Catherine J. Bruns is a Communication Studies doctoral student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studies media coverage of water crises and insecurities. She is a current graduate instructor and former participant in the UMN Resilient Communities Project.
Afton Clarke-Sather is an Associate Professor in the Program in Geography at the University of Minnesota Duluth and an affiliate of the Institute on the Environment. His research examines water governance in the US and China.
Andy Erickson is a research associate at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, a registered professional engineer, coordinator for the Minnesota Stormwater Seminar Series, and editor for the UMN Stormwater UPDATES newsletter. Andy conducts research on urban runoff treatment to protect water resources..
Dan Gilchrist – ex-officio
Dan leads OVPR’s communications department, which plans, coordinates, and implements communications strategies that highlight the importance of the U of M’s research enterprise and its role as a partner in economic development and technological advancements. He advises the vice president for research and his executive leadership on communications and government relations and assists with issue management related to research for OVPR and the University. He previously served the University as a speechwriter to two presidents, federal relations coordinator, and Extension program coordinator. He holds two policy-related degrees from Stanford University.
Bonnie Keeler is a faculty member at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Keeler’s research addresses tradeoffs at the intersection of water quality, conservation, and environmental justice.
G.-H. Crystal Ng is an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. She uses integrated hydrological modeling, and more recently, community-engaged research methods, to understand impacts of climate change, land-use and cover change, and contamination on water.
Lynne Schoen is an Associate Director at the University of Minnesota Foundation on the Corporate and Foundation Relations team responsible for developing and implementing strategies and plans to further potential corporate or foundation proposals or projects. Works in close collaboration with internal and external University partners to advance strategic development priorities and initiatives.
As Executive Director, Rolf is responsible for the operation, integration, and performance of the Institute, and in fulfilling the University of Minnesota’s applied research role in natural resource management and economic development as chartered by the Minnesota Legislature in 1983.