
Expertise:
Environmental economics
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Timothy Bradley
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
949-824-8483
tbradley@uci.edu
Expertise:
Aquatic ecology
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Charles Burt
Chair, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Irrigation Training & Research Center
805-756-2379
cburt@calpoly.edu
Expertise:
Irrigation
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Van Butsic
ASSISTANT COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SPECIALIST & ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE POLICY AND MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Expertise:
Land use planning
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Daniel Cayan
Research Meteorologist, University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
858-534-4507
dcayan@ucsd.edu
Expertise:
Climate science
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James Cloern
Senior Research Scientist, USGS, National Research Program
650-329-4594
jecloern@usgs.gov
Expertise:
Aquatic ecology
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Bonnie Colby
Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
Expertise:
Water and energy economics
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Helen E. Dahlke
Assistant Professor, Integrated Hydrologic Sciences, University of California, Davis
Expertise:
Surface water, groundwater
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Frank Davis
Director, University of California, Santa Barbara, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Expertise:
Landscape ecology
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J. R. DeShazo
Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for Innovation
310-593-1198
deshazo@ucla.edu
Expertise:
Economics
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John Eadie
Professor, University of California, Davis, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
Expertise:
Bird ecology
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Andrew T. Fisher
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
831-459-5598
afisher@ucsc.edu
Expertise:
Groundwater
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William Fleenor
Senior Researcher, University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences
Expertise:
Water resource engineering
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Graham Fogg
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, DEPARTMENT OF HYDROGEOLOGY
530-752-6810
gefogg@ucdavis.edu
Expertise:
Groundwater
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Richard Frank
Director, University of California, Davis, School of Law, California Environmental Law and Policy Center
Expertise:
Environmental law
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Greg Gartrell
Independent Consultant
Expertise:
Water resource engineering
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Ted Grantham
ASSISTANT COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SPECIALIST, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Expertise:
River science
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Sarge Green
Project Director, Fresno State University, California Water Institute
Expertise:
Water resource management
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Jason Gurdak
Associate Professor of Hydrogeology, San Francisco State University, Department of Earth and Climate Sciences
415-338-6869
jgurdak@sfsu.edu
Expertise:
Groundwater hydrology
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Thomas Harter
Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy, University of California, Davis, Land, Air, and Water Resources
Expertise:
Groundwater hydrology
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Katrina Jessoe
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Expertise:
Economics
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Yufang Jin
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change
530-219-4429
yujin@ucdavis.edu
Expertise:
Ecosystem change
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Douglas Kenney
Director, Western Water Policy Program
Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment; University of Colorado
Expertise:
Colorado River policy
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Wim Kimmerer
Research Professor, San Francisco State University, Romberg Tiburon Center
415-338-3515
kimmerer@sfsu.edu
Expertise:
Aquatic ecology
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Matt Kondolf
Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Geography Department
Expertise:
River management
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Carolyn Kousky
Director for Policy Research and Engagement, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania
Expertise:
Economics
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Yusuke Kuwayama
Fellow, Resources for the Future
202-328-5190
kuwayama@rff.org
Expertise:
Water resource economics
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Jay Lund
Adjunct Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Director, University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences
530-752-5671
jrlund@ucdavis.edu
Expertise:
Water resource engineering
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Kaveh Madani
Professor of environmental management, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Expertise:
Water management
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Josué Medellín-Azuara
Steyer-Taylor Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Acting Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of California, Merced
Expertise:
Economics
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Dean Misczynski
Adjunct Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Expertise:
Public policy
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David Mitchell
Principal, M.Cubed
Expertise:
Economics
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Peter Moyle
Associate Director, University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences
Expertise:
Fish biology
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Doug Parker
Director, University of California, California Institute for Water Resources
Expertise:
Economics
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Nicholas Pinter
Professor, University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences
Expertise:
River management
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Brett Sanders
Professor, University of California, Irvine, School of Engineering
949-824-4327
bsanders@uci.edu
Expertise:
Water resource engineering
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Kelly T. Sanders
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
213-821-0095
ktsanders@usc.edu
Expertise:
Energy-water nexus
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Samuel Sandoval
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Land, Air, and Water Resources
Expertise:
Water resource engineering
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Jean-Daniel Saphores
Professor, University of California, Irvine, School of Engineering
949-824-7334
saphores@uci.edu
Expertise:
Environmental economics
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Kurt Schwabe
Adjunct Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Professor, University of California, Riverside, School of Public Policy
Expertise:
Economics
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Nathaniel Seavy
Research Director, Pacific Coast and Central Valley, Point Blue Conservation Science
Expertise:
Bird ecology
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David Sedlak
Co-Director, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Water Center
Expertise:
Water quality engineering
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Scott Stephens
PROFESSOR OF FIRE SCIENCE,
CHAIR, DIVISION OF ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE POLICY AND MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Expertise:
Fire ecology and management
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Daniel Sumner
Director, Agricultural Issues Center, University of California, Davis
Expertise:
Economics
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Leon Szeptycki
Executive Director, Stanford University, Water in the West
Expertise:
Environmental law
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Barton "Buzz” Thompson
Director, Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment
650-723-2518
buzzt@stanford.edu
Expertise:
Environmental law
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Paul Ullrich
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL CLIMATE MODELING, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, DEPARTMENT OF LAND, AIR, AND WATER RESOURCES
Expertise:
Regional climate change
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Joshua Viers
Associate Professor, University of California, Merced, School of Engineering
Expertise:
Watershed science
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Casey J. Wichman
Fellow, Resources for the Future
202-328-5055
wichman@rff.org
Expertise:
Economics
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Robert Wilkinson
Adjunct Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of the Environment
Expertise:
Public policy
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David Zoldoske
Director, Fresno State University, Center for Irrigation Technology
Expertise:
Irrigation technology
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