Mentors

The InTERFEWS Program empowers an interdisciplinary team of mentors to guide and advise students in a variety of research themes, topics, and projects.  The Program builds on diverse FEWS experiences to generate an atmosphere that fosters transdisciplinary education and research to train the next generation of FEWS experts.

Learn more about the Program mentors below.

InTERFEWS Mentor Responsibilities

  • Mentor the trainee to conduct interdisciplinary research that addresses FEWS topics
    • One chapter of trainee’s dissertation must include an interdisciplinary assessment or systems-level analysis of a FEWS topic
  • Guide the trainee to complete InTERFEWS Curriculum requirements (years 1 – 2)
    • Enrollment in two InTERFEWS core courses
    • Enrollment in GRAD 550: STEM Communication
    • Enrollment in at least one technical course and one policy/economics course outside of the trainee’s core area of knowledge
  • Support the trainee to participate in Professional Development workshops (completed years 1 – 3)
  • Provide time and guidance for the trainee to participate in an apprenticeship (completed year 2)
    • Participation in an apprenticeship is required by trainees for a duration of 3 weeks up to 4 months that offers new skill or experience that would not be offered through dissertation research conducted at CSU.
  • Serve on the dissertation committee for the trainee
  • Attend annual team meeting
  • Participate in evaluation activities

InTERFEWS Advisor Responsibilities

  • Provide funding via a research project (e.g., Research Assistantship) or department resources (e.g., Teaching Assistantship) for 1 year. This financial support may be provided during any year during the trainee’s PhD program of study.
  • Mentor the trainee to conduct interdisciplinary research that addresses FEWS topics
    • One chapter of trainee’s dissertation must include an interdisciplinary assessment or systems-level analysis of a FEWS topic
  • Support the trainee to complete InTERFEWS Curriculum requirements (years 1 – 2)
    • Enrollment in two InTERFEWS core courses
    • Enrollment in GRAD 550: STEM Communication
    • Enrollment in at least one technical course and one policy/economics course outside of the trainee’s core area of knowledge
  • Support the trainee to participate in Professional Development workshops (completed years 1 – 3)
  • Provide time and guidance for the trainee to participate in an apprenticeship (completed year 2)
    • Participation in an apprenticeship is required by trainees for a duration of 3 weeks up to 4 months that offers new skill or experience that would not be offered through dissertation research conducted at CSU.
  • Include the InTERFEWS mentor designated below as part of the trainee’s dissertation committee
  • Attend annual team meeting
  • Participate in evaluation activities

Project 1: Urban Water Efficiency for Resource Allocation in Semi-Arid Regions

Sybil Sharvelle

Sybil Sharvelle

InTERFEWS Director, Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Christopher Goemans

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Mazdak Arabi

Mazdak Arabi

Borland Chair of Water Resources

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stephanie Malin

Stephanie Malin

Associate Professor

Sociology & Public Health

Thomas Bradley

Thomas Bradley

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Project 2: On-Farm Technological Innovations in Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems

Meagan Schipanski

Meagan Schipanski

Assistant Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Richard Conant

Richard Conant

Associate Dean

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Keith Paustian

Keith Paustian

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Thomas Bradley

Thomas Bradley

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Mazdak Arabi

Mazdak Arabi

Borland Chair of Water Resources

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Christopher Goemans

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Project 3: Assessing Links Between Social Environmental Justice Issues and FEWS in Semi-Arid Regions

Stephanie Malin

Stephanie Malin

Associate Professor

Sociology & Public Health

Christopher Goemans

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Keith Paustian

Keith Paustian

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Sybil Sharvelle

Sybil Sharvelle

InTERFEWS Director, Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Project 4: Thin-Film Photobioreactor System Fuel and Fertilizer Production

Ken Reardon

Ken Reardon

Professor

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Jason Quinn

Jason Quinn

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Jesse Burkhardt

Jesse Burkhardt

Assistant Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Project 5: Agricultural Use of Groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer

Meagan Schipanski

Meagan Schipanski

Assistant Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Richard Conant

Richard Conant

Associate Dean

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Project 6: Energy Efficient Integrated Urban Water Management Using Microgrids

Neil Grigg

Neil Grigg

Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Siddharth Suryanarayanan

Siddharth Suryanarayanan

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project 7: Forest Fire Impacts on Headwater Quality in the Rocky Mountains

Thomas Borch

Thomas Borch

Professor

Environmental Soil Chemistry

Charles C. Rhodes

Charles C. Rhodes

Research Biogeochemist

USDA – Forest Service

Mike Wilkins

Mike Wilkins

Assistant Professor

Geomicrobiology

Travis Warziniack

Travis Warziniack

Research Economist

USDA – Forest Service

Tim Covino

Tim Covino

Assistant Professor

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Patricia Champ

Patricia Champ

Economist

USDA – Forest Service

Project 8: Urban Irrigation and Stormwater Management Effects on Agricultural Income

Aditi Bhaskar

Aditi Bhaskar

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stephanie Kampf

Stephanie Kampf

Associate Professor

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Dale Manning

Dale Manning

Assistant Professor

Agricultural & Resource Economics

Project 9: Anaerobic Treatment of Organic Wastes for Resource Recovery

Sybil Sharvelle

Sybil Sharvelle

InTERFEWS Director, Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Susan De Long

Susan De Long

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Christopher Goemans

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Jim Ippolito

Jim Ippolito

Associate Professor

Environmental Soil Quality

Thomas Bradley

Thomas Bradley

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Project 10: Sustainable Household Energy Adoption in Rwanda (SHEAR): Promoting Rural Health with Solar and Natural Gas

John Volckens

John Volckens

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Maggie Clark

Maggie Clark

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology

Project 11: Exploring the Viability of Cover Crops on the Colorado Plateau

Steven Fonte

Steven Fonte

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Systems Science

Daniel Mooney

Daniel Mooney

Assistant Professor

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Kathleen Russell

Kathleen Russell

Research Scientist

Southwestern Colorado Research Center

Pankaj Trivedi

Pankaj Trivedi

Assistant Professor

Microbiome of Plant Systems

Project 12: Fires to Farms: How does wildfire smoke driven changes in radiation impact crops?

Emily Fischer

Emily Fischer

Associate Professor

Atmospheric Science

Chelsea Corr

Chelsea Corr

Research Scientist

USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program

Raj Khosla

Raj Khosla

Professor

Soil and Crop Sciences

Project 13: Cost-Effective On-Site Produced Water Treatment System for Agriculture Reuse in the Semi-Arid West

Todd Bandhauer

Todd Bandhauer

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Scott Shrake

Scott Shrake

Director

Institute for Entrepreneurship

Tiezheng Tong

Tiezheng Tong

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thomas Borch

Thomas Borch

Professor

Environmental Soil Chemistry

Project 14: Integrating Solar Energy into Dryland Agriculture – Innovation at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Alan Knapp

Alan Knapp

Professor

Biology

Jay Ham

Jay Ham

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Mark Uchanski

Mark Uchanski

Assistant Professor

Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Christopher Goemans

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Meagan Schipanski

Meagan Schipanski

Assistant Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Allan Andales

Allan Andales

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Jesse Burkhardt

Jesse Burkhardt

Assistant Professor

Agriculture & Resource Economics

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

Professor

Biology

Project 15: Energy Intensity of Global Food Production and Water Use

Richard Conant

Richard Conant

Associate Dean

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Nathan Mueller

Nathan Mueller

Assistant Professor

Environmental Science & Sustainability; Soil & Crop Sciences

Jordan Suter

Jordan Suter

Associate Professor

Agricultural & Resource Economics

Project 16: Sustainable Development of Rice Bran at the Food-Energy-Water-Health Nexus

Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan

Associate Professor

Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences

Molly Lamb

Molly Lamb

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology

Kimberly Cox-York

Kimberly Cox-York

Assistant Professor

Food Science & Human Nutrition

Jan Leach

Jan Leach

Professor

Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management

Project 17: An Integrated Ecological and Social Approach to Conserving Plains Aquatic Ecosystems in Eastern Colorado

Yoichiro Kanno

Yoichiro Kanno

Assistant Professor

Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Aquatic Research Scientist

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Jon Salerno

Jon Salerno

Assistant Professor

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Mike Quartuch

Mike Quartuch

Human Dimensions Specialist/Researcher

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

John Sanderson

John Sanderson

Director

Center for Collaborative Conservation

Project 18: Regenerative Agriculture as a Method to Build Ecosystem Resilience and Sequester Carbon in the Northern Great Plains Agricultural Region

Keith Paustian

Keith Paustian

Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Dale Manning

Dale Manning

Assistant Professor

Agricultural & Resource Economics

Meagan Schipanski

Meagan Schipanski

Assistant Professor

Soil & Crop Sciences

Richard Conant

Richard Conant

Associate Dean

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Have an Idea?

CSU Faculty interested in mentoring InTERFEWS trainees can propose research topics using the link below.